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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Author: Robert Silverman

Hey, did you know that in addition to banging the keys here and occasionally for the NY Times and at ESPN, Robert is a playwright, an actor and a wand'ring mendicant/gadfly? He also once wrestled a bear...and lost.

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No Dominion

On Sunday evening, Jim and Deana Cavan’s beautiful, innocent, perfect baby son Everett succumbed to a cancer that spread aggressively over the past four months from a rhabdoid tumor in his liver to his lungs and, finally, his abdomen.  Rett spent nearly half of his brief but inspiring life in and out of hospital beds, fighting his illness with courage and resilience, his bright blue eyes and irrepressible smile suggesting some inner tranquility that seems impossible for one to whom life dealt such an impossibly unfair hand.  His was a grace that even the cruelest fate could not subdue, a grace inherited through the nature and nurture …continue reading

KNICKS WIN! KNICKS WIN!

New Orleans Pelicans 92 Final Recap | Box Score 99 New York Knicks When I was in grad school, as part of the coursework, in groups of about five to seven, each week we’d have to collaboratively create a short, 10-15 minute play that was in some way related to whatever it was we were studying. There was no director and no script, which certainly made for some interesting and heated, artistic squabbles, especially when there were varying degrees of ability to speak French, but on Friday, come hell or high water, you’d present it in front of all the …continue reading

Happy Knicks Year! (And Knicks-Clippers Game Thread)

It’s a very Bargnani end to 2014! As we send this sad, no-good, laughable year of ‘Bocker basketball into the dustbin of history, Fred Katz of Bleacher Report, ESPN and a bunch of nifty sites dropped by to give us the skinny on Donald Sterling’s Steve Ballmer’s shiny new team. You can read my and Kevin McElroy’s scorching-hot Knicks takes over at ClipperBlog. So the Clips snaggled a slightly-used Mike Woodson. While It’s hard to gauge the impact of assistant coaches, your thoughts on his impact thus far? Like you said, it’s hard to judge assistants from the outside, but if you’re looking for someone …continue reading

Blazers 103, Knicks 99

Portland Trail Blazers 103 Final Recap | Box Score 99 New York Knicks Amar’e Stoudemire, PF 36 MIN | 7-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 10 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 16 PTS | +8 I mean, sure. Some decent rebounding and post defense, but is still mind-numbingly bad whenever he’s facing a pick and roll. Of course, the STAT-Acy-Melo-Shump-Jose quintet represents the Knicks’ 10th different starting lineup in the first 22 contests. At no point have they gone with the same five for more than two games in a row. …continue reading

Nets 98, Knicks 92

Brooklyn Nets 98 Final Recap | Box Score 93 New York Knicks Amar’e Stoudemire, PF 37 MIN | 6-10 FG | 5-7 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 17 PTS | +6 I mean, sure. Why not start STAT. At this point, I’m going to assume that Fisher generates a lineup and subsequent substitution patterns by writing out every Knick’s name on an index card and plops them down on the plush shag carpeting, cranks the heat in his office up to 100 degrees, puts on three heavy nylon …continue reading

Mavericks 109, Knicks 102

New York Knicks 102 Final Recap | Box Score 109 Dallas Mavericks Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I’m sure we’re all bracing ourselves for a Eugene O’Neill-esque sea of simmering resentment and forced pleasantries, a slew of social/political/economic issues that you might be dragooned into to “discussing” with various chain mail-forwarding relatives that you haven’t seen in a year (or more), the drinking habits of various grabby, rant-y family members and possibly screwing on a smile when face-to-face with their new significant others, such that you can practically see the unspoken cartoon thought bubbles bobbing menacingly above everyone’s head: “Hey, where’s Aunt …continue reading

Knicks 91, Sixers Aren’t Interested in Putting a Competitive Team on the Floor. They Scored Some Points, But It’s Irrelevant in the Grand Scheme of Things. Less Than the Knicks.

Philadelphia 76ers 83 Final Recap | Box Score 91 New York Knicks I forget where I read this thesis, so please, apologies to whatever fine writer that wrote this first, but to paraphrase… Some smart person (and it’s really pissing me off that all the Googling isn’t helping me dig it up such that I can properly blockquote him/her) surmises that there’s a fascinating tendency for every blog post about something interesting that’s found in the perpetual churn that is US Popular Culture in the year of our Lord 2014, to be equated to the larger qualms that said writer …continue reading