For the past several months the majority of Knick-related discussion has centered around the draft, and who Phil Jackson should target with the franchise’s first top-five pick since 1986. With an unusually deep draft in the forecast for later this June, there has been talk that the Knicks should perhaps trade down in the draft in order to acquire future/multiple picks while still drafting one of the many promising prospects projected to go in the top fourteen spots. It is a reasonable idea in theory, given the dearth of talent on the current roster and the plethora of owed picks …continue reading
“With the 26th pick in the 1994 NBA draft, the New York Knicks select Charlie Ward from Florida State University.” These words, spoken on June 29th, 1994 by then-commissioner David Stern, represent the end of an epoch in New York, and the beginning of a new science of roster-building. It wasn’t because the Knicks were drafting a franchise player, or even their point guard of the future. It was because from that day forward a “win now” policy was put in place, favoring older, established, and famous players in favor of youth, upside, and the unknown. Ward, drafted over 20 …continue reading
Remember July, 2012? The NBA Players’ Union had just won an arbitration case against the league that redefined whether players retained their “Bird” rights through the waiver process. It was a relatively trivial ruling for most of the league, but a coup for the New York Knicks, whose top two free agents, Jeremy Lin and Steve Novak, had both been claimed off waivers to start the season (and both had played their way into significant salary raises). Lin, of course, was coming off his meteoric rise to international fame, and the New York fan-base exhaled in a collective sigh that …continue reading
April 2, 2008: Walsh hired as President of the Knicks. Supposedly at the insistence of commissioner David Stern, James Dolan hires Walsh to bring the Knicks from international laughingstock back to respectability. Walsh announces a Two Year plan: To restore cap flexibility while still trying to win as many games as possible. April 18, 2008: Isiah Thomas “reassigned”. Walsh had hired Isiah in 2000 to coach the Pacers. Reports were that Walsh liked Isiah and wanted him to stay as coach but new Pacer President Larry Bird wanted Isiah fired. There was no way Walsh and Isiah could co-exist. Unlike …continue reading
Back in December, when Landry Fields was named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for November, I broke down his first month in the NBA and compared it to other notable 2nd round draft picks. Back then he compared favorably to Manu Ginobili, arguably the greatest second round pick since the draft went to two rounds in 1989. With Fields placing fourth in Rookie of the Year balloting, I thought it would be a good time to see if Fields’ first season remained truly one of the great rookie performances by a 2nd round draftee. It is rare for 2nd …continue reading
In honor of Landry Fields being named the Eastern Conference rookie of the month, Z checks out where he fits in historically with other second rounders.