Commemorating the “Frank Ntilikina” moments from the early 2000s

Frank Ntilikina ended this portion of the 2019-20 season with a bang when he reached the immaculate milestone of 20 points and 10 assists. Not only was this his 2nd career double double, but he finally scored 20 points in a game. His 20-10 statline temporarily put him alongside the ranks of the elite point guards in the NBA. He reached basketball immortality!1

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On This Date: Knicks surprisingly give Isiah Thomas a contract extension

March 12th 2007: James Dolan gives Isiah Thomas a contract extension

After leading the Knicks to a 29-34 record and barely staying afloat at the #8 seed in the Eastern Conference, James Dolan surprisingly decided to give Isiah Thomas a multi-year contract extension. After the disastrous 2005-06 season that led to Larry Brown’s firing, Dolan gave Isiah Thomas an 1 year ultimatum to show “evident progress” otherwise he’d be fired. Somehow a 29-34 record was adequate enough.

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On This Date: Knicks acquire Stephon Marbury, and eleven years later, trade away JR Smith

January 5, 2004: The New York Knicks acquire Stephon Marbury

In the first major transaction of the Isiah Thomas era, the Knicks acquired Stephon Marbury in a blockbuster trade with the Phoenix Suns. The trade included the following players/picks:

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On This Date: Knicks win 3OT Thriller against the Phoenix Suns

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.

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On This Date: Stephon Marbury scores game-winning finger roll against the Utah Jazz

December 18, 2006:  Stephon Marbury goes coast-to-coast to hit the game-winning finger roll against the Utah Jazz

Stephon Marbury lifted the undermanned Knicks team to an improbably 97-96 victory against Deron Williams and the Utah Jazz.  The Knicks dressed only 8 players for the game due to the suspensions from the melee against the Nuggets only 2 days prior.  4 players – Nate Robinson, Jerome James, Mardy Collins, & Jared Jeffries – were suspended for the game.  Additionally, starters Steve Francis & Quentin Richardson were sidelined due to injury. Continue reading →

On This Date: Antonio McDyess makes his Knicks regular season debut and Stephon Marbury is banished from team

December 1, 2003: Antonio McDyess makes his Knicks regular season debut against the Detroit Pistons

Antonio McDyess finally made his Knicks regular season debut in a 79-78 overtime loss against the Detroit Pistons. McDyess was on a minutes restriction and only played 13 minutes. He had a meager statline of 2 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, and 1 block. Continue reading →