On This Date: Knicks win Double OT MLK thriller

January 18th 2016: The New York Knicks defeat the Philadelphia 76ers in a double overtime Martin Luther King Day thriller

The New York Knicks perhaps didn’t expect a MLK Day matinee against the five win Philadelphia 76ers to extend into double overtime. The Knicks held a 18 point lead in the 3rd quarter. However, the Philadelphia 76ers clawed back into the game, led by Ish Smith, Robert Covington & Nerlens Noel to tie the game and took a 96-93 lead with 3.4 seconds left in the 4th quarter.

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On This Date: The Knicks agree to sign Arron Afflalo

July 2nd 2015: The New York Knicks agree to sign Arron Afflalo to a 2 year $16 million contract

The Knicks agreed to sign Arron Afflalo to a 2 year $16 million contract. Afflalo reunited with Carmelo Anthony, whom he played with for 1.5 seasons in Denver. Afflalo spent the previous season with the Nuggets & Trailblazers.

Afflalo started the season on a slow note with a hamstring injury that sidelined him for the first 8 games of the season. He slotted into the starting SG position and had an overall decent season. For some bizarre reason, interim head coach Kurt Rambis decided to bench Afflalo in March to supposedly “provide offensive firepower” off the bench. With the Knicks’ season already on a downward spiral, the benching didn’t help.

After the season, Afflalo declined his $8 million player option. He made a smart gamble because he received a 2 year $25 million contract from the Sacramento Kings. The Kings waived him in the following offseason and he played a season with the Orlando Magic. He didn’t play in the NBA in the previous season.