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EricaLubarsky
10-10-2007, 04:24 PM
RealGM Staff Report -
New York Knickerbockers President of Basketball Operations and Head Coach Isiah Thomas announced on Wednesday that guard Allan Houston has been re-signed as a free agent after a two-season absence from the court.

"After much thought and prayer, I have decided to return to the NBA as a member of the New York Knicks . I have worked extremely hard in the last year and a half to accomplish my dream of playing in the NBA again," Houston said.

“After my wife and I were blessed with the birth of our fourth child last week, I realized that New York is where I am supposed to be, and the Knick uniform is the one I want to wear. I have seen the Garden in some of its best moments, and I truly believe that this team is on the verge of experiencing that again. This team is hungry and energetic. I hope to contribute in the weeks and months ahead.

“Thank you to all of the Knick fans and those that have supported me. I will always be a Knick, and I am committed to helping this team compete for a championship.

Underdog
10-10-2007, 04:29 PM
Um, don't the Knicks already have 15 players under contract?

ty
10-10-2007, 05:13 PM
Now bring back Oakley.

Jack.Kerr
10-10-2007, 05:39 PM
RealGM Staff Report -
“After my wife and I were blessed with the birth of our fourth child last week, I realized that New York is where I am supposed to be, and the Knick uniform is the one I want to wear. I

Somebody is begging out of diaper duty.

4 kids, one of them a newborn.....any wonder he wants out of the house?

Jack.Kerr
10-10-2007, 06:16 PM
Interesting subtext. Thomas should watch his back.

Knicks sign former star Allan Houston

STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS

Wednesday, October 10th 2007, 5:09 PM

Allan Houston is rejoining the Knicks, two years after knee pain forced him to walk away.

The Knicks re-signed their former star guard Wednesday and expect him to begin his attempt to make the team at practice Friday.

Houston, who was forced to retire due to chronic knee pain before the 2005-06 season, will have to fight his way onto the roster. The Knicks currently have 15 players with guaranteed contracts, not including second-round pick Demetris Nichols.

Houston doesn't have much time to prove he belongs on the roster considering that training camp began last Tuesday. There is a possibility that Houston may have been promised a position in the organization should he not make the club. Thomas, however, said he is not aware if such conversations have taken place.

Houston has maintained a close relationship with Garden chairman James Dolan and Garden president Steve Mills and there is a chance that he would have negotiated his deal with Dolan and Mills.

Once one of the NBA's best outside shooters, Houston retired two years ago this month after chronic knee pain limited him to 70 games over the previous two seasons. Now at age 36, he's trying to make it back with the team he led to an improbable berth in the 1999 NBA finals.

"After much thought and prayer, I have decided to return to the NBA as a member of the New York Knicks," Houston said in a statement. "I have worked extremely hard in the last year and a half to accomplish my dream of playing in the NBA again."

alby
10-10-2007, 06:17 PM
Allan Houston is nothing without Spree

bring spree back

ty
10-10-2007, 06:18 PM
...and Heisman Winner Charlie Ward.

alby
10-10-2007, 06:25 PM
Trade for Camby

DelNegro
10-10-2007, 07:06 PM
Got to love the 'gettin the band back together' approach.

TripleDipping
10-11-2007, 09:39 AM
Heck... might as well sign Ewing to the vet's minimum.

alby
10-11-2007, 11:31 PM
Nothing without John Starks

antoinewalker
10-12-2007, 02:29 AM
bring back derek harper and anthony mason please!

nowhereman
10-12-2007, 02:53 AM
Jeff Van Gundy isn't doing too much these days.

Maybe we should get Reggie Miller as a contingency plan. You know. For when we have to face the Knicks in the finals.

alby
10-12-2007, 03:56 AM
all they need is charles smith

EricaLubarsky
10-20-2007, 07:39 PM
Houston was cut today. I guess he no longer has game.

DOMINATOR
10-20-2007, 08:59 PM
Houston was cut today. I guess he no longer has game.
i thought he just backed out. saying he didnt want to cripple the progress of the organization.

alby
10-21-2007, 03:07 AM
Why doesn't he sign with Boston?

EricaLubarsky
10-21-2007, 03:52 AM
sounds like a little from column A and a little from Column B-- Knicks waive him for being out of shape and he wanted the best for the team.


Knicks Cut Houston
October 20, 2007 - 12:18 pm
New York Post -
The comeback of Allan Houston lasted one week and one game. The Knicks announced today that they will waive the former All-Star shooting guard.

In a press release handed out at the Knicks' open practice at Hofstra University yesterday, Houston said he decided to end his comeback, feeling it was unfair to the team because he needed more time to get into game shape than they Knicks had to give.

"I think it is better for the team to move on without me," Houston said in the release

Jack.Kerr
10-21-2007, 11:17 AM
I don't think Houston was "out of shape"--I read in an Isola column that he was in fact in excellent condition, though I know that doesn't mean he's in "game shape".

I think there's more playing out here than is being said explicitly. Thomas, for whatever reasons, wanted no part of Houston--didn't want to spend any time looking at him in training camp, didn't want to give him any kind of game time, didn't want a non-Isiah guy in the locker room, and he made it clear from the beginning, and at every turn.

Thomas ONLY allowed Houston anywhere near the Knicks because of Houston's odd relationship with Dolan. Dolan and Thomas reportedly have not been in communication to anywhere near the same degree as in the past. Thomas clearly, CLEARLY viewed Houston as a Dolan-plant, and as something of a threat.

Houston knows his chances are a longshot, but what do you wanna bet he has a position within the Knicks organization within 2 years? Perhaps much, much sooner.

Underdog
10-21-2007, 11:24 AM
Um, don't the Knicks already have 15 players under contract?


This might have had something to do with it too... (though I agree that Houston probably has a future within the organization...)

Jack.Kerr
10-22-2007, 12:22 PM
Late-Season Return Possible for Houston

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By NATHANIEL VINTON
Published: October 22, 2007

GREENBURGH, N.Y., Oct. 21 — A week after starting his improbable comeback, and one day after officially aborting it, Allan Houston visited the Knicks’ training facility Sunday to explain his departure from the team.

“When I went into camp, the intensity was kind of a shock to my body,” said Houston, a 36-year-old guard who retired in 2005 with chronic knee pain. “I didn’t have time to really recover from that.”

Houston told reporters he would not rule out a late-season return to basketball (or even a coaching position), but he emphasized he was letting the future shape itself.

“I may get to a point in a month where I have so many things going on with my foundation, my Web site,” said Houston, referring to allanhouston.com. “Right now, I know that my body feels great, I’m healthy and I’m going to stay in shape.”

Knicks Coach Isiah Thomas was asked if he thought Houston could be a useful addition to a team later this season.

“Anytime you can shoot the ball like he can shoot it, he’s an asset,” Thomas said.

The Knicks must winnow their roster to 15 by Oct. 29. They begin the regular season Nov. 2 in Cleveland. When asked if he thought the team was a playoff contender, Houston expressed confidence in the strategy and philosophy of Thomas, who is entering his second year as coach.

“Last year, they kind of had the excuse that, O.K., everything was kind of new, it was transition,” Houston said. “This year, they’re going to have to take what Isiah’s telling them and execute it.

“It’s not like they don’t have a good strategy. They have an identity, I think, now, and they have the good-enough players.”