What he Meant to Me

by Kris Pursiainen

Anybody who knows me is aware of how much space in my heart is taken up by basketball, and that space will forever be home to his legacy and my memories of it. This has certainly been reflected in my actions relating to him: endless debates about him and other all-timers with friends fueled by his greatness; asking for his gold jersey for Christmas eight years ago; practicing his signature post-fadeaway jump shot every time I had a ball in my hands; loudly exclaiming his name every time I’ve sent something soaring at a trash can.

I may be only 17 years old, but the impact he has had on my life is more than apparent. It is just over 24 hours after the news of his death, but the event doesn’t feel real in my head: it can’t possibly be real. It’s a tragedy by definition, and one that affects millions of people. My words here can only hope to capture my true thoughts on his legacy. 

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Fizdale says Knicks know who they will take if they win lottery

David Fizdale didn’t give the best poker face when asked if the Knicks would select Zion Williamson if they win the lottery on May 14.

  • If we win the lottery, do I know who we are taking? Yes,” the coach answered.
  • He then gave a “San Diego” poker face when it was suggested the pick would be Zion Williamson. “That was not South Central,” Dan Patrick joked.

WATCH: Steve Mills and Scott Perry on offseason plans

Steve Mills and Scott Perry joined MSG 150 to discuss the offseason with Alan Hahn. Here are some highlights:

  • Shooting: “We want to add some guys that can shoot the basketball. The way the game is going now with the great number of three-point shots, you need guys who can make shots,” Perry said.
  • Identity: “When we went into the beginning season, we said, ‘when we come out at the end, we want to have developed an identity and a feeling inside the organization that the people feel like we are an organization that cares about them, as people, and as basketball players, we get our players better, and this is a place that they all want to come back to. And we accomplished a lot of those things over the course of this season,” Mills explained.