Early Observations on the 2015-16 Knicks

The New York Knicks hope to turn a corner in the second season of the Phil Jackson/Derek Fisher era after a franchise worst 17-65 record in 2014-15. New York added eight new players in the offseason, including first-round draft picks Kristaps Porzingis and Jerian Grant, and Carmelo Anthony is back in the lineup after undergoingContinue reading “Early Observations on the 2015-16 Knicks”

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Phil’s First Year Has Provided No Reason For Optimism

One year ago today, New York Knicks owner James Dolan served the team’s long-suffering fan base the latest version of his favorite dish, hope, with a side of nostalgia, when he hired Phil Jackson as team President. Sure, Jackson did not have any front office experience, but as Dolan was quick to point out, heContinue reading “Phil’s First Year Has Provided No Reason For Optimism”

How Carmelo Anthony’s Past May Influence His Decision This Summer

Carmelo Anthony will have the opportunity to sign a maximum-salary contract for the third time in his career if he opts out of his current deal with the New York Knicks to become a free agent this summer, as expected. He cashed in on each of the previous two occasions, agreeing to deals with theContinue reading “How Carmelo Anthony’s Past May Influence His Decision This Summer”

Not All NBA Maximum-Salary Contracts Are Equal

I recently suggested to a friend that it may not be in the Knicks’ best interest to sign Carmelo Anthony to a “max contract” if he opts out of his current deal next summer, as expected. “How can you say that Anthony is not worth a max deal when Sacramento just committed max dollars toContinue reading “Not All NBA Maximum-Salary Contracts Are Equal”

It’s Tournament Time and I Miss My Friend

Some say that basketball is just a game. This is true. However, that game has the power to move people to tears, evoke unbridled joy, bring friends, teammates and even strangers together and create heart-warming memories that last a lifetime. The 2003 championship game of the NCAA Tournament between Syracuse and Kansas left an indelibleContinue reading “It’s Tournament Time and I Miss My Friend”