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Monthly Archives: October 2010

Mozgov’s Preseason Garden Debut

After a European Road Trip, the Knicks finally returned home for their first preseason game against the Celtics. The significance of this game was Timofey Mozgov’s first start for New York. The Knicks have been looking for a starting center to play alongside Amar’e Stoudemire, and it seems that Ronny Turiaf may have played himself out of the starting role for now. Mozgov started off his Garden debut on the right foot. He made his first shot, an 18 foot jumper with 9:40 left in the first quarter. As Felton had the ball cross court dribbling towards the foul line, …continue reading

NBA Blog Previews: Northwest Division

How will Big Al fit in out in Utah?  Will the Blazers stay healthy?  Will Melo still be a Nugget on opening night?  Can the Thunder avoid a sophomore slump?  Just what is the plan in ‘Sota?  All this and more in the Northwest previews. Jazz : SLC Dunk | Salt City Hoops | SBN Recap Nuggets: Denver Stiffs | Roundball Mining Company | The Nugg Doctor | SBN Recap Thunder - Welcome to Loud City | Planet BBall | SBN Recap Timberwolves - Canis Hoopus | TwolvesBlog Blazers - Blazersedge.com | SBN Recap Recaps: All Previews

Unsung Knick History – The Curse of Dancing Harry?

This is the eighth 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.

In 1945, a Cubs fan by the name of Billy Sianis was not allowed to bring his pet goat into a Cubs World Series game. The outraged Sianis supposedly cursed the Cubs, and the team has not made the World Series since then.

In 1958, the Detroit Lions traded away star quarterback Bobby Layne, who supposedly angrily remarked that the Lions would “not win for 50 years.” It has been over 50 years now, and the Lions have never made the Super Bowl and have the worst winning percentage of any team over that stretch (winning only a single playoff game in the last 52 seasons).

In 1983, upon the death of her father, George Halas, new Chicago Bears owner, Virginia McCaskey (Halas’ daughter), decided to get rid of the Bears’ cheerleading squad known as the “Honey Bears.” They had a contract through 1985, however, so she had to wait until after that season to get rid of them. That season, of course, included a Bears Super Bowl victory. McCaskey still got rid of the squad, and the Bears have not won a Super Bowl since (they lost in the Super Bowl once in that timespan).

Can you add the New York Knicks and Dancing Harry to that list? Read on and find out more (including just who the heck is “Dancing Harry”?)

2010 Summer Interview: Roger Mason

I sat down with Roger Mason for 10 minutes and 08 seconds, and he was kind enough to answer some questions. Mike Kurylo: So what have you been doing this offseason? Roger Mason: I’ve been working. I’ve been working. I had a tough season last year, and I’ve been doing everything in my power to make sure this season is more of a success. Mike Kurylo: About last year: you got injured, and your shooting percentage which seems to be your bread & butter took a dip. What do you attribute that to? Roger Mason: (Points to the scar on …continue reading

2011 Preseason: T-Wolves 106 Knicks 100

Knicks lost to the T-Wolves in Paris, in what was a dreadful shooting night for the team. Gallo managed only 7 points on 13 shots, while Raymond Felton contributed 4 points on 6 shots. Another aspect that sunk New York was rebounding. Minnesota grabbed 18 offensive rebounds, and no Knick had more than 6 defensive rebounds (Turiaf & Mason). Defensively the team wasn’t awful, save for a few lapses here & there. The Knicks had 8 blocked shots, with two each from Turiaf, Mozgov, and Roger Mason Jr along with single efforts from Gallinari & Rautins. Timo continued his foul-happy …continue reading