March 13th 2017: John Andariese passed away
Knicks broadcasting legend John Andariese (aka Johnny Hoops) passed away on this date in 2017. The native of Brooklyn spent more than 40 years as the Knicks basketball analyst on both TV and radio. He served as the battery mate for Marv Albert for more than 25 years on the radio and on MSG Network beginning in 1972. He spent one year as the battery mate for Mike Breen before spending the remainder of his career working on the radio alongside various play-by-play announcers such as Marv Albert, Mike Breen, Gus Johnson, and Spero Dedes. I vividly remember listening to Johnny Hoops on the radio throughout the 2000s even when the Knicks were in the doldrums of the NBA.
Outside of the Knicks, Andariese spent more than 10 years as the college basketball TV analyst for NBC Sports between the 80s and 90s. He also hosted a show on NBA TV called NBA Legends with Johnny Hoops. After retiring from broadcasting in 2012, the Basketball Hall of Fame inducted Johnny Hoops as a Curt Gowdy award winner.
March 13th 1990: Gerald Wilkins and Michael Jordan face off in another tough battle
In one of many battles against the Chicago Bulls, it was the Gerald Wilkins & Michael Jordan subplot that became an interesting subplot in the game. While the Bulls defeated the Knicks 111-108, both Wilkins & MJ combined for 60 points and shot over 57% from the field. MJ scored 34 while Wilkins scored 26.
Self-dubbed as the “Jordan Stopper” in the late 80s and early 90s, Wilkins reveled in the few battles fought against Jordan. Wilkins often defended Jordan and made him work for his points on the offensive end. The rivalry lasted until the beginning of Jordan’s first retirement in 1993.