Knicks swingman James “Flight’’ White has a nice team goal in mind for All-Star weekend in Houston. He would like to see the Knicks pull off their own triple crown and take home a blizzard of trophies.
White will be in the All-Star Dunk Contest and has been installed as a 5-4 favorite on Bovada.lv, an online betting site. Steve Novak will be in the 3-point shooting contest as second choice to Golden State’s Stephen Curry at 5-2. Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler will participate in the main All-Star game next Sunday, with Anthony starting.
“We’re trying to make it a clean sweep,’’ White said before the Knicks’ 100-94 come-from-behind victory over the Timberwolves Friday night. “We’re trying to have Tyson or Melo win the MVP and me and Novak winning the contests.’’
Knicks coach Mike Woodson seemed genuinely excited White, who did not play last night and Novak, who scored 11 points, got the nods Thursday night. It was a far cry from Woodson’s mentor, Larry Brown, who scoffed at Nate Robinson’s historic slam-dunk titles when he coached the Knicks.
“It’s great,’’ Woodson said before the Knicks faced the Timberwolves last night at Target Center. “You got four players in our organization participating in one of the biggest games on the stage. I’m sure their teammates are all excited for them. Hopefully they’ll bring back some hardware in the 3-point and dunk contests.’’
Because Novak earned a four-year, $16 million contract as a 3-point specialist, the contest has extra meaning. Thursday night, TNT’s Charles Barkley called Novak “the best shooter in the league.’’
Knicks eye All-Star weekend domination
New York Post | Feb 9