A complete archive of my Knicks work can be found on my blog page on wfan.com.
Here are some of my recent stories from WFAN, The Cauldron, and other sources:
I also wrote some articles about the Jeff Hornacek hire:
A satire piece on Phil Jackson’s coaching search: An Entry From Phil Jackson’s Journal During His Sojourn To Montana
In order to achieve balance with nature, one must adhere to the movement of the planet.
The warmth of the sun peeking through the partially curtained windows wakes me from my slumber. Sitting up in bed, I gaze briefly at the oil painting on the wall, the great Pythagoras, who brought initial understanding to the triangle… Read More
So far, Phil Jackson has made three huge decisions as Knicks president.
The first was hiring Derek Fisher. We can now call that a failure. The second was opting to sign Carmelo Anthony to a near-max, five-year contract. The jury is out on that based on Anthony’s injuries since signing that contract. The third was drafting Kristaps Porzingis, which at least for now seems like a resounding success… (read more)
I wrote a few notable stories about Kristaps Porzingis:
I’ve also written a lot about Carmelo Anthony:
There are a million different things to say about James Dolan, but these two are certain: He sticks by his friends, and he doesn’t give a damn what anybody thinks.
If there’s anything you can take from his decision to put Isiah Thomas in charge of the New York Liberty (and make him partial owner), see above. You could also argue Dolan is completely out of his mind for putting someone who was found guilty of sexual harassment in charge of a women’s basketball team… (continue reading)
When Amar’e Stoudemire arrived here as the consolation prize to LeBron James, he embracedNew York and the challenge of winning with the Knicks. His “The Knicks Are Back!” mantra reverberated with the fan base and brought back a lot of the confidence that had been sucked away during the Isiah Thomas era… continue reading
Imagine, for a moment, that your NFL team has J.J. Watt and Robert Quinn rushing the passer at defensive end. Marcell Dareus and Nick Fairley line up in the middle to stop the run. Von Miller, Justin Houston and Aldon Smith are your stand-up rushers from the second level. Patrick Peterson and Richard Sherman are your shutdown corners… continue reading
When compared with the soon-to-be inducted Tom Glavine, Mussina’s numbers add up.
On Sunday, baseball will welcome six new Hall of Fame members to Cooperstown, including two pitchers: Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux. Both easily made the cut in their first year of eligibility by garnering more than 90% of the vote. Such an honor has historically been reserved for only those who finished up truly elite careers … continue reading
The Knicks are in rebuilding mode.
That’s a fact, whether Carmelo Anthony is a long-term part of the franchise or not.
Fans seem to have fallen into the trap of believing that Anthony’s potential departure is robbing the Knicks of something over the next couple of years. The fact of the matter is that even with Melo… continue reading
“We need to talk.” Those are the words that anybody in a serious relationship dreads. It means things are about to go south very quickly in a very personal way. You can try to avoid that conversation using tricks and other delaying tactics, but it is inevitable. James Dolan can stay away from New York as long as he wants, but over the next 27 days, preferably sooner than later, the conversation is going to happen. Carmelo Anthony is going to walk into Dolan’s office, sit down, and say “Jim, we need to talk.”
Carmelo Anthony is going to have to decide at some point this year what he wants his future to be. Aside from forcing his trade to the Knicks, which is likely going to be considered a mistake, it will be the biggest decision of his career. Anthony still has a legacy problem. A lot of people still think he is nothing more than a shoot-first “me” player who is not capable of winning a championship. The only way he changes all those minds is by winning one. He needs to pick the right team to essentially validate his career. All Knicks fans need to ask themselves this question: If you were in Anthony’s situation, would you choose to place your trust in the Knicks’ organization to get you a championship?
The Knicks are slowly turning it around, and looking more like the team that won night after night last season. Whether it’s been improvements in ball movement, shooting or defense, the team has put a much better brand of basketball on the court. But there’s one thing the Knicks haven’t been able to do — even during their recent winning streak. They can’t close games.
The Knicks aren’t going to do anything meaningful this season. There’s still an outside chance that with Carmelo Anthony’s return and some better guard play the Knicks can win the Atlantic Division, but does that really matter? There’s no chance this team, even playing their best basketball, would be able to challenge the Miami Heat or Indiana Pacers in the second round of the playoffs. There’s no move they can make that would change that, either.One can only hope the franchise has learned from its past mistakes (contend now, at all costs!) and will decide to start preparing for its next run in 2014-15…
Knicks fans actually got a win from their beloved Knicks for Christmas. Naturally, however, it came with a price. Carmelo Anthony twisted an ankle and his availability for Christmas is now in question. Raymond Felton came back too quickly from a hamstring injury and hurt the groin in his other leg.I decided it was time for me to play part Santa Claus and part Wizard of Oz and give the Knicks much better gifts than they have ever given their fan base.
When I write I like to try to support my opinions with whatever numbers I can find. It’s easy to throw stuff out there without any real evidence to back it up. With the growth of advanced statistics and analytics a lot of things can be proven with numbers. What I’m going to write about today has circumstantial evidence at best, but I think there are enough examples over the course of the last two season to prove my point: from top to bottom, the Knicks are a low-IQ organization…
I want to introduce Mike Woodson to someone. His name is George Costanza. He once devised a theory that would do Mike Woodson a lot of good today: do the opposite. As Jerry Seinfeld once said in Monk’s Cafe, “If every instinct you have is wrong, the opposite would have to be right.” This theory got George a job with the Yankees, and it could be the only thing that will save Mike Woodson from himself…
Before I unleash my frontal assault on Knicks head coach Mike Woodson, I admit the following.
The roster is flawed (though not so flawed this team could not win 54 games last year). Injuries, especially the loss of Tyson Chandler, have made it much tougher to win…
With the Knicks’ Vegas Summer League experience ending with a thud last night, it’s a good time to take some stock of where the Knicks are heading into 2013-2014. The Knicks are bringing back the main core of their team minus Chris Copeland, Jason Kidd, Steve Novak and Marcus Camby. Tim Hardaway, Jr, CJ Leslie, Andrea Bargnani and Ron Artest… Read More
Yesterday the Knicks agreed in principle on a trade that would send Marcus Camby, Steve Novak, their 2016 first round pick and two second rounders (The Thunder’s second round pick in 2014 and the Knicks second rounder in 2017) to the Toronto Raptors for Andrea Bargnani. Another player like Quentin Richardson might have to be included on a sign and trade to complete it… Read More
Everyone could see the issues in the first three games against Indiana.
First and foremost, the Knicks couldn’t score. On top of that, they couldn’t rebound.
So how did Mike Woodson decide to solve New York’s problems in Game 4?
He benched Pablo Prigioni, the player with the single best per-minute plus-minus of anyone on the roster. Instead, in all his brilliance, Woodson played Jason Kidd for 16 minutes, even though… Read More
After the Knicks’ loss in Game 1, a number of people, including Kenyon Martin (who coincidentally would receive more playing time under this plan) advocated for a bulkier starting lineup against the bigger Indiana Pacers.
It would push Carmelo Anthony back to the three, and off of David West in the post. It would theoretically help the Knicks’ defense and rebounding, the team’s two biggest deficiencies… Read More
Knicks fans should have known better.
I should have known better.
It was easy to get sucked into the winning streak at the end of the season, and the way the Knicks completely outclassed Boston in the first three games of this series. But as usual, it was all a mirage. In the end, this team is the same… Read More
The Knicks will begin their most important playoff run in more than a decade on Saturday against the team that has been the class of the Eastern Conference since 2007.
Though the Celtics are missing their starting point guard, are yet another year older and have been only a .500 team for most of the year, it’ll be a challenging…. Read More
When the Knicks have played well this season, it’s been because of their offense. It’s simple: when they shoot well and score, they win games.
Through the good times and bad, their defense has been consistently mediocre, ranking 16th in the league and allowing 103.4 points per 100 possessions (defensive rating) over the course of the season. The only potential playoff teams ranked lower on defense are Brooklyn, Utah, Houston, Dallas and…. Read More
During the Knicks’ five-game winning streak, the team’s success can be linked to far more than Carmelo Anthony’s return from his knee injury. It has everything to do with how J.R. Smith has changed the way he’s played in those five victories. His 53 percent field-goal percentage doesn’t tell the entire story. Smith has gone through stretches like that… Read More.
Injuries have forced Mike Woodson to change his starting lineup a lot over the past few weeks.
After flailing around with lineups that featured James White and Kurt Thomas, the Knicks coach seems to have found something that works. Kenyon Martin has settled in as a poor man’s Tyson Chandler — he can finish around the basket and rotate on defense. Martin lacks Chandler’s size and rebounding ability, but he has… Read More
The Knicks sit in second place in the Eastern Conference at 32-18. They trail the Heat by four games in the loss column for first place and have a healthy three-game lead in the loss column… Read More
“The Knicks are back.”
Amar’e Stoudemire, July 2010
It was a bold statement when Amar’e Stoudemire signed with the Knicks, considering their recent futility. But it turned out to be true. The Knicks made the playoffs for the first time … Read More
Even the NBA’s best shooters go through good and bad shooting stretches, and it’s no different for Carmelo Anthony. His 41 percent shooting percentage in January, however, is not simply random chance. It has everything… Read More
Before I start talking about Raymond Felton, it’s important to recognize the importance of the Knicks’ win on Thursday night. The team kept its head against a physical defensive team in a tough… Read More
There was a lot of paper and ink wasted Wednesday morning on stories about Amar’e Stoudemire and his plus-minus when he shared the court with Carmelo Anthony.
Whether or not those two can play together is far from the Knicks’ biggest question right now… Read Now
Last night Jason Kidd put on a basketball clinic and it was beautiful to watch. It has been a long time since I’ve seen a guy control a basketball game whenever he was on the floor without being a primary scorer like Kidd did last night… Read More