In one of the many bizarre events of the 2016-17 season, Derrick Rose disappears shortly before a Monday night home game against the New Orleans Pelicans. D-Rose attended shoot-around in the afternoon, but left unannounced soon after. The team later announced that Rose was not with the team due to a “family situation.”
January 8, 1997: The NBA chose the 1969-70 New York Knicks as one of the Top 10 teams in NBA history
To celebrate the 50 year anniversary of the NBA, the league chose the 1969-70 Knicks as one of the Top 10 greatest teams in history. Members of the print and broadcast media that cover the NBA compiled a list of teams to nominate.
Some moons ago on a podcast, Jon and I discussed whether or not the Knicks should trade for Brandon Ingram. While we may have disagreed on whether to trade for Ingram or not, what we did agree upon was that it would take quite a bit to acquire Ingram, and that he has the potential to be an excellent wing. The trouble is that, as good as he is, he’s unlikely to become a top-10 player in the NBA.
The conversation got me thinking: How can the Knicks get a top-10 player that aligns with their long term vision? What can the team do differently compared with the last time they acquired a top-10 player in a trade in Carmelo Anthony?
January 7, 2015: The New York Knicks sign Langston Galloway to an NBA contract
On this date, Langston Galloway made history by becoming the first-ever call-up from the Westchester Knicks. The Knicks signed him to successive 10-day contracts and eventually signed him to a two-year deal with the team.
Before we get to whether or not this Kawhi thing matters (it does, just maybe not for the reasons you think) and whether there’s a good reason for such a story to be taking up people’s time six months after the fact (there is, kind of), let’s get the actual facts straight:
January 4, 2004: Dikembe Mutombo set a Knicks record with 10 blocks in a game.
In Dikembe Mutombo’s one-year stint with the Knicks, he miraculously set a franchise record with 10 blocks in a game. He achieved the feat in a 95-85 loss against the New Jersey Nets. He blocked 10 shots in 42 minutes, an impressive mark at 37 years of age.
January 3, 2001: Marty Glickman passes away at the age of 83
Marty Glickman – a native of The Bronx – was the quintessential sports voice during the 20th century. Glickman’s foray into sports began as a young sprinter. He qualified for the 1936 Olympics and was supposed to compete as part of the 4×100 relay team. However, the US team removed Glickman from the team right before the event and replaced him with Jesse Owens. One of the alleged reasons for the removal was to appease Adolf Hitler, since the Olympics were held in Berlin. The U.S. team won a gold medal for the event; the US Olympic Committee later honored Glickman in 1998 with a plaque in lieu of the gold medal he rightfully deserved.
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.
New York City was a buzz last night as the Knicks brought in the new year by welcoming Carmelo Anthony back, while our boys in the blue and orange extended their winning streak to 3 games as they crushed the Blazers last night in the World’s Most Famous Arena. Kevin Knox, who Knicks fans are praying has a great 2020, stepped into the new decade playing in the Puma Uproar Core. These shoes are popular among Puma athletes in the NBA and have been seen on the NBA court all season including on Kevin. The Puma Uproar Core retail for $120 on PUMA.
January 2, 2006: The New York Knicks win a triple overtime thriller against the Phoenix Suns
In one of the lone highlights of Larry Brown’s Knick tenure, the Knicks outlasted the Suns 140-133 in triple overtime. Stephon Marbury led the Knicks with 32 points and 10 assists in 54 minutes. Jamal Crawford scored 29 off the bench and had 7 rebounds and 7 assists each in 48 minutes of action.
After the Knicks’ 107-100 win against a severely depleted Washington Wizards team on Saturday, Julius Randle was asked about why his play has improved in recent games. He told the Associated Press: “A little bit into the season, we’re learning how to play off each other a little bit better. Playing a little faster…”
I was struck by that last comment about playing faster. Throughout his tenure, David Fizdale frequently talked about playing with more pace, but like a lot of things he said, it never came to fruition.
In Fizdale’s 22 games this season, the Knicks ranked 27th in the league in pace, per PBP stats, averaging 97.45 possessions per game. Since Miller took over, it’s been a different story. Their renewed urgency reminds me of how I start hustling when I’m late to meet a friend and they call to ask me where I am. The Knicks are playing like they just lied about being five minutes away.
January 1, 2010: Nate Robinson scores 41 points off the bench to lead the Knicks to an overtime victory against the Atlanta Hawks
In an appropriate beginning to a new year, Nate Robinson returned from a month-long exile in the doghouse to lead the Knicks to a thrilling overtime victory in Atlanta. Nate scored 41 points on 18-24 from the field and 3-5 from three. He also had 6 rebounds and 8 assists.
December 31, 2013: The New York Knicks waive Chris Smith
As perhaps an auspicious start to a new year, the Knicks waived Chris “Da Gawd” Smith, the brother of JR Smith, to re-sign Jeremy Tyler.
Da Gawd initially joined the Knicks 2012 Summer League team. The team gave him a training camp invite, but was cut before the season after suffering a season-ending left patella injury that required surgery.
December 30, 2003: Knicks acquire Moochie Norris in a trade with the Houston Rockets
New GM Isiah Thomas made his first trade with the Knicks by acquiring Moochie Norris & John Amaechi for Clarence Weatherspoon. Originally a 2nd round draft pick in the 1996 NBA Draft, Norris spent most of his career as a backup point guard with various teams in the NBA and the Continental Basketball Association. He spent the previous 3+ seasons with the Houston Rockets backing up Steve Francis.
In a sign of gutting the legacy of the Ed Tapscott/Ernie Grunfeld era, the Knicks waived DeMarco Johnson. Johnson was on the injured list and the Knicks wanted to free up his spot for Rick Brunson on the active roster.
December 28, 1994: Grant Hill makes his MSG debut, but the Knicks prevail with the victory
The New York Knicks spoiled Grant Hill’s MSG debut with a 101-93 victory against the Detroit Pistons. Patrick Ewing led the Knicks with 30 points and 11 rebounds. Charles Smith also had a double double with 23 points and 10 rebounds.
December 27, 1967: The New York Knicks hire Red Holzman as Head Coach
In a franchise altering move, the Knicks fired Dick McGuire and hired Red Holzman as head coach. McGuire – a native of the Bronx – spent 8 years playing point guard with the Knicks and was a 7-time NBA All Star. After a stint as player-coach and head coach with the Detroit Pistons, the Knicks hired him as head coach in 1965.
December 24, 2003: The New York Knicks waived Slavko Vranes
In Isiah Thomas’ first official move as Knicks GM, he waived Slavko Vranes, picked 39th in the 2003 NBA Draft. Vranes never played a game with the Knicks despite suiting up in Summer League and preseason. Right patella tendinitis sidelined Vranes since opening day. At the time, Isiah desired players who could immediately contribute to the team and not long-range projects.
Over the Christmas weekend, The Knicks had one of their hardest back-to-backs this season as they faced the Miami Heat in South Beach and the Milwaukee Bucks back home at The Garden.
Marcus Morris, who is the Knicks Kicks of the Night MVP so far this season, stepped on the court in another edition of the Nike Kyrie 6 Preheat Collection. This time playing in the “Houston” color way, this shoe is becoming more popular among NBA athletes as an every game sneaker to play in this season. They retail for $130 and can be found on StockX.
PUMA athletes around the league this weekend started debuting the new PE editions of the PUMA Clyde Hardwood. On Saturday at The Garden, the Maple Mamba, RJ played in the New York Knicks PEs of the Clyde Hardwood. There isn’t any news on whether these would be released to the public but for now, you can shop for the rest of the PUMA Clyde Hardwood line on Puma.
Decenber 23, 2003: Latrell Sprewell returns to Madison Square Garden to taunt James Dolan
Latrell Sprewell returned to Madison Square Garden as a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves and got the last laugh in a 98-92 victory against the Knicks. Spree scored 31 points and combined for 84 points with Kevin Garnett & Sam Cassell1the rest of the team only had 14 combined points in the victory.
December 22, 2003: Knicks fire Scott Layden and hire Isiah Thomas
The Scott Layden era finally came to an end on this date in Knicks history. In Layden’s 4.5 years with the organization, the Knicks went 175-181, but had a decreasing record each season and missed the playoffs in the previous two seasons to his firing.
December 21, 1971: The New York Knicks rout the Golden State Warriors in an embodiment of the team-first culture
The New York Knicks routed the Golden State Warriors 113-87. All five starters scored in double figures. Walt “Clyde” Frazier led the team with 27 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists. Bill Bradley and Dick Barnett scored 23 and 18 points respectively.