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Monthly Archives: October 2010

The New York Knicks, Marvel Comics-Style

As you might have heard, ESPN the Magazine has teamed up with Marvel Comics to create “covers” for every team in the NBA as part of ESPN the Magazine’s NBA Preview. You can click here to see all of the covers for the Eastern Conference teams (and here for the Western Conference teams), and you can read on to see what they came up with for the New York Knicks!

Knicks 2011 Season Preview – Small Forwards

With the Knicks 2011 season almost upon us, it’s time to analyze the roster. Usually teams have some stability from one year to the next, but New York has only a third of the players returning. How New York is going to perform is more of a mystery than previous years. This year’s I’ll look at each position and attempt to address the critical question for those players. Small Forwards: What and when is the upside? I’d argue that a player’s upside represents the best & worst of the fan experience. Often, team followers are told that there’s a chance …continue reading

Unsung Knick History – For Want of $2,500, a Hall of Famer Was Lost

This is the ninth in a series (of indefinite length and regularity) of examinations into different games, events and decisions that impacted Knicks history in some way, shape or form. Stories that are not as famous as, say, “The Dunk” or Willis Reed playing Game 7, but still have a place in Knicks history, especially for die-hard fans. Here is an archive of all the stories featured so far.

Throughout New York Knickerbocker history, if any one thing seems to have been consistent, it has been that the Knicks are quite willing to pay for good players. Heck, before David Lee was signed and traded this offseason, it had been quite a long time since the Knicks were outbid on one of their own free agents (and even there, that was only because the Knicks spent even more money on another player at the same position as Lee). This is a team that gave Allan Houston a six-year/$100 million contract extension in 2001! When other teams were worried about how to afford their star players during the 1970s, the Knicks were willing to take whoever was offered.

However, in 1948, the Knicks actually lost out on their #1 draft pick, a future Hall of Famer (who was a native New Yorker, no less!) over a $2,500 disagreement!

Knicks 2011 Season Preview – Shooting Guards

With the Knicks 2011 season almost upon us, it’s time to analyze the roster. Usually teams have some stability from one year to the next, but New York has only a third of the players returning. How New York is going to perform is more of a mystery than previous years. This year’s I’ll look at each position and attempt to address the critical question for those players. Shooting Guards: Who will be the starter? It’s hard to believe, but the longest tenured Knick after Eddy Curry is Wilson Chandler. Over the past few seasons Chandler has been the starting …continue reading

Knicks 2011 Season Preview – Point Guards

With the Knicks 2011 season almost upon us, it’s time to analyze the roster. Usually teams have some stability from one year to the next, but New York has only a third of the players returning. How New York is going to perform is more of a mystery than previous years. This year’s I’ll look at each position and attempt to address the critical question for those players. Point Guards: Is this really an upgrade? Last year if you had to find a single scapegoat for the Knicks abysmal record, you might want to place some horns on Chris Duhon. …continue reading

Some Plays Count: Timofey Mozgov (10/13/10)

With 10 new players, there are a lot of unknowns for the 2011 Knicks. However the biggest uncertainty in every sense of the word is Timofey Mozgov. D’Antoni chose to start him against the Celtics on October 13th, which provided a good first look at the youngster. Here is a design of the first play. Image of the play created with FastDraw. Background track to video is none other than Still Flyin’.

Preseason Recap: Celtics 97 – Knicks 84

Can you see it? Look real hard. I know, right now, it’s only there in fits and spurts, like a Sasquatch that dashes into view only to be just as quickly herded back into its pen in Area 51, that one might be tempted to doubt that they had seen it at all. But I’m telling you, there’s the making of a real durned good ball-team here. But, not to wax too poetic for a Sunday afternoon when most of us (and your humble correspondent) are girdlaing our loins for the Manichean, proto-fascist, ground-acquisition war/blood orgy that is NFL Sunday …continue reading