On This Date: Knicks retire Clyde’s Number and the Amare buzzer beater that wasn’t

December 15, 1979: Knicks Retire Walt “Clyde” Frazier’s number in the rafters

The Knicks hung up Walt “Clyde” Frazier’s #10 in the Madison Square Garden rafters. His number was the 2nd number retired by the team after Willis Reed in 1976.

Clyde played his first 10 seasons with the Knicks. He spent the 1978 and ’79 seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers, but injuries hobbled him during his tenure with the team. Due to his age and health, the Cavaliers waived him 3 games into the 1979-80 season and Clyde retired shortly afterwards.

Clyde ended his career as a 7-time All Star and a 2 time NBA Finals Champion. He retired as the Knicks all-time leader in points (14,617) until Patrick Ewing eclipsed that mark. His 4,791 assists still remains the Knicks all-time career high. The NBA enshrined him into the hall of fame in 1987.

December 15, 2010:  The Amare Stoudemire game-winner that wasn’t

In the bright lights of Madison Square Garden and in the eyes of millions watching on ESPN, Amare Stoudemire almost sent shockwaves around the world with a buzzer beating three against the Celtics.

Amare swished a three, but released the shot at least 0.2 seconds past the buzzer. By the time Amare caught the basketball, he was still turning to take the shot. Additionally, Landry Fields passed the ball a little bit too low for him.

With that said, the game was another thriller for Knicks fans. Amare led the team with 39 points, his 9th straight game of 30+ points. That streak remains a Knicks record to date.

The Knicks held a solid lead for most of the game until the Celtics made a significant run in the 4th quarter. In the end, it was Knick killer Paul Pierce who hit the game-winning basket over Amare.  To me, the best Celtics moment was ex-Knick Nate Robinson flipping over Pierce celebrating the basket.1

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