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Friday, December 19, 2014

Monthly Archives: November 2010

Don’t Free Eddy Curry!

Being a fan is largely a helpless venture. You choose a team, most likely at a young age, and you’re stuck with your decision for life, good or bad. Very few fans change allegiance mid-stream; chalk one up to the consistency principle. Other than not supporting their team financially en masse, there is little fans can do to change the fortunes of their team. Like being a passenger on the subway, you’re at the whim of the conductors. In recent years, a trend has evolved to get team followers to influence the powers that be: “Free [Player’s Name]”. It was …continue reading

Recap: Knicks 113 Kings 106

Well there are no ties in basketball so one team’s losing streak was going to end, for joy it is the Knicks that get back in the win column. Yay! Okay so it’s hard to convey sarcasm without the benefit of tone. I’m glad the Knicks won.  I am pleased to see them get a break out shooting night as a team.  The Knicks overcame a flat start (14 1st quarter points) and put up 99 points over the last 3 quarters of the game.  The Knicks put up a 60.5 eFG% paced by 27 each from Stoudemire (11-19) and …continue reading

Nuggets 120, Knicks 118

To be honest, if before the season started I had known that the Knicks would drop this game, I wouldn’t have been too upset. The Nuggets have been a quality team for a number of seasons, and losing to them on the road would be no great problem. The problem is that I likely would have assumed that the Knicks entered the game with a better record than the 3-7 they sported as they entered the Pepsi Center this evening, a record made even more excruciating by the manner in which the Knicks have lost. Tonight’s loss was the Knicks’ …continue reading

2011 Game Thread: Knicks @ Nuggets

A reminder that there is only one day left in the contest to win a pair of tickets to the Knicks-Heat game at MSG on December 17th. So far just three people have emailed their order number, so if you’re the only person to enter you have a 25% chance to win those tickets. If you’re the only one and you buy 3 T-shirts, you have a 50% chance of winning them (one ping pong ball per shirt). Even if the number of people who enter triple in the next 24 hours, one shirt will give you a 10% chance …continue reading

Unsung Knick History – The 1996 Draft of No Return(s)

This is the eleventh 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.

So many people have written in to me to suggest that I feature a story on the Knicks’ 1996 draft that I almost wonder if that inherently disqualifies it from being considered “unsung,” but then I figure, “Hey, if the people want to hear about, let’s talk about it!”

In June of 1996, the New York Knicks were getting ready for a Summer shopping spree. The team had cleared out significant salary cap space during the 1995-96 season through trading Charles Smith and Doug Christie. Once they renounced their free agent point guard, Derek Harper (and six other players, including J.R. Reid, who they had received for Smith) the Knicks were far enough under the cap to make a number of aggressive moves to re-shape their roster for the 1996-97 season.

Before that happened, the Knicks would have to participate in the 1996 NBA Draft, which was one of the most talent-rich NBA drafts in recent memory. This draft was notable for the Knicks in that they had three first round draft picks, numbers 18, 19 and 21. The top end of the draft was remarkable, with a top five of Allen Iverson, Marcus Camby, Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Stephon Marbury and Ray Allen. However, the players drafted from #10-21 have combined for thirty All Star appearances (and counting)! And the Knicks had three picks in that #10-21 section.

And yet somehow, they ended up with effectively nothing.

Read on to find out what happened!