With the Knicks 2011 season almost upon us, it’s time to analyze the roster. Usually teams have some stability from one year to the next, but New York has only a third of the players returning. How New York is going to perform is more of a mystery than previous years. This year’s I’ll look at each position and attempt to address the critical question for those players. Shooting Guards: Who will be the starter? It’s hard to believe, but the longest tenured Knick after Eddy Curry is Wilson Chandler. Over the past few seasons Chandler has been the starting …continue reading
Looking for some insight on the Knicks early in the preseason I called Howard Beck of the New York Times. He spent 17 minutes and 33 seconds talking to me about the team.
I sat down with Kelenna Azubuike for 9 minutes and 41 seconds, and he was kind enough to answer some questions. Mike Kurylo: How are you feeling? Donnie Walsh said that you weren’t running yet, but that you were running on the Alter-G, and the next step is to start running on grass. Is that true? Kelenna Azubuike: Yeah. I’ll be running grass soon, and then on the court. I’ll be back soon. It’s getting better. I’m trusting it more and more, and the strength is getting better and better. Mike Kurylo: Given that you’re injured now, what do you …continue reading
Mike Kurylo was there for the pre-Media day interview of Donnie Walsh and Mike D’Antoni. Here is some of what was said.
Team Name: New York Knicks
Last Year’s Record: 29-53
Key Losses: David Lee, Al Harrington, Chris Duhon, Tracey McGrady, The Stench of Futility
Key Additions: Amar’e Stoudemire, Raymond Felton, Anthony Randolph, Kelenna Azubuike, Ronnie Turiaf, Roger Mason Jr., Landry Fields, Timofey Mozgov
Been a while since I’ve gotten a request from the old inbox, so I thought I’d take the time to answer. Do the Knicks have any interest what-so-ever in resigning Tracy McGrady? I know that most people think T-Mac will never be half the player that he once was, and there is more than enough evidence to support that. However, he won’t be worse than he was last year, and last year, even injured, he still always seemed to have the highest IQ on the floor, especially in a Knicks uniform. He can pass as good as anyone in the …continue reading
Standing outside Madison Square Garden some summers ago, near the atm’s, yards away from Gerry Cosby’s. Through the glass doors, newly hired Knicks boss Donnie Walsh walked out. I watched as he stood there, lit a cigarette, a Clifford Odetts character in the flesh, he shoulda been named Sydney. As in the guy with the job nobody else wanted, toiling under the boss the whole city smirked about, for a franchise in perpetual free-fall. The suit too big, the bags under the eyes, this was a guy, this Donnie Walsh, made Jeff Van Gundy look like Randy Couture. This Donnie …continue reading