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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Author: max fisher-cohen

In addition to writing for Knickerblogger, Max teaches English at Tallahassee Community College and writes short stories. He recently finished a feature screenplay, and he is working right now to raise the funds to film it. You can check it out on Kickstarter.

Recent Articles

The New Amar’e Stoudemire

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second installment of a four part examination of what has gone wrong since the Knicks’ 18-5 start—a stretch in which they were beating teams by an average of over seven points a game—and whether or not the Knicks can return [in varying degrees] to their early-season form. You can read part one here and part two here.) Let’s be happy. Remember that time, a little over two years ago, when it looked like Stoudemire would lead the Knicks to their best season in a decade? Okay, now let’s be depressed. Think of  Stoudemire’s 2011-12 season. Think of a fire …continue reading

On Iman Shumpert’s Current Level of Production

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second installment of a four part examination of what has gone wrong since the Knicks’ 18-5 start—a stretch in which they were beating teams by an average of over seven points a game—and whether or not the Knicks can return [in varying degrees] to their early-season form. You can find part one here.) Despite the universal love that the fan base has for our 2nd year combo guard, I come to bury Iman, not to praise him. How much Iman Shumpert can and hopefully will improve as he continues to recover from last year’s horrific knee injury …continue reading

A Finicky Old Sports Car

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first installment of a four part examination of what happened after the Knicks’ 18-5 start, during which they were beating opponents by an average of over seven points a game, and whether or not the Knicks can return (in varying degrees) to their early-season form.) If you’re a casual NBA fan looking for a slightly more original way of getting Knick fans worked up these days, something more pertinent to this iteration of the Knicks than James Dolan, Jeremy Lin, or the Carmelo Anthony trade, you have a couple options. The first is to make some …continue reading

Kn___s 80, Clippers 93

New York Knicks 80 Final Recap | Box Score 93 Los Angeles Clippers Kenyon Martin, PF 28 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-1 FT | 9 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | 0Martin, likely recalling his time with the Clippers last year, did a lot of fouling tonight. On most nights, that would be a bad idea, but with the terrible free throw shooting of LAC’s bigs, the fouls were a big part of why New York was able to keep this game from getting ugly. His +/- showed …continue reading

Knicks 99, Sixers 93

Philadelphia 76ers 93 FinalRecap | Box Score 99 New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony, SF 40 MIN | 6-18 FG | 16-18 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 29 PTS | -14Another day, another 40+ minute game, but at least this one was a win.Anthony looked really good tonight in spite of the fact that his perimeter shot still wasn’t working. He was super-aggressive and made quick decisions on his post-ups, spinning and winning and grinning his way to 18 free throw attempts. This aggression led to a number of …continue reading

Superstar Power Play

I have written before about how the NBA holds an unfair amount of power in comparison to the Players’ Association. Strict tampering rules, the collective bargaining agreement, and the NBA’s monopoly as the premiere professional basketball league give the NBA a technical advantage, and the brevity of the average players’ career along with many players’ immaturity in handling their finances gives the league a financial one. However, there is one person, with the help of perhaps the most powerful agency in the NBA, who appears to be fighting back, at least for a handful of the league’s superstars. Henry Abbott, …continue reading

The Turtle-Knicks

Aesop taught us when we were very small that the slow and steady tortoise can beat the hare. Have the Knicks been slow and steady in their improvement, or did they, like the hare, wait around, give only partial effort for half the season, assuming that all the other NBA teams were wearing half-shells? Many point to the firing of D’Antoni as the moment when the Knicks woke up and began to run for their lives. However, if you take a look at the chart below, you can see that this year’s team should be called the Turtle-Knicks, for they …continue reading