In an emotional homecoming for Amar’e Stoudemire, the Knicks trounced Phoenix 121-96. New York cruised to victory, and perhaps the only black mark on the night was Mozgov’s ejection during musora vremya. Raymond Felton managed the first triple double of his career, during a game where the Knicks led wire to wire. The main focus of the night was Amar’e Stoudemire’s first return to Phoenix, after spending 8 years in the home uniform. In an attempt to minimize Stoudemire’s quickness, Suns coach Alvin Gentry chose Grant Hill to start at center. Although the 98 year old Hill played admirably, Stoudemire …continue reading
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Some interesting tidbits handed to me from the ESPN Stats & Information Department. How important was Amar’e Stoudemire to the Suns and now to the Knicks? The Knicks have a .588 win percentage this season, a .235 increase from last season, which is the biggest increase in the NBA from last season to this season. The Suns have a .424 win percentage this season, a .234 decrease from last season, which is second-biggest decrease in the NBA (Cavaliers – .515 decrease). Amar’e Stoudemire played for Mike D’Antoni with the Suns and now with the Knicks. Stoudemire is one of nine …continue reading
This is the eighteenth 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.
Last week, we finished up the countdown of the Top 25 Favorite Knicks of the Modern Era, and Bernard King was #7. In the comment section of King’s entry there was a discussion over King’s departure from the Knicks. Different commenters remembered the situation quite differently, so I figured this would be a nice topic to re-visit.
As we all know too well by now, Bernard King ended the 1984-85 season by injuring his knee so badly that he missed all of the 1985-86 season and all but six games of the 1986-87 season. After the 1986-87 season, King was a free agent. He ultimately signed with the Washington Bullets, where he slowly revitalized his career, eventually making an All-Star Game as a Bullet in 1991.
So what was the deal in the fall of 1987? Did the Knicks not want Bernard? Did he not want to be a Knick? What sent the Knicks captain packing?
Let’s find out!
Recently the buzz in New York has been about one coach publicly airing his frustration with losing to a Hall of Fame worthy rival. Hopefully for Jet fans Rex Ryan stopped talking about Peyton Manning long enough to watch last night’s Knick game. New York toppled the league’s best record last night, beating San Antonio 128 to 115. Prior to this game Mike D’Antoni has been 11-30 all time against the Spurs, and 7-18 in the regular season. Oddly enough a casual look at the box score might have indicated a San Antonio victory. Six Spurs managed to score 10 …continue reading
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According to ESPN’s Chris Sheridan: Gallinari said it was not out of the question that he’ll be available for Tuesday night’s home game against the San Antonio Spurs, holders of the NBA’s best record (29-4). “I think I will play. We were not talking about that after the game, because right now I still have the adrenaline going, and a lot of pain goes down when you have the adrenaline going,” Gallinari said. “It was not feeling the feelings you feel when you break something.” If Gallinari can’t play, what will coach D’Antoni do? The obvious tweak in the starting …continue reading