February 1st 1984 was a day that forever lives in NBA History. A day that forever transformed a league ravaged with barren arenas, tepid enthusiasm for broadcast television, and rampant drug use amongst the players. The NBA was a league where bench clearing brawls was too often a norm. Most of the United States saw the Kermit Washington punch front and center. Furthermore, the rampant drug use led to alleged accusation of match fixing, especially by the Knicks in the early 80s. Fans lost interest in watching the games and owners and franchises were hemorrhaging money to the point where the league nearly faced contraction of 7 teams down to 16.
Last night in Dallas, Frank Ntilikina became the third Knick ever to compile four steals, three blocks, four dimes, and six boards in a game, the only others being Patrick Ewing and Michael Ray Richardson, per BasketballReference.com.
As Tommy Beer pointed out, he’s also the youngest Knick to pair those block and steal numbers with four made threes, as well as the youngest player in NBA history to pull off the feat.
David Fizdale just made official what we all figured, which is that both Dennis Smith Jr. and Elfrid Payton will not only be unable to play for the Knicks in Orlando Wednesday night, but on Friday night in Boston as well.
“This season is all about the development of our young core.”
If the Knicks exceed expectations this season on the backs of veterans on (essentially) one-year deals – Marcus Morris, Wayne Ellington, Taj Gibson, etc., the exhilaration of winning would still be a welcome change, make no mistake. Knicks fans would still get excited about the wins, but there would be a shallowness to that excitement. Most of us would deeply prefer to see promising play from RJ Barrett and demonstrable improvement from guys like Mitchell Robinson, Frank Ntilikina, and Dennis Smith Jr.
However, there is no one whose development I’m more interested in watching this season than Kevin Knox. Continue reading →
BennyBuckets71 of Posting & Toasting penned an ode to a guy that you may not have loved or even liked when he stepped foot on the court, but who every Knicks fan should respect the hell out of: Lance Thomas. I was always in Thomas’ corner, specifically for the reasons detailed in the piece. In an era where we actually have to ask the question, “does being a Knick still matter to people?” it certainly did to this dude.
Also, fun bonus: the piece lists the name of every Knick teammate Lance had during his tenure. What a walk down memory lane.
Tommy Beer released a piece on Sunday that does a great job outlining why the Knicks’ confidence in attracting free agents this summer is justifiable.
A new world order: “As proof of the change in perception in and around NYC, consider that just three years ago, when Durant became an unrestricted free agent for the first time, KD didn’t even extend an invitation to Knicks president Phil Jackson to helicopter out to the Hamptons. Whereas today, many of the NBA’s most plugged-in reporters and league personnel alike, consider it all but a fait accompli that Durant will sign with New York three months from now.”