Posts by Vivek Dadhania

Knicks Film School Historian, amongst other things

On This Date: Knicks acquire Doug Christie

October 13th 1994: The New York Knicks acquire Doug Christie

The New York Knicks acquired Doug Christie from the Los Angeles Lakers for two future 2nd round picks in 1997 and 1998. Christie was deemed expendable on the Lakers due to their depth at the guard positions. The Knicks felt a need to stockpile young assets in anticipation for the 1995 Expansion Draft.  Continue reading →

On This Date: Antonio McDyess fractures kneecap and is ruled out for the season

October 12th 2002: Antontio McDyess fractures his kneecap after a putback dunk and is ruled out for the remainder of the season

The 2002-03 season got off on a rough note with various injuries in training camp. The prospects of the regular season became even more grave when newly acquired Antonio McDyess fractured his left kneecap on a putback dunk against the Phoenix Suns with less than 2 minutes remaining in a meaningless preseason game. After the dunk, McDyess clutched his left knee. He walked off on his own, but slammed the scorer’s table knowing his injury was very serious. Continue reading →

On This Date: Knicks host Maccabi Tel Aviv in preseason game

October 11th 2007: The New York Knicks host Maccabi Tel Aviv in Madison Square Garden for a preseason game

The New York Knicks hosted the Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball team for a preseason game in Madison Square Garden. Maccabi Tel Aviv had a long history facing NBA teams in exhibition matchups dating back to 1978. This was, however, their first time facing the Knicks. Continue reading →

On This Date: Knicks sign Dikembe Mutombo

October 9th 2003: The New York Knicks sign Dikembe Mutombo

In desperate need for a big man, the New York Knicks signed free agent Dikembe Mutombo, and his iconic finger wag, to a 2 year contract. Mutombo, then 37, still proved to be a shot blocker that the Knicks lacked for more than 2 seasons. Additionally, Mutombo was one of the taller Knicks on a roster that often featured big men shorter than 6’10.

Mutombo played in 65 games for the Knicks and averaged 1.9 blocks/game. His 123 blocked shots were the most in a season since Marcus Camby in 2001 and wasn’t surpassed until Amare Stoudemire in 2011 (150 blocked shots). He blocked 10 shots in a game against the New Jersey Nets in January 2004, a team record that still stands to this date.

On This Date: Knicks sign Matt Barnes

October 6th 2005: The New York Knicks sign Matt Barnes

10 years (maybe even close to the date) before driving 95 miles to beat up one of his former teammates (and future Knick coach), the New York Knicks signed Matt Barnes to a preseason contract. Barnes spent his first two seasons in his home state of California, playing for both the Los Angeles Clippers & Sacramento Kings. Continue reading →

On This Date: The Knicks acquire Eddy Curry

October 4th 2005: The New York Knicks acquire Eddy Curry

In one of the more startling moves in team history, the New York Knicks acquired Eddy Curry from the Chicago Bulls in a sign-and-trade deal. The Knicks dealt Tim Thomas, Mike Sweetney, and Jermaine Jackson along with a 2006 1st round pick, a 2007 1st round pick swap, a 2007 2nd round pick, and a 2009 2nd round pick. Continue reading →

On This Date: Knicks trade Mo Cheeks to the Hawks

October 3rd 1991: The New York Knicks trade Maurice Cheeks to the Atlanta Hawks

With an impending roster glut at the point guard, the New York Knicks traded veteran point guard Maurice “Mo” Cheeks to the Atlanta Hawks for Tim McCormick and a 1994 1st round pick.

The Knicks originally acquired Cheeks midway during the 1989-90 season after Rod Strickland demanded a trade due to a lack of minutes. Cheeks served as a stabilizing vet at point guard and even took over the starting role from Mark Jackson after the latter struggled with poor conditioning and defense. Continue reading →

On This Date: Knicks sign John Starks

October 1st 1990: The New York Knicks sign John Starks

In one of the most important acquisitions of the 1990s, the New York Knicks signed John Starks as a camp invite for the 1990-91 season. Little did the Knicks front office – coach Stu Jackson and GM Al Bianchi – know that the 6’3 undersized shooting guard that jumped around various teams would become a pivotal player in team history. Continue reading →

On This Date: Knicks acquire Xavier McDaniel

October 1st 1991: The New York Knicks acquire Xavier McDaniel

In one of the culminating moves that would shave the first season of the Pat Riley era, the New York Knicks acquired Xavier “X-Man” McDaniel in a trade with the Phoenix Suns. In return, the Knicks traded Jerrod Mustaf, Trent Tucker, and 2 second round picks (1992 and 1994). Continue reading →

On This Date: The Carmelo Anthony Era ends

September 25th 2017: The New York Knicks finally trade Carmelo Anthony

After many months of speculation, the New York Knicks trade Carmelo Anthony less than 48 hours before the start of training camp. This departure was a long time coming. Discussions marinated early in the 2016-17 season as Phil Jackson publicly sought to move Melo. After the Knicks fired Phil, there was a near agreement to send Melo to the Houston Rockets in a trade centered around Ryan Anderson. However, new GM Scott Perry urged the Knicks to back off on the trade. Continue reading →

On This Date: Knicks sign Cole Aldrich

September 24th 2013: The New York Knicks sign Cole Aldrich

The New York Knicks signed Cole Aldrich to a training camp contract. He was GM Glen Grunwald’s last signing before he was fired the day after. The Knicks sought a backup center and thought Aldrich could compete for one of the final roster spots. Continue reading →

On This Date: Knicks sign Shawne Williams

September 23rd 2010: The New York Knicks sign Shawne Williams

The New York Knicks originally signed Shawne Williams to a training camp contract. Originally, he fought for one of the final roster spots alongside Patrick Ewing Jr. It was Shawne that ended up winning the final roster spot. Continue reading →

On This Date: The Knicks acquire Doc Rivers & Charles Smith

September 21st 1992: The Knicks acquire Doc Rivers & Charles Smith

Shortly before training camp began for the 1992-93 season, the New York Knicks acquired Bo Kimble, Charles Smith, and Doc Rivers in a three-team trade with the Los Angeles Clippers and Orlando Magic. In return, the Knicks traded a 1993 1st round pick to the Magic and hometown point guard Mark Jackson and a 1995 2nd round pick to the Clippers. Continue reading →

On This Date: Cal Ramsey sold to the Syracuse Nationals

September 21st 1960: Cal Ramsey sold to the Syracuse Nationals

The Knicks sold Cal Ramsey to the Syracuse Nationals. Ramsey played all of 7 games with the Knicks during his rookie season after the team claimed him on waivers early in the season. He played 2 games with the National before retiring from professional basketball due to injuries. Continue reading →

On This Date: The Knicks trade Patrick Ewing

September 20th 2000: The New York Knicks trade Patrick Ewing

In what seemed like a long time coming, the New York Knicks finalized a four-team trade that dealt their franchise player Patrick Ewing to the Seattle Supersonics.  The full trade details are shown below: Continue reading →

On This Date: The Knicks Re-Acquire Ray Williams

September 17th 1983: The New York Knicks re-acquire Ray Williams

The New York Knicks re-acquired their former 1st round pick Ray Williams via two separate trades. The Knicks first traded backup shooting guard Vince Taylor and a 1984 1st round pick to the Indiana Pacers for future Hawks GM Billy Knight. The Knicks subsequently traded Knight to the Kansas City Kings for Williams. Continue reading →

On This Date: The Knicks sign Jarrett Jack

September 15th 2017: The New York Knicks sign Jarrett Jack

Days before the beginning of training camp, the Knicks signed Jarrett Jack as insurance at the point guard position. Along with Ramon Sessions, Jack was initially meant to mentor Knick rookie Frank Ntilikina. Continue reading →

On This Date: The Knicks acquire Tony Campbell

September 13th 1992: The New York Knicks acquire Tony Campbell

Fresh off Xavier McDaniel joining the Boston Celtics, The New York Knicks proceeded to fill the gaping hole at the small forward position when they acquired Tony Campbell from the Minnesota Timberwolves for a future 2nd round pick. Campbell previously played for coach Pat Riley during his time with the Los Angeles Lakers between 1987-89. Additionally, Campbell was also a native of New Jersey and got his wish to come play at home. Continue reading →

On This Date: The Knicks sign Ernie Grunfeld

September 10th 1982: The New York Knicks sign Ernie Grunfeld

The New York Knicks signed Ernie Grunfeld to a contract on this date. Grunfeld reunited with his former college teammate Bernard King.1 Grunfeld backed up King at the small forward for most of his tenure with the Knicks. Grunfeld spent his final season in the NBA alongside then-rookie Patrick Ewing. Continue reading →

On This Date: The Frederic Weis era ends

August 29th 2008: The Frederic Weis era officially ends

Frederic Weis officially ended his Knicks career, or lack there-of, on this date when GM Donnie Walsh traded his draft rights to the Houston Rockets for Patrick Ewing Jr.

Weis only suited up for a few summer league games after he was drafted 15th overall in the 1999 NBA Draft. He was chosen above NY’s own Ron Artest (now Metta World Peace) and several other players who made more immediate impacts in the league. Artest infamously got drunk the night before his scheduled workout with the Knicks, which is why the team did not draft him. However, the Knicks saw Weis as a potential frontcourt piece. Continue reading →

On This Date: Knicks use Amensty Provision…. on Jerome Williams

August 15th 2005: The New York Knicks use their Amnesty Provision on Jerome Williams

As part of the 2005 NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement, the NBA agreed to include an Amnesty Provision to rid teams of one of their biggest contract regrets. This rule was colloquially known as the Allan Houston Rule due to the $100 million contract the Knicks offered him. Knee injuries forced Houston to miss 94 games over the previous 2 seasons. Houston also had 2 years and $40 million remaining on his contract. Continue reading →

On This Date: The Knicks sign Michael Beasley & Ramon Sessions

August 8th 2017: The New York Knicks sign Michael Beasley & Ramon Sessions

Two of the first few acquisitions under the Scott Perry Era were Michael Beasley & Ramon Sessions. The Knicks signed both players to one year contracts. Beasley spent the previous season with the Milwaukee Bucks. He played serviceable minutes off the bench backing up Giannis Antetokounmpo and proved to be a consistent 6th man with his offensive prowess. Sessions played 50 games with the Charlotte Hornets in the previous season before missing most of the 2nd of the year recovering from a lateral meniscus tear in his knee. Continue reading →

On This Date: The Knicks sign Jared Jeffries

August 7th 2006: The New York Knicks sign Jared Jeffries

The Knicks signed Jared Jeffries to the mid-level exception of 5 years and $30 million. While Isiah Thomas clearly overpaid for Jeffries, he attempted to bring in a defensive and versatile presence to a roster that not only didn’t defend and was often one dimensional on both ends of the floor. Continue reading →