“I’m just so thankful every day I get to play. Two years ago I was just trying to make it; 15th man didn’t matter to me just as long as I was on the team. I always try to take a step back from the journey and see the bigger picture.”
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I was six-years-old when my love affair began with the New York Knicks. That was forty-two years ago. It was also the year they won their first of two NBA championships.
How can a young boy growing up in the schoolyards of Brooklyn not be affected by the way the Knicks played the game?
“The Knicks in 1970 had a team that a college coach could take his team to see and say, ‘now there’s the way the game is supposed to be played,” said the late Pete Newell.
Three years later the Knicks won the championship once again. The core of their organization; Walt Frazier, Bill Bradley, Willis Reed, Phil Jackson and Dave Debusschere were together for both titles. The Knicks were a team that played the right way. They hit the open man, they defended and pulled for each other. Red Holzman was the head coach who made it all happen. Red’s assistant coach was team trainer, Danny Whelan. It was a time teams didn’t have “second-row” assistants.
It’s probably the last time you will ever see an NBA championship starting five (1973) all from a non-high major college: Frazier (Southern Illinois), Monroe (Winston-Salem), Bradley (Princeton), Debusschere (U of Detroit), Reed (Grambling).
The Knicks were a team dedicated to one common purpose: Winning a championship!
Over the next few years I watched the Knicks as much as possible on television and listened to them on the radio. Marv Albert doing the play-by-play alongside Cal Ramsay who handled the analysis. I can’t forget the night while watching the Knicks play in Phoenix, Suns guard Ron Lee crashed into the press table and spilled soda all over Cal’s new sport jacket.
On Christmas night in 1976 I attended my first Knicks home game. I sat in the red seats, just a few feet from the court. It was Julius Erving’s first season as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers. That night ‘The Doctor’ broke my heart with a couple of big shots down the stretch to beat my team 105-104. Brooklyn’s own Lloyd Free led Philly with 30 points as Bob McAdoo scored 24 for the Knicks.
Two years later the Knicks drafted Micheal Ray Richardson; an unknown, exciting point guard out of the University of Montana. After watching “Sugar” play for the Knicks, he became my favorite player. I loved the way he defended, shared the ball and slashed to the basket. In the schoolyard I would emulate his jump-shot and his over-the-head finger roll.
In 1982, after four seasons that saw the Knicks make the playoffs just once (losing to the Bulls 2-0) Sugar was gone. I was bitter for a year or two but the good thing was they traded him for Bernard King.
Hubie Brown was the new Knicks head coach and he got them to the Eastern Conference semi-finals in his first season.
Scraping up money to attend as many home games as possible was the norm. Reading about them every single morning in the New York Post, New York Daily News and the New York Newsday; I felt like an expert. Picking up Basketball Digest each month also kept me up on not only my team but the entire league.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Pete Vescey of the New York Post providing the best material in and around the league.
We would use our student I.D. at the ticket window in the lobby of the Garden to get half price off an eight dollar ticket only to find ourselves climbing the countless escalators to the roof. We sat in “Blue Heaven.”
If there was a sell-out (19,500) we were screwed. One night I recall the LA Lakers in town and the game was sold out.
I was crushed. I was hoping to see Magic vs Sugar.
But fear not, we found a way to sneak in. I walked around the Garden searching for an open door. The gate to the ramp where the visiting bus would use was up, there was a delivery truck talking to the security guard, I snuck around the other side and ran up the to the game.
The never-ending escalator climb sucked. On our way up to the top, at each level we’d try to schmooze the usher standing at each door but to no avail. The old men in their MSG-issued red blazers knew we were students.
Watching King, the former Fort Hamilton High School scoring machine dominate the opposition either in the post with his sweet turn-around or soaring in from the wing for a slam-dunk. BK had the Garden jumping. Or if they were giving the more talented Boston Celtics with Larry Bird all they could handle only to come up short, we admired the Knicks toughness. Last bit not least, listening to Hubie shout out from the bench, “POWER RIGHT, POWER RIGHT!”
After games we’d wait outside on the street for the players. Chatting them up sometimes close to midnight. I recall one night hanging out with Hubie in front of the parking lot where he kept his car. He had a stat sheet in one hand, a can of diet coke in the other, a black leather bag over his shoulder. He talked to us like we were his coaching staff.
The Garden was electric on Christmas night in 1984 when King scored 60 points against the New Jersey Nets. What people forget is the Nets won the game and Michael Ray, playing for the Nets scored 36 points. I should know, I was there rooting for Sugar as he dropped 24 points in the second half against his former team.
Players like Rory Sparrow and Edmund Sherrod ran the point. I admired Louie Orr battle bigger and stronger forwards on a nightly basis. Watching Billy Cartwright shoot that odd-looking shot and of course there was the late Marvin ‘The Eraser” Webster swatting shots into the third row.
One season I attended 39 of the 41 home games. I was nuts; it cost me my first girlfriend too. I put the Knicks ahead of a wonderful girl.
I watched guys like Larry Demic, Sly Williams, Eddie Lee Wilkins and Ken ‘The Animal” Bannister. Others that came through 33rd and 8th that should always be remembered is Eric Fernsten, Brian Quinnet.
The NBA used to schedule pre-season doubleheader exhibition games at the Garden; 6PM and 8PM. It was there that I saw a glimpse of a future Hall of Fame player in Dennis Rodman. ’The Worm’ minus the tattoo’s and body piercings was a rookie with the Detroit Pistons in the six o’clock game. There were about 400 people in the stands.
I can’t forget the veterans who were a little past their prime but had a ton of experience on their resume, brought in by the Knicks front office. Guys like Kiki Vandeweghe, Paul Westphal, Mike Newlin, Doc Rivers, Rolando Blackman, Derek Harper, Penny Hardaway and Steve Francis.
This year’s Knicks squad has gone back to that “experience” philosophy by bringing in Jason Kidd (39), Kurt Thomas (39) and Marcus Camby (38).
Hubie lasted four seasons in New York; early in his fifth year he was fired after going 4-12. Bob Hill took over.
The following season Rick Pitno took over after Hill went 20-46. Hubie’s former assistant made the playoffs in both of his years at the Garden.
Then it was Stu Jackson and John MacLeod running the show with players like Trent Tucker, Rod Strickland, Mark Jackson, Gerald Wilkins and Johnny Newman.
Pat Riley came on board in 1991. Riley brought a different brand of basketball than the one he used to be successful in LA. Instead of the fast-breaking, up-tempo style, Riley came in with the “tough-guy” approach. The Knicks had guys like Charles Oakley, Xavier McDaniel, Anthony Mason and Greg Anthony to provide the muscle.
Riley coached the Knicks for four seasons reaching the finals in 1994. Assistant coach Jeff Van Gundy took over. JVG was a grinder, one of the hardest working guys in the profession. Hard work paid off.
Five years later the Knicks made it to the finals against the San Antonio Spurs (the strike season). New York’s regular season record was 27-23. Once again they came up short going down four games to one.
Coaches like Lenny Wilkins, Don Nelson, Herb Williams, Larry Brown and Isiah Thomas all ran the ship at one time or another. Since Holzmann stepped down in 1982, the Knicks have had 16 head coaches.
Mike D’Antoni arrived in 2008 and tried to clean up the mess. His uptempo style that was called “.07 seconds or less” in Phoenix was met with mixed emotions. Some said that the style was only good for the regular season and would not work in the playoffs. He was gone after three and half years, making the playoffs just once.
I will give credit to D’Antoni for giving Jeremy Lin a chance of a lifetime last year. Lin brought excitement to the Garden.
The Knicks picked up Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire; two very good players to build the Knicks into contenders. Last year, Lin came on the scene and lit the Garden up. He was by far the most popular Knicks player.
The former Harvard guard who was cut by three teams, played in the D-League and was sitting at the end of the Knicks bench when D’Antoni called his number.
In 35 games, Lin scored 14 PPG and dished out 6.2 assists per game. But Lin wound up getting hurt and missed the last part of the season, including the playoffs.
Now, in the summer of 2012, the Houston Rockets (a team that cut him last year) has signed him; the Knicks refused to match the offer.
When I think back to the Knicks of the early 70′s, Lin is the one player who would fit in rather nicely with them.
The past twelve years the Knicks have been difficult to watch. They are still trying to win their first play-off series in that period. From 2001 to 2010 they made the post-season just once! Going out in the first round the past two years, it’s been difficult to watch.
Like Phil Jackson recently said on HBO’s, Real Sports; ”the pieces do not fit.”
How much can a Knicks fan take?
Knicks fans deserve much better.
Jeremy Lin, a guy who was sleeping on his brother’s couch just a few months ago signs an offer sheet with the Houston Rockets, so the Knicks get Raymond Felton. Will Lin be back in the Big Apple? If not, there will be a lot of upset fans on 33rd and 8th.
The Nets pick-up C.J. Watson as a back-up to Deron Williams. Some are calling Brooklyn’s backcourt of Williams and Joe Johnson the best in the league.
Can you imagine coaching a basketball team with Kevin Durant coming off your bench?
Kyrie Irving wants to play Kobe Bryant one-on-one with the loser promising to pay $50,000 to the winner’s charity. That challenge brought me back to 1995 when Shaq was going to play Hakeem, Kevin Garnett vs Joe Smith & Kenny Anderson vs Nick Van Excel. It was to be televised on Pay-Per View in Atlantic City. I was at the press conference at the All-Star Cafe. Never happened. It’s funny because the chain restaurant wasn’t even complete yet. The players pulled up in limo’s and there was no one there to greet them.
Irving, the NBA’s reigning rookie of the year will not be playing anyone one-on-one for a while; he broke his hand out of frustration by slapping the padding on the wall during the Cavs practice in Las Vegas. Keep those emotions in check!
Have you been watching the NBA Summer League? I have. It’s been interesting to say the least. Mike Dunlap is the only head coach running the show on the sidelines for his team. I love how hard he has the Bobcats playing. They are also sharing the ball, defending and running good stuff on offense. Rookies Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Jeffrey Taylor looked good. Interesting tidbit on Dunlap’s hiring. After sitting down with Michael Jordan, MJ mentioned that Dunlap was a guy he could play for.
AAU season is in full swing with tournaments all over the country. Big ups to Camp Darryl out of Michigan; they are in the championship game of the Hoosier shootout. Darryl Matthews, the head coach and director of the program told me this morning that he’s been taking his team to the shootout for past 10 years. In his first four years Camp Darryl was 0-16.
Watched Outside the Lines on ESPN Sunday morning; their topic? College athletes who transfer schools. Norm Chow and Jay Bilas were guests. I think the NCAA should examine this issue and look to make some changes.
Reading a lot of quotes from college basketball coaches on how happy they are to be able to work their players out in the summer. What took the NCAA so long to put this rule into place?
We had some interesting movement around the NBA the past few days.
Hey, it’s pro sports, athletes move.
After the NBA Draft took center stage (did you hear the fans boo David Stern?) it was all about the “vets” packing up their gym bags and changing their address. Speaking of the draft, I found it odd that Michigan State’s Draymond Green slipped to the 2nd round. The Warriors selected the six-foot nine forward from Saginaw with the 35th pick overall. I will go on record as saying Green will have a fine NBA career.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports on how Ray Allen left Boston and why the shooting guard is taking his talents to South Beach. This move will be interesting. The Heat are filling in the pieces (that is, if they have any missing pieces).
“He felt he was getting respect that he hadn’t gotten from [Celtics president] Danny [Ainge] and [coach] Doc [Rivers] anymore,” a source close to Allen said Friday night. “…The presentation was incredible.”
Allen is the guy you always saw shooting on the court hours before anyone else arrived (See Larry Bird from the 80′s). Allen was the guy with the good rep, positive character, that is well liked.
Steve Nash to the Lakers. What a get! Kobe has a guy who can get him the ball and take some pressure off of him. My only concern is Nash wears jersey number 13; a guy they used to call ‘The Big Dipper” wore that number back in the day for the Lakers.
Jason Kidd to 33rd and 8th. This deal reminds me of past New York deals in bringing in perimeter players that were at the end of their careers. Guys like Paul Westphal, Mo Cheeks, Doc Rivers, Kiki Vandeweghe, Derek Harper, Rolando Blackman, Mike Newlin, Randy Smith, and Penny Hardaway. I think Kidd will be ok; but Jeremy Lin, who I love signed an offer sheet with the Houston Rockets, the team that let him go last year.
I had to laugh when I recently read a story about Lin. At the bottom of the article readers are permitted voice their opinion so they leave comments; it’s amazing how so many people forget about what Lin did for the Knicks organization last season. How about starting in 25 games and scoring 14 PPG and dishing out 6 APG? Not to mention he brought the team back from the dead.
My guy Double R told me the “Garden was like a Morgue” before Lin got off the pine.
Phil Mushnick of the NY Post on Jeremy Lin and also some cool tidbits about Walt Frazier. The man they call ‘Clyde’ talks about how sitting out one year in college helped him and also how his college coach Jack Hartman insisted he play defense or get off the court.
There was even an academic connection between Harvard’s Lin and SIU’s Frazier. Frazier told Trautwig that he became a genuine college student the season he had to sit out because of poor grades. “The best thing that ever happened to me.”
That season, he only could play on the student squad in practice sessions against the varsity, and he was only allowed to play defense, which is when and how he learned to play defense.
Frazier recalled that his defense was so disruptive to the plays coach Jack Hartman tried to run that, “He’d holler, ‘Frazier, go sit down!’ That’s where my love for defense developed.”
Did you see this story on agent Andy Miller and his ties to AAU teams? Is there really a problem with this? Here’s a guy trying to help kids play basketball. Help me out with this, please!
My guy Carl M. from Brooklyn pleads with me every day to “check out this guy Mirza Teletovic on You Tube!”
Mitch Abramson of the NY Daily News on a boys high school basketball coach suspended for recruiting violations.
After leading Forest Hills to a second-place finish in Queens ‘AA’ a year and a half ago, a league-wide investigation revealed Chobhaphand tried to lure a former junior varsity player from Francis Lewis to Forest Hills. Chobhaphand was slapped with a year-long ban, forcing him to miss the 2010-2011 playoffs and all of last season.
How about the middle school principal who used her daughters to plant a camera in the locker room? Check out TheBlaze.com for the story. Seems like the coach of the basketball team yells at the team too much and the principal wanted to see if the daughters story was true.
Please keep the word ‘dream’ out of the conversation the rest of the summer when talking about the 2012 Men’s United States Olympic basketball team.
Just once I wish the “guys in the truck” would put a microphone on David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox when he gets on base. I find it refreshing when he stands at first base or second and chats it up with an opponent. Baseball is a fun game. Enjoy yourself! Let’s hear what Big Papi is talking about on the base-paths!
Wednesday night I watched the New York Knicks crush the Orlando Magic.
New York played without Jeremy Lin and Amare Stoudemire.
Since Mike Woodson has taken over as head coach, the Knicks are 8-1.
Marc Berman of the NY Post on the incredible night for the Knickerbockers which had Carmelo Anthony a +33 and Dwight Howard a -31.
SF Gate Blog on Ray Lewis and his motivational talk to the Stanford men’s basketball team.
Bill Koch of Cincinnati.com on Mick Cronin head coach of the Bearcats wanting to play more up-tempo next season.
Mike Hunt of JS Online.com with his piece on Don Nelson who’s going into the basketball Hall of Fame.
“It’s a great honor to cap my career,” Nelson told ESPN. “I’ve had a great time and a great life coaching basketball.
Congratulations to Danny Manning; he’s been named the new head coach at Tulsa.
Felisha Legette-Jack was fired 2 weeks ago from Indiana…I’m just finding that out now.
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What is happening to my beloved New York Knicks?
Jeremy Lin and crew have lost 4 straight games and 7 of their last 10. Last night they fell to the Milwaukee Bucks 119-114.
Doc Sadler was fired at Nebraska yesterday. Sadler had a record of 101-89 in 6 years.
Shawn Windsor of the Detroit Free Press on Tom Izzo and how he feels about Bruce Weber being fired at Illinois.
“I think it was ridiculous the way that thing was handled. And if I take abuse for that, I really don’t care, because I’m also the president of our association. This isn’t about a friendship. This is about a profession.
“And whenever you’re in an organization, whether it be yours, whether it be mine, or whether it be a business one, the only way you can be successful is if, top to bottom, from the president to the trainer, we’re all on the same page, and that in five, six months, you can determine something.
“I feel bad for the Illini nation, because somebody’s — somebody pulled the rug out from under them. I feel bad for those players that have been there that, in my estimation, weren’t given a fair chance back about the middle of January, whenever that famous statement was made.
Congrats to New Mexico last night. They beat UNLV in the Mountain West tournament.
How about the Cincinnati Bearcats? Mick Cronin’s team upset Syracuse last night in the Big East tournament.
Chico State won their first NCAA tournament game since 1958.
Zach Hillesland of the New York Times on Mike Brey and Notre Dame basketball.
One of the first things Coach ever said to me turned out to be one of the most significant. It was during my first year, one of the very first practices, and I had forced up a terrible attempt at a 3-point shot. He pulled me aside later and said, “You don’t need to reinvent yourself.”
It took me seven years to figure out that he was not talking about on-court skills. He was talking about personality. And therein lies the rub. Don’t reinvent yourself. The guys who try to reinvent themselves falter. He is not saying, “Don’t improve,” he is saying, “Understand who you are, and translate that to the court.”
Immature players do not thrive in his system. Make yourself a man and you will have an open seat at the table. And that is not saying you cannot be a kid or that you cannot make mistakes, but when you step on the court and put that jersey on, you better take accountability for yourself and you better at least resemble a grownup.
Two solid semi’s today in the Big Ten. Wisconsin-Michigan State. Michigan-Ohio State to follow.
Which men’s college basketball coach do you think wakes up the earliest in the morning? Who gets the least amount of sleep during the season?
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Congratulations to the Detroit Titans men’s basketball team. They beat Valpo last night in the Horizon League Championship 70-50.
To make it more impressive, Ray McCallum’s team did it on Valpo’s home floor in front of an enthusiastic crowd.
It’s the first trip to the Big Dance since 1999 for Detroit.
Ray McCallum Jr. led the way with 21 points on 10-16 shooting from the field.
A big key in the game was Detroit’s defense; they forced Valpo into 18 turnovers on the night.
A couple of years ago when Titans point guard Ray Jr. was being recruited out of Detroit Country Day I told someone that follows the game the outstanding point guard will go to U of D and play for his father. The guy looked at me and said it was a mistake if he did that, that the kid should go off on his own and make his own name and play big time basketball somewhere else. Hate to say it but this guy was wrong.
Give credit to the Detroit fans that showed up at Valpo to support their guys. Loved their passion and enthusiasm in the stands.
What is it with NBA players that drive into the lane and scream? Jeremy Lin is now officially an NBA player. When he drives to the goal and gets bumped, he screams, “AAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYY”
Congratulations to Stan Heath of South Florida; he was named Big East Coach of the Year.
Speaking of the Big East, ESPN makes a crucial turnover by not having Fran Fraschilla on their telecasts for the tournament at Madison Square Garden.
I also have to send congrats to Harvard, they are dancing for the first time since 1946. Tommy Amaker has done a great job.
Myron Medcalf of ESPN.com on Western Kentucky, after firing their head coach earlier this year and their record at 5-14 at one point will be playing in the NCAA tournament, they are the Sun Belt Champs. The Hilltoppers are 15-18 on the season.
John Supinie of the Lincoln Courier on a college basketball player, Meyers Leonard not voted to the Big Ten all-conference team; his coach, Bruce Weber has pumped him up for the up coming conference tournament.
“You have something to prove. Go to Indianapolis, help us be successful. You finish on a great note and make all-tournament. The only way to make all-tournament is to win. You have to play more than one game. It’s something I’ve told them all the time. The guys that make all-conference come from the teams that have success.’’
Mike Cassazza of the Charleston Daily Mail on Bob Huggins of West Virginia and his thoughts on his guy, Kevin Jones not being named Player of the Year in the Big East.
“It doesn’t bother me as much as whoever it was that didn’t deem him as first-team,” Huggins said. “I mean, how could he not be a unanimous pick for the first team? Who can name six players in this league who are better than he is? ”Someone didn’t think he was nearly as good as obviously we think he is, or that he didn’t have the year we thought he did. But I couldn’t imagine who didn’t put him on the first team.”
Speaking of awards, The Sporting News named Bill Self Coach of the Year. I’m not a big fan of this award, it could have gone to guys like Tom Crean, Frank Haith, John Beilein, Tom Izzo or Mike Brey.
Raymond Rolak of the Boxscore with MAC hoops notes reports that Charlie Coles at Miami of Ohio will retire. Coles is one of the nicest guys you can ever meet in the coaching business.
LIU and Robert Morris tonight for the NEC Championship.
Still looking for everyone’s help during the next few weeks. Keep an eye out for a late game situation at the HS or college level. Up 3, on defense, less than 7 seconds left in the game. Do you foul or just defend?
Quote of the Day: “When it comes to the NBA, it’s not about getting there, it’s staying there.’’ -Bruce Weber
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This is by far the best time of year in the sport of basketball.
Matter of fact it beats anything in any sport out there.
At the high school level here in the State of Michigan you have district tournaments starting tonight. In college conference tournaments have started and will go all the way through Sunday. Then it’s on to the NCAA tournament. Not to mention the Junior College tournaments and of course D-2, D-3 and NAIA tournaments.
Did you see the numbers Rajon Rondo put up yesterday against the New York Knicks? In a 115-112 overtime win Rondo scored 18 points, grabbed 20 rebounds and dished out 17 assists. Here’s Jeremy Lin on Rondo:
“He’s just unconventional, but like I said before the game he’s one of the best in the league. There aren’t many guards, maybe no guards who can put up numbers like that. We didn’t do a good job of containing him and he obviously controlled the tempo of the game.”
Dan Hope of the Lantern on Ohio State’s win at Michigan State on Sunday. The win gives the Buckeyes a piece of the Big Ten regular season championship. They will be nice and share with MSU and Michigan.
Washington Post via the A.P. on Jim Baron, fired at Rhode Island after 11 years.
Jeff Thomas of the Republican on top-seeded Iona going down to Fairfield in the MAAC tournament. The Gaels went 25-7. Will they get invited to the Big Dance?
In case you missed it Saturday night, Butler was knocked out of the Horizon tournament by host Valpo. Tuesday night Bryce Drew’s team will take on University of Detroit in the finals.
KC Johnson of the Chicago Tribune on the Chicago Bulls – part of their success is sharing the ball. Derrick Rose talks about the team that leads the NBA in assists.
“It’s very easy to play on a team like this. We don’t care about who shoots. In certain possessions, I want the ball toward the end. Other than that, we don’t care. Pass the ball to anyone. Anyone has the green light if it’s a good shot. That’s the way it should be.”
Quote of the Day: “Things haven’t gone as well as everyone on the outside wanted it to be, but I’ve seen this team fight through it in practice. I think we’ve grown up in the last two weeks. We got knocked down, but we’ve shown we could get back up.’’ -Thad Matta
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Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports on the Knicks-Heat game last night. Miami came out on top 102-88.
Shandel Richardson of the Sun Sentinel on Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra with a few words about Jeremy Lin.
“It’s terrific to be involved with changing people’s perceptions, but ultimately, hopefully a year from now the story will be about the basketball story and it won’t be about ethnicity.”
Jerry Rhead, a local youth baseball and basketball coach recently wrote about enthusiasm in a coach on the sidelines.
Congratulations to the LIU Blackbirds. Jimmy Ferry’s Flatbush avenue crew clinched the NEC regular season title. The marketing folks at LIU should have a promo with Junior’s restaurant, located right across the street. When LIU scores 80 points or more, with your ticket stub you can get a free slice of their fantastic cheesecake.
Do you know about Iowa Hawkeyes senior Matt Gatens? Well maybe you should do some research. The guy scored 33 last night against Wisconsin. Few nights before against IU he had 30. Iowa has won 4 of their last 6 games.
Quote of the Day: “We got a journey ahead,” -Tyson Chandler
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The New York Knicks beat the Atlanta Hawks last night at MSG 99-82; it’s New York’s 9th victory in the last 11 games.
Jeremy Lin scored 17 points and handed out 9 assists. Lin is also the first New York based-athlete to make the cover of Sports Illustrated 2 weeks in a row. The Knicks head south for a meeting with the Miami Heat tonight.
Steve Adamek on the New York Times on the Knickerbockers win. There’s no bigger story in all of basketball than J-Lin. It’s incredible what he has done for an organization, a league, a city, a country, and society.
“Right now we have a lot of scorers, so I have to get the scorers the ball where they need the ball and get people shots,” Lin said. “I don’t have to shoot as much with these guys coming back.”
Here’s a lesson for all youth basketball players. Syracuse, the top ranked college basketball team in the country does not have anyone in the top 15 scoring leaders in the Big East. It’s all about the team!
Josh Barr of the Washington Post on Huntington Prep. Are they a school or a basketball team?
“We don’t consider [programs like this] as being a part of high school basketball programs in this country,” said Bob Gardner, executive director of the National Federation of State High School Associations, which represents state high school athletic federations.
Matt Haag of the Dallas Morning News on a high school basketball player charged with DWI and leaving the scene of an accident.
Seth Davis of SI.com on the blame game people play when it comes to their favorite coach. Seth chimes in on Steve Alford of New Mexico and an e-mail from a fan.
Travis’ e-mail is yet another example of just how misguided criticism of coaches can be. If fans aren’t happy with their program — and at some point, most of them aren’t — their reflexive reaction is to call for a coaching change. In the grand scheme of things, however, the coach is not nearly as fundamental to a program’s success as many fans want to believe. All you have to do is look at Alford’s record before and after his Iowa tenure, not to mention Iowa’s record before and after Alford coached there.
Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports on Larry Eustachy’s long road back. Great read! Plus some really inspiring quotes.
The story went national instantly, and was intensely followed locally. There was a suspension by the school, calls from editorial page of The Des Moines Register for a firing, fervent moralizing on ESPN’s “Outside The Lines.” There was an emotional news conference in which Eustachy admitted he was an alcoholic. There were news helicopters hovering over the coach’s house as he hunkered down inside. Ultimately, there was a firing of the 2000 National Coach of the Year.
“It was so devastating, so embarrassing,” Eustachy says. “I’m listening to people talk about me like I’m Charlie Manson.”
Amid the devastation and embarrassment, a letter arrived for Eustachy. It was from a stranger with no last name. An AA member, as it turned out.
“I was so happy when they decided to fire you,” the letter said. “Because I knew it would change your life.”
Matt Charboneau of the Detroit News on Magic Johnson and his thoughts about this year’s Michigan State team and their leader Draymond Green.
“He’s definitely going to make it in the NBA because he can rebound, he can pass and he can shoot, and he’s smart,” Johnson said. “When you can pass, rebound and shoot, and you have a nose for that basketball like he does, and he’s a leader, he’s going to definitely make it.
“I think he’ll be probably late first round and because he’s a four-year guy, a lot of franchises are looking for that type of guy who went to school, who knows, who can come in and play right away, be a sub right away. Draymond is going to be perfect for that role for some team in the late first round.”
I know just as much basketball as the next guy. Green is not only Big Ten Player of the Year, he’s the National Player of the Year!
Quote of the Day: ”When the Knicks are playing good, it’s better for the league. It’s great for the league, what Jeremy Lin is doing. They were looking for a point guard and they found one.” -LeBron James
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