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Monthly Archives: October 2011

MetroFocus (Thirteen)’s Interview With Harvey Araton

Interesting interview with Harvey Araton on his new book When the Garden Was Eden: Today’s NBA is a lot more about stars. It’s a league that has been promoted by stars. The league went along with the shoe company mentality of making players who were larger than life. That all started with Jordan of course. Sometimes you get the sense, when they say Michael won six rings or Magic won five, that they did it all by themselves. I think that mentality is anathema to the players from the old days, certainly the old Knicks, who understood that it was …continue reading

Trusting Guts, Gutted Trust: R.I.P. 2012 NBA Season?

@SherwoodStrauss: Lesson, written in comic sans: Tell people to trust your gut BEFORE you gut their trust A day after all signs– imparted by two near-ceaseless days of negotiations — pointed to a modicum of progress in the NBA labor talks, a sudden, almost inexplicable breakdown Thursday evening yielded a familiarly tragic face. With one ghoulish line, Dan Gilbert, Comic Sans scholar and soon-to-be-owner of four newly-minted Ohio casinos, changed the entire tone and tenor of the lockout proceedings. Well, on Twitter anyway. In so doing, Gilbert, who also happens to own the Cleveland Cavaliers, instantly usurped the title of …continue reading

Why We Love the Game

My greatest gift that I have in life is basketball- Isiah Thomas As we begin the third week of October it appears that much of the 2011-2012 basketball season will be lost. There are a number of very real economic consequences which will accumulate from the loss of games, not only from the number of employees that have been let go from their franchises, but also from the decrease in business for numerous restaurants and stores close to arenas. Livelihoods are threatened. Much more rides on this lockout than just a game. And yet, while many fans of the NBA …continue reading

Robert and Jim and Mike go to Wall Street

As a foreward, let me just say that neither Mike, Jim nor myself made this video to either support and encourage or condemn and mock the actual #occupywallstreet movement. We’re talking about basketball. And trying to be funny. And while we’re trying to be funny (and hopefully succeeding), we’re actually really peeved about the cancellation of NBA games (you can read our formal declaration of grievances here). Alas, being really peeved about the cancellation of NBA games puts us (and probably you, Knickerblogger’s readership) in a rather small minority — the 1%, if you will. But if one starts to …continue reading


Declaration of the Occupation of New York City obscure NBA blogs. And Twitter. Because we want basketball. As we gather together in solidarity angry boredom to express a feeling of mass injustice minor inconvenience, we must not lose sight of what brought us together. We write so that all people basketball fanz who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world NBA can know that we are your allies. As one people gaggle of bloggers, united, we acknowledge the reality: that the future of the human race professional basketball requires works better with the cooperation of its members; that …continue reading

Put On For Your City

My whole perspective on the lockout, and the NBA in general, changed today when my friend asked, “Will anyone really care about Kobe’s Denver Citibank Armadillos vs. Lebron’s Akron MetLife Wildcats?” He was referencing Amar’e Stoudemire’s recent suggestion of the players creating their own league with its own season. “No,” I responded, “No one would.” Up until this summer, I always thought the players were the only focus in the NBA. Now, I am realizing the heart of the league lies much deeper. It dawned on me that real fans, like myself, yearn for the league and the game, not …continue reading