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: Trey Burke explodes for a career high 42 points

March 26th 2018: Trey Burke explodes for a career high 42 points

Only months after joining the Knicks roster, Trey Burke exploded for a career high 42 points and 12 assists in a 137-128 loss against the Charlotte Hornets. Burke scored 42 on 19-31 from the field and 3-9 from three. Burke hit shots from all over the court, including layups, threes, and a midrange shot which he hit at a ridiculously high 57% from long 2.

Burke joined the Knicks roster in January after the team cut Ramon Sessions. Rather than joining the Oklahoma City Thunder, Burke decided to sign with the Westchester Knicks to further develop his point guard skills. One of the biggest knocks on Burke’s game to that point was whether he could be a rotation point guard on a competitive team. After having a stretch of solid offensive outputs since the All Star Break, he received his first start the day before against the Washington Wizards.

Burke averaged 13 points/game and 50% from the field with the Knicks in 36 games in the 2017-18 season. He was not able to maintain the high efficiency this season as his FG% from long 2 regressed from 57% to 43% and consequently decreased his overall FG% to 41%. The three headed PG rotation with Emmanuel Mudiay & Frank Ntilikina also reduced his opportunities with the team. The Knicks traded Burke to the Mavericks in the Kristaps Porzingis trade.

 

On This Date: Knicks fire Don Chaney

January 14, 2004:  The Don Chaney era ends

The Don Chaney era came to an end on this date as Isiah Thomas fired him shortly before their impending game against the Orlando Magic. After going through a morning shootaround, Chaney and assistant coaches Brendan Malone & Lon Kruger received notice that they were relieved of their duties.

The news came of no surprise to Chaney, outside of perhaps the timing of the firing. Despite serving as an assistant coach under both Don Nelson and Jeff Van Gundy, Chaney wasn’t able to replicate their success. He was 72-112 in the 2+ seasons as head coach of the Knicks. He took over the interim coaching duties after Jeff Van Gundy suddenly resigned. Chaney inherited a roster of aging veterans, fringe youth players, and injury-prone players. Both Marcus Camby & Antonio McDyess missed significant chunks of games with injuries during his tenure.

At the time of the firing, the Knicks were 15-24. Despite rumors of hiring Chuck Daly & Mike Fratello, Isiah instead selected Lenny Wilkens as the new head coach. Wilkens, a Brooklyn native, returned home after the Raptors fired him at the end of the 2002-03 season. Wilkens had moderate success as the Knicks head coach with a 40-41 record and a playoff berth in his first season. He resigned midway during the 2004-05 season and ultimately retired from coaching.


January 14, 2018:  Knicks call up Trey Burke

The Knicks called up Trey Burke from the Westchester Knicks on this date. Burke initially signed with the Knicks during the preseason, but was waived only a few days later. Rather than playing overseas or with the Oklahoma City Thunder, as originally rumored, Burke decided to hone his point guard skills with the Westchester Knicks.

After having a solid rookie season, Burke gradually fell out of the rotation between his stints with the Jazz & Wizards. Knowing that his success in the NBA would hinge on his point guard skills, he found an opportunity in the G-League as a prime opportunity to develop. While in the G-League, Burke averaged 26.6 points, 2.7 threes/game, 5.5 assists/game, and 1.9 steals/game.

Burke had a sizzling start to his Knicks career, including a 42-point game against the Charlotte Hornets. Burke has had a rough start to the 2018-19 season after suffering strings of DNPs and a mild MCL sprain. Despite the minor setbacks, his stint in the G-League will forever ingrain the work ethic needed to earn minutes in the NBA.