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The addition of Metta World Peace was supposed to translate to larger, more formidable defensive presence for the New York Knicks, a team in need of a stopper if they want to make a deeper run in the postseason.

And Metta is just fine with that.

World Peace knows he's going to be relied on to defend some of the NBA's marquee scorers. He's fine with coming off of the bench. But in addition to that, he'd like to have a greater offensive role with the Knicks, according to Bleacher Report.

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Back when I was in high school, C- was still a passing grade. But when you're being judged on an offseason worth of free-agent signings, trades and the NBA Draft, it's not as flattering.

Sports Illustrated handed the New York Knicks a C- grade for the offseason, one in which the team acquired Andrea Bargnani, Metta World Peace, Beno Udrih, Jeremy Tyler, Tim Hardaway Jr. and C.J. Leslie, and also re-upped with J.R. Smith, Pablo Prigioni and Kenyon Martin.

According to Rob Mahoney, the Knicks retained some necessary pieces and enjoyed some bargain signings, but re-signing Smith comes with its question marks, while trading for Bargnani did not address the team's needs.

Tags: Amar'e Stoudemire, andrea bargnani, beno udrih, C.J. Leslie., Carmelo Anthony, j.r. smith, Jeremy Tyler, Kenyon Martin, Knicks, metta world peace, Pablo Prigioni, tim hardaway jr., Sam Spiegelman
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Rivalry Check is an ongoing series in which we preview 10 of the top teams in the Eastern Conference.

New Faces: The Indiana Pacers didn't make too huge of a splash this offseason, only some minor tweaks here and there. The selected forward Solomon Hill out of Arizona with the No. 23 back in the NBA Draft. It was among one of the many unpredictable moves during this year's draft, with Hill being off many analyst's radar.

In need of a backup point guard, the Pacers signed C.J. Watson, formerly of the Brooklyn Nets. Last season, Watson averaged 6.8 points and 2 assists as Deron William's backup. The team also added Donald Sloan, who last year averaged 4.1 points and 1.9 assists with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Tags: c.j. watson, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Copeland, d.j. augustin, Danny Granger, Deron Williams, donald sloan, gerald green, iman shumpert, j.r. smith, jeff pendergraph, Knicks, luis scola, metta world peace, miles plumee, orlando johnson, paul george, RivalryCheck, roy hibbert, sam young, solomon hill, tyler hansbrough, tyson chandler, Sam Spiegelman
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With all of the offseason additions, New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson is still unsure of which players he'll trot out as his starting five.

According to Woodson, only Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton are sure bets to crack the starting lineup, leaving the shooting guard and power forward positions open for competition.

At the 2, J.R. Smith will play starter minutes, but the reigning Sixth Man of the Year will probably continue to provide an offensive spark off the bench like he did in 2012.

Tags: Amar'e Stoudemire, andrea bargnani, Carmelo Anthony, iman shumpert, Kenyon Martin, Knicks, metta world peace, mike woodson, Raymond Felton, tyson chandler, Sam Spiegelman
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An annual summer series, ESPN released its summer forecast yesterday, projecting where each team would finish in the 2013-14 season.

The top five in the East, according to ESPN, goes as follows: the Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks.

It's the same teams that finished in top five a season ago, except teams 2-5 are scrambled up. In 2012, the Knicks finished second in the Eastern Conference, followed by the Pacers, Nets and Chicago.

Tags: Amar'e Stoudemire, andrea bargnani, Andrew Bynum, Anthony Bennett, beno udrih, Brandon Jennings, Brook Lopez, Carlos Boozer, Carmelo Anthony, Danny Granger, Deron Williams, Derrick Rose, iman shumpert, j.r. smith, Jason Kidd, jason terry, Jimmy Butler, joe johnson, Josh Smith, Kenyon Martin, kevin garnett, Knicks, Kyrie Irving, Luol Deng, metta world peace, paul pierce, Raymond Felton, tyson chandler, Sam Spiegelman
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J.R. Smith has been a focal point of the New York Knicks offseason, and for obvious reasons.

The Knicks re-signed the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year to the tune of a two-year deal worth nearly $18 million, including a player option for a third year.

Smith posted career-highs in both points (18.1) and rebounds (4.5) in 2012, and told KnicksNow.com there was never a question about whether or not he wanted to remain with his hometown team.

Tags: andrea bargnani, beno udrih, j.r. smith, Knicks, metta world peace, paul piece, tim hardaway jr., Sam Spiegelman
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The addition of Andrea Bargnani and Metta World Peace has New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony excited about the upcoming season, but not enough that he can commit to the team long-term.

Anthony, 29, can opt out of his contract following the 2013-14 season. He has been rumored to be a target of the Los Angeles Lakers, where the franchise will look to rebuild and reemerge after the loss of Dwight Howard.

When asked whether the Knicks? offseason transactions have affected his decision to stay with the Knicks beyond next season, Anthony said he could not comment.

Tags: andrea bargnani, Carmelo Anthony, chris bosh, Derrick Rose, Dwight Howard, Dwyane Wade, j.r. smith, jason terry, kevin garnett, Knicks, LeBron James, metta world peace, paul pierce, Sam Spiegelman
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On Tuesday night, the Nets were defeated by the Los Angeles Lakers by a final score of 92-83.

The Skinny: The Nets? ?Big Three? scored the first 14 points for Brooklyn, but Pau Gasol?s work on the glass helped the Lakers battle to an early tie. Brooklyn then went on a 7-0 run with Deron Williams heating up from the outside. Williams finished with 11 points in the quarter as the Nets led by six after one.

To start the second quarter, Earl Clark guided the Lakers to a 10-2 run to take the lead, as the Nets went ice cold from the field. Back-and-forth ties and lead changes ensued before Los Angeles orchestrated an extended 19-5 run to open a 12-point lead. A Mirza Teletovic three-pointer in the final seconds cut the deficit to nine points at the break.

Tags: brook lopez, deron williams, dwight howard, joe johnson, Kobe Bryant, lakers, Metta World Peace, Nets, nets, rapid recap, Steve Nash
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