Knicks Notebook
Let the Knicks Notebook be your eyes and ears on all things Knicks throughout 2010-11. All season long follow all the latest news and notes from practice to the locker room.
This Date in Knicks History: April 25
1993 - Knicks close out the regular season with an 89-84 win over the Chicago Bulls at MSG, giving them a franchise record tying 60 victories.

1996 - Knicks open the First Round of the playoffs with a 106-83 victory in Cleveland. A 20-0 fourth quarter run climaxes a record breaking 17-for-22 (.773) night from downtown.

1999 - Knicks rebound from a 20-point third quarter-deficit to shock arch-rival Heat 82-80 at Miami Arena on national television. Larry Johnson leads the way with 23 points.

Posted by Mike Hacku on April 25, 2011 at 9:13 p.m., ET
This Date in Knicks History: April 24
1992 - Knicks begin the NBA Playoffs with a 109-75 victory over Detroit at Madison Square Garden. Patrick Ewing leads the way with 24 points and grabs 12 rebounds.

1997 - Knicks open the playoffs with a 109-99 win versus Charlotte Hornets at Madison Square Garden. Allan Houston’s 25 points and Larry Johnson’s 20 points give the Knicks their sixth straight playoff-opening win.

Posted by Mike Hacku on April 24, 2011 at 2:21 p.m., ET
This Date in Knicks History: April 23
1972 - Three Knicks eclipse the 20-point mark, as New York advances to the NBA Finals with a 111-102 Game Five victory at Boston. Dave DeBusschere scores a team high 24 points. Jerry Lucas adds 23 points and Walt Frazier posts 21 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists.

1988 - Knicks earn first playoff berth since 1984 with an 88-86 victory over the Pacers in the regular-season finale at Market Square Arena. Patrick Ewing records 19 points and 10 rebounds.

1991 - Ernie Grunfeld joins the organization as vice president of player personnel.

1997 - John Starks is named the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year for the 1996-97 season after averaging 13.8 points over 26.5 minutes in 77 games (76 off the bench). He received 84 of a possible 115 votes.

Posted by Mike Hacku on April 23, 2011 at 3:04 p.m., ET
This Date in Knicks History: April 22
1973 - Knicks roar back from a 17-point second-half deficit to defeat the Boston Celtics 117-110 (2OT) and take a 3-1 series lead in the Eastern Conference Finals. Walt Frazier leads the way with 37 points.

1984 - Bernard King scores 46 points for the second consecutive playoff game, leading the Knicks to a 120-113 victory over the Pistons at MSG and a 2-1 series lead in the Eastern Conference First Round.

1994 - Pat Riley records his 700th career victory in 125-85 win at Milwaukee. Riley becomes the 10th coach in NBA history to reach the milestone.

2001 - Knicks open the playoffs with a 92-85 win over Toronto at Madison Square Garden. Allan Houston scores a game high 23 points.

Posted by Mike Hacku on April 22, 2011 at 10:37 a.m., ET
This Date in Knicks History: April 21
1951 - Knicks fall to the Rochester Royals 79-75 in Game 7 of the NBA Finals - the franchise’s first ever Game 7 appearance.

1954 - Forward Vince Boryla, who would later become general manager (1956-58), retires after five seasons with the Knicks.

1994 - Knicks defeat the Philadelphia 76ers 130-82 at MSG for the largest win in franchise history. A capacity crowd witnesses the victory, marking the first time in franchise history that all 41 home games, sold out.

Posted by Mike Hacku on April 21, 2011 at 3:59 p.m., ET
This Date in Knicks History: April 20
1970 - Knicks cruise to a 132-96 win over the Milwaukee Bucks in series-clinching Game 5 of the Eastern Divisional Finals at Madison Square Garden. The win marked the largest margin of victory in Knicks playoff history.

1971 - Knicks legend/assistant general manager Allan Houston is born in Louisville, Kentucky.

1990 - Patrick Ewing becomes the Knicks all-time single-season point leader, passing Richie Guerin’s three-decade-old club mark (1961-62). Ewing records his 2,304th point of the season on a short jumper with 8:45 left in the first period of a 126-112 loss versus Atlanta at Madison Square Garden.

Posted by Mike Hacku on April 20, 2011 at 11:07 a.m., ET
This Date in Knicks History: April 19
1984 - Bernard King scores 23 consecutive points in the first quarter en route to a Knicks playoff high 46 points, but the Knicks fail to take a 2-0 series lead, losing to the Pistons in Detroit, 113-105, in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference playoffs first round,

1996 - Patrick Ewing records his first career triple-double with 28 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists in 115-108 loss to the Hornets at Madison Square Garden.

2000 - Patrick Ewing plays his final regular season game as a Knick, scoring 15 points and grabbing four rebounds over 22 minutes in 112-85 loss at Boston.

Posted by Mike Hacku on April 19, 2011 at 11:14 a.m., ET
This Date in Knicks History: April 18
1982 - Red Holzman coaches his final game with the Knicks, falling to the Celtics 119-99 at Boston Garden.

2007 - Eddy Curry tips in a shot with 00.6 remaining to give the Knicks a 94-93 season-ending win at Charlotte.

2008 - Isiah Thomas relieved of head coaching duties after two seasons in which he amassed a record of 56-118.

Posted by Mike Hacku on April 18, 2011 at 10:47 a.m., ET
This Date in Knicks History: April 17
1984 - Bernard King scores 36 points and Darrell Walker records 13 points and seven steals to lead the Knicks to a 94-93 victory in Detroit in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference First Round. New York outscores Detroit 30-17 in the fourth quarter.

2005 - Knicks hit a then franchise record 17 three pointers in 139-135 (OT) loss to the Atlanta Hawks. The two teams combined for 38 points in the extra period with Atlanta posting a 21-17 edge. Jamal Crawford (31 points) and Tim Thomas (26 points) hit six three-pointers each. (Note: The mark was surpassed on Nov. 12, 2008 when the Knicks hit 19 three pointers at Memphis and again on Mar. 17, 2011 when the Knicks hit a franchise best 20 triples versus Memphis).

Posted by Mike Hacku on April 17, 2011 at 10:15 a.m., ET
This Date in Knicks History: April 16
1972 - Knicks hold on to a 106-105 victory over the Celtics at the Garden, as John Havlicek misses a potential game winner in the final seconds, to give the Knicks a 2-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference Finals. Dave DeBusschere leads the way with 24 points, including a fall-away jumper that gives the Knicks a three-point lead with :24 to play.

1990 - Knicks score a franchise record 46 third-quarter points, as they defeat the Miami Heat, 119-102 at Madison Square Garden.

1998 - Despite playing with a sprained ankle, Larry Johnson scores 26 points to lead the Knicks to a 108-79 romp over Toronto at Madison Square Garden and the club’s 11th straight playoff berth.

Posted by Mike Hacku on April 16, 2011 at 8:59 a.m., ET
This Date in Knicks History: April 15
1975 - Red Holzman steps down after five years as general manager and is replaced by former GM Eddie Donovan.

1988 - Mark Jackson records a triple-double, scoring 25 points and recording 10 rebounds and 10 assists in 106-97 loss versus Washington Bullets.

Posted by Mike Hacku on April 15, 2011 at 4:15 p.m., ET
This Date in Knicks History: April 14
1994 - Knicks defeat the Washington Bullets 111-106 in Washington to clinch second consecutive Atlantic Division title.

Posted by Mike Hacku on April 14, 2011 at 1:49 p.m., ET
This Date in Knicks History: April 13
1951 - Knicks win first NBA Finals game in franchise history, defeating the Rochester Royals 79-73 at Armory, after falling in a 3-0 series deficit. Connie Simmons leads the way with 26 points. The Knicks go on to win the next two games, before falling in Game 7 on April 21.

1995 - Patrick Ewing becomes the 37th player in NBA history to reach 18,000 career points in 110-100 win over Bullets at the Garden.

2001 - Knicks trounce the Hawks 101-65 at the Garden. Latrell Sprewell leads the way with 22 points.

Posted by Mike Hacku on April 13, 2011 at 10:36 a.m., ET
This Date in Knicks History: April 12
1952 - Knicks lose 83-79 at Minneapolis Lakers in Game One of the NBA Finals.

1954 - Knicks forward Harry Gallatin is selected to the All-NBA team by sportswriters and broadcasters from the different NBA cities.

1978 - Bob McAdoo scores 41 points in the opening game of the playoffs, as the Knicks defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers 132-114 in Cleveland.

Posted by Mike Hacku on April 12, 2011 at 1:37 p.m., ET
Knicks-Bulls Connections
Here are some connections between the Knicks and Bulls...

  • Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau was an assistant with the Knicks from Jul. 8, 1996 to May 2, 2003.

  • Bulls forward Kurt Thomas played for the Knicks from 1998-99 to 2004-05, averaging 11.2 points and 7.9 rebounds in 530 regular season games and 6.6 points and 5.8 rebounds in 45 postseason games. Thomas was traded to Mike D’Antoni’s Phoenix Suns on Jun. 28, 2005 with the draft rights to Dijon Thompson for Quentin Richardson and the draft rights to Nate Robinson. Thomas averaged 6.4 points and 6.7 rebounds in 120 regular-season games and 7.0 points and 4.6 rebounds in 12 postseason games under D’Antoni

  • Bulls center Joakim Noah was born in New York City.

  • Bulls forward Luol Deng was drafted by the Mike D’Antoni’s Phoenix Suns seventh overall in the 2004 NBA Draft and then traded to Chicago for a future conditional first round pick, Jackson Vroman and cash.

  • Ronny Turiaf was teammates with Bulls guard C.J. Watson in Golden State each of the last three seasons.

  • Bulls assistant coach Rick Brunson played for New York from 1998-2001. He averaged 1.6 points in 69 regular-season games and 0.6 points in 14 postseason contests. He signed with the club as a free agent on Oct. 23, 1997.

  • Mike D’Antoni coached Bulls point guard Derrick Rose during the 2010 Summer Training Camp for Team USA. Rose and Chauncey Billups went on to win Gold in Turkey.

  • Roger Mason Jr. and Keith Bogans teamed up in San Antonio during the 2009-2010 season.

  • Amar’e Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony and Bulls forward Carlos Boozer were teammates on the bronze medal winning 2004 Summer Olympic Team.

  • Bulls forward Taj Gibson was born in Brooklyn, New York.

  • Bulls guard Derrick Rose played for the Eastern Conference 2010 All-Star team against Carmelo Anthony, Amar’e Stoudemire and the Western Conference. Stoudemire and Rose were teammates on the 2011 squad, playing against Carmelo Anthony and the West.

  • Bill Walker and Bulls forward/center Brian Scalabrine played together for parts of two seasons with the Boston Celtics (2008-2010). Tom Thibodeau was their assistant coach and Shelden Williams joined them in 2009-10.

  • Bulls assistant coach and Manhattan native Andy Greer served as assistant coach for the Knicks under Don Chaney during the 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons.

  • Shelden Williams and Bulls forward Luol Deng were teammates at Duke University during the 2003-04 season.

  • Carmelo Anthony, Carlos Boozer and Amar’e Stoudemire were teammates on the 2007 Western Conference All-Star team, coached by Mike D’Antoni. They played against Chauncey Billups who was on the Eastern squad.

  • Roger Mason Jr. and Bulls assistant coach Rick Brunson were teammates on the 2002-03 Chicago Bulls.

    Let's go Knicks!

    Posted by Ricky Henne on April 11, 2011 at 11:27 p.m., ET
  • This Date in Knicks History: April 11
    1995 - Knicks record 50th win of the season with a 112-99 triumph over Miami at Madison Square Garden. It marks the Knicks fourth consecutive season with 40-plus wins.

    1999 - Larry Johnson scores 22 points, Marcus Camby adds 19 points and Patrick Ewing records 15 points, 15 rebounds and six blocks to lead New York to a 93-78 win in New Jersey on national television. The victory completes the Knicks first season sweep of the Nets since 1990-91.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on April 11, 2011 at 9:32 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: April 10
    1972 - Knicks select South Carolina center Tom Riker with the eighth overall pick in the NBA Draft.

    1982 - Red Holzman records what would prove to be his final victory as Knicks coach - number 613 - with a 117-114 win in Cleveland. (Note: Knicks would drop five straight to close out the season).

    1987 - Bernard King returns to action 748 days after tearing the ACL in his right knee. He comes off the bench against Milwaukee and scores seven points over 23 minutes in 132-93 loss.

    1997 - Knicks reach the 25-million mark in all-time Garden attendance, but lose to Chicago 105-103.

    2005 - Michael Sweetney’s lay-up off Stephon Marbury’s miss beats the buzzer and gives the Knicks an electrifying 113-112 (OT) national television win at Indiana. Stephon Marbury hands out 19 assists in the contest.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on April 10, 2011 at 11:02 p.m., ET
    Knicks-Pacers Connections
    Here are some connections between the Knicks and Pacers...

  • Donnie Walsh spent 23 seasons with the Indiana Pacers, most recently as the franchise’s president. His hard work and dedication helped earn the team one trip to the NBA Finals, six berths in the Eastern Conference Finals and four Central Division crowns. Over a 10-year span, from 1995 through 2005, the Pacers boasted the best regular season record among teams in the Eastern Conference, and fourth-best in the entire NBA.

  • Knicks assistant coach Herb Williams played for the Pacers from 1981-89. He was selected 14th overall by Indiana in the 1981 NBA Draft.

  • Glen Grunwald (Senior Vice President of Basketball Operations) played his college ball at Indiana University and was on the 1981 NCAA championship team.

  • Pacers center Roy Hibbert was born in Queens, New York.

  • Pacers rookie guard Lance Stephenson grew up in Brooklyn, and attended Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn.

  • Shawne Williams was selected by Indiana in the first round (17th overall) of the 2006 NBA Draft. He played parts of two seasons for the Pacers before being traded to Dallas for Eddie Jones, two second round draft selections and cash considerations on Oct. 10, 2008. Pacers head coach Frank Vogel and assistant Dan Burke were his assistant coaches in 2007-08. (Burke also in 2006-07).

  • Pacers assistant coach Walter McCarty was selected by the Knicks in the first round (19th overall) of 1996 NBA Draft. He played 35 games before being traded to Boston with John Thomas, Dontae Jones, Scott Brooks for Chris Mills and two future second round draft choices on Oct. 22, 1997.

  • Jared Jeffries, who grew up in Bloomington, Indiana and attended Bloomington High School North, won the Mr. Basketball award for the state of Indiana in 2000 and went on to play at Indiana University.

  • Jared Jeffries led Indiana University to a 74-73 victory over Mike Dunleavy's Duke squad in the Sweet 16 of the 2002 NCAA Tournament. Jeffries scored 24 points and recorded 15 rebounds for the Hoosiers.

  • Shelden Williams played alongside Pacers forward Solomon Jones in Atlanta during the 2006-07 season.

  • Pacers forward Dahntay Jones was teammates with Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Anthony Carter, and Renaldo Balkman for one season in Denver (2008-09).

  • Chauncey Billups and Indiana Pacers forward James Posey were teammates in Denver from 1998-2000.

  • Shelden Williams and Pacers forward Josh McRoberts were teammates for one year at Duke University (2005-06).

  • Carmelo Anthony’s Syracuse Orange defeated T.J. Ford’s University of Texas team in the 2003 Final Four.

  • Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups and Amar’e Stoudemire represented the West in the 2009 All-Star game, competing against Pacers forward Danny Granger.

  • Andy Rautins' Syracuse Orange team defeated A.J. Price’s Huskies in a six-overtime thriller during the third round of the 2009 Big East Tournament at the Garden.

    Let's go Knicks!

    Posted by Ricky Henne on April 9, 2011 at 11:55 p.m., ET
  • This Date in Knicks History: April 9
    1947 - Knicks win first playoff series in franchise history, defeating the Cleveland Rebels 93-71 in deciding Game Three of the Quarterfinals. Bud Palmer scores 26 points and Stan Stutz adds 25 points to lead the way.

    2006 - Jamal Crawford pours in a game-high 31 points to key a 101-86 comeback win at Boston, capping a 3-1 Knicks week in which Jamal earns Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on April 9, 2011 at 3:02 p.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: April 8
    1958 - Fuzzy Levane named the fourth head coach in franchise history. He would amass a record of 48-51 over parts of two seasons.

    1952 - Knicks defeat Syracuse Nationals 100-93 at 69th Regiment Armory in Game Four of the Eastern Division Finals to win the best-of-five series and advance to the franchise’s first NBA Finals. Max Zaslofsky leads the way with 20 points in the win.

    1988 - Mark Jackson records 19 points and 18 assists, but the Knicks lose at Chicago, 131-122.

    1992 - Patrick Ewing scores 35 points against Boston to pass Willis Reed for second place on the Knicks all-time scoring list. Knicks lose the road contest 93-89.

    1993 - Knicks clinch third Atlantic Division title in club history, as they defeat the Boston Celtics 110-88 at Madison Square Garden.

    1996 - In a rare “workday afternoon start” (12:30 pm), Knicks lose to Seattle 108-98 at Madison Square Garden, in a makeup of a snowed out Jan. 7 game.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on April 8, 2011 at 9:05 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: April 7
    2004 - Knicks clinch first playoff berth in three years with 96-82 win over Chicago at the Garden. Anfernee Hardaway scores 21 points in the win.

    2006 - Jamal Crawford plays last-second hero for the second straight game, draining a 20-foot jumper with :00.5 left to give the Knicks a 98-96 win over Indiana at the Garden.

    2008 - Patrick Ewing and Pat Riley elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on April 7, 2011 at 12:01 p.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: April 6
    1970 - Knicks win first Game 7 in franchise history (third chance), defeating the Baltimore Bullets, 127-114 in the Eastern Division Semifinals. Dick Barnett and Dave DeBusschere score 28 points each.

    1987 - Knicks overcome a 59-36 halftime deficit to defeat the 76ers 108-101 at Madison Square Garden. Gerald Wilkins and Trent Tucker score 24 points each.

    2009 - Marvin “The Human Eraser” Webster passes away in Tulsa, OK at the age of 56. He was a Knick for seven seasons (did not play last two because of injury), averaging six points and 6.2 rebounds in 402 games.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on April 6, 2011 at 11:35 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: April 5
    1947 - Knicks win first home playoff game, defeating Cleveland Rebels 86-74 at Madison Square Garden to tie best-of-three series at 1-1. Stan Stutz leads the way with 30 points.

    1958 - Vince Boryla resigns as head coach after two-plus seasons, in which he amassed a record of 80-85.

    1977 - The Garden and UA-Columbia Cablevision announce that they will distribute the full Knicks home schedule on basic cable.

    1994 - Knicks lose 100-86 at Miami, snapping a 15-game winning streak, which began on March 1.

    2006 - Jamal Crawford’s fadeaway jumper with :06.4 left caps a 37-point night and gives the Knicks a 96-94 win over Cleveland at Madison Square Garden.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on April 5, 2011 at 10:21 p.m., ET
    Knicks-Raptors Connections
    Here are some connections between the Knicks and Raptors...

  • Mike D’Antoni was hired as the Phoenix Suns head coach on Dec. 10, 2003 by then president/general manager Bryan Colangelo, who currently holds the same position with the Raptors.

  • Mike D’Antoni was hired by Raptors vice president/assistant general manager Maurizio Gherardini to coach Benetton of the Italian League in 1994. The pair worked together from 1994-1997.

  • Senior Vice President, Basketball Operations Glen Grunwald spent a decade with the Raptors (1994-2004), including seven seasons as general manager.

  • Herb Williams played one game for Toronto in the 1995-96 season following a trade from the Knicks. He played 31 minutes and scored six points and grabbed eight rebounds on Feb. 22, 1996 in 102-86 loss at Utah. One day later, the Raptors waived him and he then returned to the Knicks on Feb. 28.

  • Donnie Walsh was Raptors assistant coach/Hall of Famer Alex English’s head coach in Denver for part of the 1980-81 season.

  • Knicks guard Toney Douglas played with Raptors rookie center Solomon Alabi for one season at Florida State University (2008-2009).

  • Andy Rautins father Leo is a TV analyst for the Raptors and went to training camp with the Knicks in 1987. Leo coached Andy for Team Canada at the 2010 World Basketball Championships in Istanbul, Turkey.

  • Raptors head coach Jay Triano was the Canadian Mens National teams head coach before being replaced by Leo.

  • Toronto guard Leandro Barbosa played for Mike D’Antoni for five seasons in Phoenix.(2003-2008), alongside Amar’e Stoudemire. He averaged a career high 18.0 points per game and four assists during the 2006-2007 season.

  • Raptors forward Ed Davis and Raptors guard/forward DeMar DeRozan played in the 2008 Jordan Brand Classic that took place at Madison Square Garden.

  • On Feb. 18, 2010, Toronto forward/center Joey Dorsey was traded to the Sacramento Kings in a three team deal that also moved Tracy McGrady to the Knicks.

  • Roger Mason Jr. and Raptors guard/forward Linas Kleiza both played for Olympiacos Piraeus, although they did not play together; Mason (04-05) and Kleiza (09-10).

  • Raptors assistant coach Alex English and Herb Williams played together for one season for the Dallas Mavericks during the 1990-1991 season.

  • Chauncey Billups was in Toronto for parts of two seasons after coming over in a Feb. 18, 1998 trade from Boston. He was later traded away to Denver on Jan. 21, 1999 as part of a three-team deal involving Minnesota.

  • Chauncey Billups and Raptors assistant coach Alvin Williams were teammates on the Toronto Raptors for part of the 1997-98 season.

  • Chauncey Billups played alongside Raptors forward Amir Johnson in Detroit from 2005-2008.

  • Mike D’Antoni and Carmelo Anthony were part of the USA National team that defeated Jose Calderon’s Spanish club in the Gold Medal game during the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

  • Carmelo Anthony, Renaldo Balkman, Chauncey Billups, and Anthony Carter were teammates with Raptors forward Sonny Weems in Denver for part of the 2008-09 season.

  • Carmelo Anthony and Raptors forward Linas Kleiza were teammates in Denver from 2005-2009. Renaldo Balkman, Chauncey Billups and Anthony Carter joined them for parts of those four seasons. Anthony played alongside Raptors forward Reggie Evans in Denver from 2005-07. Carter later joined the team in 2006-07.

  • Shawne Williams and Raptors forward Joey Dorsey were teammates at the University of Memphis during the 2005-06 season, in which they advanced to the Elite 8 under John Calipari.

  • Toney Douglas’ Florida State University squad defeated Raptors forward Ed Davis’ University of North Carolina in the semi-finals of the 2009 ACC Tournament.

  • Landry Fields’ Stanford Cardinals defeated Jared Bayless’ Arizona Wildcats in the second round of the 2008 Pac-10 Tournament.



    Enjoy the game!

    Posted by Ricky Henne on April 4, 2011 at 11:49p.m., ET
  • Practice Q&A with Bill Walker
    Bill Walker took some time after practice to talk with us about the Knicks clinching their first playoff berth in seven years, the keys to the squad's three-game winning streak, and how to take care of business against the Toronto Raptors Tuesday night at The Garden.



    Posted by Mike Hacku on April 4, 2011 at 2:08 p.m., ET
    A Friendly Post-Practice Shooting Contest
    Carmelo Anthony, Shawne Williams, and Billy Walker took part in a friendly post-practice three-point contest today moderated by Assistant Coach Herb Williams. In the end, Shawne WIlliams came out on top. Trash talking ensued.



    Posted by Mike Hacku on April 4, 2011 at 2:06 p.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: April 4
    1993 - Down by six points with less than three minutes to go in regulation, the Knicks rally for a 108-103 overtime triumph at San Antonio. Doc Rivers leads the way with a season high 24 points.

    2003 - Knicks hold Utah to two points in overtime and ride an Allan Houston jumper with :04.4 left to a thrilling 94-92 (OT) victory over the Jazz at The Delta Center.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on April 4, 2011 at 2:06 p.m., ET
    Spike Lee Chats with Amar'e Post-Practice at MSG Training Center


    Posted by Mike Hacku on April 4, 2011 at 2:05 p.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: April 3
    1949 - Knicks sign first-round draft pick Dick McGuire.

    1957 - Knicks trade center Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton, forward Harry Gallatin and the rights to guard Dick Atha to Detroit for forwards Mel Hutchins and Charlie Tyra. Also, trade guard Dick McGuire to Detroit for 1958 first-round draft pick.

    2001 - Marcus Camby turns in his first career 20-20 game (first for a Knick in more than four years), pouring in 23 points and hauling in 20 rebounds in 94-82 win over Orlando at Madison Square Garden.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on April 3, 2011 at 4:59 p.m., ET
    Knicks-Cavaliers Connections
    Here are some connections between the Knicks and Cavaliers...

  • Cavaliers assistant coach Chris Jent played three games with the Knicks during the 1996-97 season.

  • Dan D’Antoni coached Wolves guard Ramon Sessions at the AAU level for Beach Ball Select in South Carolina for three summers.

  • Shawne Williams played alongside Ryan Hollins for part of the 2008-09 season for the Dallas Mavericks.

  • Mike D’Antoni coached Cavaliers forward Antawn Jamison during the 2006 FIBA World Championships.

  • Roger Mason Jr. played alongside Antawn Jamison for two seasons with the Washington Wizards (2006-2008).

  • Cavaliers forward Samardo Samuels played in the 2008 Jordan Brand All Star Game in Madison Square Garden where he tallied 16 points and five rebounds.

  • Cavs head coach Byron Scott played two seasons in Indiana (1993-95), while Donnie Walsh served as president

  • Cavaliers forward Joey Graham played in Denver last season with Carmelo Anthony, Renaldo Balkman, Chauncey Billups and Anthony Carter.

  • Derrick Brown grew up in Dayton, OH and played three seasons at Xavier University.

  • Antawn Jamison was also teammates with Jared Jeffries in Washington for two seasons from 2004-06.

    Let's go Knicks!

    Posted by Ricky Henne on April 3, 2011 at 12:32a.m., ET
  • This Date in Knicks History: April 2
    1947 - Knicks lose their very first playoff game, 77-51, to the Cleveland Rebels at The Cleveland Arena. They would go on to win the series 2-1.

    1970 - In Game 5 of the Eastern Division Semifinals, Willis Reed grabs 36 rebounds (a Knicks playoff record) en route to 101-80 win over the Washington Bullets, giving the Knicks a 3-2 series lead.

    2008 - Knicks hire Donnie Walsh, President, Basketball Operations.

    2010 - David Lee posts first career triple double with 37 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists, but Knicks lose 128-117 at Golden State. Lee becomes first NBA player since Kareem Abdul Jabbar in 1976 to record at least 30 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists,

    Posted by Mike Hacku on April 2, 2011 at 9:52 a.m., ET
    AC Working On His Jumper Post-Practice


    Posted by Mike Hacku on April 1, 2011 at 1:07 p.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: April 1
    1993 - Pat Riley earns his 100th victory as Knicks head coach in a 91-83 win over the Cleveland Cavilers at Madison Square Garden. Patrick Ewing scores 30 points and grabs 12 boards in the win.

    2001 - Marcus Camby pours in 20 points with 15 rebounds as the Knicks ride a classic defensive effort to salvage the final game of a five-game Western trip via a 79-78 victory over the Lakers.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on April 1, 2011 at 11:14 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: March 31
    1947 - Joe Lapchick leaves St. John’s University to become head coach of the Knicks. Lapchick served as the Knicks coach from 1947-1956, amassing a record of 326-247. His 326 wins are the second most in franchise history, behind Red Holzman.

    2000 - Knicks clinch 13th consecutive NBA Playoff berth with an 89-83 victory over the Grizzlies in Vancouver. Allan Houston scores 24 points and Latrell Sprewell adds 23 points in the win.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on March 31, 2011 at 11:28 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: March 30
    1999 - Knicks win a thriller over arch-rival Indiana Pacers, 94-93, at Madison Square Garden. Patrick Ewing leads the way with a season high 37 points, as the Knicks hold the Pacers scoreless over the game's final 2:41. Indiana misses three attempts (Reggie Miller, Travis Best, Al Harrington) to win the game in the final seconds.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on March 30, 2011 at 1:01 p.m., ET
    Knicks-Nets Connections
    Here are some connections between the Knicks and Nets...

  • Nets Head Athletic Trainer Tim Walsh spent 13 seasons with the Knicks as an assistant trainer (1984-1997).

  • Nets assistant coach John Loyer was the video coordinator in Portland during the 2000-01 season when Mike D’Antoni was an assistant coach.

  • Landry Fields and Nets center Brook Lopez played together at Stanford University for two seasons (2006-2007 – 2007-2008).

  • Ronny Turiaf and Nets forward Johan Petro played high school ball together and were members of the 2006 World Basketball Championship French National team.

  • Ronny Turiaf was teammates in Los Angeles with Nets guard Sasha Vujacic for three seasons (2005-08) and Nets guard Jordan Farmar for two seasons (2006-2008).

  • Derrick Brown teamed with Nets forward Stephen Graham in Charlotte during the 2009-2010 season. Graham played for the Pacers during the 2007-08 season, while Donnie Walsh served as the CEO/President of Pacers Sports and Entertainment.

  • Nets guard Anthony Morrow and forward Brandan Wright played alongside Ronny Turiaf for the Golden State Warriors for two seasons (2008-2010).

  • Nets assistant coach Sam Mitchell played for the Indiana Pacers from 1992-1995, while Donnie Walsh served as the President of the Pacers Basketball Corporation.

  • Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Amar’e Stoudemire and Nets guard Deron Williams were teammates on the Western Conference squad in the 2010 All-Star game. Anthony and Williams were also together on the 2011 squad, competing against Amar’e Stoudemire.

    Enjoy the Game!

    Posted by Ricky Henne on March 29, 2011 at 11:19 p.m., ET
  • This Date in Knicks History: March 29
    1945 - Knicks legend Walt Frazier is born in Atlanta, Georgia.

    1958 - Fordham Prep’s Donnie Walsh scores 23 points and takes home MVP honors as the Manhattan Bronx High School All Stars defeat the Brooklyn Queens All Stars 59-58 at Madison Square Garden.

    1971 - Knicks select Marquette guard Dean Meminger with the 16th overall pick in the NBA Draft.

    1994 - Knicks complete the first undefeated month in franchise history (14-0) with a 106-95 win over Charlotte at Madison Square Garden. Charles Oakley leads the way with 22 points and 17 rebounds.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on March 29, 2011 at 10:16 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: March 28
    1978 - Knicks overcome an eight-point first quarter deficit to defeat the Denver Nuggets, 106-103, at Madison Square Garden. Lonnie Shelton leads the way with 31 points and 13 rebounds, as Knicks President, Basketball Operations Donnie Walsh watches from the opposing bench as a Denver assistant coach.

    1995 - The “Double Nickel Game." In Michael Jordan’s return to Madison Square Garden, he scores 55 points to lead the Bulls to a 113-111 win over the Knicks.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on March 28, 2011 at 11:03 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: March 27
    1990 - Patrick Ewing scores 41 points and grabs 12 rebounds in 119-100 win versus Washington. It marks his 28th consecutive game with at least 20 points. The streak would come to an end the next day, when he’s limited to 17 points at New Jersey.

    1994 - Knicks road winning streak hits seven as they defeat the Orlando Magic, 111-90, at Orlando Arena, behind Patrick Ewing’s 31 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks.

    2002 - Lavor Postell pours in a career-high 20 points off the bench to lead Knicks to an 89-82 win at Detroit. Postell scores 15 points in the second quarter, then nails the game’s biggest shot when he buries a three-point bomb from the left corner with 1:04 left to put New York up by seven.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on March 27, 2011 at 2:10 p.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: March 26
    1949 - Knicks defeat Baltimore Bullets 103-99 (OT) at the Garden in Game 3 of the Eastern Division Semifinals to win series 2-1 and advance to the Eastern Divisional Finals.

    1952 - Knicks win a deciding Game 3 of the Eastern Division Semifinals in Boston 88-87 (2OT), as Ernie Vandeweghe hits a free throw with one second left for the win.

    1970 - Knicks defeat Baltimore Bullets 120-117 (2OT) in Game One of the Eastern Division Semifinals. Willis Reed, who scored 30 points, hits a hook shot with :31 remaining to break a 117-117 tie.

    1999 - Patrick Ewing becomes the 12th player in NBA history to reach both 20,000 career points and 10,000 rebounds by recording his 10,000th board in 94-87 victory at Phoenix.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on March 26, 2011 at 8:32 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: March 25
    1994 - New York wins its 12th straight – second longest winning streak in team history – with a 85-82 win at Indiana. Patrick Ewing leads the way with 25 points and 15 rebounds. The streak would stretch to 15 before ending in Miami on April 5 (100-86 loss).

    Posted by Mike Hacku on March 25, 2011 at 10:09 a.m., ET
    Knicks-Bucks Connections
    Here are some connections between the Knicks and Bucks...

  • Bucks head coach Scott Skiles served as the head coach of the Chicago Bulls from 2003-08. He coached Roger Mason, Jr. during the 2003-04 season.

  • Bucks assistant Jim Boylan was an assistant in Chicago for the final four of Skiles’ five seasons, coaching Mason Jr. during the 03-04 campaign.

  • Skiles played for Donnie Walsh’s Indiana Pacers for two seasons (1987-89), averaging 5.9 points in 131 games. He was a teammate of Herb Williams for both seasons.

  • Phil Weber served as an assistant coach under Scott Skiles for two seasons in Phoenix (1999-2001).

  • Carmelo Anthony and Michael Redd, played under assistant coach Mike D’Antoni on the gold medal winning U.S National Basketball Team in 2008.

  • Roger Mason, Jr. and Bucks power forward Drew Gooden played together in San Antonio toward the end of the 2008-09 season.

  • Ronny Turiaf and Bucks forward Corey Maggette were teammates in Golden State for two seasons from 2008-2010.

  • Mike D’Antoni was the director of player personnel in Denver during the 1997-98 season when Bucks assistant coach Joe Wolf was one of the team’s center.

  • Carmelo Anthony and Bucks guard Earl Boykins were teammates in Denver from 2003-07.

  • Carmelo Anthony and Bucks guard Brandon Jennings are both alumni of Oak Hill Academy.

  • Bucks forward Luc Mbah a Moute’s UCLA Bruins defeated Landry Fields’ Stanford Cardinals in the 2008 Pac-10 Championship game.

  • Chauncey Billups and Bucks guard Carlos Delfino were teammates in Detroit from 2004-07.

    Let's go Knicks!

    Posted by Ricky Henne on March 24, 2011 at 11:33 p.m., ET
  • This Date in Knicks History: March 24
    1981 - Dave DeBusschere’s number 22 is retired by the Knicks. He played five full seasons in New York, winning two championships, and earning All-Defensive honors and an All-Star selection in each of his five full seasons in New York. He later served as the Knicks general manager from 1982-86.

    1990 - Patrick Ewing scores a career high 51 points (20-29 FG, 11-13 FT) in 115-110 loss to Boston at the Garden. Ewing does not record a block in the game, ending his streak at 145 consecutive games with at least one block.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on March 24, 2011 at 11:49 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: March 23
    1965 - Willis Reed is named NBA Rookie of The Year, giving the Knicks first individual award in team history.

    1968 - Knicks defeat the Philadelphia 76ers 128-117 in Game 2 of the Eastern Divisional Semifinals - first playoff game held at the current Madison Square Garden - to tie the series at 1-1.

    1985 - The NBA’s leading scorer Bernard King (32.9 points) suffers a torn ACL of the right knee in 113-105 loss at Kansas City.

    2009 - Knicks celebrate inaugural Legends Night in 106-102 loss to Orlando. Dick McGuire is given the Legacy Award, which is now known as the Dick McGuire award. Carl Braun (1940’s), Richie Guerin (1950’s), Willis Reed (1960’s), Walt Frazier (1970’s), Bernard King (1980’s) and Patrick Ewing (1990’s) are named the top Knick from their respective decade. All are in attendance but Braun, who is represented by his daughter Susan.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on March 23, 2011 at 12:32 p.m., ET
    Knicks-Magic Connections
    Here are some connections between the Knicks and Magic...

  • Knicks legend Patrick Ewing is an assistant coach with the Magic. He is the Knicks franchise leader in total points (23.665), games played (1,039), rebounds (10,759), blocks (2,758), steals (1,061) and minutes (37,586). His number 33 was raised to the Garden rafters on Feb. 28, 2003.

  • Herb Williams and Patrick Ewing played together on the Knicks from 1992-99.

  • Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy is brothers with former Knicks head coach Jeff Van Gundy. Jeff served as the Knicks head coach from 1995-2002, recording 248 wins, which are the third most in franchise history.

  • Magic assistant coach Brendan Malone was a Knicks assistant coach from 1986-88, 1997-2000, and 2003-04. He was also an assistant coach in Indiana from 2000-03, while Donnie Walsh served as the team president. Herb Williams played one game for the Toronto Raptors during the 1995-96 season before being waived. Magic assistant coach Brendan Malone was his head coach.

  • Magic assistant coach Steve Clifford spent three seasons as part of the Knicks organization. He was an advanced scout during the 2000-01 season and an assistant coach from 2001-03.

  • Magic guard Chris Duhon spent the last two seasons playing for the Knicks, averaging 9.4 points and 6.5 assists over 146 games (137 starts).

  • Magic guard/forward Quentin Richardson spent four seasons with the Knicks (2005-09), averaging 9.7 points in 241 games (206 starts). He was traded to Memphis, with cash considerations, for Darko Milicic on Jun. 25, 2009.

  • Shawne Williams and Magic forward Brandon Bass were teammates in Dallas during the 2008-09 season.

  • Roger Mason, Jr. and Magic guard Gilbert Arenas were teammates in Washington for two seasons from 2006-08.

  • Amar’e Stoudemire was teammates with Magic guard Jason Richardson (2008-10) and forward Earl Clark (2009-10) in Phoenix.

  • Carmelo Anthony represented the victorious Western Conference in this year’s All-Star game in Los Angeles, defeating Amar’e Stoudemire and Magic center Dwight Howard, who were teammates. Stoudemire competed against Howard in four consecutive All-Star games from 2007-10, teaming with Carmelo Anthony in three of them (2007, 08, 10) and Chauncey Billups joining them in 2009 and 2010. Billups was teammates with Howard for the East in the 2007 and 2008 All-Star games, representing Detroit.

  • Mike D’Antoni (assistant coach), Carmelo Anthony and Dwight Howard were members of the 2008 Gold Medal winning team at the Beijing Olympics.

    Enjoy the game!

    Posted by Ricky Henne on March 22, 2011 at 9:12 p.m., ET
  • Practice Q&A with Roger Mason Jr.
    Money Mase took some time to talk with us about what the Knicks worked on during today's practice, and the keys to defeating the Orlando Magic in Wednesday night's showdown at The Garden.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on March 22, 2011 at 1:57 p.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: March 22
    1984 - Marvin Webster sits out the Knicks 108-100 home loss versus Boston with the flu, ending his consecutive games played streak at 333 - third best in team history.

    1994 - Knicks win 10th straight with an 87-78 victory over the Bulls at Madison Square Garden. Hubert Davis scores a team-high 24 points.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on March 22, 2011 at 1:56 p.m., ET
    Practice Makes Perfect
    Toney Douglas, Roger Mason Jr., and Derrick Brown stayed after practice to work on some drills with the Knicks coaching staff.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on March 22, 2011 at 1:54 p.m., ET
    Knicks-Celtics Connections
    Here are some connections between the Knicks and Celtics...

  • Celtics head coach Doc Rivers played three seasons for New York from 1992-95, averaging 7.7 points and 5.1 assists in 99 regular-season games and 10.2 points in 15 playoff games.

  • Amar’e Stoudemire and Celtics center Shaquille O’Neal were teammates in Phoenix for parts of two seasons (2007-09). Mike D’Antoni, Phil Weber and Dan D’Antoni coached the duo during the 2007-08 season.

  • Ray Allen authored one of the “50 Greatest Moments at Madison Square Garden” with his game-winning jumper in the 1996 Big East Tournament Championship.

  • Knicks assistant coach Kenny Atkinson (1986-90) and Celtics assistant coach Kevin Eastman (1973-77) played their college ball at the University of Richmond. Both served as team captains and rank in the top- 10 in school history in assists.

  • Knicks assistant coach Herb Williams was tutored by then Mavs assistant and now Celtics assistant coach Clifford Ray in Dallas from 1988-92.

  • Donnie Walsh acquired Celtics forward Jermaine O’Neal for the Pacers in a trade from the Portland Trailblazers on Aug. 31, 2000. O’Neal, who was traded in exchange for Dale Davis and Joe Kleine, spent eight seasons with the Pacers and Walsh.

  • Bill Walker averaged 2.6 points and 6.6 minutes in 37 career games over two seasons with Boston (2008-2010).

  • Mike D’Antoni coached Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo during the 2010 training camp for Team USA.

  • Celtics guard Von Wafer played for Knicks Summer League team in 2008.

  • Celtics assistant coach Armond Hill was born in Brooklyn, New York and attended Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School.

  • Shelden Williams played for Boston last season.

  • Chauncey Billups and Celtics guard Carlos Arroyo spent part of two seasons (2004-2006) as teammates in Detroit. Billups also teamed up with Celtics forward Kevin Garnett for two seasons in Minesotta (2000-02).

  • Shelden Williams’ Duke Blue Devils was eliminated in the Elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament by Glen Davis’ LSU Tigers.

  • Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, and Anthony Carter were teammates with Celtics guard Von Wafer for part of the 2007-08 season.

  • Amar’e Stoudemire teamed with Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo on the Eastern squad, taking on Carmelo Anthony and the Western Conference in the 2011 All-Star game in Los Angeles.

  • Chauncey Billups and Celtics assistant coach Roy Rogers were teammates in Denver during the 1999-2000 season.

    Let's go Knicks!

    Posted by Mike Hacku on March 21, 2011 at 11:35 a.m., ET
  • This Date in Knicks History: March 21
    1949 - Knicks select St. John’s guard Dick McGuire with the seventh overall pick in the 1949 BAA draft.

    1969 - Walt Frazier records a triple-double, scoring 24 points, grabbing 11 rebounds and handing out 14 assists in 139-104 win at Phoenix.

    1981 - Micheal Ray Richardson scores 27 points and records 19 assists and 15 rebounds to lead the Knicks to their sixth straight victory - a 119-105 win versus Cleveland at Madison Square Garden.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on March 21, 2011 at 10:10 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: March 20
    2001 - Allan Houston scores 39 points – including 16 points on 6-for-6 shooting in the third quarter – as the Knicks cruise to a 110-75 win at Cleveland - their largest road victory in eight years.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on March 20, 2011 at 12:52 p.m., ET
    Knicks-Bucks Connections
    Here are some connections between the Knicks and Bucks...

  • Bucks head coach Scott Skiles served as the head coach of the Chicago Bulls from 2003-08. He coached Roger Mason, Jr. during the 2003-04 season.

  • Bucks assistant Jim Boylan was an assistant in Chicago for the final four of Skiles’ five seasons, coaching Mason Jr. during the 03-04 campaign.

  • Skiles played for Donnie Walsh’s Indiana Pacers for two seasons (1987-89), averaging 5.9 points in 131 games. He was a teammate of Herb Williams for both seasons.

  • Phil Weber served as an assistant coach under Scott Skiles for two seasons in Phoenix (1999-2001).

  • Carmelo Anthony and Michael Redd, played under assistant coach Mike D’Antoni on the gold medal winning U.S National Basketball Team in 2008.

  • Roger Mason, Jr. and Bucks power forward Drew Gooden played together in San Antonio toward the end of the 2008-09 season.

  • Ronny Turiaf and Bucks forward Corey Maggette were teammates in Golden State for two seasons from 2008-2010.

  • Mike D’Antoni was the director of player personnel in Denver during the 1997-98 season when Bucks assistant coach Joe Wolf was one of the team’s center.

  • Carmelo Anthony and Bucks guard Earl Boykins were teammates in Denver from 2003-07.

  • Carmelo Anthony and Bucks guard Brandon Jennings are both alumni of Oak Hill Academy.

  • Bucks forward Luc Mbah a Moute’s UCLA Bruins defeated Landry Fields’ Stanford Cardinals in the 2008 Pac-10 Championship game.

  • Chauncey Billups and Bucks guard Carlos Delfino were teammates in Detroit from 2004-07.

  • Bucks center Earl Barron played seven games for New York during the 2009-10 season.

    Let's go Knicks!

    Posted by Ricky Henne on March 19, 2011 at 12:21 p.m., ET
  • This Date in Knicks History: March 19
    1967 - New York eclipses the 100-point mark for the 77th consecutive game during the 1966-67 season with a 124-113 loss in the regular-season finale at Boston. The streak is the second longest in NBA history during one season, behind the 1981-82 Denver Nuggets, who scored at least 100 points in each of its 82 games.

    1987 - Gerald Wilkins scores 34 points in 44 minutes off the bench to lead Knicks to 111-105 (OT) win versus Indiana at Madison Square Garden.

    1991 - Knicks guard Maurice Cheeks dishes out six assists in 97-79 win at Charlotte, becoming the fifth guard in NBA history to reach 7,000 career assists.

    2002 - Trailing by 12 points in the third quarter and by 10 in the fourth, Knicks close the game on a 26-7 run – including a season-high 17 straight points – to defeat the Grizzlies 101-92 at Memphis.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on March 19, 2011 at 10:20 a.m., ET
    Knicks-Pistons Connections
    Here are some connections between the Knicks and Pistons...

  • Chauncey Billups played seven seasons in Detroit (2002-09), leading the Pistons to six consecutive Eastern Conference Finals (2003-08), two NBA Finals (2004, 2005) and the 2004 NBA Championship, in which he was named the MVP.

  • Chauncey Billups played alongside Tracy McGrady in Toronto for part of the 1997-98 season.

  • Chauncey Billups competed against the Western Conference squad of Tracy McGrady, Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony, and coached by Mike D’Antoni, in the 2007 All-Star Game.

  • Pistons forward Tracy McGrady played 24 games for the Knicks during the 2009-2010 season. He averaged 9.4 points and 3.9 assists. Kenny Atkinson was the director of player development in Houston during the 2007-08 season when McGrady was with the Rockets.

  • Pistons forward Tayshaun Prince was a member of the 2008 Gold Medal winning USA basketball team with Carmelo Anthony, which Mike D’Antoni served as an assistant coach for.

  • Pistons assistant coach Darrell Walker was drafted in the first round (12th overall) by the Knicks in the 1983 NBA Draft. Walker played three seasons in New York before being traded to Denver.

  • Herb Williams played one game for Toronto in 1995-96 when Darrell Walker was an assistant coach there.

  • Pistons guard Ben Gordon is from Mount Vernon, New York.

  • Amar’e Stoudemire and Pistons guard Richard Hamilton competed against each other in three All-Star games (2006, 2007, and 2008). Carmelo Anthony was a teammate of Stoudemire’s in the 2007 and 2008 games.

  • Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva was born and raised in Elmhurst Queens, NY.

  • Pistons head coach John Kuester was a member of the 1978-79 Denver Nuggets, for which Donnie Walsh served as an assistant coach for before replacing Larry Brown as head coach for the final 29 games.

  • Pistons forward Chris Wilcox appeared in 25 games for the Knicks in 2008-09 after coming over in a trade from Oklahoma City on Feb. 19. He averaged 5.4 points and 3.3 rebounds over 13.2 minutes.

  • Ben Gordon’s University of Connecticut’s Huskies defeated Carmelo Anthony’s Syracuse Orange in the semi-finals of the 2003 Big East tournament.

    Let's go Knicks!

    Posted by Mike Hacku on March 18, 2011 at 12:21 p.m., ET
  • This Date in Knicks History: March 18
    1993 - Knicks break a six-year hex in Cleveland with a convincing 115-95 victory over the Cavs at the Richfield Coliseum. Doc Rivers dishes out a season-high 15 assists despite suffering a broken nose in the third quarter.

    2003 - Knicks outscore Spurs 36-19 in the fourth quarter en route to a 105-97 win at San Antonio. Allan Houston follows up his 50-point performance of two nights earlier with a game-high 36 points.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on March 18, 2011 at 10:15 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: March 17
    1970 - Willis Reed earns MVP honors for the 1969-70 season with 61 first-place votes. He becomes the first Knick in history to win the award.

    1994 - Knicks tie the all-time post-clock NBA record held by the 1954-55 Syracuse Nationals with their eighth straight sub-90-point defensive game, defeating the Bucks 105-83 at the Garden.

    1998 - Dressing just nine players due to injury, the Knicks grind out a 100-96 win over Philadelphia at the Garden. Allan Houston leads the way with 31 points. Anthony Bowie scores 10 points and has five rebounds over 36 minutes in his first start.

    2006 - Jamal Crawford’s jumper with :02.2 left climaxes a Knicks comeback from a 16-point second-quarter deficit and gives New York a pulsating 105-103 victory over Detroit at a soldout Garden.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on March 17, 2011 at 10:09 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: March 16
    1949 - Madison Square Garden holds its first professional basketball doubleheader, as Chicago defeats Boston, 107-82, and Rochester defeats the Knicks, 94-89.

    1970 - Knicks join the Atlantic Division as the NBA reorganizes into four divisions: Atlantic, Central, Southern and Pacific. Boston, Buffalo and Philadelphia round out the Knicks division.

    1986 - Toney Douglas born in Tampa, Florida.

    1989 - Knicks franchise record of 26 consecutive home wins in a season comes to an end, as they fall to the 76ers, 121-112, at Madison Square Garden.

    1999 - Knicks complete sweep of back-to-back-to-back games with a 113-89 rout of Clippers at Madison Square Garden, winning three games in three days for the first time since February 6-8, 1981.

    2003 - Allan Houston pours in 50 points – his second 50-plus game of the season and the 13th in Knicks history – in 120-111 victory over Milwaukee at the Garden. Houston joins Bernard King and Richie Guerin as the only Knicks to author multi 50-point games in the same season.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on March 16, 2011 at 10:27 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: March 15
    1953 - Harry Gallatin records a 30/30 game with 30 points and 33 rebounds, setting a franchise record for most rebounds in a single-game in 81-69 loss at Fort Wayne Pistons. (Note: Willis Reed would tie the mark on Feb. 2, 1971 vs. CIN).

    1963 - Knicks snap a 10-game losing streak, defeating the Chicago Zephyrs, 116-111, at Madison Square Garden. Dave Budd leads the way with 22 points.

    2006 - After trailing by as many as 12 points late in the third quarter, the second unit rallies Knicks in resounding fashion for 121-117 (2OT) win versus Atlanta at Madison Square Garden. Knicks bench outscores Hawks bench 77-17, and registers highest scoring total since Oct. 27, 1984 (81). Jamal Crawford leads the Knicks with 21 points over 35 minutes off the bench.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on March 15, 2011 at 6:31 p.m., ET
    Practice Q&A with Roger Mason Jr.
    Roger Mason Jr. gives his thoughts about today's Knicks practice, and states he "can't wait" for another shot at the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night:



    Posted by Mike Hacku on March 14, 2011 at 3:36 p.m., ET
    Shawne Williams Works On Outside Stroke During Practice
    Posted by Mike Hacku on March 14, 2011 at 2:08 p.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: March 14
    1992 - Dick McGuire’s number 15 is retired by the Knicks. McGuire, who spent 53 years with the organization before passing away on Feb. 3, 2010, served the Knicks as a player, head coach, assistant coach, chief scout and senior basketball consultant. He was elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993 and is third place on the Knicks all-time assists list (2,950)

    2004 - Knicks rally from a 65-39 deficit to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks, 103-100, at the Bradley Center. Stephon Marbury scores 21 points and dishes out 16 assists in the win.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on March 14, 2011 at 11:22 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: March 13
    1954 - Knicks clinch first place in the Eastern Division with a 67-60 victory over Syracuse at Madison Square Garden. Harry Gallatin leads the way with 16 points.

    1957 - Harry Gallatin plays his 610th consecutive (franchise record) and final game as a Knick, scoring 12 points and grabbing nine rebounds in 122-91 loss at Boston.

    1993 - Knicks/Pacers game at Madison Square Garden is postponed due to a snowstorm. They played the next day with the Knicks winning 121-90.

    2010 - Knicks go into Dallas and snap Mavericks 13-game winning streak and a nine-game losing streak in Big D with 128-94 win at American Airlines Arena – the Knicks first (0-8) in franchise history. Knicks avenge a 50-point January loss to Mavs with the 34-point victory, which is the largest win in NBA history against an opponent who handed a team a 50-point loss earlier in the season. Knicks are led by four 20-point scorers, as Bill Walker scores 23 points; Wilson Chandler, 22 points; Toney Douglas, 21 points and Al Harrington, 20 points.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on March 13, 2011 at 10:03 p.m., ET
    Knicks-Pacers Connections
    Here are some connections between the Knicks and Pacers...

  • Donnie Walsh spent 23 seasons with the Indiana Pacers, most recently as the franchise’s president. His hard work and dedication helped earn the team one trip to the NBA Finals, six berths in the Eastern Conference Finals and four Central Division crowns. Over a 10-year span, from 1995 through 2005, the Pacers boasted the best regular season record among teams in the Eastern Conference, and fourth-best in the entire NBA.

  • Knicks assistant coach Herb Williams played for the Pacers from 1981-89. He was selected 14th overall by Indiana in the 1981 NBA Draft.

  • Glen Grunwald (Senior Vice President of Basketball Operations) played his college ball at Indiana University and was on the 1981 NCAA championship team.

  • Pacers center Roy Hibbert was born in Queens, New York.

  • Pacers rookie guard Lance Stephenson grew up in Brooklyn, and attended Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn.

  • Shawne Williams was selected by Indiana in the first round (17th overall) of the 2006 NBA Draft. He played parts of two seasons for the Pacers before being traded to Dallas for Eddie Jones, two second round draft selections and cash considerations on Oct. 10, 2008. Pacers head coach Frank Vogel and assistant Dan Burke were his assistant coaches in 2007-08. (Burke also in 2006-07).

  • Pacers assistant coach Walter McCarty was selected by the Knicks in the first round (19th overall) of 1996 NBA Draft. He played 35 games before being traded to Boston with John Thomas, Dontae Jones, Scott Brooks for Chris Mills and two future second round draft choices on Oct. 22, 1997.

  • Jared Jeffries, who grew up in Bloomington, Indiana and attended Bloomington High School North, won the Mr. Basketball award for the state of Indiana in 2000 and went on to play at Indiana University.

  • Jared Jeffries led Indiana University to a 74-73 victory over Mike Dunleavy's Duke squad in the Sweet 16 of the 2002 NCAA Tournament. Jeffries scored 24 points and recorded 15 rebounds for the Hoosiers.

  • Shelden Williams played alongside Pacers forward Solomon Jones in Atlanta during the 2006-07 season.

  • Pacers forward Dahntay Jones was teammates with Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Anthony Carter, and Renaldo Balkman for one season in Denver (2008-09).

  • Chauncey Billups and Indiana Pacers forward James Posey were teammates in Denver from 1998-2000.

  • Shelden Williams and Pacers forward Josh McRoberts were teammates for one year at Duke University (2005-06).

  • Carmelo Anthony’s Syracuse Orange defeated T.J. Ford’s University of Texas team in the 2003 Final Four.

  • Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups and Amar’e Stoudemire represented the West in the 2009 All-Star game, competing against Pacers forward Danny Granger.

  • Andy Rautins' Syracuse Orange team defeated A.J. Price’s Huskies in a six-overtime thriller during the third round of the 2009 Big East Tournament at the Garden.

    Let's go Knicks!

    Posted by Ricky Henne on March 12, 2011 at 6:54 p.m., ET
  • This Date in Knicks History: March 12
    1953 - Knicks clinch first Eastern Division title in franchise history with a 90-85 road win over the Philadelphia Warriors. Connie Simmons, who sat out the first period, scores 29 points.

    1972 - Jerry Lucas records his 21st consecutive double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds in 112-109 loss at Boston. Lucas’ streak is the third longest in franchise history behind Walt Bellamy (44, 1965-66) and David Lee (24, 2009).

    Posted by Mike Hacku on March 12, 2011 at 9:43 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: March 11
    1956 - Knicks defeat Fort Wayne 122-96, behind Carl Braun’s 27 points, to remain in a tie with Syracuse for the third place playoff spot. Knicks would face the Nationals four days later for the right to go to the playoffs and lose 82-77.

    2001 - Rallying for their biggest comeback victory in more than six years, the Knicks storm back from a 21-point first-quarter deficit to defeat Miami, 86-83, before a delighted Garden sellout and a national NBC audience. Knicks fall behind 35-14, missing 25 of first 31 shots, but outscore Miami 72-48 the rest of the way.

    2009 - New York overcomes a 12-point deficit with 11:49 remaining to force overtime and then outscores Detroit 15-10 in the extra period for a 116-111 (OT) win at Palace of Auburn Hills. The Knicks set a franchise record with only three turnovers, including none in the second half. Nate Robinson leads all Knicks scorers with 30 points and six assists and David Lee posts 16 points and 18 rebounds

    Posted by Mike Hacku on March 11, 2011 at 9:37 p.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: March 10
    1990 - Knicks retire Dick Barnett’s number 12 and number 613 in honor of coach Red Holzman. Barnett averaged 15.6 points in nine seasons with the Knicks. Holzman’s number 613 represents the number of regular-season victories he earned at the helm of the Knicks - the most in franchise history.

    1998 - Knicks record their first ever series sweep of Orlando (4-0) with an 85-78 win at Madison Square Garden. Larry Johnson leads the way with 19 points.

    2000 - Knicks snap a four-game road losing streak with an 82-77 win at Philadelphia, behind Patrick Ewing’s 19 points and 21 rebounds.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on March 10, 2011 at 10:23 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: March 9
    1958 - Knicks thrash the Philadelphia Warriors, 123-81, at Madison Square Garden. The 42-point differential ranks as the seventh biggest win in Knicks history. Seven Knicks score in double figures with Kenny Sears leading the way with 20 points.

    1977 - Willis Reed is named Knicks head coach, effective at the end of the season after Red Holzman retires.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on March 9, 2011 at 10:18 a.m., ET
    Knicks-Grizzlies Connections
    Here are some connections between the Knicks and Grizzlies...

  • Bill Walker was a high school teammate of Grizzlies guard OJ Mayo at Huntington High School (WV). They also met in the 2008 NCAA Tournament’s first round with Walker’s # 11 Kansas State defeating Mayo’s #6 USC 80-67.

  • Grizzlies assistant coach Henry Bibby played three seasons (1972-75) with Knicks, averaging 6.8 points and 1.8 rebounds over 13.9 minutes in 168 games (six starts). He was a member of 1972-73 championship team, averaging 3.3 points and 0.3 rebounds over six games during playoff run.

  • Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph played parts of two seasons (2007-09) with Knicks before being traded to LA Clippers with Mardy Collins in exchange for Tim Thomas and Cuttino Mobley on Nov. 21, 2008. Randolph averaged 18 points and 10.6 rebounds over 32.9 minutes in 80 games (79 starts).

  • Grizzlies General Manager/Vice President, Basketball Operations Chris Wallace was a Knicks scout in 1991-92.

  • Memphis assistant Johnny Davis played four seasons (1978-79 – 1981-82) in Indiana and later served as an assistant coach with Donnie Walsh’s Pacers (2006-07 under Rick Carlisle).

  • Bill Walker and Grizzlies forwards Tony Allen and Leon Powe were teammates in Boston for parts of two seasons from 2008-10. Shelden Williams played alongside Tony Allen in Boston last season.

  • Jared Jeffries spent parts of each of the last two seasons in Houston with Grizzlies forward Shane Battier. Battier played for the Rockets in 2007-08 with Kenny Atkinson as Director of Player Development/assistant coach.

  • Herb Williams and Grizzlies assistant coach Damon Stoudemire were teammates in Toronto for one game during the 1995-96 season.

  • Stoudemire also played for the 2000-01 Portland Trailblazers with Mike D’Antoni an assistant coach.

  • Derrick Brown’s Xavier University team was eliminated in NCAA Tournaments by current Grizzlies. In 2007, he was knocked out by Ohio State and Grizzlies guard Mike Conley Jr. In 2009, it was Sam Young’s Pittsburgh squad that took him out.

  • Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups and Amar’e Stoudemire were teammates with Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph in the 2010 NBA All-Star game.

  • Shawne Williams was born in Memphis, TN. He also played one year of college basketball for the University of Memphis during the 2005-06 season.

    Let's go Knicks!

    Posted by Ricky Henne on March 8, 2011 at 11:16 p.m., ET
  • Practice Q&A with Andy Rautins
    Andy Rautins gives his thoughts on how the new-look Knicks are meshing, and his keys to defeating the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night:



    Posted by Mike Hacku on March 8, 2011 at 8:19 p.m., ET
    Amar'e Stoudemire Working After Practice With Coach Weber
    Posted by Mike Hacku on March 8, 2011 at 1:28 p.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: March 8
    1993 - In front of a star-studded crowd at Garden, Knicks outlast Shaquille O’Neal and the Magic in overtime 109-107. Patrick Ewing scores 37 points with 17 rebounds and Charles Oakley scores a season-high 18 points. Celebrities in the crowd include Dustin Hoffman, Danny Aiello, Gregory Hines, Spike Lee, John McEnroe, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Ed Bradley, Bill Murray and Branford Marsalis.

    1996 - Don Nelson is relieved of his head coaching duties and is replaced by Jeff Van Gundy, who becomes the 18th head coach in Knicks history. Knicks fall to 76ers 100-92 in Van Gundy’s debut. Van Gundy would lead the Knicks to a 248-172 record and an Eastern Conference Championship (1999) in five-plus seasons with the organization.

    2008 - Nate Robinson scores a career-high 45 points in 120-114 (OT) loss to Portland at Madison Square Garden. He becomes the second player in NBA history 5-foot-9 or shorter to score 45-plus points in a game (Calvin Murphy).

    Posted by Mike Hacku on March 8, 2011 at 11:55 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: March 7
    1992 - Knicks record the 1,000th home victory in franchise history with a 107-78 win over Charlotte. In the win, they grab 75 rebounds, 52 (franchise record) of which come on the defensive end.

    1994 - Trailing by 16 points late in the third quarter, Knicks run off 20 consecutive points and beat the Pistons, 99-85, at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Patrick Ewing and John Starks score 21 points each.

    1995 - Patrick Ewing scores 46 points as the Knicks defeat the Boston Celtics 115-110 at Madison Square Garden. Ewing sets a Knicks record for most points in the second half with 38 and falls two points shy of the Knicks record for most points in a half (Bernard King 40, 12/25/84 vs. NJ).

    Posted by Mike Hacku on March 7, 2011 at 10:36 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: March 6
    1970 - Knicks become the first team in NBA history to surpass the 1 million mark in regular-season total attendance in 107-103 victory versus San Diego Rockets at Madison Square Garden.

    1991 - Trent Tucker heaves up an off balance three-pointer at the buzzer, giving the Knicks a 102-99 victory at Detroit.

    1996 - Patrick Ewing grabs nine rebounds in 89-82 win at Toronto, passing Willis Reed (8,414) for first place on the Knicks all-time rebounding list.

    2005 - Knicks shoot a season-high .618 from the field - highest shooting game in four years - en route to a 115-99 victory versus the Golden State Warriors at the Garden. Stephon Marbury leads the way with 26 points (9-16 FG, 2-4 3P, 6-6 FT) and 16 assists.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on March 6, 2011 at 1:37 p.m., ET
    Knicks-Hawks Connections
    Here are some connections between the Knicks and Hawks...

  • Hawks guard Jamal Crawford, who was originally acquired by the Knicks on Aug. 5, 2004 from the Chicago Bulls, averaged 17.6 points and 4.4 assists in 299 career games with New York. He left the franchise (traded to Golden State for Al Harrington on Nov. 21, 2008), as the 25th leading scorer with 5,269 points. Crawford teamed with Ronny Turiaf in Golden State, following the trade.

  • Jamal Crawford and Roger Mason, Jr. were teammates in Chicago for parts of two seasons (2002-04).

  • Hawks guard Joe Johnson played for the Phoenix Suns organization from 2001-05 under Phil Weber (four seasons as an assistant) and Mike D’Antoni for three seasons (one as an assistant coach). He played alongside Amar’e Stoudemire for three seasons (2002-05).

  • Johnson was traded from Phoenix on Aug. 19, 2005 in a sign-and-trade with Atlanta that landed Phoenix Boris Diaw and two conditional draft picks. Stoudemire, Johnson and Hawks forward Al Horford were teammates on the 2011 All-Star Team, playing against Carmelo Anthony. Johnson was also a member of the Eastern Conference NBA All Star Team from 2007-2010, joining Horford in 2010, and playing against Amar’e Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony (2007, 08, 10) and Chauncey Billups (2009-10) and with Billups on the Eastern squad in 2007 and 2010. Johnson also played for the United States 2006 bronze-medal winning World Championship team with Carmelo Anthony and Mike D’Antoni as an assistant coach.

  • Hawks forward Josh Powell played seven games with the Indiana Pacers in 2006-07 before Donnie Walsh traded him to Golden State with Stephen Jackson in a deal that landed Indiana Ike Diogu, Mike Dunleavy and Troy Murphy.

  • Amar’e Stoudemire and Hawks forward Josh Smith competed against each other in the 2005 NBA Slam Dunk Contest. Smith edged Stoudemire in the finals to claim the titleH.

  • Hawks guard Maurice Evans played overseas in Italy for Benetton Treviso in 2003-04. Mike D’Antoni coached Benetton Treviso from 1994-97, 2001-02. Evans also played alongside Ronny Turiaf with the Lakers during the 2006-2007 season.

  • Toney Douglas went to high school in the Atlanta area. He attended high school in Jonesboro, GA, which is 25 minutes south of Atlanta. His brother Harry Douglas plays wide receiver for the Atlanta Falcon.

  • Anthony Carter was also born and raised in Atlanta. He attended Alonzo A. Crim High School.

  • Knicks head athletic trainer Roger Hinds served as the Hawks assistant athletic trainer and strength and conditioning coach from 1992-96.

  • Jared Jeffries (2002-06) and Roger Mason Jr. (2006-08) played with Hawks center Etan Thomas in Washington. Hawks head coach Larry Drew was an assistant coach in Washington during the 2002-03 season with Jeffries and Thomas on the squad.

  • Hawks guard Damien Wilkins is the son of Gerald Wilkins, who played for the Knicks from 1985-92, averaging 14.9 points in 555 (480 starts) regular-season games and 13.4 points in 38 (35 starts) postseason tilts.

  • Hawks Player Development Instructor Nick Van Exel played with Chauncey Billups in Denver for two seasons from 1998-2000. The duos head coach during the lockout shortened 1998-99 season was Mike D’Antoni.

  • Shelden Williams was selected by Atlanta in the first round (fifth overall) of 2006 NBA Draft. He played parts of two seasons for the Hawks before being shipped to Sacramento on Feb. 16, 2008 in the Mike Bibby deal.

  • Shelden Williams and Hawks center Jason Collins were teammates in Minnesota during the 2008-09 season.

  • Jared Jeffries and Hawks forward Hilton Armstrong were teammates in Houston for part of the 2009-10 season.

    Let's go Knicks!

    Posted by Ricky Henne on March 6, 2011 at 1:38 a.m., ET
  • This Date in Knicks History: March 5
    1965 - Willis Reed scores 46 points (17-33 FG, 12-13 FT) and grabs 22 rebounds in 105-103 loss versus the Los Angeles Lakers.

    1966 - Walt Bellamy records his 44th consecutive double-double (franchise record) with 25 points and 19 rebounds in 149-145 loss at Cincinnati. His streak would be snapped the next day in St. Louis, but remains a franchise record.

    2002 - Kurt Thomas scores 29 points and hauls in a career-best 20 rebounds in a 102-89 drubbing of Milwaukee at the Garden.

    2004 - Knicks outscore Raptors 38-20 in the game’s final 17:15 for a 109-103 win at Toronto, snapping a six-game road losing streak. Stephon Marbury scores 35 points and Nazr Mohammed adds 20 points and 18 rebounds.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on March 5, 2011 at 11:26 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: March 4
    1962 - Willie Naulls records his seventh consecutive 30-point effort, scoring 39 points in 129-128 loss versus Philadelphia Warriors at Madison Square Garden.

    1986 - Chris McNealy records 12 points, 10 rebounds and eight steals in 119-83 victory over the Washington Bullets at Madison Square Garden.

    1993 - Doc Rivers ties a franchise record for most assists without a single turnover (14) in a 125-111 victory over the Utah Jazz at Madison Square Garden.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on March 4, 2011 at 1:55 p.m., ET
    Knicks-Cavaliers Connections
    Here are some connections between the Knicks and Cavaliers...

  • Cavaliers assistant coach Chris Jent played three games with the Knicks during the 1996-97 season.

  • Dan D’Antoni coached Wolves guard Ramon Sessions at the AAU level for Beach Ball Select in South Carolina for three summers.

  • Shawne Williams played alongside Ryan Hollins for part of the 2008-09 season for the Dallas Mavericks.

  • Mike D’Antoni coached Cavaliers forward Antawn Jamison during the 2006 FIBA World Championships.

  • Roger Mason Jr. played alongside Antawn Jamison for two seasons with the Washington Wizards (2006-2008).

  • Cavaliers forward Samardo Samuels played in the 2008 Jordan Brand All Star Game in Madison Square Garden where he tallied 16 points and five rebounds.

  • Cavs head coach Byron Scott played two seasons in Indiana (1993-95), while Donnie Walsh served as president

  • Cavaliers forward Joey Graham played in Denver last season with Carmelo Anthony, Renaldo Balkman, Chauncey Billups and Anthony Carter.
  • Derrick Brown grew up in Dayton, OH and played three seasons at Xavier University.

  • Antawn Jamison was also teammates with Jared Jeffries in Washington for two seasons from 2004-06.

    Let's go Knicks!

    Posted by Ricky Henne on March 4, 2011 at 1:29 a.m., ET
  • This Date in Knicks History: March 3
    1954 - Knicks play first and only game in Westchester County, defeating the Philadelphia Warriors 88-79 in White Plains, New York. Harry Gallatin leads the way with 20 points and 22 rebounds.

    1967 - Walt Bellamy records a triple double, scoring 29 points, grabbing 14 rebounds and dishing out 10 assists in 138-132 loss to the Lakers at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on March 3, 2011 at 11:39 a.m., ET
    Knicks-Hornets Connections
    Here are some connections between the Knicks and Hornets...

  • Hornets head coach Monty Williams was selected by New York in the first round (24th overall) of the 1994 NBA Draft. He played two seasons in New York, averaging 2.8 points in 55 games. He also played for then Nuggets head coach Mike D’Antoni in Denver during the 1998-99 season.

  • Hornets guard Chris Paul was a member of the 2008 Gold Medal winning USA basketball team with Carmelo Anthony that Mike D’Antoni served as an assistant coach for. Anthony and Paul were also teammates on the 2006 World Championship team that won the bronze medal.

  • Anthony and Paul were teammates on this season’s Western Conference All-Star squad, playing against Amar’e Stoudemire. Stoudemire was on the Western Conference All-Star team along with Paul, Anthony and Hornets forward David West in 2008, playing against then Pistons guard Chauncey Billups. Stoudemire also teamed with Paul, West and Billups (Nuggets) on the 2009 West squad.

  • Hornets forward Trevor Ariza, was selected by the Knicks in the second round (43rd overall) of the 2004 NBA Draft and played for the club for parts of two seasons before he was traded on Feb. 22, 2006 with Anfernee Hardaway to the Orlando Magic for Steve Francis.

  • Hornets general manager Dell Demps joined the New York Knicks as a scout for the 2003-04 season and was promoted to director of pro player personnel after the 2004-05 season.

  • Hornets guard Marcus Banks played under Mike D'Antoni in Phoenix from 2006-08.

  • Ronny Turiaf played with Hornets guard Marco Belinelli in Golden State during the 2008-2009 season.

  • Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony played alongside Hornets center Emeka Okafor in the 2004 Olympics, bringing home the bronze medal.

  • Roger Mason Jr. played for Hornets assistant Randy Ayers for one season, while he was an assistant for the Washington Wizards during the 2007-08 season.

  • Hornets assistant coach Michael Malone was a Knicks assistant coach from 2003-05. He was also a Knicks coaching associate from 2001-03.

    Let's go Knicks!

    Posted by Ricky Henne on March 2, 2011 at 1:20 p.m., ET
  • This Date in Knicks History: March 2
    1951 - Knicks coach Joe Lapchick leads the Eastern squad to 111-94 win over the West in the first ever NBA All-Star game at Boston Garden. Vince Boryla (nine points), Harry Gallatin (five points) and Dick McGuire (six points) represent the Knicks.

    1962 - Wilt Chamberlain sets the NBA record for most points in a game (100) as the Warriors defeat the Knicks, 169-147, in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The 169 points are the most points scored against the Knicks.

    1995 - Trailing by 22 points (71-49) midway through the third quarter, Knicks outscore Bulls 44-18 the rest of the way for a 93-89 victory at Madison Square Garden. Anthony Mason records 26 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists. Patrick Ewing adds 23 points and Hubert Davis, 19 points.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on March 2, 2011 at 10:15 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: March 1
    1941 - President, Basketball Operations Donnie Walsh born in Manhattan, NY.

    1986 - Knicks retire Earl “The Pearl” Monroe’s number 15. Monroe averaged 16.2 points in his nine seasons as a Knick and was an integral part of the 1973 championship team. That same day, Red Holzman is elected into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

    1991 - Dave Checketts is named Knicks president and vice president and general manager Al Bianchi is relieved of his duties.

    2001 - Jeff Van Gundy moves into third place on the Knicks all-time wins list, racking up his 224th victory to pass Pat Riley, as Knicks record wire-to-wire 95-88 victory over Boston at Madison Square Garden. Marcus Camby leads the way with 27 points and 17 rebounds.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on March 1, 2011 at 10:30 a.m., ET
    Knicks-Magic Connections
    Here are some connections between the Knicks and Magic...

  • Knicks legend Patrick Ewing is an assistant coach with the Magic. He is the Knicks franchise leader in total points (23.665), games played (1,039), rebounds (10,759), blocks (2,758), steals (1,061) and minutes (37,586). His number 33 was raised to the Garden rafters on Feb. 28, 2003.

  • Herb Williams and Patrick Ewing played together on the Knicks from 1992-99.

  • Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy is brothers with former Knicks head coach Jeff Van Gundy. Jeff served as the Knicks head coach from 1995-2002, recording 248 wins, which are the third most in franchise history.

  • Magic assistant coach Brendan Malone was a Knicks assistant coach from 1986-88, 1997-2000, and 2003-04. He was also an assistant coach in Indiana from 2000-03, while Donnie Walsh served as the team president. Herb Williams played one game for the Toronto Raptors during the 1995-96 season before being waived. Magic assistant coach Brendan Malone was his head coach.

  • Magic assistant coach Steve Clifford spent three seasons as part of the Knicks organization. He was an advanced scout during the 2000-01 season and an assistant coach from 2001-03.

  • Magic guard Chris Duhon spent the last two seasons playing for the Knicks, averaging 9.4 points and 6.5 assists over 146 games (137 starts).

  • Magic guard/forward Quentin Richardson spent four seasons with the Knicks (2005-09), averaging 9.7 points in 241 games (206 starts). He was traded to Memphis, with cash considerations, for Darko Milicic on Jun. 25, 2009.

  • Shawne Williams and Magic forward Brandon Bass were teammates in Dallas during the 2008-09 season.

  • Roger Mason, Jr. and Magic guard Gilbert Arenas were teammates in Washington for two seasons from 2006-08.

  • Amar’e Stoudemire was teammates with Magic guard Jason Richardson (2008-10) and forward Earl Clark (2009-10) in Phoenix.

  • Carmelo Anthony represented the victorious Western Conference in this year’s All-Star game in Los Angeles, defeating Amar’e Stoudemire and Magic center Dwight Howard, who were teammates. Stoudemire competed against Howard in four consecutive All-Star games from 2007-10, teaming with Carmelo Anthony in three of them (2007, 08, 10) and Chauncey Billups joining them in 2009 and 2010. Billups was teammates with Howard for the East in the 2007 and 2008 All-Star games, representing Detroit.

  • Mike D’Antoni (assistant coach), Carmelo Anthony and Dwight Howard were members of the 2008 Gold Medal winning team at the Beijing Olympics.

    Enjoy the game!

    Posted by Ricky Henne on February 28, 2011 at 10:33 p.m., ET
  • This Date in Knicks History: February 28
    1997 - Knicks become the first team in NBA history to win three overtime games on the same roadtrip, as they win in Denver 112-108 (OT). John Starks leads the way with 23 points.

    2003 - Knicks retire Patrick Ewing’s 33. The Hall-of-Fame center was a seven-time All-NBA selection, three-time All-Defensive, and 11-time All-Star. The 1986 NBA Rookie of the Year, is the all-time Knicks leader in total points (23,665), games played (1,039), rebounds (10,759), blocks (2,758), steals (1,061), and minutes (37,586).

    Posted by Mike Hacku on February 28, 2011 at 4:17 p.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: February 27
    2000 - Knicks rally from a 12-point third-quarter deficit for a thrilling 89-88 national television win over Philadelphia at Madison Square Garden. After trailing for virtually the entire game, the Knicks pull even (88-88) on Larry Johnson’s tip-in with :46.8 left and go ahead on a Chris Childs free throw with :16.9 left.

    2001 - Patrick Ewing returns to Madison Square Garden for the first time since his September trade to Seattle and scores 12 points and grabs five rebounds in 101-92 loss to Knicks. In the victory, the Knicks fail to record a steal for the first time in franchise history.

    2010 - Original Knick Hank Rosenstein passes away at the age of 89. He played 31 games with New York during 1946-47 season, averaging 4.3 points. He scored five points (2-2 FG, 1-2 FT) and recorded one assist and five fouls in first game in franchise/NBA history – 68-66 win at Toronto Huskies on Nov. 1, 1946.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on February 27, 2011 at 5:25 p.m., ET
    Knicks-Heat Connections
    Here are some connections between the Knicks and Heat...

  • The 2003 NBA Draft is well represented in this contest with four of the Top-5 picks. Miami’s LeBron James was selected first overall by Cleveland; Chris Bosh, fourth by Toronto and Dwyane Wade fifth by Miami. New York’s Carmelo Anthony was selected third by Denver after Detroit took Darko Milicic.

  • In the summer of 2008, Mike D’Antoni served as an assistant coach of the gold medal winning basketball team that consisted of Carmelo Anthony and Miami’s Dwayne Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh.

  • Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony played against Chris Bosh in the 2002 McDonald’s High School All American game which took place at Madison Square Garden.

  • Amar’e Stoudemire teamed with Bosh, Wade and James in the 2011 All-Star game in Los Angeles, while playing against Carmelo Anthony, who was on the victorious Western Conference squad. Stoudemire and Anthony were teammates on the 2007, 2008, 2010 team, going against Miami’s trio. Chauncey Billups joined the Knicks duo on the 2010 squad and was also on the 2009 team with Stoudemire that faced Miami’s crew. Billups was also a teammate of Bosh, Wade and James on the 2006-08 teams, while playing for Detroit.

  • Amar’e Stoudemire played for the victorious Sophomore squad, earning MVP honors with 36 points in the 2004 Rookie Challenge against Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and Udonis Haslem. Stoudemire scored a rookie team high 36 points in the game.

  • Heat President Pat Riley was the Knicks head coach from 1992-95. He amassed a regular season record of 223-105 (.680) and a post-season record of 35-28 (.556) during his four seasons in New York. Riley led the Knicks to the playoffs in all four seasons and to an Eastern Conference Championship in 1993-94. He earned NBA Coach of the Year honors for the 1992-93 season.

  • Heat assistant coach Ron Rothstein was a Knicks scout during the 1982-83 season.

  • Heat assistant coach Bob McAdoo played for the Knicks from 1976-79, earning two trips to the All-Star game and averaging 26.7 points and 12.0 rebounds in 171 regular-season games and 23.8 points and 9.7 rebounds in six postseason games. He also played overseas in Italy for seven seasons, four of which he was a teammate of Mike D’Antoni in Milan.

  • Heat forward James Jones was drafted by Donnie Walsh and the Indiana Pacers in the 2003 NBA Draft with the 49th overall pick. He spent two seasons in Indiana and was then traded to Mike D'Antoni’s Phoenix Suns for whom he played two seasons.

  • Andy Rautins and Heat center Joel Anthony were teammates on the Canadian National team coached by Andy’s father Leo, in the 2010 World Basketball Championships in Turkey.

  • Heat guard Eddie House played part of the 2009-2010 season for the New York Knicks after being acquired from Boston with J. R. Giddens and Bill Walker in exchange for Nate Robinson and Marcus Landry on Feb. 18, 2010.

  • Bill Walker played alongside Eddie House in Boston for parts of two seasons from 2008-2010.

  • House played alongside Amar’e Stoudemire in Phoenix under coaches Mike D’Antoni, Dan D’Antoni and Phil Weber during the 2005-06 season.

  • Knicks forward Shelden Williams, Bill Walker and Eddie House were teammates in Boston for part of the 2009-10 season.

    Shawne Williams played with Heat center Erick Dampier in Dallas during the 2008-2009 season.

  • Dampier played for the Pacers for the 1996-1997 season when Donnie Walsh served as the President of the Pacers Basketball Corporation.

  • Shawne Williams and Heat center Jamaal Magloire played together for part of the 2008-2009 season for the Dallas Mavericks.

    Enjoy the game!

    Posted by Ricky Henne on February 27, 2011 at 2:28 a.m., ET
  • This Date in Knicks History: February 26
    1989 - Knicks break the franchise record for most consecutive wins at home with their 21st straight victory at the Garden, defeating Boston 122-110. Mark Jackson scores 28 points and dishes out 11 assists and Patrick Ewing records 26 points and 13 rebounds in the victory. Note: The Knicks streak would end at 26 straight home wins.

    1997 - Knicks score just five points in the third quarter, then roar back for a 96-95 (OT) win over the Blazers in Portland. Knicks outscore Portland 29-14 down the stretch to force overtime and then pull out the win in the extra session. Patrick Ewing leads the way with 27 points and 14 rebounds.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on February 26, 2011 at 9:00 a.m., ET
    Knicks-Cavaliers Connections
    Here are some connections between the Knicks and Cavaliers...

  • Cavaliers assistant coach Chris Jent played three games with the Knicks during the 1996-97 season.

  • Dan D’Antoni coached Wolves guard Ramon Sessions at the AAU level for Beach Ball Select in South Carolina for three summers.

  • Shawne Williams played alongside Ryan Hollins for part of the 2008-09 season for the Dallas Mavericks.

  • Mike D’Antoni coached Cavaliers forward Antawn Jamison during the 2006 FIBA World Championships.

  • Roger Mason Jr. played alongside Antawn Jamison for two seasons with the Washington Wizards (2006-2008).

  • Cavaliers forward Samardo Samuels played in the 2008 Jordan Brand All Star Game in Madison Square Garden where he tallied 16 points and five rebounds.

  • Cavs head coach Byron Scott played two seasons in Indiana (1993-95), while Donnie Walsh served as president

  • Cavaliers forward Joey Graham played in Denver last season with Carmelo Anthony, Renaldo Balkman, Chauncey Billups and Anthony Carter.

  • Corey Brewer played with Cavaliers forward Ryan Hollins and guard Ramon Sessions in Minnesota during the 2009-10 season

  • Kelenna Azubuike played alongside Cavaliers guard Baron Davis in Golden State from 2006-2008.

    Let's go Knicks!

    Posted by Mike Hacku on February 25, 2011 at 1:29 p.m., ET
  • This Date in Knicks History: February 25
    1955 - Jim Baechtold scores 30 points with six assists and five rebounds in setting the franchise record for most minutes played in a game, 62, in 113-111 (3 OT) loss to the Warriors in Philadelphia.

    1999 - Allan Houston’s three-point bomb with :04.6 left in overtime caps a 26-point night and gives the Knicks a thrilling 115-113 (OT) win versus Minnesota at Madison Square Garden.

    2001 - Latrell Sprewell caps an 18-point performance by hitting the game’s two biggest shots in an 88-86 come-from-behind national television win over Sacramento at the Garden. Sprewell’s 15-footer from the left side with :40.1 left ties the score at 86-86, then his 18-foot jumper from the right elbow gives the Knicks the lead for good with :07.2 left.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on February 25, 2011 at 10:17 a.m., ET
    Coach D'Antoni's Notes from Practice: Feb. 24
  • After defeating the Milwaukee Bucks in Carmelo Anthony's Garden debut Wednesday night, the Knicks returned to MSG Training Center for their first practice with the new team members. "We're trying to go over what we started yesterday and cleaning up a lot of things defensively and also offensively," said Head Coach Mike D'Antoni. "We want to have the energy we had last night and take it into Cleveland, and gradually get to be a basketball team."

  • With many of the new Knicks arriving in New York hours before Wednesday's game, there was little time to prepare before they took the court. That didn't stop Anthony and Chauncey BIllups from pouring in 48 of the Knicks 114 total points in the Knicks victory over the Bucks. D'Antoni was excited about how the new players responded with such a quick transition. "They responded like they have a lot of talent. That's what we have, and now it's up to them and us to put it together as a team," he explained. "We need to have the same excitement and same energy going into these games until we get things ironed out."

  • Billups, a five time NBA All-Star and three time All NBA selection, recorded 21 points, eight assists and six rebounds over 33 minutes in his Knicks debut. D'Antoni stated that Chauncey has already shown that he takes his responsibility in the locker room and on the floor very seriously. For a former NBA Finals MVP that has appeared in 139 playoff games and won an NBA title, it's all about adjusting to what he does best--win.

    "With good point guards, you play to their rhythm, and he has his rhythm and that's how we'll play. We'll work in things that we do and try to help him as much as we can, but a lot of the orchestrating is going to be done by his experience and his talent."

  • D'Antoni stated that the most important thing for his new players in this adjustment period is to remain physically and mentally fresh. With a plethora of new scoring options on the team, he stated that everyone was excited at practice today.

    "Once you put stars together, the biggest thing is only the willingness to work together, and that we have. They're happy to be here and they're excited about the possibility. We saw some of the possibilities last night. It's not written in stone, but we have the ability now to be a really good team."
    Posted by Mike Hacku on February 24, 2011 at 6:20 p.m., ET
  • Carmelo Addresses Media at First Knicks Practice


    Posted by Mike Hacku on February 24, 2011 at 1:53 p.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: February 24
    1973 - Knicks dish out 15 assists in the second quarter of a 125-97 win versus Buffalo at Madison Square Garden. Walt Frazier leads the way with eight assists, to go along with 15 points.

    1993 - Knicks overcome a 13 point deficit with 6:39 to play, outscoring Milwaukee 23-9 to pick up a 91-90 victory at the Bradley Center. John Starks leads the way with 25 points.

    2005 - In two separate deals: Knicks trade forward Vin Baker, guard Moochie Norris and a 2006 second-round draft pick to Houston for forward Maurice Taylor. Also, trade center Nazr Mohammed and guard Jamison Brewer to San Antonio for forward Malik Rose and conditional first-round draft picks in 2005 (David Lee) and 2006 (Mardy Collins).

    2009 - Knicks waive Stephon Marbury. Marbury completes his six seasons in New York with averages of 18.2 points and 7.0 assists over 37.9 minutes in 287 regular-season games (282 starts). He averaged 21.3 points and 6.5 assists over 43.5 minutes in four playoff games (2003-04 season).

    Posted by Mike Hacku on February 24, 2011 at 1:51 p.m., ET
    Playoff Experience
    New York added a total of 235 games of playoff experience in the Feb. 22 trade with Denver and Minnesota. Chauncey Billups appeared in 139 playoff games with Minnesota and Detroit, winning an NBA title with the Pistons in 2004 and appearing in two NBA Finals (2004, 2005) and seven Conference Championships (Detroit, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008; Denver, 2009). Carmelo Anthony made the postseason in each of his seven seasons in the NBA, appearing in 45 playoff games, including the 2009 Western Conference Finals. Anthony Carter appeared in 35 playoff games; Renaldo Balkman, eight, and Shelden Williams, eight (NBA Finals with Boston last season).

    Posted by Mike Hacku on February 23, 2011 at 10:27 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: February 23
    1989 - Patrick Ewing leads nine Knick double-digit scorers with 28 points, as New York records 139-114 victory versus Charlotte at Madison Square Garden. Knicks also acquire forward Kiki Vandeweghe from Portland for a 1989 first-round pick (Byron Irvin).

    1991 - Climaxing a Knicks comeback from a 21-point third-quarter deficit, Trent Tucker hits a three-point bomb with :00.2 left to give New York a 104-101 victory at Washington.

    1996 - Ernie Grunfeld is promoted to president and general manager of the Knicks after serving as vice president since 1991 and vice president/general manager since 1993.

    1997 - Knicks record 63 rebounds and 34 assists in 127-121 double overtime thriller over the Los Angeles Lakers at The Forum. Patrick Ewing scores 34 points and grabs 25 rebounds.

    2009 - Nate Robinson ties a then Knicks franchise record (since 1964-65, Bob McAdoo, 1978), scoring 41 points off the bench, including six in the final 52 seconds, to lead Knicks to 123-119 victory versus the Indiana Pacers at Madison Square Garden.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on February 23, 2011 at 10:05 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: February 22
    1964 - Knicks score 19 points In overtime en route to a 125-119 (OT) win at Detroit. The 19 points were a franchise record that stood for 44 years, before being broken on Feb. 19, 2008, by a 23-point overtime effort in 113-100 win at Washington.

    2001 - Knicks trade guard Chris Childs and a 2001 first-round draft pick to Toronto for guards Mark Jackson and Muggsy Bogues.

    2006 - Knicks trade forward Trevor Ariza and guard Anfernee Hardaway to the Orlando Magic for guard Steve Francis.

    2010 - Knicks celebrate 40th anniversary of 1969-70 World Championship with halftime ceremony during 83-67 loss versus Milwaukee. All living members, including Willis Reed, Walt Frazier, Bill Bradley and Dick Barnett, with the exception of Dave Stallworth and Phil Jackson are on hand, while family members represent Dave DeBusschere, coach Red Holzman, general manager Eddie Donovan, chief scout Dick McGuire and trainer Danny Whelan.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on February 22, 2011 at 10:16 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: February 21
    1976 - Knicks defeat New Orleans Jazz, 102-98, at Madison Square Garden, giving Red Holzman his 500th coaching victory. Holzman becomes the second coach, after Red Auerbach, to reach that plateau.

    1990 - Knicks acquire guard Maurice Cheeks from San Antonio for guard Rod Strickland.

    1993 - Patrick Ewing and Pat Riley play major roles in the All-Star Classic at Utah. Ewing scores 15 points with a team-high 10 rebounds, and sends the game into overtime with a clutch 15-foot baseline jumper with :08 left to tie the game at 119-119. Riley coaches the East to a 135-132 OT loss, but becomes the third coach in NBA history to have coached the Eastern and Western All Stars.

    1999 - Knicks hold Chicago to just 63 points in a 79-63 national television victory at the Garden. The 63 points were the fewest allowed by the Knicks since the inception of the shot clock, until they held Utah to 62 on Nov. 14, 2005.

    2000 - Patrick Ewing scores his 23,157th point in an 87-76 win versus the Los Angeles Clippers, passing Elgin Baylor for 16th place on the all-time scoring list.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on February 21, 2011 at 10:39 p.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: February 20
    1982 - Willis Reed elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

    1994 - Before a national TV audience, the Knicks stomp the Bulls 86-68 at Madison Square Garden. Knicks allow just 28 points in the first half.

    1998 - Allan Houston scores 34 points on 16-for-20 shooting to lead the Knicks to a 98-89 victory at Portland.

    2010 - Tracy McGrady makes his Knicks debut, scoring 26 points over 31 minutes, as he and fellow newcomer Eddie House combine for 50 of Knicks 121 points in 121-118 (OT) loss versus Thunder at the Garden.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on February 20, 2011 at 10:31 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: February 19
    1983 - Dave DeBusschere and Bill Bradley elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

    1995 - Patrick Ewing scores 31 points as the Knicks record a season-high point total in 122-117 win over the Houston Rockets at Madison Square Garden. The win gives the Knicks a season sweep over the defending and eventual NBA champions.

    1998 - Knicks trade forward Ronnie Grandison and center Herb Williams to Philadelphia for forward Terry Cummings.

    2008 - New York scores a franchise record 23 points in overtime to defeat Washington 113-100 (OT) at the Verizon Center. New York shot a perfect 6-for-6 from the floor, including three field goals from beyond the arc, outscoring the Wizards 23-10 in the extra period.

    2009 - IKnicks acquire forward Chris Wilcox from Oklahoma City and guard Larry Hughes from Chicago sending Malik Rose and cash considerations to the Thunder and center Jerome James, guard Anthony Roberson and forward Tim Thomas to the Bulls.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on February 19, 2011 at 11:01 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: February 18
    1984 - Knicks retire Bill Bradley’s #24. “Dollar Bill” played a key role on both of the Knicks’ championship teams during his 10-year tenure. He posted 14.5 points for the NBA champions in 1969-70, and a career high 16.1 points in the Knicks’ second championship season of 1972-73.

    1996 - Knicks trade guard/forward Doug Christie, center Herb Williams and cash to Toronto for guard/forward Willie Anderson and forward/center Victor Alexander

    1997 - John Starks hits a three pointer at the buzzer to give the Knicks a 95-94 win over Phoenix at Madison Square Garden.

    2006 - Nate Robinson wins the Sprite Rising Stars Slam Dunk Competition in Houston, Texas.

    2010 - In a flurry of Trade Deadline activity, Donnie Walsh pulls of two major trades, freeing up salary cap space, while bringing in seven-time All-Star Tracy McGrady, along with guards Sergio Rodriguez, Eddie House and J.R. Giddens and forward Bill Walker. In a three-team deal with Houston and Sacramento, New York acquires McGrady from Rockets and Rodriguez from Sacramento. Sends guard Larry Hughes to Kings and forwards Jordan Hill, Jared Jeffries and a protected 2012 first round draft pick to Rockets. Houston also acquires the option to swap first round picks in 2011 with New York. In a separate deal, New York acquires guards Eddie House and J.R. Giddens and forward Bill Walker from Boston in exchange for guard Nate Robinson and forward Marcus Landry.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on February 18, 2011 at 10:31 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: February 17
    1990 - Knicks defeat Cleveland, 119-108 (OT) at Madison Square Garden. Patrick Ewing scores 41 points. Charles Oakley grabs 18 rebounds and Mark Jackson dishes out 17 assists. The victory sets a franchise record for most consecutive overtime wins with nine.

    1991 - Before a national TV audience, Knicks thrill the MSG sellout crowd with a resounding 116-88 victory over the defending champion, Detroit Pistons. Patrick Ewing’s 28 points and Charles Oakley’s 15 rebounds lead the way.

    1992 - Mark Jackson hits a spinning, off-balance jumper, with :01.8 remaining to give Knicks 104-102 win at Miami. In the game, Jackson notches his 2,951st career assist as a Knick, moving him past Dick McGuire and into second place on franchise’s all-time list.

    2010 - Knicks acquire forward Brian Cardinal from Minnesota in exchange for center Darko Milicic and cash considerations. Cardinal was waived the next day.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on February 17, 2011 at 10:12 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: February 16
    1958 - Knicks assistant coach Herb Williams born in Columbus, OH.

    1985 - Bernard King scores 55 points (19-33 FG, 17-23 FT) and tallies 11 rebounds in 126-117 loss to New Jersey at Madison Square Garden.

    1986 - Shawne Williams born in Memphis, TN.

    1997 - Knicks rebound from a 19-point second quarter deficit to defeat Indiana 89-80 before 200th consecutive Garden sellout. New York outscores Indiana 35-14 in the fourth quarter, as Pacers go 1-15 from the field.

    2003 - 18 years after Bernard King’s 55-point performance, Allan Houston scores 53 points against the Los Angeles Lakers and guides Knicks to 117-110 road victory at the Staples Center.

    2007 - David Lee takes home MVP honors in the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge in Las Vegas with a game-high 30 points (14-14 FG, 2-2 FT) and 11 rebounds in the Sophomores 155-114 victory.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on February 16, 2011 at 10:21 a.m., ET
    Knicks-Hawks Connections
    Here are some connections between the Knicks and Hawks...

  • Hawks guard Jamal Crawford was originally acquired by the Knicks on Aug. 5, 2004 from the Chicago Bulls and averaged 17.6 points and 4.4 assists in 299 career games with New York. He finished his Knicks career as the franchise’s 25th all-time leading scorer with 5,269 points. Crawford was also a teammate of Kelenna Azubuike, Anthony Randolph and Ronny Turiaf for one season (2008-09) in Golden State.

  • Eddy Curry, Jamal Crawford and Roger Mason, Jr. were teammates in Chicago for parts of two seasons (2002-04).

  • Hawks guard Jordan Crawford’s brother Joe Crawford was called up from the D-League by the Knicks March 26, 2009, and signed a 10-day contract. On April 6, 2009 he signed with the Knicks for the rest of the season.

  • Hawks guard Joe Johnson played for the Phoenix Suns organization with from 2001-05 under Phil Weber for four seasons as an assistant and Mike D’Antoni for three seasons (one as an assistant coach). During his time in Phoenix he played alongside Amar’e Stoudemire for three seasons (2002-05).

  • Johnson was traded from Phoenix on Aug. 19, 2005 in a sign and trade with Atlanta that landed Phoenix Boris Diaw and two conditional draft picks. Johnson was also a member of the NBA All Start Team from 2007-2010 for the East team while Amar’e Stoudemire was on the West team for those four seasons. Johnson was also a member of the 2006 FIBA world Championship team representing the USA alongside Amar’e Stoudemire with Mike D’Antoni as an assistant coach.

  • Hawks forward Josh Powell played seven games with the Indiana Pacers in 2006-07 before Donnie Walsh traded him to Golden State with Stephen Jackson in a deal that landed Indiana Ike Diogu, Mike Dunleavy and Troy Murphy. Powell played with Kelenna Azubuike for part of the 2005 2006 season in the NBDL for the Fort Worth Flyer and again for part of the 2007-2008 season with the Golden State Warriors.

  • Amar’e Stoudemire and Hawks forward Josh Smith competed against each other in the 2005 NBA Slam Dunk Contest – Smith edged Stoudemire in the finals to claim the title.

  • Hawks guard Maurice Evans played overseas in Italy for Benetton Treviso in 2003-04. Mike D’Antoni coached Benetton Treviso from 1994-95 thru 1996-97, 2001-02. Evans also played alongside Ronny Turiaf for the Lakers during the 2006-2007 season.

  • Toney Douglas went to high school in the Atlanta area. He attended high school in Jonesboro, GA, which is 25 mins south of Atlanta. Douglas’s brother Harry Douglas plays wide receiver for the Atlanta Falcons.

  • Wilson Chandler and Hawks center-forward Al Horford were teammates for the Sophomore team during the 2009 NBA Rookie Challenge. Horford and Amar’e Stoudemire played against each other in the 2010 NBA All Star game – Horford for the East and Stoudemire for the West.

  • Knicks guard Raymond Felton and Hawks forward Marvin Williams played one season (2004-05) together at the University of North Carolina, winning the NCAA championship that season.

  • Knicks Head Athletic Trainer Roger Hinds served as the Hawks assistant athletic trainer and strength and conditioning coach from 1992-93 through 1995-96.

  • Atlanta guard Mike Bibby’s father Henry was drafted by and played for the Knicks from 1972-1975. He was member of the 1973 Championship team.

  • Roger Mason Jr. and Hawks center Etan Thomas played together for two season in Washington from 2006-2008.

    Let's go Knicks!

    Posted by Ricky Henne on February 15, 2010 at 7:33 p.m., ET
  • This Date in Knicks History: February 15
    1953 - Knicks win in Syracuse 85-81, in a game that saw 97 fouls called. Knicks shoot 37-56 from the foul line with Carl Braun leading the way with 21 points (6-16 FG, 9-14 FT).

    1969 - Knicks tally their 11th consecutive victory and 20th consecutive home victory with a 98-92 win over San Francisco. Walt Frazier records a triple double in the victory with 24 points, 14 rebounds and 13 assists.

    1998 - Allan Houston scores 34 points, including 22 points in the third quarter, in 102-91 wire-to-wire victory over Cleveland at Madison Square Garden.

    1999 - Knicks become only the third NBA team in post-clock era to hold two consecutive opponents to under 70 points with a 78-69 win over Detroit at MSG. Note: Four days earlier, they held the Bulls to 68 points in 73-68 victory.

    2004 - As part of a three team deal; Knicks acquire forward Tim Thomas from Milwaukee and center Nazr Mohammed from Atlanta. Hawks acquire center Joel Przybilla from Milwaukee and forward Michael Doleac from New York. Milwaukee acquires forward Keith Van Horn from New York.

    2006 - Jamal Crawford hits a jumper with :03.0 left to lift the Knicks to a 98-96 win over Raptors at Madison Square Garden, ending the Knicks losing streak at 10.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on February 15, 2011 at 10:18 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: February 14
    1955 - Knicks defeat Fort Wayne 92-88 in a neutral-court game held in Miami, FL.

    1962 - Richie Guerin ties Willie Naulls' (1961) franchise record with 23 field goals, leading Knicks to 125-112 win over the Boston Celtics. Guerin finishes the game with 51 points and 10 rebounds

    1968 - The Knicks christen the “New Garden” with a 114-102 victory over the San Diego Rockets. Dick Barnett scores 26 points. Willis Reed records 23 points and 14 rebounds and Walt Frazier posts 22 points and 10 assists.

    1979 - Knicks acquire forward/center Tom Barker from Boston as the player to be named later in the Bob McAdoo trade from two days prior.

    1991 - Sellout crowd versus Chicago enables the Knicks to become the first team in NBA history to go over the 20 million mark in home attendance. Knicks drop the contest 102-92.

    1993 - Knicks drop a triple overtime thriller in Orlando 102-100 on national TV. The loss snaps a seven-game winning streak. This was the Knicks first triple overtime game since 1977.

    2009 - Nate Robinson plays the role of KryptoNate and defeats defending champion Dwight Howard to take home the Sprite Rising Stars Slam Dunk championship in Phoenix, Arizona.

    2010 - David Lee becomes first Knick since 2001 (Allan Houston and Latrell Sprewell) to represent franchise in the All-Star game, recording four points, two rebounds and one assist over 12 minutes in East’s 141-139 victory in Dallas, TX.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on February 14, 2011 at 10:08 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: February 13
    1960 - Richie Guerin scores 21 points, dishes out 19 assists and grabs 11 rebounds, helping the Knicks defeat the St. Louis Hawks, 122-104, at Madison Square Garden III.

    1970 - Knicks defeat Philadelphia at the Spectrum, 151-106 (second highest point total in franchise history). Cazzie Russell leads the way with 35 points and eight rebounds.

    1985 - Bernard King scores 46 points and collects 10 rebounds in 131-129 loss at Philadelphia 76ers.

    1994 - For the first time since 1973, the Knicks send three players to the All Star Game in Minneapolis, MN: Patrick Ewing (20 points and eight rebounds), Charles Oakley (two points and three rebounds) and John Starks (nine points, three rebounds and three assists) lead the East to a 127-118 victory.

    2005 - Tim Thomas’ three-point bomb from the left corner caroms off the rim and backboard before dropping through at the buzzer, giving the Knicks a last-second, 102-99, win over Charlotte before a soldout Garden.

    2010 - Nate Robinson becomes the first three-time Slam Dunk Champion in NBA history, defeating Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan in the finals of the Sprite Rising Stars Slam Dunk contest in Dallas, TX.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on February 13, 2011 at 3:29 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: February 12
    1979 - Knicks trade center/forward Bob McAdoo to Boston for three 1979 first-round draft choices and a player to be named later. The Knicks used the draft picks to select center Bill Cartwright (third overall), forward Larry Demic (ninth overall) and Sly Williams (21st overall). The player to be named later was forward/center Tom Barker.

    1993 - Knicks snap a 13-game losing streak at Chicago Stadium with a 104-98 win over the Bulls. Patrick Ewing leads the way with 36 points and 15 rebounds. It was the Knicks’ first win at Chicago since March 6, 1987.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on February 12, 2011 at 9:00 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: February 11
    1949 - Knicks agree to trade guard Sid Tanenbaum to the Baltimore Bullets for any player on their roster with the exception of player/manager, Buddy Jeannette. They end up acquiring center Connie Simmons, who would average 10.2 points per game over five seasons.

    1961 - Richie Guerin sets franchise record for most free throws made in a game with 22 in 23 attempts. His 40 points guide Knicks to a 129-107 win over the Boston Celtics at the Boston Garden.

    1968 - The “New Garden” opens with Bob Hope and Bing Crosby hosting the “Night of the Century”

    1989 - Kenny “Sky” Walker wins the Gatorade Slam Dunk Contest in Houston just three days after his father, Jerome Walker, passes away from a stroke.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on February 11, 2011 at 11:43 p.m., ET
    Knicks-Lakers Connections
    Here are some connections between the Knicks and Lakers...

  • Lakers head coach Phil Jackson played for the Knicks from 1967-1978, winning two NBA championships. He was selected by the Knicks in the second round (17th overall) of the 1967 NBA Draft and went on to average 6.8 points and 4.4 rebounds in 732 regular-season games and 8.8 points and 2.6 rebounds in 42 postseason games.

  • Mike D’Antoni and Phil Jackson both won NBA Coach of the Year honors- D’Antoni in 2004-05 and Jackson in 1995-96 with Chicago.

  • Kobe Bryant won the gold medal with the USA Basketball team at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 with Mike D’Antoni serving as an assistant coach.

  • Kobe Bryant spent eight years of his childhood in Italy watching Mike D’Antoni play for Milan.

  • Amar’e Stoudemire and Kobe Bryant were teammates on four NBA All-Star teams (2005, 2007-09).

  • Lakers assistant coach Jim Cleamons played for the Knicks for three seasons from 1977-80, averaging 7.4 points in 180 regular-season games and 5.7 points in six postseason games.

  • Donnie Walsh acquired Lakers forward Ron Artest in Indiana along with Ron Mercer, Brad Miller and Kevin Ollie from Chicago in exchange for Travis Best, Norman Richardson, Jalen Rose and a conditional second round pick on Feb. 19, 2002. Artest played three-plus seasons in Indiana before he was traded to Sacramento for Peja Stojakovic on Jan. 25, 2006.

  • Eddy Curry and Ron Artest were teammates in Chicago for part of the 2001-02 season.

  • Artest was born in Queensbridge, New York went to La Salle Academy in New York, NY and then attended St. John’s University.

  • Ronny Turiaf was selected by the LA Lakers in the second round (37th overall) of 2005 NBA Draft. He played three seasons in Los Angeles, appearing in 173 regular-season games and 26 postseason contests, including the 2008 NBA Finals, which they lost to Boston.

  • Toney Douglas was selected by the Lakers in the first round (29th overall) of 2009 NBA Draft and then had his draft rights traded to the Knicks for a 2011 second-round pick and cash considerations.

  • Lakers forward Matt Barnes played six games for the Knicks during the 2005-06 campaign, averaging 4.3 points and 4.0 rebounds.

  • Barnes was teammates with Amar’e Stoudemire in Phoenix (2008-09) and Kelenna Azubuike in Golden State (2006-08).

  • Roger Mason Jr. and Lakers center Theo Ratliff were teammates in San Antonio for part of the 2009-10 season.

  • Lakers assistant coach Chuck Person was drafted fourth overall in the 1986 NBA Draft by Donnie Walsh and the Indiana Pacers. He was Walsh’s first draft pick as general manager. Person also served two seasons as an assistant coach with the Pacers under Rick Carlisle (2005-07).

  • Landry Fields was born in Long Beach, CA went to high school at Los Alamitos High in Los Alamitos, CA and then attended Stanford University.

    Enjoy the game!

    Posted by Ricky Henne on February 10, 2011 at 11:38 p.m., ET
  • Coach D'Antoni's Notes from Practice: Feb. 10
  • Coach D'Antoni has been extremely happy with center Timofey Mozgov's play recently, and will continue to use him in the starting lineup on Friday when the Los Angeles Lakers come to The World's Most Famous Arena. Coach believes Mozgov adds a defensive presence down low and also spoke about the adjustments the 7-foot-1 rookie has made over the course of the season. "I think he's simplified his game," said D'Antoni. "We've got him in a spot where he can catch and dunk. He's not trying to do too much and not trying to be too fast. He's doing a good job of just playing a good overall defensive game and he's simplified his offense." Mozgov is averaging 11.4 points on .657 shooting from the field, six rebounds and 1.20 blocks over 26.8 minutes in the last five games.

  • Amar'e Stoudemire practiced full contact this afternoon and is not reporting any injuries after tweaking his ankle on Wednesday night versus the Los Angeles Clippers. Coach D'Antoni stated, "He's fine."

  • Coming off their 116-108 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night, Coach D'Antoni expressed that the Knicks need to come out more focused at the beginning of games. He stated that the Knicks have always put in the effort and have learned to bounce back from a loss, but eliminating the amount of times you have to bounce back is key for this squad. "For whatever reason, we don't play hard enough against the teams that we need to beat," said D'Antoni. "It's odd, but maybe we're young and learning and maybe we'll put these experiences in the bank and learn that every night you've got to play hard. Otherwise you're going to get beat."

  • Wilson Chandler is looking to get back into rhythm after struggling in his return from a calf injury. With a scoring average of 16.3 points per game this season, D'Antoni knows that Chandler is an important piece to the Knicks success. "He just need to get back in to rhythm. He's working hard and I think he's feeling better. We just have to keep working, but he'll be back. And that's big, because when he was playing well we were really good."

  • Knicks center Ronny Turiaf missed practice on Thursday and is officially listed as questionable for Friday's matchup with the Los Angeles Lakers. Turiaf, who has missed the past two games with a sprained right ankle, has been a defensive stalwart all season blocking 1.15 shots per game.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on February 10, 2011 at 3:00 p.m., ET
  • This Date in Knicks History: February 10
    1968 - Knicks play their final game at the Old Garden on 49th Street. In the finale, New York defeats the Philadelphia 76ers, 115-97. Walt Bellamy leads the way with 24 points and 21 rebounds.

    1991 - Patrick Ewing, making his second straight All-Star start, scores 18 points (8-10 FG) with 10 rebounds and four blocks in East’s 116-114 win at Charlotte.

    2010 - Knicks legend Carl Braun passes away at age of 82 of natural causes. The Brooklyn-native, represented Knicks in five consecutive NBA All-Star Games (1953-57) and was a member of 1953 Eastern Division Championship team. He ranks fifth on Knicks all-time scoring list (10,449) and played fourth most games (740) in franchise history. He served as Knicks player/coach for two seasons from 1959-60 through 1960-61, accumulating a record of 40-87.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on February 10, 2011 at 11:43 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: February 9
    1956 - Joe Lapchick resigns as head coach. He is replaced by Vince Boryla, who becomes the third coach in franchise history. Boryla would amass a record of 80-85 over two-plus seasons.

    1992 - Patrick Ewing, making his third straight NBA All-Star start, scores 10 points and grabs four rebounds in the East’s 153-113 loss in Orlando.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on February 9, 2011 at 10:04 a.m., ET
    Knicks-Clippers Connections
    Here are some connections between the Knicks and Clippers...

  • Mike D’Antoni and Clippers Head Coach Vinny Del Negro worked together in Phoenix from 2002-2008. D’Antoni was head coach, while Del Negro served as the Suns radio analyst from 2002-2006 and then as the director of player personnel for the 2006-2007 season, and finally as the assistant general manager for the 2007-2008 season. Del Negro finished his playing career in 2001-02 in Phoenix with Phil Weber as an assistant coach.

  • Mike D’Antoni and Clippers assistant Marc Iavaroni (Jamaica, NY native) were teammates in Milan, Italy and worked together in Phoenix for four seasons. They were both assistants in 2002-03 under Frank Johnson, before Iavaroni served as D’Antoni’s assistant for three seasons. Iavaroni was selected by the Knicks in the third round (55th overall) of the 1978 NBA Draft, but never played a game for the Knicks.

  • Ronny Turiaf and Clippers forward Brian Cook played together for the Los Angeles Lakers for two seasons from 2005-2007.

  • Kelenna Azubuike played alongside Clippers guard Baron Davis for two seasons in Golden State (2006-2008).

  • Amar’e Stoudemire and Clippers center Chris Kaman were teammates on the Western Conference squad in the 2010 NBA All Star Game.

  • Danilo Gallinari and Clippers guard Eric Gordon were teammates on the sophomore team in the 2010 T-Mobile Rookie Challenge. They were defeated by the Rookies 140-128.

  • Landry Fields was born in Long Beach, California and played his high school ball at Los Alamitos HS before a four-year career at Stanford University. He was the Sunset League MVP and First-team All-Orange County in 2006. Named to 2006 All-Los Angeles Times team and Long Beach Press Telegram Dream Team.

  • Clippers forward Ike Diogu played parts of two seasons in Indiana (2006-08) under president Donnie Walsh after coming over from Golden State with Mike Dunleavy and Troy Murphy in exchange for Josh Powell and Stephen Jackson.

  • Clippers assistant coach for player development Howard Eisley played three seasons in New York (2001-04) after coming over from Dallas in a three-team deal on Aug. 10, 2001 that sent Glen Rice to Houston and Muggsy Bogues to Dallas. Eisely averaged 7.4 points in 154 games (99 starts).

    Let's go Knicks!

    Posted by Ricky Henne on February 8, 2011 at 9:45 p.m., ET
  • This Date in Knicks History: February 8
    1956 - Joe Lapchick coaches his final game with the Knicks, recording his 326th career victory in 102-97 win over Rochester.

    1990 - Knicks legend Earl Monroe elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

    1993 - Knicks legend Dick McGuire elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

    1995 - Patrick Ewing records 24 points and 22 rebounds, leading the Knicks to a 96-77 win over Indiana at Market Square Arena.

    1996 - Knicks acquire forward JR Reid , forward Brad Lohaus and a 1996 first-round pick (John Wallace) from San Antonio for forward Charles Smith and forward Monty Williams.

    1998 - The present Garden hosts its first All-Star Game. Michael Jordan earns MVP honors with 23 points as the East defeats the West, 135-114.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on February 8, 2011 at 11:43 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: February 7
    1961 - Willie Naulls tallies 49 points (23-35 FG, 3-4 FT) and 24 rebounds, guiding the Knicks to a 131-120 win over Detroit at Madison Square Garden.

    1978 - Knicks game versus Portland at Madison Square Garden is postponed due to weather/travel difficulty. Game is rescheduled for March 2, and the Knicks win 128-117.

    2001 - Latrell Sprewell’s 20 points and 11 rebounds help negate two last-second Maverick miracles as the Knicks outlast Dallas in double overtime, 96-93 at Madison Square Garden.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on February 7, 2011 at 10:27 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: February 6
    1992 - Mark Jackson dishes out 19 assists and scores 12 points to lead the Knicks to a 102-85 win versus Houston at Madison Square Garden.

    1994 - Knicks hold Orlando to 34 points in the second half of a nationally-televised 95-77 win at the Garden. Patrick Ewing scores 32 points.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on February 6, 2011 at 2:40 p.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: February 5
    1987 - Knicks legend Walt Frazier elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

    1990 - Patrick Ewing scores 24 points, grabs 11 rebounds and blocks nine shots in a 116-107 victory over Miami at Madison Square Garden.

    1993 - Knicks rally for a 108-105 win at Miami after trailing by eight points with five minutes remaining. Anthony Mason scores 21 points off the bench (nine in the fourth quarter) and grabs 14 rebounds.

    1999 - The Knicks open the 1998-99 campaign with a 93-85 loss at Orlando. Latrell Sprewell makes his Knicks debut, scoring 24 points and grabbing six rebounds.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on February 5, 2011 at 12:59 p.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: February 4
    1993 - Knicks sell out the first of what would be 433 consecutive games (regular season and postseason) with 19,763 fans watching the Knicks defeat Golden State, 105-101. John Starks leads the way with 30 points

    2001 - In a playoff-style outing, the Knicks outlast the Heat for a thrilling 103-100 (OT) victory in Miami on national TV. Glen Rice leads the way with 29 points off the bench.

    2003 - Latrell Sprewell (38 points) ties the franchise record for most three-point field goals in a game, as he goes 9-for-9 from behind the arc and guides the Knicks to a 105-92 win over the Los Angeles Clippers at Madison Square Garden.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on February 4, 2011 at 10:02 a.m., ET
    Knicks-Sixers Connections
    Here are some connections between the Knicks and Sixers...

  • Wilson Chandler and 76ers forward Thaddeus Young were teammates for the Sophomore team during the 2009 T-Mobile Rookie Challenge.

  • Andy Rautins father Leo was selected by Philadelphia in the first round (17th overall) of 1983 NBA Draft, becoming the first ever Canadian drafted in the NBA.

  • Mike D’Antoni served as the Denver Nuggets Director of Player Personnel during the 1997-1998 season with 76er’s forward/center Tony Battie a rookie.

  • Eddy Curry was teammates with 76er’s forward Andres Nocioni in Chicago during the 2004-05 season.

  • Roger Mason, Jr. played with 76ers forward Darius Songaila for the Washington Wizards for two seasons (2006-2008).

  • Kelenna Azubuike and 76er’s guard Louis Williams played together in the NBDL for the Fort Worth Flyers during the 2005-2006 season.

  • 76ers assistant coach Michael Curry played for the Indiana Pacers during the 2004-2005 season when Donnie Walsh was CEO/President of Pacers Sports and Entertainment. Curry also teamed with Roger Mason, Jr. with the Toronto Raptors during the 2003-04 season.

  • 76ers assistant coach Aaron McKie played alongside Ronny Turiaf with the Los Angeles Lakers for two season from 2005-2007.

  • Sixers Scout Gene Shue was a member of the Knicks from 1954-56 and 1962-63.

    Enjoy the game!

    Posted by Ricky Henne on February 3, 2011 at 10:52 p.m., ET
  • Coach D'Antoni's Notes from Practice: Feb. 3
  • Knicks forward Wilson Chandler said he will play in Friday night's matchup with the Philadelphia 76ers. Chandler, who has missed the last three games with a sore left calf, is averaging 16.8 points and 6.1 rebounds per game this season and will be a major boost to the lineup upon his return. Coach D'Antoni was optimistic about Chandler's availability Friday night, saying, "He tried (Wednesday) and said he felt pretty good, so I would imagine he goes tomorrow."

  • Friday's game versus the Sixers is an important game for the Knicks, who currently hold a three game lead in the Eastern Conference standings over 7th seeded Philadelphia. Coach D'Antoni reiterated the importance of Friday's showdown, saying that the playoffs have already started for the Knicks. "Our playoffs have been the last month or so, and especially with teams where it's not worth one game. It's worth two games; a loss for them and a win for us, and vice versa. These are important games."

  • Coach believes that a consistent physical intensity during games will help the Knicks win games. D'Antoni also believes that this is something that his team will fix after Wednesday's loss to the Dallas Mavericks. "We went way down and then made a comeback," said D'Antoni. "We have to get better production out of different guys. We just didn't have it, and we stared off the game kind of soft and then we picked it up a little bit. It's just an uneven physical intensity we had last night. And to beat a team like Dallas, who's playing really well, you couldn't have pauses and we had them."

  • At the conclusion of practice, Anthony Randolph defeated fellow teammates Bill Walker and Shawne Williams in a three-point shooting contest moderated by Assistant Coach Herb Williams.

  • Timofey Mozgov was the last Knick to leave the court at practice, and was seen working on his post play and outside shooting with the coaching staff.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on February 3, 2011 at 5:10 p.m., ET
  • This Date in Knicks History: February 3
    1973 - The Knicks record their 20th straight home victory with a 95-90 victory over Cleveland. Dave DeBusschere scores 21 points and Earl Monroe adds 21 points.

    2006 - Knicks acquire guard/forward Jalen Rose, a first round draft choice and cash considerations from Toronto for forward/center Antonio Davis. Rose would average 12.7 points and 3.2 rebounds in 26 games (23 starts) with the Knicks.

    2010 - Knicks legend and Basketball Hall-of-Famer Dick McGuire, who helped shape the franchise’s destiny for more than half a century, passed away at the age of 84. McGuire, who had been part of the Knicks for 53 of the franchise’s 64 seasons, served the team as a player, head coach, assistant coach, chief scout, and in his most current position of senior basketball consultant. His jersey No. 15 was retired on Mar. 1, 1992 and hangs from the rafters of Madison Square Garden. In 1993, McGuire was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on February 3, 2011 at 11:30 a.m., ET
    25-22
    Knicks are 25-22, which is their best start to a season since going 29-18 during the 2000-01 campaign. They were 22-19 at the midway point of the season after going 17-24 (.415) at the halfway point of each of the last two seasons. New York is 22-14 (.611) over the last 36 games after starting the season 3-8. Last season, they didn’t hit the 25-win mark until a Mar. 19 win vs. Philadelphia (26th win Mar. 23 vs. Denver). They are three games above .500 this late in a season for the first time since the end of the 2000-01 campaign when they were 48-34. New York was 18-29 after 47 games last season and 19-29 after 48 games. The plus-seven win increase is tied for fifth best in the NBA. New York had an eight-game winning streak come to an end in the 118-116 loss versus Boston on Dec. 15. It was their first eight-game winning streak since Dec. 27, 1994-Jan. 13, 2005. They had a stretch of 13 wins in 14 games (Nov. 17-Dec. 12), which was their best 14-game span since 1994-95 when they went 14-1 from Dec. 27, 1994-Jan. 26, 1995.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on February 2, 2011 at 9:50 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: February 2
    1971 - Willis Reed posts 27 points and 33 rebounds, tying Harry Gallatin’s franchise record of 33 boards in 115-108 victory over Cincinnati.

    1993 - 17,302 fans see the Knicks defeat Washington 105-100. The below-capacity crowd would be the Knicks’ last non-sellout for nine years. The team went on to have 433 consecutive home sell-outs.

    1994 - Pat Riley moves into third place on the Knicks all-time wins list with his 143rd triumph - an 85-80 win at Washington.

    2009 - Original Knick guard Ralph Kaplowitz passes away at the age of 89. He averaged 7.2 points in 27 games during his lone season in 1946-47.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on February 2, 2011 at 9:37 a.m., ET
    Knicks-Mavericks Connections
    Here are some connections between the Knicks and Mavs...

  • Mavs forward Shawn Marion played in Phoenix with Amar’e Stoudemire for four-plus seasons with Mike D’Antoni as head coach. The trio led the Suns to two Western Conference Finals with both players making several All-Star appearances. Marion made the All-Star team three consecutive years from 2005-07 and was a teammate of Stoudemire on the 2005 and 2007 squads.

  • Knicks athletic trainer Roger Hinds served eight seasons (1996-2004) as head athletic trainer for the Dallas Mavericks.

  • Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle played for the Knicks during the 1987-88 season, averaging 2.8 points in 26 games. He was waived on Dec. 20, 1988. Carlisle and Mike D’Antoni both won NBA Coach of the Year honors. Carlisle in 2001-02 with Detroit and D’Antoni in 2004-05 with Phoenix.

  • Carlisle was Donnie Walsh’s head coach in Indiana from 2003-07. He led the Pacers to three consecutive playoff berths and one trip to the Eastern Conference Finals. He was also an assistant coach in Indiana from 1997-2000.

  • Mavs forward Peja Stojakovic was acquired by Walsh during the 2005-06 season in a trade that sent Ron Artest to Sacramento. He spent one season in Indiana.

  • Shawne Williams, selected by the Pacers in the first round (17th overall) of the 2006 NBA Draft and Mavs assistant coach Darrell Armstrong played for Carlisle and Walsh during the 2006-07 season.

  • Mavs Director of Basketball Development Rolando Blackman played for the Knicks for two seasons from 1992-1994, averaging 8.5 points in 115 regular season games and 3.4 points in 21 postseason games.

  • Mavs guard Jason Kidd took home gold in Beijing, China with the USA Basketball team that Mike D’Antoni served as an assistant coach for.

  • Mavs center Tyson Chandler played for Team USA this past summer and had Mike D’Antoni as an assistant coach during training camp.

  • Eddy Curry and Mavs center Tyson Chandler became teammates in Chicago on draft night 2001, when Curry was selected fourth overall by the Bulls and they acquired Chandler’s draft rights in a separate transaction. Curry and Chandler played together for four seasons (2001-05).

  • Mavericks forward Brian Cardinal was acquired by New York on Feb. 17, 2010 in exchange for Darko Milicic, but never played a game with the Knicks, as he was waived on Feb. 19.

  • Herb Williams played for the Mavericks from 1988-92.

  • Shawne Williams played 15 games for Dallas during the 2008-09 season, before being traded with Kris Humphries to New Jersey in exchange for Eduardo Najera on Jan. 11, 2010.

  • Roger Mason Jr., Mavericks guard Deshawn Stevenson, forward Caron Butler and center Brendan Haywood were teammates in Washington for two seasons from 2006-08

    Enjoy the game!

    Posted by Ricky Henne on February 1, 2011 at 9:22 p.m., ET
  • This Date in Knicks History: February 1
    1956 - Ray Felix sinks two free throws with :07 remaining in double overtime to give the Knicks 105-104 win over the Warriors in Philadelphia.

    1975 - Knicks acquire guard Jim Barnett and forward/center Neal Walk from New Orleans for guard Henry Bibby, cash and a future draft choice.

    1984 - Bernard King scores 50 points with seven rebounds, leading the Knicks to a 105-98 win at Dallas, marking his second consecutive 50-point effort, in as many days.

    1998 - Larry Johnson scores 35 points in an 89-83 national television victory over Miami at Madison Square Garden.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on February 1, 2011 at 8:32 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: January 31
    1984 -Bernard King scores 50 points (20-30 FG, 10-13 FT), leading the Knicks to a 117-113 win over the San Antonio Spurs at HemisFair Arena. This would be the first of back-to-back 50 point games for King, who would drop 50 points the next night in Dallas.

    2004 - In its first meeting since the Stephon Marbury trade, the Knicks defeat the Suns 110-105 at a soldout Garden. Stephon Marbury scores 35 points and Keith Van Horn adds 30.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on January 31, 2011 at 10:18 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: January 30
    1962 -Richie Guerin scores 46 points (16-24 FG, 14-16 FT), guiding the Knicks to a 116-110 victory over the Philadelphia Warriors at Madison Square Garden. It would mark the first of what would prove to be Guerin’s franchise record of 29 consecutive games with at least 20 points.

    1988 - Mark Jackson scores 13 points and records 18 assists in Chicago, but Knicks lose to the Bulls 97-95 (OT).

    2001 -Knicks acquire forward Othella Harrington from Vancouver for guard Erick Strickland, a 2001 first-round draft pick (Jamaal Tinsley) and a 2001 second-round draft pick (Antonis Fotsis). Harrington would average 6.8 points and 4.6 rebounds in 237 regular-season games and 3.6 points and three rebounds in five postseason games over four seasons.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on January 30, 2011 at 11:31 a.m., ET
    Knicks-Pistons Connections
    Here are some connections between the Knicks and Pistons...

  • Pistons forward Tracy McGrady played 24 games for the Knicks during the 2009-2010 season. He averaged 9.4 points and 3.9 assists.

  • Kenny Atkinson was the Director of Player Development in Houston during the 2007-08 season when McGrady was with the Rockets.

  • Pistons forward Tayshaun Prince was a member of the 2008 Gold Medal winning USA basketball team that Mike D’Antoni served as an assistant coach for.

  • Pistons assistant coach Darrell Walker was drafted in the first round (12th overall) by the Knicks in the 1983 NBA Draft. Walker played three seasons in New York before being traded to Denver.

  • Herb Williams played one game for Toronto in 1995-96 when Darrell Walker was an assistant coach there.

  • Pistons guard Ben Gordon is from Mount Vernon, New York. Gordon played alongside Eddy Curry for one season in Chicago (2004-2005).

  • Amar’e Stoudemire and Pistons guard Richard Hamilton competed against each other in three (2004-2005, 2006 – 2007, and 2007-2008) NBA All-Star games.

  • Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva was born and raised in Elmhurst Queens, NY.

  • Pistons head coach John Kuester was a member of the 1978-79 Denver Nuggets, for which Donnie Walsh served as an assistant coach for before replacing Larry Brown as head coach for the final 29 games.

  • Pistons forward Chris Wilcox appeared in 25 games for the Knicks in 2008-09 after coming over in a trade from Oklahoma City on Feb. 19. He averaged 5.4 points and 3.3 rebounds over 13.2 minutes.

  • Wilson Chandler and Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey were teammates for the sophomore team, coached by Pistons head coach John Kuester, who was then Cavaliers assistant coach, during the 2009 T-Mobile Rookie Challenge.

  • Wilson Chandler is from Benton Harbor, Michigan. He was named Michigan’s Mr. Basketball in 2005.

    Let's go Knicks!

    Posted by Ricky Henne on January 29, 2011 at 9:25 p.m., ET
  • This Date in Knicks History: January 29
    1956 -Kenny Sears hits a jumpshot with :03 left to force overtime, then Ray Felix scores five of the Knicks eight overtime points, to lead New York to a 98-95 win at Syracuse.

    1994 - Knicks hand Seattle just its third loss of the season, 106-92, at Seattle Center Coliseum. Seven Knicks score in double figures, led by Patrick Ewing’s 21 points to rally from a 12-point deficit.

    1998 -John Starks hits a club record 9-12 three pointers (tied twice by Latrell Sprewell in 2002 and 2003), but the Knicks fall to Milwaukee 115-112 (OT) at Madison Square Garden.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on January 29, 2011 at 11:00 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: January 28
    1980 - Red Holzman joins Red Auerbach as the second coach in NBA history to record 600 victories, as the Knicks defeat Golden State 107-103 at Madison Square Garden. Bill Cartwright leads three Knicks 20-point scorers with 28 points.

    1997 - Chris Childs three-point bomb with :08.4 left is the difference as the Knicks defeat Boston 109-107 at Madison Square Garden. It was the Knicks 15th straight home win and 18th straight win over the Celtics.

    2005 -Jamal Crawford (22), Stephon Marbury (22) and Nazr Mohammed (21) help the Knicks overcome a 16-point deficit, en route to a 99-96 win over Cleveland at Madison Square Garden. The win snaps a seven-game losing streak.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on January 28, 2011 at 10:27 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: January 27
    1956 - Head Coach Joe Lapchick announces that he will resign at the end of the 1955-56 season due to health issues. (Note: He would resign before the end of the season on Feb. 9).

    1992 - Knicks snap Utah’s 17-game home winning streak with a 97-80 victory in Utah. Patrick Ewing leads the way with 28 points, as the Knicks complete a sweep of Western swing (at Golden State, Clippers, Jazz). It was the Knicks first three-game sweep of a Western trip since December 1971.

    1994 -Patrick Ewing’s 15-foot turnaround with :00.9 left caps a 32-point night and gives the Knicks a 103-101 win over the Clippers at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on January 27, 2011 at 9:18 a.m., ET
    Knicks-Heat Connections
    Here are some connections between the Knicks and Heat...

  • Heat President Pat Riley was the Knicks head coach from 1992-95. He amassed a regular season record of 223-105 (.680) and a post-season record of 35-28 (.556) during his four seasons in New York. Riley led the Knicks to the playoffs in all four seasons and to an Eastern Conference Championship in 1993-94. He earned NBA Coach of the Year honors for the 1992-93 season.

  • Heat assistant coach Ron Rothstein was a Knicks scout during the 1982-83 season.

  • In the summer of 2008, Mike D’Antoni served as an assistant coach and Heat guard Dwayne Wade along with forwards LeBron James and Chris Bosh played for the gold medal winning US Basketball team.

  • Bosh, Wade, and James have played in numerous All Star Games against Amar'e Stoudemire –(Bosh – 4x; 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010), (Wade – 5x; 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010), (James – 5x; 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010).

  • Amar’e Stoudemire and Raymond Felton played against Chris Bosh in the 2002 McDonald’s High School All American game which took place at Madison Square Garden.

  • Heat assistant coach Bob McAdoo played for the Knicks from 1976-79, earning two trips to the All-Star game and averaging 26.7 points and 12.0 rebounds in 171 regular-season games and 23.8 points and 9.7 rebounds in six postseason games. He also played overseas in Italy for seven seasons, four of which he was a teammate of Mike D’Antoni’s in Milan.

  • Heat forward James Jones was drafted by Donnie Walsh and the Indiana Pacers in the 2003 NBA Draft with the 49th pick. He spent two seasons in Indiana and was then traded to Mike D'Antoni’s Phoenix Suns for whom he played two seasons.

  • Andy Rautins and Heat center Joel Anthony were teammates on the Canadian National team coached by Andy’s father Leo, in the 2010 World Basketball Championships in Turkey.

  • Heat guard Eddie House played part of the 2009-2010 season for the New York Knicks after being acquired from Boston with J. R. Giddens and Bill Walker in exchange for Nate Robinson and Marcus Landry on Feb. 18, 2010.

  • Bill Walker played alongside Eddie House for the Boston Celtics for parts of two seasons from 2008-201.

  • House played alongside Amar’e Stoudemire in Phoenix under coaches Mike D’Antoni, Dan D’Antoni and Phil Weber during the 2005-06 season.

  • Shawne Williams played with Heat center Erick Dampier for the Dallas Mavericks during the 2008-2009 season.

  • Dampier played for the Pacers for the 1996-1997 season when Donnie Walsh served as the President of the Pacers Basketball Corporation.

  • Amar’e Stoudemire played for the Rookie team in the 2005 Rookie Sophomore Challenge against LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and Udonis Haslem. The Sophomore team was coached by Heat Assistant Bob McAdoo. Stoudemire scored a rookie team high 36 points in the gam.

  • Raymond Felton played with Heat forward Juwan Howard for the Charlotte Bobcats during the 2008-2009 season.

  • Shawne Williams and Heat center Jamaal Magloire played together for part of the 2008-2009 season for the Dallas Mavericks.



    Let's go Knicks!

    Posted by Ricky Henne on January 27, 2010 at 12:21 a.m., ET
  • Coach D'Antoni's Notes from Practice: Jan. 26
  • As the Knicks get set to battle the Miami Heat from The Garden on Thursday night, Miami will be without power forward Chris Bosh who is nursing a left ankle injury. Knicks Head Coach Mike D'Antoni spoke about Bosh during Wednesday's practice. "Obviously (Bosh) is a big piece they won't have, but they've got a lot of pieces. It gives somebody else an opportunity, but now the focus really becomes Wade and James even more."

  • Thursday night's matchup marks the third of four meetings with Miami this season. New York trails the season series 2-0, losing at The Garden on Dec. 17 and at Miami on Dec. 28. Coach D'Antoni expressed his belief that seeing the opponent multiple times can help when playing them on the court. "Anytime it helps because you're a little bit familiar with what you've got to do. The speed that (Miami) plays and the athleticism that they have still makes them good. They're still good, but it does help."

  • While the Knicks are close to full strength, Wilson Chandler did not practice today for precautionary reasons. Chandler, who is coming off a 25 point effort versus the Washington Wizards, has been nursing a calf injury. Coach D'Antoni stated that Wilson is fully expected to be 100% and in the starting lineup for Thursdays showdown with the Heat. When speaking about Chandler, Coach stated, "He's a big piece for us, and when he plays well it usually leads to good things."

  • The Knicks snapped a 6 game losing streak with their 115-106 victory over Washington on Monday night, and will look to carry their momentum into Thursdays game. Coach D'Antoni stated that he believes the team needs to keep getting better, and that the Knicks have responded well in practice. "We're doing well because they're coming out focused in practice, and we'll get through this and be a better team on the other side of this. Again, you have to rely on these guys' character and that we'll right the ship."

    Posted by Mike Hacku on January 26, 2011 at 7:04 p.m., ET
  • This Date in Knicks History: January 26
    1926 - Dick McGuire, who passed away last February, was born in The Bronx, New York.

    1995 - In club record 100th consecutive home sellout at Madison Square Garden, the Knicks defeat the Los Angeles Clippers 87-74. Patrick Ewing leads the way with 21 points and 10 rebounds.

    2002 - Latrell Sprewell scores 48 points in a 129-127 (2 OT) victory over the Bucks in Milwaukee. Sprewell hits nine three pointers, tying a Knicks record for most three pointers in a single-game. (John Starks, Jan. 29, 1998, vs. MIL). Allan Houston adds 34 points and Marcus Camby grabs 18 rebounds.

    2007 - Jamal Crawford scores 52 points, sixth most in Knicks history, in a 116-96 victory against the Miami Heat at the Garden. Crawford hits 16 consecutive field goals at one point.

    2010 - Knicks record largest margin of victory in NBA history, 27, following a 50-point loss (Jan. 24 versus Dallas, 128-78) with a 132-105 win versus Minnesota at the Garden. David Lee leads the way with 28 points and 10 rebounds.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on January 26, 2011 at 11:31 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: January 25
    1969 - Willis Reed scores 29 points and adds 18 rebounds to lead the Knicks to a 113-96 win versus Milwaukee at Madison Square Garden. Knicks begin an 11-game winning streak with the victory –second winning streak of 10-plus games during the 1968-69 season.

    2000 - Due to snow/inclement weather, Knicks/Wizards game at Washington is postponed. Game is rescheduled for March 8, 2000 (Knicks lost, 118-113 (OT)).

    Posted by Mike Hacku on January 25, 2011 at 10:11 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: January 24
    1992 - John Starks records the first four-point play in Knicks regular-season history when Golden State’s Tim Hardaway fouls him, as he hits a three-pointer in 114-109 victory at Oakland Coliseum. Patrick Ewing adds 35 points and 21 rebounds in the win.

    1997 - Chris Childs records a triple-double with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists in 113-104 (OT) loss at Charlotte Hornets.

    2002 - Knicks overcome a 19-point deficit, outscoring Phoenix 48-24 the rest of the way for a 96-91 comeback win at Madison Square Garden. Allan Houston scores 29 points and Kurt Thomas adds 27 points.

    2010 - Knicks suffer worst home loss in franchise history (second worst overall), falling to the Mavericks 128-78 at the Garden.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on January 24, 2011 at 10:17 a.m., ET
    Knicks-Wizards Connections
    Here are some connections between the Knicks and Wizards...

  • Wizards President of Basketball Operations Ernie Grunfeld played with the Knicks from 1982-86 and served as the Knicks General Manager from Apr. 23, 1991 through Apr. 21, 1999. Grunfeld also served as the Knicks radio analyst for MSG Network for three seasons from 1986-1989. His son Dan Grunfeld went to training camp with the Knicks in 2008 before being waived on October 23.

  • Knicks guard Toney Douglas played with Wizards forward Al Thornton for one season at Florida State University (2006-2007).

  • Wilson Chandler and Wizards forward Al Thornton were teammates on the Sophomore team during the 2009 T-Mobile Rookie Challenge.

  • Roger Mason Jr. played for the Washington Wizards for two seasons (2006-2008). He also played with Wizards guard Kirk Hinrich in Chicago during the 2003-2004 season.

  • Shawne Williams played with Wizards guard/forward Josh Howard in Dallas during the 2008-2009 season.

  • Wizards guard/forward Hilton Armstrong is from Yonkers, New York and went to Peekskill High School.

  • Mike D’Antoni coached Wizards center JaVale McGee during 2010 Training Camp for Team USA.

  • Wizards assistant Randy Wittman was a member of the Indiana Pacers for the three seasons, while Donnie Walsh served as team president. Wittman was also an assistant coach in Indiana in 1992. Glen Grunwald was a co-captain of the 1981 NCAA Champion Indiana Hoosiers with Wittman as one of his teammates.

  • Wizards assistant coach Sam Cassell was a member of the 1993-94 Houston Rockets who defeated the Knicks in the NBA Finals. Cassel was a member of the 2008-2009 Boston Celtics squad with Bill Walker.

  • Wizards forward Trevor Booker is the cousin of former Knick Jordan Hill.

    Enjoy the game!

    Posted by Ricky Henne on January 23, 2011 at 10:45 p.m., ET
  • This Date in Knicks History: January 23
    1951 - Knicks drop the longest game in franchise history - a four overtime game at Rochester, 102-92. Vince Boryla scores 24 points in the losing effort.

    1968 - Three weeks before the Old Garden closes its doors, it hosts its third NBA All-Star Game. Philadelphia’s Hal Greer scores 21 points, including 19 in the third quarter, as the East cruises to a 144-124 win. The 1968 All-Star Game is the first NBA All-Star Game that is televised coast-to-coast on a major network (ABC) in prime time. Dick Barnett (15 points) and Willis Reed (16 points) represent the Knicks.

    1980 - Micheal Ray Richardson scores 22 points and dishes out 18 assists to lead the Knicks to a 119-109 win at Phoenix.

    1991 - Patrick Ewing scores 34 points, grabs 11 rebounds and blocks nine shots, leading the Knicks to a 109-94 win over the Jazz. The victory snapped a six-game losing streak at The Salt Palace.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on January 23, 2011 at 11:18 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: January 22
    1968 - Neil Cohalan, the first coach in Knicks history, passes away at the age of 61. He posted a 33-27 record in his lone season on the Knicks bench.

    1993 - Knicks defeats the 76ers in Philadelphia 109-91, behind Patrick Ewing’s 34 points and 15 rebounds and John Starks, 32 points. Rolando Blackman appears in his 900th career regular season game and fouls out for the first time.

    1999 - Knicks sign free agent, three-year veteran forward Kurt Thomas. Thomas would spend seven seasons in New York, averaging 11.2 points in 530 regular season games and 6.6 points in 45 postseason games.

    2005 - Lenny Wilkens resigns as head coach after guiding the Knicks to a 40-41 record over parts of two seasons. Herb Williams is named interim coach.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on January 22, 2011 at 8:34 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: January 21
    1954 - The Old Garden hosts the NBA All-Star Game for the first time with the East defeating the West, 98-93 (OT), behind Bob Cousy’s 20 points and George Mikan’s two underhand free throws with no time left in regulation. Knicks coach Joe Lapchick and Carl Braun, Harry Gallatin and Dick McGuire are on the Eastern squad. It’s the first of three NBA All-Star Games played at the Old Garden.

    1968 - Cazzie Russell scores 42 points (15-26 FG, 12-15 FT) and grabs five rebounds to lead the Knicks to a 115-103 victory at Detroit.

    1982 - The founding father of the Knicks, Ned Irish, passes away from a heart attack at the age of 76.

    1991 - Longtime timekeeper, Nat (Feets) Broudy, passes away at the age of 76 from a heart attack.

    1999 - Knicks acquire guard/forward Latrell Sprewell from the Golden State Warriors for forward Terry Cummings, forward Chris Mills and guard John Starks. Sprewell would average 17.9 points in 351 regular season games and 19.5 points in 41 postseason games over five seasons.

    2001 - Knicks hold an opponent to under 100 points for the 33rd consecutive game (second best in NBA history), in 87-74 loss versus Indiana at Madison Square Garden.

    2002 - Knicks suffer worst home loss in team history with a 111-68 loss to the Charlotte Hornets at Madison Square Garden in the annual Martin Luther King Day game.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on January 21, 2011 at 3:03 p.m., ET
    Knicks-Spurs Connections
    Here are some connections between the Knicks and Spurs...

  • Spurs forward Antonio McDyess was a Knick for two seasons (2002-2004), appearing in 18 games(six starts) and averaging 8.4 points and 6.6 rebounds in 18 games (six starts). He missed the entire 2002-03 season after coming over in a trade from Denver with the draft rights to Frank Williams and a 2003 second-round draft choice for Marcus Camby, Mark Jackson and draft rights to Nene Hilario on Jun. 26, 2002.

  • McDyess was on the 1998-99 Denver Nuggets and 2003-04 Phoenix Suns teams that were coached by Mike D’Antoni.

  • Mike D’Antoni served one season (1999-2000) as scout for the San Antonio Spurs and played two games for them during the 1976-77 season.

  • Mike D’Antoni’s Phoenix Suns with Amar’e Stoudemire lost in the 2005 Western Conference Finals to the San Antonio Spurs 4-1; the 2007 Western Conference Semifinals 4-2 and the 2008 Western Conference First Round 4-1. D’Antoni and Spurs coach Gregg Popovich have both won NBA Coach of the Year honors. D’Antoni in 2004-05 and Popovich in 2002-03.

  • Ronny Turiaf and Spurs guard Tony Parker were teammates as members of the French National team during the 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2009 EuroBasket tournaments. They also played high school basketball together.

  • The Knicks met the Spurs in the 1999 NBA Finals. The Spurs won the series 4-1.

  • Roger Mason Jr. spent the last two seasons in San Antonio, averaging 9.1 points in 161 games.

  • Amar’e Stoudemire and Spurs forward Tim Duncan were teammates on five Western Conference squads in NBA All-Star games (2005, 2007-10). Spurs guard Tony Parker was on two of those squads (2007, 2010). Mike D’Antoni coached the 2007 team and Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, 2005.

    Enjoy the game!

    Posted by Ricky Henne on January 20, 2011 at 11:05 p.m., ET
  • This Date in Knicks History: January 20
    1970 - Willis Reed earns MVP honors, with a 21-point, 11-rebound performance, in the East’s 142-135 All Star Game victory at The Spectrum in Philadelphia, PA. Walt Frazier records seven points, four assists and three rebounds in the win.

    1986 - Knicks play first ever game on the Martin Luther King holiday, losing at Philadelphia 103-93. Patrick Ewing leads the Knicks with 22 points in the losing effort.

    2001 - Eddie Donovan, the architect of the Knicks two championship teams, passes away at the age of 78 from complications of a stroke. Donovan drafted Willis Reed, Bill Bradley and Walt Frazier and traded for Walt Bellamy and Dave DeBusschere.

    2003 - Knicks defeat the Miami Heat 72-65 at Madison Square Garden on Martin Luther King Day.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on January 20, 2011 at 10:09 a.m., ET
    Co-Captains Believe Knicks Set To Resume Winning Ways
    As the Knicks prepare for their road trip that begins tonight in Houston, co-captain's Amar'e Stoudemire and Raymond Felton spoke in a positive tone after Tuesday's practice concerning the teams mentality following their three game losing streak. For a Knicks roster that is one of the youngest in the league with an average age of 24.6 years old, Stoudemire and Felton both agree that despite the team's youth they must learn to overcome their obstacles on the court.

    "I think we all understand what it takes now," explained Stoudemire, who currently ranks second in the NBA with 26.4 points per game. "We're the third youngest team in the league so there's some mistakes to be made, but I think if we just keep working and playing hard, we can work over those mistakes."

    The Knicks have played stellar on the road this season, going 12-9 and giving them the fifth most road wins in NBA. After Houston, the Knicks travel to San Antonio Friday, followed by a meeting with Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night. Although New York is off to their best start since the 2000-01 campaign, Stoudemire knows that the team can't get complacent and must strive to get better every day.

    "We can't get comfortable with what we've done so far. I think we have a lot of room to improve and we can get better. We have to make sure we take that motivation into the next three games."

    Raymond Felton, who has been playing banged-up with hand and ankle injuries, has shown his toughness and leadership by grinding out games for the 22-18 Knicks. "I think I have to play in a sense (to be a leader), but on top of that, that's just my personality. I want to play, and I'm going to fight through anything," said Felton after Tuesday's practice.

    With Danilo Gallinari now healthy and Ronny Turiaf probable for tonight's game in Houston, the Knicks are close to full strength and eager to get back to their winning ways. After the Knicks last meeting with the Rockets on November 14th proved to be a 104-96 loss, Raymond Felton and the rest of the team believe they can come away with a victory this time around and carry the momentum through the rest of the road trip.

    "Hopefully, going now to Houston for the first game, we can take care of business," said Felton. "Then get on to San Antonio and get on to Oklahoma City and come home 3-0."

    Posted by Mike Hacku on January 19, 2011 at 12:53 p.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: January 19
    1955 - Knicks defeat Rochester in a neutral-site game at Hershey, PA, 98-83. Carl Braun scores 23 points and Harry Gallatin adds 21 points and 10 rebounds.

    1964 - Johnny Green, who had missed seven of 11 foul shots prior, sinks two free throws with one second remaining on the clock, to give the Knicks a 109-107 win at Baltimore.

    1995 - Patrick Ewing hauls in 18 rebounds and John Starks scores 22 points as the Knicks return to Houston for the first time since the 1994 NBA Finals and defeat the defending champions, 93-77.

    1998 - Knicks record 21st consecutive win over the Celtics with a 98-92 win at the Garden on Martin Luther King Day. Allan Houston and Chris Mills score 23 points apiece.

    2004 - Stephon Marbury scores a game-high 28 points (24 in the second half) and adds 14 assists as Knicks run winning streak to four with a 90-79 win over Toronto in the annual Martin Luther King Day matinee at the Garden.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on January 19, 2011 at 10:05 a.m., ET
    Knicks-Rockets Connections
    Here are some key connections between the Knicks and Rockets...

  • Mike D’Antoni and Rockets Head Coach Rick Adelman were teammates and roomates on the Kansas City Kings during the 1974-75 season.

  • New York and Houston were involved in a three-team deal with Sacramento on Feb. 18, 2010. Houston sent Tracy McGrady to New York, and Carl Landry and Joey Dorsey to Sacramento. New York sent Larry Hughes to Sacramento and Jordan Hill, Jared Jeffries and a protected 2012 first-round draft choice to Houston. Houston also received the right to exchange 2011 first-round draft choices with New York. Sacramento sent Sergio Rodriguez to New York and Kevin Martin and Hilton Armstrong to Houston. Jeffries averaged 4.5 points and 4.0 rebounds in 236 games with the Knicks. Hill, who was selected by Knicks in first round (eighth overall) of 2009 NBA Draft, averaged 4.0 points and 2.5 rebounds in 24 games in New York.

  • Donnie Walsh coached Rockets assistant TR Dunn in Denver during the 1980-81 season.

  • Wilson Chandler was a teammate of Rockets guard Aaron Brooks and Rockets forward/center Luis Scola for the Sophomore team during the 2009 NBA Rookie Challenge.

  • Amar’e Stoudemire edged out Rockets center Yao Ming by 53 points to take home the 2002-03 Rookie of the Year award.

  • Kelenna Azubuike and Rockets forward/center Chuck Hayes were teammates at the University of Kentucky for three seasons from 2002-05.

  • Rockets center Brad Miller played for Donnie Walsh in Indiana for parts of two seasons from 2001-03.

  • Miller also played alongside Eddy Curry for parts of the 2001-02 season for the Chicago Bulls

    Let's go Knicks!

    Posted by Ricky Henne on January 18, 2010 at 9:14 p.m., ET
  • Coach D'Antoni's Notes from Practice: Jan. 18
  • Knicks head coach Mike D'Antoni said that the team looked extensively at film and concentrated on defense after Monday afternoon's loss to the Phoenix Suns. "We're just trying to get a little bit more energetic on the defensive end. We just, for whatever reason the last couple games, have come out a little softer than normal and we paid for it. But January is month when you have to grind through it and you fight, and sometimes you get on some bad spurts. Energy and staying together will get us through it. I thought today's practice was great and we made a big step to getting stuff right."

  • Coach realizes that the Knicks roster is young, and sometimes the team has to focus more on playing well rather than wins and losses. D'Antoni believes the players have responded, and this is what makes his squad such a special group of players. "That's why this team is good. They will respond and have responded. Sometimes the season is so long and you do get tired and banged up, and you're playing against the best athletes in the world that there are some days that you have to grind it out. I don't think we did that the last couple of days and we paid for it. As a young team we have to learn why it happened and get back in the groove as soon as we can. The biggest thing we focused on today: we focus almost too much on wins and losses, and we need to play well. Then the wins and losses will take care of themselves and we just tried today to tighten up a lot of things."

  • As the Knicks get set to hit the road again and visit the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, D'Antoni expressed his confidence that every time the Knicks go out on the court they have a chance to win. "I feel like every game we go into we can win. Whether at home or whether it's on the road we have a shot to win. Now whether you do or not, a lot of things have to happen. You have to get some breaks, you have to shoot the ball well, you have to play good defense. If we do that we have a shot."

  • On Ronny Turiaf's availability against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday: "I think he's probable."

  • The Knicks will hope to get back to their winning ways in Texas this week, and Coach D'Antoni believes the Knicks will continue to get better while reiterating their goal for this season: "I think where we are right now, we're fighting for the playoffs. That's what we said, we need to make the playoffs and get better. Toward the end of the year I expect us to be a better team. The last two games we haven't been, but we'll get back there."

    Posted by Mike Hacku on January 18, 2011 at 4:25 p.m., ET
  • This Date in Knicks History: January 18
    1955 - The Old Garden hosts the All-Star Game, with the East pulling out a 100-91 victory. Knicks were represented by Carl Braun (eight points), Harry Gallatin (13 points) and Dick McGuire (three points).

    1988 - Mark Jackson records a triple-double with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists in a 110-102 victory versus Atlanta at the Garden.

    1993 - Knicks delight the home sellout crowd on Martin Luther King Day with a 106-103 victory over Phoenix. Patrick Ewing scores 35 points and John Starks adds 21 points off the bench.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on January 18, 2011 at 11:20 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: January 17
    1994 - Patrick Ewing scores 34 points (12-22 FG, 10-12 FT) in 106-94 win versus Minnesota, becoming the 68th player in NBA history to reach 15,000 career points, while moving into first place on the franchise’s free throw made list (3,146).

    Posted by Mike Hacku on January 17, 2011 at 12:07 p.m., ET
    Knicks-Suns Connections
    Here are some connections between the Knicks and Suns...

  • Amar’e Stoudemire spent the first eight seasons of his career in Phoenix after being selected by the organization in the first round (ninth overall) of the 2002 NBA Draft. In his time with the Suns, he was a four-time All-NBA Selection (First Team in 2007, Second Team in 2005, 2008 and 2010); Five-Time NBA All-Star (2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010) with two starts (2009, 2010) and the NBA Rookie of the Year for the 2002-03 season. He averaged 21.4 points, behind six seasons of 20-or-more points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 516 career regular-season games. He also led the franchise to two Western Conference Finals with career postseason averages of 24.2 points and 9.2 rebounds in 52 games. He was acquired by New York from Phoenix, via a sign-and-trade, in exchange for a protected future second-round draft pick on Jul. 9, 2010.

  • Mike D’Antoni joined the Suns organization in June 2002, serving two seasons as an assistant coach before being named head coach on Dec. 10, 2003. In four-plus seasons as the Suns head coach, he led Phoenix to a 253-136 (.650) record and to four straight trips to the playoffs (26-25 record), including two trips to the Western Conference Finals in 2005 and 2006. He earned Western Conference Coach of the Month honors four times and was named NBA Coach of the Year in 2004-05. He also served as Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations for three seasons, two of which he also held the title of general manager (2005-07).

  • Dan D’Antoni and Phil Weber served as assistants under D’Antoni in Phoenix. Dan joined his brother in 2005, working on the Suns sideline for three seasons. Weber arrived in Phoenix in 1999 prior to D’Antoni’s arrival and worked side-by-side with him for six seasons, including five as his assistant.

  • Suns guard Steve Nash won two MVP’s under D’Antoni (2004-05, 2005-06).

  • Suns head coach Alvin Gentry, served as part of Mike D’Antoni’s staff in Phoenix from 2004-08.

  • Suns assistant coach, Bill Cartwright, was selected third overall by the Knicks in the 1979 NBA Draft. He played for the Knicks from 1979-1988, before he was traded to the Chicago Bulls for Charles Oakley. As a head coach, Cartwright coached Eddy Curry on the Chicago Bulls from 2001-2003.

  • Allan Houston and Suns forward Grant Hill played together in Detroit for two seasons.

  • Suns forward Channing Frye, who the Knicks selected eighth overall in the 2005 NBA Draft, averaged 10.8 points and 5.6 rebounds in 137 games over two seasons with the Knicks. Danilo Gallinari and Frye were both participants in the 2010 NBA 3-Point Shootout. Gallinari and Frye finished in a three-way tie for 4th place.

  • Glen Grunwald, then Raptors general manager, acquired Suns guard Vince Carter for Toronto in a draft-day trade with Golden State.

  • Amar’e Stoudemire and Carter competed against each other in two NBA All-Star Games (2005, 2007).

  • Kelenna Azubuike and Suns guard Mickael Pietrus were teammates in Golden State for two seasons (2006-08).

  • Landry Fields and Suns center Robin Lopez played together at Stanford University for two seasons (2006-08).

    Enjoy the game!

    Posted by Ricky Henne on January 16, 2011 at 10:03 p.m., ET
  • This Date in Knicks History: January 16
    1979 - Ray Williams comes off the bench and scores 13 points and hands out 15 assists in 30 minutes, helping the Knicks edge the Detroit Pistons 111-110 at Madison Square Garden.

    1989 - Knicks win fifth straight with a 116-106 Martin Luther King Day victory over San Antonio at Madison Square Garden. Mark Jackson records a triple double with 24 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.

    2002 - Latrell Sprewell sinks a then franchise record 41 consecutive free throws and also sees his streak come to an end the same night, going 5-for-7 from the line, in the Knicks 101-100 loss at Boston. The record has since been passed by Chris Duhon’s 44 straight (Nov. 29-Dec. 21, 2008) and Danilo Gallinari’s 43 (Nov. 17-24, 2010).

    Posted by Mike Hacku on January 16, 2011 at 10:04 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: January 15
    1957 - Carl Braun (10 points), Nat Clifton (8) and Harry Gallatin (8) help lead the East to a 109-97 All-Star victory in Boston.

    1990 - Trent Tucker hits a high-arching 26-foot prayer as the clock expires to give the Knicks a 109-106 victory versus Chicago at Madison Square Garden. Mark Jackson inbounds the ball to Tucker with 0:00.1 left, which paves the way to an NBA rule change, preventing a catch-and-shoot with less than 0:00.3 left.

    2004 - Lenny Wilkens is hired as the 21st head coach in franchise history, replacing Don Chaney. Wilkens would finish with a record of 40-41 over parts of two seasons.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on January 15, 2011 at 9:57 a.m., ET
    Big Threes
    New York’s scoring trio of Amar’e Stoudemire (26.1), Raymond Felton (18.3) and Wilson Chandler (17.7), averages 62.1 points per game, which is the third highest scoring trio in the NBA, behind Miami (69.1) and Oklahoma City (65.7). The dynamic duo of Stoudemire and Felton, average 44.4 points, which is fourth most in the NBA.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on January 14, 2011 at 11:35 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: January 14
    1955 - Harry Gallatin scores 14 points and hauls in 29 rebounds, as the Knicks defeat the Fort Worth Pistons 97-83 at Boston Garden.

    1969 - Willis Reed scores 10 points in the East’s 123-112 All-Star Game victory in Baltimore, MD.

    1975 - Walt Frazier takes home the All-Star game MVP honors with a 30-point performance (10-17 FG,10-11 FT) in the East’s 108-102 victory over the West in Phoenix, Arizona.

    2000 - Knicks-Hornets game at Charlotte is postponed by the NBA following the tragic death of Charlotte’s Bobby Phills. The game was rescheduled for Feb. 7 with the Knicks losing 95-85.

    2004 - Don Chaney is removed as head coach. Herb Williams serves as the interim coach in 120-110 win versus Orlando at Madison Square Garden.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on January 14, 2011 at 10:16 a.m., ET
    Knicks-Kings Connections
    Here are some connections between the Knicks and Kings...

  • Mike D’Antoni played for the Kansas City-Omaha Kings from 1973-76.

  • Kings head coach Paul Westphal played for the Knicks for two seasons from 1981-83, averaging 10.3 points in 98 regular season games and 9.5 points in six postseason games.

  • Mike D’Antoni and Kings assistant coach Jim Eyen were assistants under Mike Dunleavy in Portland during the 2000-01 season.

  • Kings assistant coach Mario Elie is a native of New York City and was a member of the 1993-94 Houston Rockets that defeated the Knicks in the NBA Finals. Elie played for Phoenix in 2000-01 with Phil Weber as an assistant coach.

  • Kings assistant Truck Robinson played three seasons in New York (1982-85), averaging 10 points over 148 games and 9.9 points in 18 postseason games.

  • Kings trainer Pete Youngman is from Rochester, NY.

  • Knicks rookie guard Andy Rautins and Kings forward Donte Greene played together at Syracuse University for one season (2007-2008).

  • Danilo Gallinari played against Sacramento forward Omri Casspi and Tyreke Evans in the 2010 T-Mobile Rookie Challenge.

  • Raymond Felton (UNC) defeated Kings guard Luther Head (Illinois) in the 2005 NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship Game

  • Raymond Felton and Luther Head were both members of the 2006 NBA All Rookie Second Team.

  • Shawne Williams played with Kings guard Antoine Wright for one season (2008-09) in Dallas.

    Let's Go Knicks!

    Posted by Ricky Henne on January 14, 2010 at 4:51 a.m., ET
  • This Date in Knicks History: January 13
    1995 - Knicks defense holds Bucks to two made field goals in fourth quarter (both in final minute), as they rally from a 17-point third-quarter deficit to pick up a 91-88 win at the Bradley Center, extending winning streak to eight games.

    2001 - Knicks limit an opponent to under 100 points for the 30th consecutive game, extending NBA record set two days earlier, in 91-78 win versus Portland at Madison Square Garden.

    2006 - Larry Brown records 1,000th career NBA coaching victory as Knicks stretch win streak to six with a 105-94 triumph over Atlanta at the Garden. Jamal Crawford leads the way with 23 points.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on January 13, 2011 at 11:00 a.m., ET
    Knicks-Jazz Connections
    Here are some connections between the Knicks and Jazz...

  • Mike D’Antoni played for then Kings head coach and current Jazz assistant Phil Johnson for three-plus seasons (1973-76) with the Kansas City-Omaha Kings. Johnson earned Coach of the Year honors for the 1974-75 season, in which D’Antoni appeared in 67 games and scored 2.5 points.

  • Jazz assistant coach Scott Layden served as the Knicks General Manager from 1999-2003. He led the Knicks to two trips to the playoffs and the Eastern Conference Finals in 2000.

  • Mike D’Antoni coached Amar’e Stoudemire and Jazz guard Raja Bell in Phoenix from 2005-2008. Bell and Stoudemire were also teammates for part of the 2008-09 season, before Bell was traded to Charlotte where he teamed with Raymond Felton for the remainder of the season and part of the 2009-10 season.

  • Bell spent part of the 2009-10 season in Golden State where he was teammates with Kelenna Azubuike, Anthony Randolph and Ronny Turiaf .

  • Mike D’Antoni and Deron Williams were members of the 2008 USA Basketball team that took gold in Beijing, China.

  • Raymond Felton’s UNC squad defeated Jazz guard Deron Williams’ Illinois squad 75-70 to take home the 2005 National Championship in St. Louis, MO.

  • Amar’e Stoudemire and Deron Williams were teammates on the Western Conference squad in last season’s NBA All-Star Game.

  • Jazz assistant coach Tyrone Corbin spent the 2003-04 season as the manager of player development for the Knicks.

  • Jazz assistant coach/player development Mark McKown assisted the Knicks from 1992-97 in their preseason preparations at the College of Charleston, where he was the assistant athletic director and director of sports performance.

  • Jazz guard Ronnie Price competed in Wheelchair Charities, Inc, celebrity basketball game at Madison Square Garden in September 2006 to help raise funds for patients with paraplegic and quadriplegic injuries.

  • Andy Rautins’ Syracuse squad lost in the Sweet 16 of the 2010 NCAA Basketball Tournament to Jazz forward Gordon Hayward’s Butler Bulldogs 65-59.

    Let's Go Knicks!

    Posted by Mike Hacku on January 12, 2010 at 10:11 a.m., ET
  • This Date in Knicks History: January 12
    1971 - Willis Reed scores 14 points and finishes second in All-Star MVP voting, in a 108-107 loss to the Western Conference at International Sports Arena in San Diego, California.

    1974 - Red Holzman becomes the winningest coach in franchise history, passing Joe Lapchick’s mark of 326 wins in 96-80 victory at Golden State.

    2002 - Allan Houston torches Milwaukee for 24 of his 44 points in the fourth quarter of a 102-97 loss at the Garden. Houston’s fourth-quarter performance ties Willis Reed’s franchise mark for most points in a quarter set in the second quarter of the Nov. 1, 1967 win at the LA Lakers.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on January 12, 2011 at 9:57 a.m., ET
    How The West Was Won
    New York is 9-6 (.600) against the Western Conference this season after going 9-21 (.300) in 2009-10. The last time New York finished a season with a winning record against the West was in 2000-01 when they went 16-12 (.571). The last time New York recorded a winning percentage of .600 or better against the West was in 1999-2000, 18-10 (.643), and the last time they won at least 10 games against the West was in 2008-09, 12-18 (.400).

    Posted by Mike Hacku on January 11, 2011 at 11:22 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: January 11
    1966 - Willis Reed scores 16 points in 137-94 All-Star Game victory over the Western Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio.

    1974 - Red Holzman ties Joe Lapchick’s franchise mark of 326 head coaching victories courtesy a 107-98 win at Seattle. Bill Bradley leads the way with 20 points and Walt Frazier records 17 points and 10 assists.

    1980 - Micheal Ray Richardson records one of his 18 triple-doubles as a Knick in 109-107 loss at Milwaukee, recording 18 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists.

    1997 - Following nostalgic train ride that carries Knicks and Celtics legends and officials back to New York, Knicks make it 17 in a row over the Celtics with 112-99 win at Madison Square Garden to sweep “Throwback Weekend.” Patrick Ewing leads the way with 30 points and 12 rebounds.

    1998 - Knicks become the first team in NBA history to play three straight one-point games with a 92-91 win over Seattle at Madison Square Garden. Larry Johnson leads the way with 20 points.

    2001 - Knicks set an NBA-record, holding their opponent to under 100 points for the 29th consecutive game, but lose to Houston, 76-75 at Madison Square Garden. The streak breaks a 46-year old NBA record set by the Fort Wayne Pistons in the 1954-55 season.

    2006 - Stephon Marbury (28 points), Jamal Crawford (25 points off bench) and Eddy Curry (21 points) lead the way as winning streak reaches five with 117-115 (OT) win over Mavericks at Madison Square Garden.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on January 11, 2011 at 10:00 a.m., ET
    Knicks-Trail Blazers Connections
    Here are some connections between the Knicks and Blazers...

  • Mike D’Antoni and Blazers head coach Nate McMillan were assistant coaches on the Gold Medal winning USA Basketball team in 2008. McMillan and D’Antoni also coached together in the USA Basketball training camp in the summer of 2010.

  • Mike D’Antoni was an assistant coach in Portland during the 2000-01 season, under Mike Dunleavy.

  • Blazers assistant coach Bill Bayno, a native New Yorker, took part in the Knicks 1985 Free Agent camp.

  • Ronny Turiaf and Blazers forward Nicolas Batum were teammates as members of the 2009 EuroBasket French National team.

  • Landry Fields’ father, Steve Fields, was drafted by Portland in the seventh round (114th overall) of the 1975 NBA Draft.

  • Blazers center Marcus Camby played with the Knicks from 1998-2002. He was traded to the Knicks in exchange for Charles Oakley, draft rights to Sean Marks and cash on Jun. 25, 1998.

  • Portland guard Brandon Roy was a member of the 2008, 2009, and 2010 Western Conference All Star team along with Amar’e Stoudemire. Roy and Stoudemire were both members of the 2009-2010 All NBA Team - Stoudemire was an All Second Team Member and Roy an All Third Team Member.

  • Mike D’Antoni and Portland assistant Bernie Bickerstaff won NBA Coach of the Year honors. D’Antoni in 2004-05 with Phoenix and Bickerstaff in 1997 with Seattle.

  • Bickerstaff was the Charlotte Bobcats head coach from 2004-2007 where Raymond Felton played point guard for Bickerstaff for two seasons (05-07).

  • Portland assistant Buck Williams played for the Knicks for two season from 1996-1998.

  • Roger Mason, Jr. and Blazers center Fabricio Oberto were teammates in San Antonio during the 2008-09 season.

    Let's Go Knicks!

    Posted by Ricky Henne on January 11, 2010 at 6:18 a.m., ET
  • This Date in Knicks History: January 10
    1965 - Knicks nail down first overtime victory of the season in seven tries, with a 122-120 win at Baltimore. John Egan leads the way with 23 points.

    2003 - Allan Houston and Latrell Sprewell score 31 points apiece, as the Knicks hit 16-32 from downtown en route to a 114-112 win at Philadelphia. Charlie Ward puts the Knicks ahead for good on a three pointer with :31.1 left.

    2006 - Jamal Crawford scores 26 points off the bench – including 11 straight in the third quarter – as the Knicks winning streak reaches four with 92-84 win at Cleveland. Trailing by 11 late in the third quarter, Knicks outscore Cavs 35-16 the rest of the way.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on January 10, 2011 at 10:46 a.m., ET
    Knicks-Lakers Connections
    Here are some connections between the Knicks and Lakers...

  • Lakers head coach Phil Jackson played for the Knicks from 1967-1978, winning two NBA championships. He was selected by the Knicks in the second round (17th overall) of the 1967 NBA Draft and went on to average 6.8 points and 4.4 rebounds in 732 regular-season games and 8.8 points and 2.6 rebounds in 42 postseason games.

  • Mike D’Antoni and Phil Jackson both won NBA Coach of the Year honors- D’Antoni in 2004-05 and Jackson in 1995-96 with Chicago.

  • Kobe Bryant won the gold medal with the USA Basketball team at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 with Mike D’Antoni serving as an assistant coach.

  • Kobe Bryant spent eight years of his childhood in Italy watching Mike D’Antoni play for Milan.

  • Amar’e Stoudemire and Kobe Bryant were teammates on four NBA All-Star teams (2005, 2007-09).

  • Lakers assistant coach Jim Cleamons played for the Knicks for three seasons from 1977-80, averaging 7.4 points in 180 regular-season games and 5.7 points in six postseason games.

  • Donnie Walsh acquired Lakers forward Ron Artest in Indiana along with Ron Mercer, Brad Miller and Kevin Ollie from Chicago in exchange for Travis Best, Norman Richardson, Jalen Rose and a conditional second round pick on Feb. 19, 2002. Artest played three-plus seasons in Indiana before he was traded to Sacramento for Peja Stojakovic on Jan. 25, 2006.

  • Eddy Curry and Ron Artest were teammates in Chicago for part of the 2001-02 season.

  • Artest was born in Queensbridge, New York went to La Salle Academy in New York, NY and then attended St. John’s University.

  • Ronny Turiaf was selected by the LA Lakers in the second round (37th overall) of 2005 NBA Draft. He played three seasons in Los Angeles, appearing in 173 regular-season games and 26 postseason contests, including the 2008 NBA Finals, which they lost to Boston.

  • Toney Douglas was selected by the Lakers in the first round (29th overall) of 2009 NBA Draft and then had his draft rights traded to the Knicks for a 2011 second-round pick and cash considerations.

  • Lakers forward Matt Barnes played six games for the Knicks during the 2005-06 campaign, averaging 4.3 points and 4.0 rebounds.

  • Barnes was teammates with Amar’e Stoudemire in Phoenix (2008-09) and Kelenna Azubuike in Golden State (2006-08).

  • Roger Mason Jr. and Lakers center Theo Ratliff were teammates in San Antonio for part of the 2009-10 season.

  • Lakers assistant coach Chuck Person was drafted fourth overall in the 1986 NBA Draft by Donnie Walsh and the Indiana Pacers. He was Walsh’s first draft pick as general manager. Person also served two seasons as an assistant coach with the Pacers under Rick Carlisle (2005-07).

  • Landry Fields was born in Long Beach, CA went to high school at Los Alamitos High in Los Alamitos, CA and then attended Stanford University.

    Enjoy the game!

    Posted by Mike Hacku on January 9, 2011 at 10:47 a.m., ET
  • This Date in Knicks History: January 9
    1954 - Carl Braun hits a jumpshot with :12 remaining to give the Knicks an 88-87 win at the Rochester Royals, as they overcome an 86-78 deficit with 2:30 remaining.

    1958 - Knicks set a franchise mark for most free throws made with 50 (50-64 FT, .781), as they defeat the Boston Celtics in Syracuse, 136-123. Willie Naulls scores 33 points (13-13 FT) and Richie Guerin adds 25 points (17-23 FT).

    1981 - Original Knick guard, Tommy Byrnes passes away. Byrnes, who played three seasons with the Knicks (1946-49), averaged 7.6 points in 60 games during the Knicks inaugural season.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on January 9, 2011 at 10:35 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: January 8
    1966 - Walt Bellamy torches the Los Angeles Lakers for 44 points (19-24 FG, 6-10 FT) and 25 rebounds, as the Knicks beat the Lakers 133-127 at Madison Square Garden.

    1997 - NBA announces the Top-10 teams in NBA History with the 1969-70 Knicks on the list.

    2006 - Stephon Marbury (23 points and 15 assists), Maurice Taylor (23 points in 28 bench minutes) and Eddy Curry (22 points) extend the Knicks winning streak to three games with 120-116 win versus Seattle at the Garden.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on January 8, 2011 at 12:14 p.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: January 7
    1998 - Knicks rally from 14 points down to defeat the New Jersey Nets, 89-88 (OT), at the Garden. Allan Houston sends the game into overtime with a three-pointer with :08.5 left and then Chris Childs hits a runner with :06.9 left in the extra session to clinch the victory.

    2001 - Knicks defeat Washington, 103-87, at Madison Square Garden, marking the 28th consecutive game that they held an opponent under 100 points, tying a post-shot- clock NBA record.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on January 7, 2011 at 8:30 a.m., ET
    Knicks-Suns Connections
    Here are some connections between the Knicks and Suns...

  • Amar’e Stoudemire spent the first eight seasons of his career in Phoenix after being selected by the organization in the first round (ninth overall) of the 2002 NBA Draft. In his time with the Suns, he was a four-time All-NBA Selection (First Team in 2007, Second Team in 2005, 2008 and 2010); Five-Time NBA All-Star (2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010) with two starts (2009, 2010) and the NBA Rookie of the Year for the 2002-03 season. He averaged 21.4 points, behind six seasons of 20-or-more points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 516 career regular-season games. He also led the franchise to two Western Conference Finals with career postseason averages of 24.2 points and 9.2 rebounds in 52 games. He was acquired by New York from Phoenix, via a sign-and-trade, in exchange for a protected future second-round draft pick on Jul. 9, 2010.

  • Mike D’Antoni joined the Suns organization in June 2002, serving two seasons as an assistant coach before being named head coach on Dec. 10, 2003. In four-plus seasons as the Suns head coach, he led Phoenix to a 253-136 (.650) record and to four straight trips to the playoffs (26-25 record), including two trips to the Western Conference Finals in 2005 and 2006. He earned Western Conference Coach of the Month honors four times and was named NBA Coach of the Year in 2004-05. He also served as Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations for three seasons, two of which he also held the title of general manager (2005-07).

  • Dan D’Antoni and Phil Weber served as assistants under D’Antoni in Phoenix. Dan joined his brother in 2005, working on the Suns sideline for three seasons. Weber arrived in Phoenix in 1999 prior to D’Antoni’s arrival and worked side-by-side with him for six seasons, including five as his assistant.

  • Suns guard Steve Nash won two MVP’s under D’Antoni (2004-05, 2005-06).

  • Suns head coach Alvin Gentry, served as part of Mike D’Antoni’s staff in Phoenix from 2004-08.

  • Suns assistant coach, Bill Cartwright, was selected third overall by the Knicks in the 1979 NBA Draft. He played for the Knicks from 1979-1988, before he was traded to the Chicago Bulls for Charles Oakley. As a head coach, Cartwright coached Eddy Curry on the Chicago Bulls from 2001-2003.

  • Allan Houston and Suns forward Grant Hill played together in Detroit for two seasons.

  • Suns forward Channing Frye, who the Knicks selected eighth overall in the 2005 NBA Draft, averaged 10.8 points and 5.6 rebounds in 137 games over two seasons with the Knicks. Danilo Gallinari and Frye were both participants in the 2010 NBA 3-Point Shootout. Gallinari and Frye finished in a three-way tie for 4th place.

  • Glen Grunwald, then Raptors general manager, acquired Suns guard Vince Carter for Toronto in a draft-day trade with Golden State.

  • Amar’e Stoudemire and Carter competed against each other in two NBA All-Star Games (2005, 2007).

  • Kelenna Azubuike and Suns guard Mickael Pietrus were teammates in Golden State for two seasons (2006-08).

  • Landry Fields and Suns center Robin Lopez played together at Stanford University for two seasons (2006-08).

    Enjoy the game!

    Posted by Ricky Henne on January 6, 2011 at 11:39 p.m., ET
  • Shawne Williams Opening Eyes For Knicks
    Shawne Williams has been waiting for his chance. After being one of the last players to make the Knicks roster out of training camp, Williams has gone on to develop a significant role on the team as one of the first players off the bench for head coach Mike D'Antoni. Becoming an intricate part of the Knicks success isn't something that has happened overnight for the gifted 6-foot-9 forward, who is only 24 years old entering his fourth year in the league.

    "I've just been staying ready," says Williams. "I've been listening to the coaches and not getting down when I wasn't playing, and just being a great teammate and a great locker room guy."

    Now, with Knicks forward Danilo Gallinari expected to miss a few games with a sprained knee, Williams will begin to develop an even bigger role off the bench. As a player who is shooting .600 from the three point line, Williams will now focus on continuing to put the ball in the net while also being a presence on the defensive end.

    "If Gallo isn't playing it's going to be a little different," explains Williams. "I might have to look to score more. If Gallo is there, my bench role is to come out with a lot of energy and make open shots and be active on defense. I try to talk and let my defense dictate my offense."

    Williams has certainly opened up the eyes of many, and he credits Knicks veteran Roger Mason Jr. for keeping him ready for his opportunity to play. "The biggest thing that Roger told me was to just stay ready because you don't know what tomorrow brings in this league. (Sunday) we ended up having two players get banged up so that's going to open up an opportunity for somebody else. People just have to stay ready."

    Shawne Williams is ready and will look to continue to make the most of his playing time as the Knicks roll into Phoenix to face the Suns tomorrow at 10:30 pm.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on January 6, 2011 at 11:59 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: January 6
    1981 - Micheal Ray Richardson scores 20 points, and records eight assists, eight steals and four rebounds, but the Knicks lose at home to the Spurs 113-108.

    1994 - Knicks acquire guard Derek Harper for forward Tony Campbell and a 1997 first-round draft pick (Dallas later traded to Toronto, before pick was traded back to New York for Hubert Davis; pick used on John Thomas). Harper would average 11.7 points and 4.8 assists in 216 regular-season games and 11.9 points and 4.8 assists in 42 postseason games over three seasons with the Knicks.

    2006 - Channing Frye scores 30 points in 26 bench minutes – including 22 points in the second half – to spearhead 113-92 victory over Washington at Madison Square Garden.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on January 6, 2011 at 9:55 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: January 5
    1973 - Jerry Lucas records a triple-double as the Knicks defeat the Buffalo Braves in Buffalo, 129-106. Lucas scores 12 points, grabs 18 rebounds and hands out 12 assists.

    1979 - Knicks acquire center Joe Meriweather from New Orleans for forward/center Spencer Haywood. Meriweather would average 9.2 points and 3.5 rebounds in 106 games (56 starts) over two seasons.

    2004 - Knicks acquire guard Stephon Marbury, guard Anfernee Hardaway and center Cezary Trybanski from Phoenix for guard Howard Eisley, guard Charlie Ward, forward Antonio McDyess, forward Maciej Lampe, draft rights to guard Milos Vujanic, a 2004 first-round draft choice (traded to Utah, Kirk Snyder) and a future first round draft choice (2010, traded to Utah, Gordon Hayward).

    Posted by Mike Hacku on January 5, 2011 at 10:06 a.m., ET
    Fields Wins Second Consecutive Rookie of the Month Honor
    Landry Fields is a rookie who is making it look easy. The NBA announced yesterday that Fields, the 39th overall pick in June’s Draft, was named the NBA’s Eastern Conference T-Mobile Rookie of the Month for the second consecutive month after ranking second among rookies in scoring (8.8 points), third in rebounding (7.9 boards) and leading them in steals (1.23) during the month of December. The spark-plug guard is the first Knick to win at least two Rookie of the Month awards in the same season since Mark Jackson achieved the feat in the 1987-88 season. Knicks legend Patrick Ewing also won the award twice in his 1985-86 rookie campaign. No second round pick has ever won the award in three consecutive months, but Fields will look to make his own history as the Knicks begin the new year.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on January 4, 2011 at 12:15 p.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: January 4
    1956 - Kenny Sears records the first triple-double of his career, recording 20 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists in the 103-86 victory over the Boston Celtics in Syracuse, New York.

    1960 - Vince Boryla, a former Knicks coach (1956-58) and player (1949-54), returns to the club as general manager after Fred Podesta steps aside to focus on the business side of MSG. Boryla would hold the general manager position until May 9, 1961.

    1989 - Knicks score 35 of game’s final 44 points over the final 9:16 (including 20 points in a row) to defeat New Jersey 105-96 at The Meadowlands. Patrick Ewing leads the way with 30 points.

    2004 - Dikembe Mutombo ties a Knicks record for most blocks in a game (10) in 95-85 loss to the New Jersey Nets at Madison Square Garden.

    2009 - Knicks snap an eight-game losing streak to the Boston Celtics with a 100-88 win at Madison Square Garden over the defending champs. Wilson Chandler scores a career-high 31 points and Al Harrington scores 30 points in 37 bench minutes to lead the Knicks to first win over the Celtics at the Garden since Mar. 23, 2005.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on January 4, 2011 at 10:26 a.m., ET
    Knicks-Spurs Connections
    Here are some connections between the Knicks and Spurs...

  • Spurs forward Antonio McDyess was a Knick for two seasons (2002-2004), appearing in 18 games(six starts) and averaging 8.4 points and 6.6 rebounds in 18 games (six starts). He missed the entire 2002-03 season after coming over in a trade from Denver with the draft rights to Frank Williams and a 2003 second-round draft choice for Marcus Camby, Mark Jackson and draft rights to Nene Hilario on Jun. 26, 2002.

  • McDyess was on the 1998-99 Denver Nuggets and 2003-04 Phoenix Suns teams that were coached by Mike D’Antoni.

  • Mike D’Antoni served one season (1999-2000) as scout for the San Antonio Spurs and played two games for them during the 1976-77 season.

  • Mike D’Antoni’s Phoenix Suns with Amar’e Stoudemire lost in the 2005 Western Conference Finals to the San Antonio Spurs 4-1; the 2007 Western Conference Semifinals 4-2 and the 2008 Western Conference First Round 4-1. D’Antoni and Spurs coach Gregg Popovich have both won NBA Coach of the Year honors. D’Antoni in 2004-05 and Popovich in 2002-03.

  • Ronny Turiaf and Spurs guard Tony Parker were teammates as members of the French National team during the 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2009 EuroBasket tournaments. They also played high school basketball together.

  • The Knicks met the Spurs in the 1999 NBA Finals. The Spurs won the series 4-1.

  • Roger Mason Jr. spent the last two seasons in San Antonio, averaging 9.1 points in 161 games.

  • Amar’e Stoudemire and Spurs forward Tim Duncan were teammates on five Western Conference squads in NBA All-Star games (2005, 2007-10). Spurs guard Tony Parker was on two of those squads (2007, 2010). Mike D’Antoni coached the 2007 team and Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, 2005.

  • Spurs guard Ime Udoka played eight games for the Knicks during the 2005-06 season.

    Enjoy the game!

    Posted by Ricky Henne on January 3, 2011 at 9:49 p.m., ET
  • Coach D'Antoni's Notes from Practice: Jan. 3
  • Coach D'Antoni called Danillo Gallinari "doubtful" for Tuesdays game against the San Antonio Spurs due to a knee injury that was suffered in Sundays victory versus the Indiana Pacers. D'Antoni was optimistic that the injury will not keep the sharp shooting forward out for an extended period of time. "He's getting treatment. He walks on it but it's sore; sore like normal. I'm confident that we give it a few days and hopefully his soreness will pass and he'll be able to play."

  • With Gallinari doubtful on Tuesday night, Knicks big-man Ronny Turiaf could get the start at center for the Knicks when the Spurs come into The Garden. The move would push Wilson Chandler to the small forward spot and Amar'e Stoudemire to the power forward position, with Raymond Felton and Landry Fields resuming their roles in the backcourt. "We're pretty successful with Ronny starting," stated D'Antoni. "It gives us a chance to experiment a little bit and see what we've got."

  • Sticking with Ronny Turiaf in the starting lineup "is not out of the realm of possibility" when the roster gets back to full strength. Coach stated that the team continues to evolve every day. "There are times we need to spread the floor and there are times we need more defensive rebounding. The good thing is that we can go both ways, and we'll decide on which way we go. We might change it up, we might not."

  • Although Toney Douglas did not practice on Monday in order to rest a sore shoulder, he should be ready to go on Tuesday versus the Spurs. Douglas was praised by Coach D'Antoni for his play in Sunday's game against the Indiana Pacers. "He's fighting through (his shoulder soreness), but I thought yesterday was maybe one of the best games he's played for us in his two years. So hopefully it doesn't affect him that much. He looked good yesterday. I thought he looked good all over; his defensive pressure and his his 7 assists. He hit timely threes. He didn't turn it over, I just thought he did a good job all over."

  • Scouting Tuesday's matchup vs. the Spurs: "They're shooting more three's and they're opening the floor more. They aren't going to (Tim) Duncan quite as much. That might change as you come closer to the playoffs, you don't know, but right now they're doing it in a different way. But 28-4, that's a pretty good record."

    Posted by Mike Hacku on January 3, 2011 at 6:36 p.m., ET
  • This Date in Knicks History: January 3
    1965 - Eddie Donovan takes over general manager responsibilities from Fred Podesta and is replaced by Harry Gallatin as head coach. Donovan, the architect of the Knicks two championship teams, would go on to draft Bill Bradley, Walt Frazier and Willis Reed and trade for Dick Barnett and Dave DeBusschere.

    1968 - Red Holzman records his first of 613 wins as head coach of the Knicks, as New York wins in Philadelphia 129-115. Dick Barnett and Walt Bellamy each score 30 points in the victory.

    1986 - Scotty Sterling replaces Dave DeBusschere as general manager. DeBusschere’s reign as GM, in which he selected Patrick Ewing first overall in the 1985 NBA Draft, comes to an end.

    2001 - Broadcaster Marty Glickman, who called the first Knicks game on radio and spent 21 seasons as the voice of the Knicks, passes away.

    2010 - Knicks record largest win in 14 years with a 132-89 victory versus Indiana at the Garden. New York races out to a 9-0 lead and never looks back, as they open up an NBA season high 48-point advantage, en route to 43-point victory – sixth largest win in franchise history. Three Knicks eclipse the 20-point mark with Wilson Chandler scoring 23 points; David Lee, 22 points, and Danilo Gallinari, 20 points.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on January 3, 2011 at 10:53 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: January 2
    1958 - Willie Naulls scores 25 points and hauls in 29 rebounds against the Syracuse Nationals, leading the Knicks to a 131-98 neutral-court victory at Convention Hall in Philadelphia, PA.

    2006 - Knicks defeat the Phoenix Suns 140-133 in the first triple overtime thriller at the present Garden. Knicks are led by four scorers with at least 20 points: Stephon Marbury 32, Jamal Crawford 29, David Lee 23 and Eddy Curry, 20.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on January 2, 2011 at 3:44 p.m., ET
    Knicks-Pacers Connections
    Here are some connections between the Knicks and Pacers...

  • Donnie Walsh spent 23 seasons with the Indiana Pacers, most recently as the franchise’s president. His hard work and dedication helped earn the team one trip to the NBA Finals, six berths in the Eastern Conference Finals and four Central Division crowns. Over a 10-year span, from 1995 through 2005, the Pacers boasted the best regular season record among teams in the Eastern Conference, and fourth-best in the entire NBA.

  • Knicks assistant coach Herb Williams played for the Pacers from 1981-89. He was selected 14th overall by Indiana in the 1981 NBA Draft.

  • Glen Grunwald (Senior Vice President of Basketball Operations) played his college ball at Indiana University and was on the 1981 NCAA championship team.

  • Pacers head coach Jim O’Brien was an assistant in New York under Rick Pitino from 1987- 89.

  • Pacers center Roy Hibbert was born in Queens, New York.

  • Pacers rookie guard Lance Stephenson grew up in Brooklyn, and attended Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn.

  • Shawne Williams was selected by Indiana in the first round (17th overall) of the 2006 NBA Draft. He played parts of two seasons for the Pacers before being traded to Dallas for Eddie Jones, two second round draft selections and cash considerations on Oct. 10, 2008.

  • Kelenna Azubuike and Pacers guard/forward Mike Dunleavy were teammates in Golden State for 10 days before Dunleavy was traded to Indiana..Pacers assistant coach Walter McCarty was selected by the Knicks in the first round (19th overall) of 1996 NBA Draft. He played 35 games before being traded to Boston with John Thomas, Dontae Jones, Scott Brooks for Chris Mills and two future second round draft choices on Oct. 22, 1997.

    Let's go Knicks!

    Posted by Ricky Henne on January 1, 2011 at 11:45 p.m., ET
  • This Date in Knicks History: January 1
    1950 - A capacity crowd (perhaps the largest in Garden history at the time) fills the Garden for triple-header action, as the Knicks win on Carl Braun Night and the Harlem Globetrotters make their Garden debut. Knicks defeat the Philadelphia Warriors 81-59 behind 16 points from Ernie Vandeweghe and honor Braun with gifts and the “Carl A. Braun trophy”. The Globetrotters defeat New York Celtics 75-60 behind 15 points from Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton, and Xavier hands St. Ann’s a 66-52 defeat.

    1963 - Knicks set a franchise record for the fewest points scored in the fourth quarter, as they manage only nine points in a 112-106 loss at the Cincinnati Royals.

    1966 - Knicks defeat Cincinnati 147-122 at Madison Square Garden, behind 36-point performances from Dick Barnett and Willis Reed.

    2003 - Knicks ring in the New Year with a 95-75 rout of Toronto at the Garden. Kurt Thomas leads the way with 26 points and grabs 14 rebounds.

    2010 - Knicks overcome a 14-point deficit with 9:00 remaining in Atlanta and then outscore Hawks 13-9 in overtime to ring in the New Year with 112-108 (OT) victory at Philips Arena. Nate Robinson sees first action since Dec. 1 after 14 straight DNP-CD’s, and leads the Knicks with 41 points and eight assists, including 23 points (11 in overtime) over the game’s final 13:12. He becomes the first NBA player since Pete Maravich in 1973 to record at least 40 points and eight assists as a reserve.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on January 1, 2011 at 5:27 p.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: December 31
    1957 - Knicks trounce the Minneapolis Lakers 142-116 at Madison Square Garden, scoring at least 30 points in each quarter. New York is led by three 20-point scorers: Richie Guerin, 23; Guy Sparrow, 23; Willie Naulls, 22, as the Knicks crack the 140-point barrier for the first time in franchise history.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on December 31, 2010 at 8:56 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: December 30
    1994 - Knicks Head Coach Pat Riley leads the Knicks to a 90-81 victory at Minnesota in his 1000th game as an NBA head coach.

    1996 - Knicks record the 2,000th regular-season victory in club history, defeating the Nets 98-86 at Madison Square Garden. Allan Houston leads the way with 21 points.

    2003 - Knicks acquire guard Moochie Norris and center John Amaechi from Houston in exchange for forward Clarence Weatherspoon. Norris averaged 3.5 points over 11.3 minutes in two seasons with the Knicks. Amaechi never played a game for the Knicks, as he was waived six days after the trade.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on December 30, 2010 at 9:41 a.m., ET
    Knicks-Magic Connections
    Here are some connections between the Knicks and Magic...

  • Knicks legend Patrick Ewing is an assistant coach with the Magic. He is the Knicks franchise leader in total points (23.665), games played (1,039), rebounds (10,759), blocks (2,758), steals (1,061) and minutes (37,586). His number 33 was raised to the Garden rafters on Feb. 28, 2003.

  • Herb Williams and Patrick Ewing played together on the Knicks from 1992-99.

  • Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy is brothers with former Knicks head coach Jeff Van Gundy. Jeff served as the Knicks head coach from 1995-2002, recording 248 wins, which are the third most in franchise history.

  • Magic assistant coach Brendan Malone was a Knicks assistant coach from 1986-88, 1997-2000, and 2003-04. He was also an assistant coach in Indiana from 2000-03, while Donnie Walsh served as the team president. Herb Williams played one game for the Toronto Raptors during the 1995-96 season before being waived. Magic assistant coach Brendan Malone was his head coach.

  • Magic assistant coach Steve Clifford spent three seasons as part of the Knicks organization. He was an advanced scout during the 2000-01 season and an assistant coach from 2001-03.

  • Magic guard Chris Duhon spent the last two seasons playing for the Knicks, averaging 9.4 points and 6.5 assists over 146 games (137 starts).

  • Magic guard/forward Quentin Richardson spent four seasons with the Knicks (2005-09), averaging 9.7 points in 241 games (206 starts). He was traded to Memphis, with cash considerations, for Darko Milicic on Jun. 25, 2009.

  • Shawne Williams and Magic forward Brandon Bass were teammates in Dallas during the 2008-09 season.

  • Roger Mason, Jr. and Magic guard Gilbert Arenas were teammates in Washington for two seasons from 2006-08.

  • Amar’e Stoudemire was teammates with Magic guard Jason Richardson (2008-10) and forward Earl Clark (2009-10) in Phoenix.

  • Raymond Felton and Richardson were teammates in Charlotte for parts of two seasons (2007-09).

  • Kelenna Azubuike and Richardson were teammates in Golden State during the 2006-07 season.

  • Amar’e Stoudemire and Magic center Dwight Howard competed against each other in each of the last four NBA All-Star games.

    Let's go Knicks!

    Posted by Ricky Henne on December 29, 2010 at 11:13 p.m., ET
  • This Date in Knicks History: December 29
    1967 - Red Holzman makes his Knicks head coaching debut, as New York falls to Los Angeles Lakers 126-115 at Madison Square Garden.

    1968 - Walt Frazier scores 26 points, grabs 11 boards, and dishes out 13 assists for his third career triple-double, helping the Knicks to a 120-112 neutral-court victory over Seattle in Vancouver.

    2001 - Herb Williams named assistant coach. Williams, who is in his ninth full season (10th overall) on the Knicks sidelines, played seven seasons with the Knicks and was one of two members (Patrick Ewing) of both the 1994 and 1999 Eastern Conference champions. He also amassed a record of 17-27 as Knicks head coach.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on December 29, 2010 at 10:16 a.m., ET
    Road Warriors
    New York had an eight-game road winning streak (second longest in franchise history) snapped in the Dec. 18 overtime loss at Cleveland, marking its first road loss since Nov. 16 at Denver. They won eight consecutive road contests from Nov. 17-Dec. 10 with wins coming at Sacramento, Golden State, LA Clippers, Charlotte, Detroit, New Orleans, Toronto and Washington. New York, who is tied for third in the NBA with 10 road wins, started 10-4 away from the Garden (11-30 in 2009-10) for the first time since 1969-70 (13-1). Last season, it took New York until Mar. 15 to win its 10th road game. They completed a trip out West (Nov. 16-20) with a record of 3-1, marking the first time they completed a Western trip with a winning percentage of .750 or better since March 1998 when they went 3-1 during a four-game in five-night trip that took them to Golden State, LA Clippers, Vancouver and Seattle. They snapped an eight-game losing streak in Oakland on Nov. 19, recording their first win at Golden State since Nov. 20, 2001.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on December 28, 2010 at 10:04 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: December 28
    1991 - Knicks defeat the Indiana Pacers 115-106 in overtime at Madison Square Garden, as six players score in double-digits led by Xavier McDaniel’s 32 points and 13 rebounds. Greg Anthony makes his first pro start, filling in for Mark Jackson (birth of son), and scores 20 points with 13 assists. John Starks drains a three pointer with :01.6 left to force the extra period.

    2005 - For the first time in team’s recorded day-by-day history (1964-65), no Knicks starter scores in double figures as New York absorbs second straight wire-to-wire loss, in 105-95 defeat at Orlando. Eddy Curry scores 29 points and Jamal Crawford adds 24 points off the bench.

    2007 - Boxing legend Roy Jones Jr. practices with the Knicks at the Training Center in preparation for his January 19 bout with Felix Trinidad at MSG.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on December 28, 2010 at 9:20 a.m., ET
    Knicks-Heat Connections
    Here are some connections between the Knicks and Heat...

  • Heat President Pat Riley was the Knicks head coach from 1992-95. He amassed a regular season record of 223-105 (.680) and a post-season record of 35-28 (.556) during his four seasons in New York. Riley led the Knicks to the playoffs in all four seasons and to an Eastern Conference Championship in 1993-94. He earned NBA Coach of the Year honors for the 1992-93 season.

  • Heat assistant coach Ron Rothstein was a Knicks scout during the 1982-83 season.

  • In the summer of 2008, Mike D’Antoni served as an assistant coach and Heat guard Dwayne Wade along with forwards LeBron James and Chris Bosh played for the gold medal winning US Basketball team.

  • Bosh, Wade, and James have played in numerous All Star Games against Amar'e Stoudemire –(Bosh – 4x; 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010), (Wade – 5x; 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010), (James – 5x; 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010).

  • Amar’e Stoudemire and Raymond Felton played against Chris Bosh in the 2002 McDonald’s High School All American game which took place at Madison Square Garden.

  • Heat assistant coach Bob McAdoo played for the Knicks from 1976-79, earning two trips to the All-Star game and averaging 26.7 points and 12.0 rebounds in 171 regular-season games and 23.8 points and 9.7 rebounds in six postseason games. He also played overseas in Italy for seven seasons, four of which he was a teammate of Mike D’Antoni’s in Milan.

  • Heat forward James Jones was drafted by Donnie Walsh and the Indiana Pacers in the 2003 NBA Draft with the 49th pick. He spent two seasons in Indiana and was then traded to Mike D'Antoni’s Phoenix Suns for whom he played two seasons.

  • Andy Rautins and Heat center Joel Anthony were teammates on the Canadian National team coached by Andy’s father Leo, in the 2010 World Basketball Championships in Turkey.

  • Heat guard Eddie House played part of the 2009-2010 season for the New York Knicks after being acquired from Boston with J. R. Giddens and Bill Walker in exchange for Nate Robinson and Marcus Landry on Feb. 18, 2010.

  • Bill Walker played alongside Eddie House for the Boston Celtics for parts of two seasons from 2008-201.

  • House played alongside Amar’e Stoudemire in Phoenix under coaches Mike D’Antoni, Dan D’Antoni and Phil Weber during the 2005-06 season.

  • Shawne Williams played with Heat center Erick Dampier for the Dallas Mavericks during the 2008-2009 season.

  • Dampier played for the Pacers for the 1996-1997 season when Donnie Walsh served as the President of the Pacers Basketball Corporation.

  • Amar’e Stoudemire played for the Rookie team in the 2005 Rookie Sophomore Challenge against LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and Udonis Haslem. The Sophomore team was coached by Heat Assistant Bob McAdoo. Stoudemire scored a rookie team high 36 points in the gam.

  • Raymond Felton played with Heat forward Juwan Howard for the Charlotte Bobcats during the 2008-2009 season.

  • Shawne Williams and Heat center Jamaal Magloire played together for part of the 2008-2009 season for the Dallas Mavericks.



    Enjoy the game!

    Posted by Ricky Henne on December 28, 2010 at 12:18 a.m., ET
  • This Date in Knicks History: December 27
    1955 - Carl Braun hits a set shot from just outside the key with :03 remaining to give the Knicks an 80-79 win versus Philadelphia Warriors at Madison Square Garden.

    1967 - Red Holzman is named head coach, replacing Dick McGuire (the two exchange positions, with McGuire named head scout). Knicks lose 114-105 to Philadelphia at Madison Square Garden in McGuire’s final game.

    2006 - Knicks win a triple overtime game against the Detroit Pistons, 151-145. Four Knicks score 20 plus points with Stephon Marbury leading the way with 41 points and eight assists. Eddy Curry scores 33 points and grabs seven boards. Jamal Crawford scores 29 points, and Channing Frye tallies 26.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on December 27, 2010 at 8:12 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: December 26
    1953 - Vince Boryla hit a 20-footer with :20 remaining to give the Knicks a 78-77 road win versus Rochester Royals. Connie Simmons leads the way with 18 points.

    2004 - Tim Thomas scores a team-high 20 points, including eight in the final 3:43 to help stop a late Charlotte rally and give the Knicks a 91-82 win over the Bobcats at The Garden.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on December 26, 2010 at 11:41 a.m., ET
    Knicks-Bulls Connections
    Here are some connections between the Knicks and Bulls...

  • Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau was an assistant with the Knicks from Jul. 8, 1996 to May 2, 2003.

  • Bulls forward Kurt Thomas played for the Knicks from 1998-99 to 2004-05, averaging 11.2 points and 7.9 rebounds in 530 regular season games and 6.6 points and 5.8 rebounds in 45 postseason games. Thomas was traded to Mike D’Antoni’s Phoenix Suns on Jun. 28, 2005 with the draft rights to Dijon Thompson for Quentin Richardson and the draft rights to Nate Robinson. Thomas averaged 6.4 points and 6.7 rebounds in 120 regular-season games and 7.0 points and 4.6 rebounds in 12 postseason games under D’Antoni.

  • Eddy Curry played for the Chicago Bulls from 2001-02 to 2004-05. He was acquired by New York from Chicago with Antonio Davis for Tim Thomas, Michael Sweetney, two future second-round draft picks, a 2006 conditional first-round draft pick and the right to switch future first-round draft picks on Oct. 4, 2005.

  • Eddy Curry and Glen Grunwald hail from Chicago.

  • Eddy Curry (2003-05) played in Chicago under then assistant coach and current Bulls assistant coach Ron Adams.

  • Bulls center Joakim Noah was born in New York City.

  • Bulls forward Luol Deng was drafted by the Mike D’Antoni’s Phoenix Suns seventh overall in the 2004 NBA Draft and then traded to Chicago for a future conditional first round pick, Jackson Vroman and cash.

  • Raymond Felton and Bulls guard Keith Bogans were teammates in Charlotte during the 2005-06 season.

  • Kelenna Azubuike, Anthony Randolph and Ronny Turiaf were teammates in Golden State with Bulls guard C.J. Watson each of the last three seasons.

  • Bulls assistant coach Rick Brunson played for New York from 1998-2001. He averaged 1.6 points in 69 regular-season games and 0.6 points in 14 postseason contests. He signed with the club as a free agent on Oct. 23, 1997.

  • Mike D’Antoni coached Bulls point guard Derrick Rose during the 2010 Summer Training Camp for Team USA.

  • Kelenna Azubike and Chicago guard/forward Keith Bogans played at the University of Kentucky during the 2002-2003 season, Bogan’s senior year and Azubuike’s freshman.

  • Bogans teamed with Roger Mason Jr. in San Antonio during the 2009-2010 season.

  • Amar’e Stoudemire and Bulls forward Carlos Boozer were teammates on the bronze medal 2004 Summer Olympic Team.

  • Bulls forward Taj Gibson was born in Brooklyn, New York.

  • Bulls guard Derrick Rose played for the Eastern Conference 2010 All-Star team against Amar’e Stoudemire and the Western Conference.

  • Bill Walker and Bulls forward/center Brian Scalabrine played together for two season with the Boston Celtics (2008-2010). Tom Thibodeau was their assistant coach.

  • Bulls assistant coach and Manhattan native Andy Greer served as assistant coach for the Knicks under Don Chaney during the 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons.

  • Bulls assistant Adrian Griffin played with Eddy Curry for the 2004-2005 Chicago Bulls.

  • Bulls assistant coach/advance scout Mike Wilhelm held the same position for three seasons with Eddy Curry on the squad from 2002-2005.

    Enjoy the game!

    Posted by Ricky Henne on December 24, 2010 at 9:54 p.m., ET
  • This Date in Knicks History: December 23
    1961 - Richie Guerin nets 27 points, grabs 10 rebounds, and dishes out 11 assists for the final triple-double of his career (16th overall), but his efforts are not enough as the Knicks fall to the Celtics in Boston 122-111.

    1980 - Micheal Ray Richardson records a franchise record nine steals, but the Knicks lose at Chicago 117-114. Richardson recorded 19 points, six rebounds and six assists to go with the nine steals.

    2005 - A seven-game losing streak is halted with 98-90 win over Utah at Madison Square Garden. Jamal Crawford comes off the bench for 28 points as the Knicks sweep the season series versus the Jazz for the second straight year. Following three-day NYC transit strike, Knicks offer one-time discount to fans presenting a Metrocard at The Garden box office.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on December 23, 2010 at 10:15 a.m., ET
    Landry Learning From Vets
    Knicks rookie Landry Fields has had a whirlwind start to his young career ever since being selected 39th overall in June's NBA Draft, but you wouldn't notice that by his play on the court. The high-energy guard has started all 28 games for the Knicks this season and also has a Eastern Conference T-Mobile Rookie of the Month award under his belt. Fields credits a good deal of his success to Knicks veterans Raymond Felton and Amar'e Stoudemire for helping him understand the diligence it takes to be an NBA player.

    "Through them, I think the biggest thing I've learned is that it's a long season," Fields explains. "You need to have a short term memory and go into each game thinking you're on a hot streak. It's different challenges each game with personnel on different teams."

    Since Fields and Timofey Mozgov became the first Knicks rookies to start on Opening Night since Kenny “Sky” Walker in 1986, Fields has gone on to average 10.3 points (fourth among rookies) on .514 shooting from the field to go along with 7.4 rebounds, making him the top rebounding guard in the NBA.

    "Rebounding is just an effort thing and heart. I try to bring high energy to the court every time I play," says the 6-7 Stanford grad.

    As the surprising rookie will look to continue his success for the Knicks this season, he admits that the talent surrounding him on the basketball court has helped his rapid growth as a player. As a student of the game who is still learning every day, Fields understands his role on the team which has led to a Knicks team high plus-91 scoring rating when he's on the court.

    "It's been great. Players like that, they take a lot of the burden out of me, and being able to play with guys as talented as they are has really helped my game."

    Posted by Mike Hacku on December 22, 2010 at 1:51 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: December 22
    1962 - Knicks jump out to a 21-point halftime lead and cruise to a 120-106 win in Boston over the eventual champion Celtics. Richie Guerin leads the way with 37 points.

    1999 - Patrick Ewing’s 15-foot jumper from the right wing with :21.3 left gives New York the lead for good, as they defeat the Raptors 91-90 at Madison Square Garden.

    2003 - Isiah Thomas named president, basketball operations. Scott Layden is relieved of his duties as president and general manager. Steve Mills is promoted to president and chief operating officer, MSG Sports.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on December 22, 2010 at 10:06 a.m., ET
    Knicks-Thunder Connections
    Here are some connections between the Knicks and Thunder...

  • Thunder head coach Scott Brooks played for the Knicks during the 1996-97 season, averaging 1.5 points in 38 regular season games and 0.8 points in four postseason contests. He was traded to Boston on Oct. 22, 1997 with Walter McCarty, Dontae Jones and John Thomas for Chris Mills and two future second round draft picks. Brooks played for the 1993-94 Houston Rockets who defeated the Knicks in the NBA Finals.

  • Wilson Chandler and Thunder forwards Kevin Durant and Jeff Green were teammates on the Sophomore team during the 2009 T-Mobile Rookie Challenge.

  • Danilo Gallinari and Thunder guard Russell Westbrook were teammates on the Sophomore team during the 2010 T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and played against the Kevin Durant coached Rookie squad.

  • Knicks Senior Vice President, Basketball Operations Glen Grunwald was the general manager in Toronto when the Raptors selected Hornets guard Morris Peterson with its first round pick (21st overall) of the 2000 NBA Draft.

  • Roger Mason Jr. and Thunder guard Daequan Cook competed in the 2009 NBA Three Point Shootout – Cook won the event.

  • Kevin Durant and Thunder guard Russell Westbrook played for Mike D’Antoni during the 2010 Summer Training Camp for Team USA.

  • Amar'e Stoudemire and Kevin Durant were members of the 2010 Western Conference All Star Game – Durant tallied 15 points and five rebounds and Stoudemiire scored 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

  • Thunder guard Royal Ivey was born in Harlem, New York and went to high school at Benjamin N. Cardozo High School in Queens, New York.

  • Thunder center BJ Mullens played in the 2008 Jordan Brand Classic that took place at Madison Square Garden.

  • Thunder assistant Maurice Cheeks played for the Knicks for parts of two seasons from 1989-91. He was acquire from San Antonio in exchange for Rod Strickland on Feb. 21, 1990 and then traded to Atlanta for Tim McCormick on Oct. 2, 1991.

    Enjoy the game!

    Posted by Ricky Henne on December 22, 2010 at 12:02 a.m., ET
  • Coach D'Antoni's Notes from Practice: Dec. 21
  • Amar'e Stoudemire was held out of practice today for precautionary reasons due to a stiff neck. Stoudemire pushed trainers to let him practice, but Coach D'Antoni insisted "He'll be ready to go tomorrow, this soreness should go away."

  • Coach D'Antoni has liked what he's seen from forward Shawne Williams in practice, and said that there's a chance he could play 20-25 minutes per contest during the next few games.

  • Coach admits he may have pushed rookie center Timofey Mozgov "too quick, too soon, but he looks good and has a lot of talent." D'Antoni also admitted there is a bigger learning curve for Mozgov since he is accustomed to an International style of basketball.

  • On tomorrows matchup versus the Oklahoma City Thunder: "You deal with (Durant) by being smart. The biggest thing is you can't put him on the foul line. You can't give him easy stuff. The whole team takes more foul shots than their opponents have taken against them, so we have to keep them off the line and keep making them be jump shooters."

    Posted by Mike Hacku on December 21, 2010 at 4:06 p.m., ET
  • This Date in Knicks History: December 21
    1984 - Bernard King scores 43 points as the Knicks fall in Washington 125-111. The performance starts a streak in which King sets the franchise record for most points in two (103), three (139), four (178), and five (215) consecutive games.

    2008 - Chris Duhon (6-7 FT) surpasses Latrell Sprewell’s mark of 41 consecutive free throws made in the 124-105 loss at Boston, setting a Knicks franchise record of 44 straight free throws made.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on December 21, 2010 at 10:51 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: December 20
    1947 - Knicks defeat Boston 70-58 in the first “Matinee” game at Madison Square Garden. Dick Holub leads the way with 17 points.

    1968 - The Knicks rout the Pistons in Detroit 135-87. The 48-point margin is tied for the largest margin of victory in franchise history. Dave DeBusschere, in his Knicks debut, scores 21 points and grabs 15 rebounds and Walt Frazier scores 16 points and grabs eight boards.

    1997 - Patrick Ewing suffers the most devastating injury of his career, a Lunate dislocation and torn ligaments of the right wrist, in the final seconds of the first half of a 98-78 loss at Milwaukee. The injury sidelines the perennial All-Star until the second round of the playoffs.

    2006 - In a modern-day “Miracle on 33rd Street”, David Lee’s soaring tip-in off a Jamal Crawford inbound with 0:00.1 left gives the Knicks a 111-109 double-overtime win over Charlotte at MSG.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on December 20, 2010 at 10:16 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: December 18
    1951 - Vince Boryla hits a 30-foot shot at the buzzer to give the Knicks a 69-67 win versus the Minneapolis Lakers at Madison Square Garden.

    1959 - Carl Braun is named player/coach after Fuzzy Levane resigns, becoming the fifth coach in franchise history. Braun would amass a record of 40-87 over parts of two seasons.

    1992 - The Knicks end eight years of frustration at Boston Garden, routing the Celtics, 113-87, to break a 23-game regular season losing streak on the fabled parquet floor. It is the first regular season win at Boston since Feb 29, 1984.

    2006 - Stephon Marbury hits a driving, buzzer-beating layup to give the Knicks a 97-96 (OT) win over Utah at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks dressed the minimum, eight players in the contest, as it was the first game following a melee with the Nuggets.

    2009 - Knicks record biggest comeback victory in more than five years, rallying from a 20-point deficit for a 95-91 win versus Clippers at the Garden. David Lee paces the Knicks with 25 points, including a tip-in with :28.7 left that puts Knicks up for good.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on December 18, 2010 at 11:14 a.m., ET
    Sharing The Wealth
    Raymond Felton recorded 143 assists (10.2) over the last 14 games (Knicks 12-2) with 54 of the dimes (38%) capped off by Amar’e Stoudemire and 33 by Wilson Chandler (23%) buckets. Of Felton’s 232 assists this season, 80 have gone to Stat (34%), 51 to Chandler (22%), 33 to Gallinari (14%), 23 to Fields (10%), 14 to Turiaf (6%) and the rest to others (31, 13%).

    Posted by Mike Hacku on December 17, 2010 at 11:11 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: December 17
    1978 - Bob McAdoo returns after missing 12 games with an injury and scores a then franchise reserve record 41 points in 42 minutes off the bench to lead the Knicks to a 111-105 win versus Atlanta.

    2002 - Allan Houston scores 25 of his 29 points in the second half, including a running one-hander with :36.6 left, to put the Knicks ahead for good in a pulsating 101-99 victory over New Jersey before a sold out Garden.

    2004 - In one of the biggest comebacks in recent memory, Knicks climb out of a 19-point fourth quarter hole en route to a stunning 113-107 (OT) win at Philadelphia. Stephon Marbury leads the way with 27 points.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on December 17, 2010 at 10:27 a.m., ET
    Knicks-Heat Connections
    Here are some connections between the Knicks and Heat...

  • Heat President Pat Riley was the Knicks head coach from 1992-95. He amassed a regular season record of 223-105 (.680) and a post-season record of 35-28 (.556) during his four seasons in New York. Riley led the Knicks to the playoffs in all four seasons and to an Eastern Conference Championship in 1993-94. He earned NBA Coach of the Year honors for the 1992-93 season.

  • Heat assistant coach Ron Rothstein was a Knicks scout during the 1982-83 season.

  • In the summer of 2008, Mike D’Antoni served as an assistant coach and Heat guard Dwayne Wade along with forwards LeBron James and Chris Bosh played for the gold medal winning US Basketball team.

  • Bosh, Wade, and James have played in numerous All Star Games against Amar'e Stoudemire –(Bosh – 4x; 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010), (Wade – 5x; 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010), (James – 5x; 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010).

  • Amar’e Stoudemire and Raymond Felton played against Chris Bosh in the 2002 McDonald’s High School All American game which took place at Madison Square Garden.

  • Heat assistant coach Bob McAdoo played for the Knicks from 1976-79, earning two trips to the All-Star game and averaging 26.7 points and 12.0 rebounds in 171 regular-season games and 23.8 points and 9.7 rebounds in six postseason games. He also played overseas in Italy for seven seasons, four of which he was a teammate of Mike D’Antoni’s in Milan.

  • Heat forward James Jones was drafted by Donnie Walsh and the Indiana Pacers in the 2003 NBA Draft with the 49th pick. He spent two seasons in Indiana and was then traded to Mike D'Antoni’s Phoenix Suns for whom he played two seasons.

  • Andy Rautins and Heat center Joel Anthony were teammates on the Canadian National team coached by Andy’s father Leo, in the 2010 World Basketball Championships in Turkey.

  • Heat guard Eddie House played part of the 2009-2010 season for the New York Knicks after being acquired from Boston with J. R. Giddens and Bill Walker in exchange for Nate Robinson and Marcus Landry on Feb. 18, 2010.

  • Bill Walker played alongside Eddie House for the Boston Celtics for parts of two seasons from 2008-201.

  • House played alongside Amar’e Stoudemire in Phoenix under coaches Mike D’Antoni, Dan D’Antoni and Phil Weber during the 2005-06 season.

  • Shawne Williams played with Heat center Erick Dampier for the Dallas Mavericks during the 2008-2009 season.

  • Dampier played for the Pacers for the 1996-1997 season when Donnie Walsh served as the President of the Pacers Basketball Corporation.

  • Amar’e Stoudemire played for the Rookie team in the 2005 Rookie Sophomore Challenge against LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and Udonis Haslem. The Sophomore team was coached by Heat Assistant Bob McAdoo. Stoudemire scored a rookie team high 36 points in the gam.

  • Raymond Felton played with Heat forward Juwan Howard for the Charlotte Bobcats during the 2008-2009 season.

  • Shawne Williams and Heat center Jamaal Magloire played together for part of the 2008-2009 season for the Dallas Mavericks.



    Enjoy the game!

    Posted by Ricky Henne on December 17, 2010 at 12:37 a.m., ET
  • This Date in Knicks History: December 16
    1963 - In a three team deal, Knicks acquire forward Bob Boozer and cash from Cincinnati, and guard Johnny Egan from Detroit. New York sends Donnis Butcher and Bob Duffy to Detroit. Detroit sends Larry Staverman to Cincinnati. Boozer would average 15.4 points and 7.9 rebounds in 129 games over two seasons with the Knicks. Egan averaged 10.5 points and 4.1 assists in 123 games over three seasons.

    1983 - Knicks guard Kelenna Azubuike born in London, England.

    1993 - Patrick Ewing becomes the Knicks’ all-time leading scorer with his 14,618th career point, passing Walt Frazier (14,617). Ewing’s record-breaker is a 12-foot baseline jumper (Oakley assist) with 9:39 left in the third quarter of a 108-85 win over the Lakers at MSG.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on December 16, 2010 at 10:20 a.m., ET
    High Octane Offense
    The Knicks scored a season high 129 points in Dec. 12 win versus Denver, improving their scoring average to an NBA best 108.5 points per game. In Mike D’Antoni’s first two seasons as head coach, New York finished 10th in the NBA in scoring (102.1 ppg) in 2009- 10 and fourth (105.2) in 2008-09. In four full-seasons on the Suns bench, his club led the NBA in scoring three times (2004-07). New York also ranks in the Top-10 in NBA in three pointers attempted (first, 24.7), three pointers made (first, 9.1), FT percentage (second, .812) points in the paint (fifth, 45.2) and FTA (sixth, 27.2).

    Posted by Mike Hacku on December 15, 2010 at 10:15 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: December 15
    1951 - Knicks defeat the Milwaukee Hawks by forfeit as the Hawks players show up late in Moline, Illinois. The league later overruled the decision and rescheduled the game for March 8 with the Knicks losing 103-99.

    1979 - Walt Frazier’s Number 10 is retired. Frazier, who was an integral part of the Knicks two championships, is the Knicks all-time leader in assists (4,791), and is second in games (759), minutes (28,995), and total points (14,617).

    Posted by Mike Hacku on December 15, 2010 at 10:08 a.m., ET
    Knicks-Celtics Connections
    Here are some connections between the Knicks and Celtics...

  • Celtics Head Coach Doc Rivers played three seasons for New York from 1992-93 - 1994-95 and averaged 7.7 points and 5.1 assists in 99 regular-season games and 10.2 points in 15 playoff games.

  • Amar’e Stoudemire and Celtics center Shaquille O’Neal were teammates in Phoenix for parts of two seasons (2007-09). Mike D’Antoni, Phil Weber and Dan D’Antoni coached the duo during the 2007-08 season.

  • Ray Allen authored one of the “50 Greatest Moments at Madison Square Garden” with his game-winning jumper in the 1996 Big East Tournament Championship.

  • Knicks assistant coach Kenny Atkinson (1986-90) and Celtics assistant coach Kevin Eastman (1973-77) played their college ball at the University of Richmond. Both served as team captains and rank in the top 10 in school history in assists.

  • Knicks assistant coach Herb Williams was tutored by then Mavs assistant and now Celtics assistant coach Clifford Ray in Dallas from 1988-89 – 1991-92.

  • Donnie Walsh acquired Celtics guard Marquis Daniels for the Pacers in a 2006 trade that sent Austin Croshere to Dallas.

  • Donnie Walsh acquired Celtics forward Jermaine O’Neal for the Pacers in a trade from the Portland Trailblazers on Aug. 31, 2000. O’Neal, who was traded in exchange for Dale Davis and Joe Kleine, spent eight seasons with the Pacers and Walsh.

  • Celtics guard Nate Robinson spent four seasons with the Knicks (2005-2006 – 2009-2010), after being traded to the team on draft night in 2005 from the Phoenix Suns. During his tenure in New York, Robinson won three Sprite Slam Dunk Contests (2006, 2009, 2010). On February 18, 2010, Robinson was traded to the Boston Celtics along with Marcus Landry in exchange for Bill Walker, Eddie House, and J. R. Giddens.

  • Bill Walker averaged 2.6 points and 6.6 minutes in 37 career games over two seasons with Boston.

  • Danilo Gallinari and Celtics forward Paul Pierce were both participants in the 2010 NBA 3-Point Shootout. Pierce won the event, Gallinari finished in a three-way tie for fourth place.

  • Mike D’Antoni coached Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo during 2010 training camp for Team USA.

  • Kelenna Azubuike was teammates with Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo at the University of Kentucky for one season (2004-05).
  • Celtics guard Von Wafer played for Knicks Summer League team in 2008.

  • Celtics assistant coach Armond Hill was born in Brooklyn, New York and attended Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School

    Enjoy the game!

    Posted by Ricky Henne on December 14, 2010 at 11:45 p.m., ET
  • This Date in Knicks History: December 14
    2003 - Allan Houston tallies 39 points, including a go-ahead jumper with :18.1 left, leading the Knicks to a 89-87 win versus Washington. Houston passes Richie Guerin for fifth place on the Knicks’ all-time scoring list (10,392).

    Posted by Mike Hacku on December 14, 2010 at 9:37 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: December 13
    2002 - Latrell Sprewell scores 30 points – 23 in the first half – in a 97-92 win at Miami.

    2003 - After going 0-for-5 out West, Knicks return home and snap a season-high six game losing streak with a 95-88 win over Denver at MSG. Antonio McDyess scores 15 points and grabs five rebounds against his former team.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on December 13, 2010 at 10:59 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: December 12
    1958 - Richie Guerin scores 18 points and dishes out 21 assists in leading New York to a 106-104 victory over St. Louis. Guerin’s 21 assists stood as the franchise record for 50 years, until Chris Duhon recorded 22 assists on Nov. 29, 2008 versus Golden State.

    1971 - Walt Frazier scores 30 points, grabs 11 boards, and dishes out 10 assists for his 17th career triple-double, leading the Knicks to a 103-92 win at Cleveland.

    1979 - Joe C. Meriweather blocks a franchise best 10 shots (later tied by Dikembe Mutumbo), but the Knicks fall to the Atlanta Hawks, 114-102.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on December 12, 2010 at 12:14 p.m., ET
    Knicks-Nuggets Connections
    Here are some connections between the Knicks and Nuggets...

  • Amar’e Stoudemire and Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony were teammates on the Western Conference NBA All-Star team in 2007, 2008 and 2010. They were also teammates with Raymond Felton on the Eastern squad in the 2002 McDonalds All-American game played at the Garden.

  • Carmelo Anthony was born in New York City and played on the 2008 Gold Medal winning USA Basketball team that Mike D’Antoni served as an assistant coach for.

  • Donnie Walsh began his NBA career with the Denver Nuggets. He served as an assistant coach during the 1977-78 and 1978-79 seasons before taking over as head coach in 1979. He amassed a 60-82 (.423) record over three seasons with the Nuggets.

  • Mike D’Antoni also began his NBA career in Denver. He was the Director of Player Personnel for the Nuggets in 1997-98 and Denver’s Head Coach in 1998-99, compiling a record of 14-36.

  • Nuggets guard Chauncey Billups played on the 1998-99 Denver Nuggets that were coached by D’Antoni. He was also on the 2010 NBA All-Star team with Anthony and Stoudemire.

  • Danilo Gallinari and Billups were both participants in the 2010 NBA 3-Point Shootout. Billups finished in 3rd place, Gallinari finished in a three-way tie for 4th place.

  • Nuggets head coach George Karl was selected by the Knicks in the fourth round (66th overall) of the 1973 NBA Draft, but never played for New York.

  • Nuggets forward Renaldo Balkman, who the Knicks selected 20th overall in the 2006 NBA Draft, was traded from the Knicks to the Nuggets in exchange for Taurean Green, Bobby Jones and a 2010 second round pick (Landry Fields) on Jul. 28, 2008. Balkman played two seasons in New York, averaging 4.2 points in 133 games.

  • Nuggets center Nene was selected by the Knicks in the first round (seventh overall) of the 2002 NBA Draft. His draft rights were traded to Denver with Marcus Camby and Mark Jackson for Antonio McDyess, draft rights to Frank Williams and a 2003 second-round draft pick.

  • Herb Williams and Nuggets assistant Adrian Dantley played together in Dallas during the 1988-89 season. Dantley entered the Hall of Fame in 2008 with Knicks legend Patrick Ewing and former Knicks head coach Pat Riley.

  • Nuggets forward Al Harrington played for the Knicks for two seasons (2008-2009 – 2009-2010) after being traded to New York from the Golden State Warriors for guard Jamal Crawford. He averaged 19.2 points and 5.9 rebounds in 140 games. He left the franchise with the top two individual scoring performances off the bench in franchise history (42 points vs. PHI, Oct. 31, 2009; 41, at DEN, Nov. 27, 2009).

  • Nuggets TV analyst Scott Hastings was a member of the Knicks from 1982-83.

  • Raymond Felton and Nuggets forward/center Melvin Ely were teammates in Charlotte for parts of two seasons from 2005-07.

  • Mike D’Antoni was an assistant coach in Portland in 2000-01 when Nuggets assistant coach Stacey Augmon was a Trail Blazer.

    Let's go Knicks!

    Posted by Ricky Henne on December 11, 2010 at 11:16 p.m., ET
  • This Date in Knicks History: December 11
    1959 - Richie Guerin records the Knicks first ever 50-point game with a 57-point performance in 152-121 victory versus Syracuse at Madison Square Garden III - the 152 points scored by the Knicks are the most in franchise history. Guerin’s 57 points, currently second, stood as the Knicks record for 25 years before Bernard King surpassed it with a 60-point effort versus New Jersey on Dec. 25, 1984.

    2001 - Latrell Sprewell scores 49 points, but the Knicks fall 102-93 (OT) to the Boston Celtics at the Garden.

    2009 - New York rallies from a 16-point second quarter deficit, scoring the final 18 points, to pick up a 113-96 win in New Orleans. Slidell, LA native Chris Duhon scores 22 points and dishes out nine assists in leading the Knicks to their first four-game winning streak since Jan. 2006.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on December 11, 2010 at 9:34 a.m., ET
    Capitalizing on Mistakes
    New York leads the NBA with 19.6 points per game off turnovers. They are also in the Top-10 in steals (ninth, 7.83) and opponents’ turnovers (10th, 15.5). Raymond Felton, ninth with 2.04 steals, and Toney Douglas, 28th with 1.36 steals, find themselves among the league leaders in swipes. The Knicks have also been effective at drawing charges with Danilo Gallinari tied for the league lead with 15 charges drawn and Raymond Felton ranking tied for seventh with 11.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on December 10, 2010 at 1:42 p.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: December 10
    1956 - Knicks acquire forward Willie Naulls from St. Louis in exchange for guard Slater Martin. Naulls would appear in four NBA All-Star games and average a double-double (19.3 points and 11.6 rebounds per game) during his tenure with the Knicks. He holds the franchise record with seven consecutive 30-point efforts (Feb. 22 – Mar. 4, 1962).

    1969 - Knicks defeat Milwaukee 96-95, capping off a club/NBA record for most consecutive wins on the road to start a season with 12. Dick Barnett leads the way with 24 points.

    1995 - Knicks outlast Spurs in a double overtime thriller, 118-112, at Madison Square Garden. John Starks leads the way with 25 points.

    2001 - Don Chaney named 19th head coach in franchise history after serving as the interim coach for two days. Chaney would compile a 72-112 record over parts of three seasons.

    2008 - The Knicks version of the Jersey Boys rocks the IZOD Center in a 121-109 victory over the Nets. Al Harrington, from Elizabeth, NJ, scores 39 points (26 in the second half) and grabs 13 rebounds and Tim Thomas, of Paterson, NJ, scores 26 points (8-12 FG, 5-8 3P, 5-6 FT) to overcome a 15-point second-quarter deficit.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on December 10, 2010 at 10:41 a.m., ET
    Knicks-Wizards Connections
    Here are some connections between the Knicks and Wizards...

  • Wizards President of Basketball Operations Ernie Grunfeld played with the Knicks from 1982-83 to 1985-86 and served as the Knicks General Manager from April 23, 1991 through April 21, 1999. Grunfeld also served as the Knicks radio analyst for the MSG Network for three seasons from 1986-1989. His son Dan Grunfeld went to training camp with the Knicks in 2008 before being waived on October 23.

  • Knicks guard Toney Douglas played with Wizards forward Al Thornton for one season at Florida State University (2006-2007).

  • Wilson Chandler and Wizards forward Al Thornton were teammates for the Sophomore team during the 2009 Rookie Challenge.

  • Roger Mason played for the Washington Wizards for two seasons (2006-2008). Mason played with Wizards guard Kirk Hinrich for the Chicago Bulls during the 2003-2004 season.

  • Shawne Williams played with Wizards guard/forward Josh Howard for the Dallas Mavericks during the 2008-2009 season.

  • Amar’e Stoudemire played with Wizards forward Sean Marks in Phoenix for two seasons (2006-2008) under Mike D’Antoni.

  • Sean Marks was selected in the second round (44th overall) of the 1998 NBA Draft by the Knicks, before his draft rights were traded with Charles Oakley and cash to Toronto in exchange for Marcus Camby on June 24, 1998.

  • Wizards guard/forward Hilton Armstrong is from Yonkers, New York and went to Peekskill High School.

  • Mike D’Antoni coached Wizards center JaVale McGee during 2010 Training Camp for Team USA.

  • Raymond Felton teamed up with Wizards small forward Adam Morrison for two seasons (2006-2008) for the Charlotte Bobcats.

  • Wizards assistant Randy Wittman was a member of the Indiana Pacers for the three season while Donnie Walsh served President of the Players Basketball Corporation for Indiana. Wittman was an assistant coach in Indiana in 1992 with Walsh serving as the team’s president.

  • Senior Vice President, Basketball Operations Glen Grunwald was a co-captain of the 1981 NCAA Champion Indiana Hoosiers where Randy Wittman was one of his teammates.

  • Wizards assistant coach Sam Cassell was a member of the 1993-94 Houston Rockets who defeated the Knicks in the NBA Finals. Cassel was a member of the 2008-2009 Boston Celtics squad with Bill Walker.

    Let's Go Knicks!

    Posted by Ricky Henne on December 9, 2010 at 11:04 p.m., ET
  • This Date in Knicks History: December 9
    1967 - Before a packed Garden house of 18,499 (one of only six times the Knicks sold out the Old Garden) and a worldwide press contingent, Bill Bradley makes his long-awaited Knicks debut. Entering the game at the start of the second quarter, Dollar Bill nails his first pro shot, a left side baseline jumper. Bradley winds up with eight points in 20 minutes, but it isn’t enough as the Knicks lose to Detroit 124-121.

    1976 - Knicks acquire center/forward Bob McAdoo and center Tom McMillen from Buffalo for center John Gianelli and cash. McAdoo would play three seasons in New York, earning two trips to the All-Star game, averaging 26.7 points and 12.0 rebounds in 171 games. McMillen averaged 9.4 points and 5.7 rebounds in 56 games over two seasons.

    1995 - Knicks overcome a 10-point fourth quarter deficit, closing the game on a 22-3 run to pull out a 101-92 win at Atlanta. Patrick Ewing scores 16 of his game-high 29 points during the rally.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on December 9, 2010 at 10:27 a.m., ET
    13-9
    New York recorded its fifth consecutive win (second five-game winning streak of the season) and 10th win in last 11 games with 121-114 victory versus Minnesota on Dec. 6. New York’s 13-9 start is its best since 2000-01 when they started 14-8. They are four games above .500 for the first time since the end of the 2000-01 season when they were 48-34 on Apr. 18, 2001. The Knicks 10 wins in 11 games is their best 11-game span since the 2000-01 season when they went 10-1 from Dec. 22, 2000-Jan. 19, 2001. New York is now chasing a 14-1 mark set from Dec. 27, 1994- Jan. 26, 1995. With a win versus Toronto on Dec. 8, New York will have its first six-game winning streak since Jan. 2006 when they won six straight from Jan. 2-13. The last time the Knicks won seven straight was during the 2000-01 season when they recorded seven consecutive wins from Dec. 22, 2000 – Jan. 7, 2001. This is the latest they have been above .500 in a season since Jan. 4, 2005 when they were 16-15. New York was 7-15 after 22 games last season and 8-15 after 23 games. The plus-six win increase from this point last season is tied with San Antonio for the most in the NBA.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on December 8, 2010 at 2:38 p.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: December 8
    1967 - Willis Reed scores 14 points and grabs 29 rebounds in the Knicks 117-109 loss at Philadelphia.

    1988 - Knicks shoot 11-19 from downtown en route to a 113-109 victory versus the Bucks at the Garden. Mark Jackson, Johnny Newman and Trent Tucker each hit three treys, as New York sets a then NBA record with 11 three pointers.

    2001 - Jeff Van Gundy resigns as head coach, after leading Knicks to 248 wins (third-highest in franchise history), two trips to the Conference Finals, and the 1999 Eastern Conference Championship. Don Chaney takes over as interim head coach before being named head coach on Dec. 10.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on December 8, 2010 at 10:25 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: December 7
    1973 - Dave DeBusschere scores 41 points (15-29 FG) and grabs 21 rebounds, guiding the Knicks to a 113-108 road win over the Buffalo Braves.

    1991 - For the first time since 1963 (February 15 at Chicago), the Knicks win a double overtime game on the road, with a 137-128 (2 OT) win at Atlanta. Patrick Ewing scores 43 points and grabs 14 rebounds in the win.

    1999 - John Starks returns to the Garden with Golden State, but Latrell Sprewell scores 21 points, leading the Knicks to a 89-83 win over his former mates at Madison Square Garden.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on December 7, 2010 at 10:20 a.m., ET
    Knicks-Timberwolves Connections
    Here are some connections between the Knicks and Timberwolves...

  • Timberwolves general manager Jim Stack spent the 2003-04 season as an advance scout for the Knicks.

  • Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations David Kahn worked under Donnie Walsh as general manager of the Indiana Pacers from 1998-2002.

  • Timberwolves head coach Kurt Rambis was selected in the third round (58th overall) of the 1980 NBA Draft by the Knicks, but never played a game for New York (released in training camp).

  • Ronny Turiaf played three seasons for the LA Lakers (2005-08) with Kurt Rambis as one of his assistant coaches.

  • Bill Walker played at Kansas State with Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley during the 2007-2008 season.

  • Danilo Gallinari and Wolves forwards Michael Beasley (then with the Heat) and Kevin Love were teammates for the sophomore squad in the 2010 T-Mobile Rookie Challenge in Dallas, TX. They lost the game 140-128.

  • Andy Rautins played college ball with Wesley Johnson and Johnny Flynn at Syracuse University. Rautins and Flynn were teammates for two seasons (2007-09), including an instant-classic six overtime win over UConn at the Garden in 2009. Rautins and Johnson were teammates last season.

  • Wolves forward Darko Milicic played eight games for New York during the 2008-09 season, before being shipped to Minnesota on Feb. 17, 2010 in exchange for Brian Cardinal.

  • Mike D’Antoni coached Timberwolves forward Kevin Love during 2010 Training Camp for Team USA.

  • Raymond Felton played in Charlotte for two seasons (2005-07) with Minnesota assistant coach John-Blair Bickerstaff serving as a Bobcats assistant coach.

  • Bill Walker played parts of two seasons in Boston (2008-10) with Timberwolves assistant coach Dave Wohl serving as the Celtics assistant general manager.

  • Timberwolves point guard Sebastian Telfair was born in Brooklyn, New York and played at Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, New York.

  • Roger Mason Jr. was teammates with Minnesota center Anthony Tolliver in San Antonio during the 2008-09 season.

    Let's go Knicks!

    Posted by Ricky Henne on December 6, 2010 at 11:57 a.m., ET
  • This Date in Knicks History: December 6
    1947 - Knicks score 100 points in a game for the first time in franchise history, defeating the Providence Steamrollers 114-85. Carl Braun posts 47 points (18-35 FG) for the highest scoring performance in BAA history at the time, including 19 in the fourth quarter.

    1957 - Richie Guerin records a triple-double with 21 points, 19 rebounds and 11 assists in the Knicks 112-97 win at Cincinnati.

    1996 - Three days after losing by 24 points to the Heat at home, Knicks trek to Miami and snap the Heat’s club record nine-game winning streak with a 103-85 win at Miami Arena. Patrick Ewing leads the way with 26 points.

    2005 - Jamal Crawford (31 points all in second half) and Nate Robinson (10 points) shine in their Seattle homecoming, leading New York to a 104-101 win at the Supersonics. Crawford scores 19 of Knicks’ 33 fourth-quarter points as New York wipes out a 13-point third quarter deficit.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on December 6, 2010 at 10:20 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: December 5
    1962 - Knicks acquire guard/forward Tom Gola from San Francisco for forward Willie Naulls and forward Kenny Sears. Gola would play four seasons for New York, averaging 7.8 points and 5.2 rebounds.

    1982 - Center Eddy Curry born in Harvey, IL.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on December 5, 2010 at 11:07 a.m., ET
    Knicks-Raptors Connections
    Here are some connections between the Knicks and Raptors...

  • Danilo Gallinari and Raptors center Andrea Bargnani are from Italy. Gallinari is from Milan, Bargnani is from Rome . The two have practiced together for the Italian National team.

  • Mike D’Antoni was hired as the Phoenix Suns head coach on Dec. 10, 2003 by then president/general manager Bryan Colangelo, who currently holds the same position with the Raptors.

  • Mike D’Antoni was hired by Raptors vice president/assistant general manager Maurizio Gherardini to coach Benetton of the Italian League in 1994. The pair worked together from 1994-1997.

  • Senior Vice President, Basketball Operations Glen Grunwald spent a decade with the Raptors (1994-2004), including seven seasons as general manager.

  • Herb Williams played one game for Toronto in the 1995-96 season following a trade from the Knicks. He played 31 minutes and scored six points and grabbed eight rebounds on Feb. 22, 1996 in 102-86 loss at Utah. One day later, the Raptors waived him and he then returned to the Knicks on Feb. 28.

  • Donnie Walsh was Raptors assistant coach/Hall of Famer Alex English’s head coach in Denver for part of the 1980-81 season.

  • Knicks guard Toney Douglas played with Raptors rookie center Solomon Alabi for one season at Florida State University (2008-2009) .

  • Andy Rautins father Leo is a TV analyst for the Raptors and went to training camp with the Knicks in 1987. Leo coached Andy for Team Canada at the 2010 World Basketball Championships in Istanbul, Turkey.

  • Raptors head coach Jay Triano was the Canadian Mens National teams head coach before being replaced by Leo.

  • Toronto guard Leandro Barbosa played for Mike D’Antoni for five seasons in Phoenix (2003-2008), alongside Amar’e Stoudemire. He averaged a career high 18.0 points per game and four assists during the 2006-2007 season.

  • Raptors forward Ed Davis and Raptors guard/forward DeMar DeRozan played in the 2008 Jordan Brand Classic that took place at Madison Square Garden.

  • On Feb. 18, 2010, Toronto forward/center Joey Dorsey was traded to the Sacramento Kings in a three team deal that also moved Tracy McGrady to the Knicks.

  • Roger Mason Jr. and Raptors guard/forward Linas Kleiza both played for Olympiacos Piraeus, although they did not play together; Mason (04-05) and Kleiza (09-10).

  • Raptors assistant coach Alex English and Herb Williams played together for one season for the Dallas Mavericks during the 1990-1991 season.

  • Raptors forward Peja Stojakovic was acquired by Donnie Walsh in Indiana during the 2005-06 season in a trade that sent Ron Artest to Sacramento.

    Enjoy the game!

    Posted by Ricky Henne on November 29, 2010 at 8:51 p.m., ET
  • This Date in Knicks History: December 4
    1956 - Knicks legend Bernard King is born in Brooklyn, NY.

    1965 - Knicks game versus Philadelphia is postponed due to the death of Philadelphia’s owner Ike Richman. Game is played on Feb. 8, 1966, with the Knicks winning 136-123.

    1971 - Knicks defeat Buffalo Braves 130-90 (eighth largest margin of victory) at Madison Square Garden. Walt Frazier leads the way with 25 points.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on December 4, 2010 at 10:09 a.m., ET
    Everybody Loves Raymond
    Raymond Felton recorded his second consecutive 20/10 performance (fifth on season) and seventh double double (Knicks 6-1, tied for fifth in NBA among guards), with 21 points (10-15 FG), 10 assists (eighth double digit assist total) and seven rebounds over 40 minutes in Nov. 30 win versus New Jersey. He is averaging 22.3 points on .500 shooting from the field with 9.3 assists over 41.7 minutes in the last seven games. On the season, he is averaging 18.2 points per game (sixth among point guards) after averaging 14.2 points last season (career high 14.4 in 2007-08). He ranks among the league leaders in free throw percentage (sixth, .905), steals (eighth, 2.00), assists (eighth, 8.1), and minutes per game (13th, 37.9). He recorded 23 points, 11 assists, five rebounds and two steals over 53 minutes in Nov. 28 double-overtime win at Detroit. He recorded 23 points, a season high 13 assists and three rebounds, including a key offensive board off a Landry Fields missed free throw with :08.9 left, over 40 minutes in defeating his former team in Charlotte on Nov. 24. He capped off the Knicks’ Western trip (Nov. 16-20) with averages of 22.5 points, eight assists and 3.25 steals on .525 (32-61 FG) shooting from the field, .429 (9-21) from downtown and .810 (17-21) from the stripe, following 20 points (fifth of season), seven assists and career high tying seven steals in Nov. 20 win at LA Clippers. He had a career night in the Nov. 19 win at Golden State, setting a new career high with 35 points (13-17 FG, 4-7 3P, 5-6 FT) and posting 11 assists, four steals and 43 minutes played. The 35-point performance marked the fifth 30-point effort of his career and his first since Apr. 7, 2009 when he dropped 32 in a win versus Philadelphia (none last season). He joins the elite company of Walt Frazier (Mar. 31, 1977 at Indiana) and Bernard King (Mar. 9, 1985 versus Philadelphia), as the only Knicks to record at least 35 points, 11 assists and four steals in a game. Felton recorded 19 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds over 40 minutes in Nov. 16 loss at Denver. He had a streak of three games with at least 10 assists snapped in Nov. 9 loss at Milwaukee after he became the first Knick since Stephon Marbury in 2005-06 (four straight, Dec. 30 – Jan. 8) to dish out 10 dimes in three consecutive games. He recorded 20 points and 10 assists for his first 20/10 game as a Knick in Nov. 4 win at Chicago.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on December 3, 2010 at 11:15 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: December 3
    1990 - John MacLeod becomes the 15th head coach in franchise history, replacing Stu Jackson. MacLeod would coach the remainder of the season, finishing with a 32-35 record.

    1995 - Knicks defeat the Bullets at the Garden, 107-83, marking their 15th straight win versus Washington - Knicks third longest streak versus one team.

    2001 - The 400th consecutive MSG sellout crowd sees the Knicks prevail in an 89-86 thriller over Houston. Knicks overcome a 17-point deficit, outscoring the Rockets 40-20 to close the game. Latrell Sprewell scores 23 points and Allan Houston drops 22.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on December 3, 2010 at 10:18 a.m., ET
    Knicks-Hornets Connections
    Here are some connections between the Knicks and Hornets...

  • Hornets head coach Monty Williams was selected by New York in the first round (24th overall) of the 1994 NBA Draft. He played two seasons in New York, averaging 2.8 points in 55 games. He also played for then Nuggets head coach Mike D’Antoni in Denver during the 1998-99 season.

  • Hornets guard Chris Paul was a member of the 2008 Gold Medal winning USA basketball team that Mike D’Antoni served as an assistant coach for.

  • Hornets forward Trevor Ariza, was selected by the Knicks in the second round (43rd overall) of the 2004 NBA Draft and played for the club for parts of two seasons before he was traded on Feb. 22, 2006 with Anfernee Hardaway to the Orlando Magic for Steve Francis.

  • Hornets General Manager Dell Demps joined the New York Knicks as a scout for the 2003-04 season and was promoted to director of pro player personnel after the 2004-05 season.

  • Anthony Randolph and Hornets guard Marcus Thornton were teammates at LSU during the 2007-08 season.

  • Danilo Gallinari and Hornets guard Marco Belinelli were both members of the Italian EuroBasket 2007 team. However, Gallinari was unable to play, due to injury.

  • Hornets guard Marcus Banks played under Mike D'Antoni in Phoenix from 2006-08.

  • Kelenna Azubuike played with Marco Belinelli for two years with the Golden State Warriors (2007-2009). Anthony Randolph and Ronny Turiaf played with Belinelli for one season (2008-2009).

  • Kelenna Azubuike played with Hornets center D. J. Mbenga during the 2007-2008 season for the Golden State Warriors.

  • Roger Mason Jr. played with Hornets forward Pops Mensah – Bonsu with the San Antonio Spurs during the 2008-09 season.

  • Raymond Felton played with Hornets center Emeka Okafor for five seasons (2004-2009) in Charlotte.

  • Amar’e Stoudemire played alongside Emeka Okafor in the 2004 Olympics for the US Men’s National Team who brought home the bronze medal.

  • Amar’e Stoudemire and Hornets forward David West were teammates on the Western Conference All Star team twice (2008 and 2009).

  • Hornets guard Chris Paul was Western Conference All Star teammates with Amar'e Stoudemire three times (2008, 2009, and 2010.

  • Roger Mason Jr. played for Hornets assistant Randy Ayers for one season, while he was an assistant for the Washington Wizards during the 2007-08 season.

  • Hornets assistant coach Michael Malone was a Knicks assistant coach from 2003-05. He was also a Knicks coaching associate from 2001-03.

    Let's go Knicks!

    Posted by Ricky Henne on December 2, 2010 at 11:34 p.m., ET
  • This Date in Knicks History: December 2
    2000 - Alan Houston shoots 80% from the field (16-for-20), scoring 37 points to lead the Knicks to a 100-90 victory over Minnesota.

    2002 - Knicks rout Cleveland 125-93 at Madison Square Garden. Allan Houston scores 29; Kurt Thomas, 22 and Latrell Sprewell, 20.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on December 2, 2010 at 10:56 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: December 1
    1986 - Bob Hill is named the 12th head coach in franchise history, replacing Hubie Brown. Hill went 20-46 in his lone season as Knicks coach.

    1990 - Patrick Ewing scores 50 points (22-31 FG, 6-6 FT) and grabs 15 rebounds in a 113-96 win versus Charlotte at Madison Square Garden. The victory snapped a five-game losing streak.

    2000 - Jeff Van Gundy notches his 200th career head coaching victory as Knicks win in Chicago 91-86.

    2009 - New York opens up a 31-point lead en route to a 126-99 rout of Mike D’Antoni’s former club, the Phoenix Suns, at the Garden. Danilo Gallinari leads the way with his first career 20/10 game, posting 27 points and 10 rebounds.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on December 1, 2010 at 10:24 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: November 30
    1954 - Harry Gallatin scores 20 points and grabs 31 rebounds in 95-91 win versus Philadelphia.

    2002 - Knicks and Hornets head to overtime for the third time during the 2002-03 season, and for New York, the third time is the charm as they come away with a 92-86 (OT) win at the Garden. The clubs tie an NBA record for most overtime games played between the same two teams in one season.

    2004 - Inching over the .500 mark (7-6) for the first time in nearly three years, Knicks outlast Hawks for a pulsating 110-109 (OT) win at Atlanta. Stephon Marbury climaxes a 32-point night by nailing two free throws with :02.6 left to send the game into overtime (98-98), then Jamal Crawford (24 points) nails a three-point bomb from the right elbow with :03.4 left in the extra session to put the Knicks ahead for good, 110-108.

    2005 - Jamal Crawford scores 23 of his game-high 28 points in the second half as Knicks wipe out a 12-point third quarter deficit in 109-101 win versus Bulls at the Garden. Knicks go 45-57 (.789) from the line. The 45 FTM are a club record at the present Madison Square Garden.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on November 30, 2010 at 10:28 a.m., ET
    Knicks-Nets Connections
    Here are some connections between the Knicks and Nets...

  • Nets Head Athletic Trainer Tim Walsh spent 13 seasons with the Knicks as an Assistant Trainer (1984-1997).

  • Nets assistant coach John Loyer was the video coordinator in Portland during the 2000-01 season when Mike D’Antoni was an assistant coach.

  • Knicks rookie Landry Fields and Nets center Brook Lopez played together at Stanford University for two seasons (2006-2007 – 2007-2008).

  • Ronny Turiaf and Nets forward Johan Petro played high school ball together and were members of the 2006 World Basketball Championship French National team.

  • Ronny Turiaf was teammates with Nets guard Jordan Farmar for the Lakers for two season (2006-2008).

  • Raymond Felton teamed with Nets forward Stephen Graham in Charlotte during the 2009-2010 season.

  • Stephen Graham played for the Pacers during the 2007-08 season, while Donnie Walsh served as the CEO/President of Pacers Sports and Entertainment.

  • Nets guard Anthony Morrow played alongside Kelenna Azubuike, Anthony Randolph and Ronny Turiaf for the Golden State Warriors for two seasons (2008-2010).

  • Nets Forward/Center Troy Murphy played for the Indiana Pacers from 2007-08, while Donnie Walsh served as CEO/President of Pacers Sports and Entertainment.

  • Nets assistant coach Sam Mitchell played for the Indiana Pacers from 1992-1995, while Donnie Walsh served as the President of the Pacers Basketball Corporation.

    Let's go Knicks!

    Posted by Ricky Henne on November 29, 2010 at 8:51 p.m., ET
  • This Date in Knicks History: November 29
    1965 - Dick McGuire becomes the eighth head coach in franchise history. McGuire would finish with a 75-103 record before being replaced by Red Holzman.

    1972 - Knicks win in Philadelphia, 139-91, tying the franchise record for biggest margin of victory, 48. Bill Bradley leads the way with 26 points.

    1989 - Patrick Ewing scores 44 points and grabs 24 rebounds in 129-111 victory at Golden State.

    1997 - Knicks hold the Suns to a franchise low 27 first-half points and defeat Phoenix 102-80 in a wire-to-wire victory at Madison Square Garden.

    2008 - Knicks defeat Golden State 138-125 at Madison Square Garden, behind a franchise-record breaking performance by Chris Duhon, who dishes out 22 assists. Duhon surpasses Richie Guerin’s 50-year-old mark (21 assists) set on Dec. 12, 1958. David Lee adds 37 points and grabs 21 rebounds for the Knicks first 30/20 game since 1997 (Patrick Ewing). Al Harrington records 36 points and 12 rebounds, giving the Knicks two 30/10 players for the first time since March 15, 1967 (Walt Bellamy, 32/22, Willis Reed, 31/21).

    Posted by Mike Hacku on November 29, 2010 at 10:08 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: November 28
    1969 - “What a game! What a game!” shouts TV voice Bob Wolff. The Knicks score six points in the final 16 seconds to defeat Cincinnati, 106-105, and run winning streak to a then-NBA record 18 straight games (the streak will end the next night with a loss to Detroit at MSG). The game against the Bob Cousy-coached Royals is played at the old Cleveland Arena.

    1992 - Knicks break an 11-game regular season losing streak against Chicago with a rousing 112-75 victory over Bulls at Madison Square Garden. Patrick Ewing scores 26 points and grabs 15 rebounds.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on November 28, 2010 at 11:02 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: November 27
    2004 - In the Garden’s annual Kids Day matinee, Jamal Crawford pours in 30 points and Stephon Marbury adds 15 assists in 108-102 win over the Raptors.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on November 27, 2010 at 9:34 a.m., ET
    Knicks-Hawks Connections
    Here are some connections between the Knicks and Hawks...

  • Hawks guard Jamal Crawford was originally acquired by the Knicks on Aug. 5, 2004 from the Chicago Bulls and averaged 17.6 points and 4.4 assists in 299 career games with New York. He finished his Knicks career as the franchise’s 25th all-time leading scorer with 5,269 points. Crawford was also a teammate of Kelenna Azubuike, Anthony Randolph and Ronny Turiaf for one season (2008-09) in Golden State.

  • Eddy Curry, Jamal Crawford and Roger Mason, Jr. were teammates in Chicago for parts of two seasons (2002-04).

  • Hawks guard Jordan Crawford’s brother Joe Crawford was called up from the D-League by the Knicks March 26, 2009, and signed a 10-day contract. On April 6, 2009 he signed with the Knicks for the rest of the season.

  • Hawks guard Joe Johnson played for the Phoenix Suns organization with from 2001-05 under Phil Weber for four seasons as an assistant and Mike D’Antoni for three seasons (one as an assistant coach). During his time in Phoenix he played alongside Amar’e Stoudemire for three seasons (2002-05).

  • Johnson was traded from Phoenix on Aug. 19, 2005 in a sign and trade with Atlanta that landed Phoenix Boris Diaw and two conditional draft picks. Johnson was also a member of the NBA All Start Team from 2007-2010 for the East team while Amar’e Stoudemire was on the West team for those four seasons. Johnson was also a member of the 2006 FIBA world Championship team representing the USA alongside Amar’e Stoudemire with Mike D’Antoni as an assistant coach.

  • Hawks forward Josh Powell played seven games with the Indiana Pacers in 2006-07 before Donnie Walsh traded him to Golden State with Stephen Jackson in a deal that landed Indiana Ike Diogu, Mike Dunleavy and Troy Murphy. Powell played with Kelenna Azubuike for part of the 2005 2006 season in the NBDL for the Fort Worth Flyer and again for part of the 2007-2008 season with the Golden State Warriors.

  • Amar’e Stoudemire and Hawks forward Josh Smith competed against each other in the 2005 NBA Slam Dunk Contest – Smith edged Stoudemire in the finals to claim the title.

  • Hawks guard Maurice Evans played overseas in Italy for Benetton Treviso in 2003-04. Mike D’Antoni coached Benetton Treviso from 1994-95 thru 1996-97, 2001-02. Evans also played alongside Ronny Turiaf for the Lakers during the 2006-2007 season.

  • Toney Douglas went to high school in the Atlanta area. He attended high school in Jonesboro, GA, which is 25 mins south of Atlanta. Douglas’s brother Harry Douglas plays wide receiver for the Atlanta Falcons.

  • Wilson Chandler and Hawks center-forward Al Horford were teammates for the Sophomore team during the 2009 NBA Rookie Challenge. Horford and Amar’e Stoudemire played against each other in the 2010 NBA All Star game – Horford for the East and Stoudemire for the West.

  • Knicks guard Raymond Felton and Hawks forward Marvin Williams played one season (2004-05) together at the University of North Carolina, winning the NCAA championship that season.

  • Knicks Head Athletic Trainer Roger Hinds served as the Hawks assistant athletic trainer and strength and conditioning coach from 1992-93 through 1995-96.

  • Atlanta guard Mike Bibby’s father Henry was drafted by and played for the Knicks from 1972-1975. He was member of the 1973 Championship team.

  • Roger Mason Jr. and Hawks center Etan Thomas played together for two season in Washington from 2006-2008.

    Enjoy the game!

    Posted by Ricky Henne on November 26, 2010 at 7:12 p.m., ET
  • This Date in Knicks History: November 26
    1966 - Cazzie Russell scores a season-high 34 points off the bench over 27 minutes in a 125-114 win versus Baltimore.

    2005 - Nate Robinson hits a three pointer at the buzzer to give the Knicks a thrilling, 105-102 (OT) victory over the Philadelphia 76ers before a soldout matinee MSG crowd. Allen Iverson hits a three with :06.2 left in overtime to tie the score at 102. The Knicks elect not to call a timeout and Robinson swishes a rainbow three from the right corner for the win.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on November 26, 2010 at 9:04 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: November 25
    1946 - The Knicks record first double-digit victory in team history with a 62-46 victory over the Pittsburgh Ironmen at Duquesne Gardens. Stan Stutz leads the way with 15 points (5-13 FG).

    Posted by Mike Hacku on November 25, 2010 at 11:48 a.m., ET
    The Drive For Five
    New York extended its season-best winning streak to four games with a 110-107 win versus Charlotte on Nov. 23. The four-game winning streak matches last season’s high set from Dec. 4-11. They will attempt to win five straight for the first time since January 2006 when they won six straight from Jan. 2-13. With a win at Charlotte tonight, New York will improve to 8-8, marking the first time they have been .500 or better this late in a season since 2008-09 when they started the season 8-8.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on November 24, 2010 at 1:16 p.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: November 24
    1979 - Knicks dish out a franchise-best 45 assists in 133-113 win versus Cleveland. Micheal Ray Richardson leads the way with 16 dimes.

    1984 - Bernard King scores 52 points (19-31 FG, 14-17 FT) in a 119-100 win versus Indiana. It marks his third consecutive game with at least 40 points.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on November 24, 2010 at 9:51 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: November 23
    1976 - Walt Frazier records a triple-double with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists in a 100-98 loss versus Kansas City.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on November 23, 2010 at 10:21 a.m., ET
    Knicks-Bobcats Connections
    Here are some connections between the Knicks and Bobcats...

  • Bobcats head coach Larry Brown led the Knicks to a 23-59 record in his lone season as Knicks head coach in 2005-06.

  • Donnie Walsh and Larry Brown played together on the 1960-1961 and 1961-1962 University of North Carolina squads. Frank McGuire coached them in 1960-61 and Dean Smith in 1961-62. Brown brought Mr. Walsh to Denver to serve as an assistant coach under him in 1977-78 with the Nuggets. Walsh would then replace him as the head coach of the Nuggets in 1978-79. Walsh later brought Brown to Indiana to coach the Pacers for four seasons (1993-94 – 1996-97). They led the Pacers to three playoff berths and back-to-back trips to the Eastern Conference Finals in 1993-94 and 1995-96. In 1993-94 Brown/Walsh’s Pacers lost the Eastern Conference Finals in seven games to the Knicks.

  • Bobcats assistant coach Dave Hanners was a Knicks assistant coach for three seasons (2005-06 – 2007-08).

  • Bobcats assistant coach Phil Ford was an assistant with the Knicks for two seasons (2005-07).

  • Raymond Felton played the first five seasons (2005-2010) of his career with the Bobcats after they selected him with the fifth overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft. He averaged 13.3 points and 6.4 assists in 399 regular-season games and 11.8 points and five assists in four postseason contests (all last season).

  • Bobcats guard Gerald Henderson’s father Gerald played for the Knicks for two seasons (1986-88). He averaged 10.2 points in 74 games.

  • Bobcats center Nazr Mohammed played 81 games as a Knick from 2003-2005. He averaged 10.3 points and 7.9 rebounds while playing 27 minutes. He was acquired by the Knicks in a three-team deal that included the Hawks and Bucks and also landed the Knicks Tim Thomas. He was later traded to San Antonio with Jamison Brewer for Malik Rose and conditional first round draft choices in 2005 (David Lee) and 2006 (Mardy Collins) on Feb. 24, 2005.

  • Ronny Turiaf and Bobcats forward Boris Diaw played high school basketball together in France at the National Institute of Physical Education.

  • Turiaf and Bobcats center Kwame Brown were teammates for two seasons (2005-07) with the LA Lakers.

  • Amare Stoudemire and Boris Diaw played together for three seasons for the Phoenix Suns from 2005-2008 with Mike D’Antoni as their head coach and Phil Weber and Dan D’Antoni as assistants.

  • Bobcats forward Stephen Jackson played for the Indiana Pacers from 2004-06 while Donnie Walsh served as the Pacers CEO and G.M.

  • Stephen Jackson later played in Golden State for parts of four seasons (2006-10) and was teammates with Kelenna Azubuike, Anthony Randolph and Ronny Turiaf.

  • Shawne Williams was traded from Dallas with Kris Humphries to the Nets for current Bobcats forward Eduardo Najera on Jan. 11, 2010.

  • Roger Mason, Jr. played alongside Bobcats forward Dominic McGuire for one season with the Washington Wizards (2007-2008).

  • Shawne Williams and Bobcats center DeSagana Diop played together for the 2008-2009 Dallas Mavericks.

  • Amar’e Stoudemire and Bobcats forward Gerald Wallace played against each other in the 2010 NBA All Star Game.

  • Eddy Curry and Bobcats centers Kwame Brown and DeSagana Diop were all members of the 2001 McDonalds All American game. Brown and Diop played for the West and Curry for the East. Curry was named MVP after recording 28 points and eight rebounds.

  • Bobcats assistant coach LaSalle Thompson had two stints with the Indiana Pacers (1988-95, 96-97) as a player when Donnie Walsh was president.

  • Bobcats guard Matt Carroll was signed by the Knicks on Sep. 29, 2003 and waived on Oct. 27, 2003.

    Let's go Knicks!

    Posted by Ricky Henne on November 22, 2010 at 9:22 p.m., ET
  • This Date in Knicks History: November 22
    1963 - Knicks game at Baltimore is postponed due to the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The game was rescheduled for Jan. 23, 1964 with the Knicks losing 130-114.

    1993 - John Starks makes a franchise best seven three pointers in the first half of a 119-87 win versus Miami. He finishes the game 7-for-10 from downtown, scoring 37 points.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on November 22, 2010 at 9:42 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: November 21
    1944 - Earl Monroe, whose number 15 hangs from The Garden rafters, is born in Philadelphia, PA.

    1953 - Nat Clifton scores 11 of the Knicks 18 third-quarter points, helping Knicks rally for a 68-67 win versus the Syracuse Nationals at Madison Square Garden. Clifton finishes the game with 20 points and 16 rebounds.

    1961 - Richie Guerin scores 47 points (19-31 FG) and records seven rebounds and six assists in 109-107 loss versus Chicago.

    1997 - Twenty-four hours after winning in Atlanta by 21 points (100-79), the Knicks defeat the Wizards by 22, 104-82, in Washington. Knicks bench outscores Washington's bench 42-17. Larry Johnson leads the way with 23 points.

    2000 - Knicks overcome a 16-point first-quarter deficit to defeat the Magic 85-84 in Orlando. Latrell Sprewell and Kurt Thomas lead the way with 22 points.

    2008 - Knicks acquire forward Al Harrington from Golden State for guard Jamal Crawford. Crawford leaves the franchise as the 25th leading scorer in team history. In a separate deal, Knicks acquire guard Cuttino Mobley and forward Tim Thomas from Los Angeles Clippers for Zach Randolph and Mardy Collins.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on November 21, 2010 at 10:52 a.m., ET
    Knicks-Clippers Connections
    Here are some connections between the Knicks and Clippers...

  • Mike D’Antoni and Clippers Head Coach Vinny Del Negro worked together in Phoenix from 2002-2008. D’Antoni was head coach, while Del Negro served as the Suns radio analyst from 2002-2006 and then as the Director of Player Personnel for the 2006-2007 season, and finally as the Assistant General Manager for the 2007-2008 season. Del Negro finished his playing career in 2001-02 in Phoenix with Phil Weber as an assistant coach.

  • Mike D’Antoni and Clippers assistant Marc Iavaroni (Jamaica, NY native) were teammates in Milan, Italy and worked together in Phoenix for four seasons. They were both assistants in 2002-03 under Frank Johnson and then Iavaroni served as D’Antoni’s assistant for three seasons. Iavaroni was selected by the Knicks in the third round (55th overall) of the 1978 NBA Draft, but never played a game with the Knicks.

  • Amar’e Stoudemire teamed with Clippers center Jarron Collins for the 2009-2010 season in Phoenix.

  • Ronny Turiaf and Clippers forward Brian Cook played together for the Los Angeles Lakers for two seasons from 2005-2007.

  • Kelenna Azubuike played alongside Clippers guard Baron Davis for two seasons in Golden State (2006-2008).

  • Amar’e Stoudemire and Clippers center Chris Kaman were teammates on the Western Conference squad in the 2010 NBA All Star Game.

  • Danilo Gallinari and Clippers guard Eric Gordon were teammates on the sophomore team in the 2010 T-Mobile Rookie Challenge. They were defeated by the Rookies 140-128.

  • Landry Fields was born in Long Beach, California and played his high school ball at Los Alamitos HS before a four-year career at Stanford University. He was the Sunset League MVP and First-team All-Orange County in 2006. Named to 2006 All-Los Angeles Times team and Long Beach Press Telegram Dream Team.

    Let's go Knicks!

    Posted by Ricky Henne on November 20, 2010 at 5:37 p.m., ET
  • This Date in Knicks History: November 20
    1948 - Harry Gallatin begins a streak of 610 consecutive games played (franchise record) in the Knicks 91-86 win versus Philadelphia Warriors.

    1979 - Red Holzman records his 500th career NBA win, as the Knicks defeat Houston 130-125 (OT). The Knicks overcame a 98-79 deficit after three quarters to earn the victory.

    1993 - Knicks see a 22-game regular-season home win streak snapped with an 86-72 loss to Utah at Madison Square Garden. It was the Knicks first regular season home loss since Jan. 28, 1993 (110-105 loss to Atlanta).
    Posted by Mike Hacku on November 20, 2010 at 9:31 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: November 19
    1966 - Walt Bellamy records a triple double with 15 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists in a 116-104 win versus Chicago.

    1996 - Patrick Ewing becomes the 23rd player in NBA history to reach the 20,000 career point mark in the Knicks 92-88 win at Orlando. He finishes the night with 24 points and 16 rebounds.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on November 19, 2010 at 10:42 a.m., ET
    Knicks-Warriors Connections
    Here are some connections between the Knicks and Warriors...

  • On Jul. 9, 2010, the Knicks acquired Kelenna Azubuike, Anthony Randolph, and Ronny Turiaf from Golden State in exchange for forward David Lee in a sign-and-trade deal. Lee played five seasons in New York after he was selected in the first round (30th overall) of the 2005 NBA Draft. He finished his Knicks career with averages of 13 points and 9.6 rebounds over 368 games (210 starts). He left the franchise second, behind Eddy Curry, in career field goal percentage (.557).

  • Anthony Randolph and Ronny Turiaf played for the Warriors for two seasons from 2008-2010.

  • Kelenna Azubuike played for the Warriors for four seasons from 2006-2010.

  • Mike D’Antoni coached Warriors guard Stephen Curry during 2010 training camp for Team USA.

  • Danilo Gallinari and Warriors guard Stephen Curry were both participants in the 2010 NBA 3-Point Shootout. Curry finished in second place, Gallinari finished in a three-way tie for fourth place.

  • Amar’e Stoudemire and Warriors forward/center Louis Amundson were teammates in Phoenix from 2008-2010.

  • Amar’e Stoudemire played against David Lee in the 2010 NBA All Star Game.

  • Raymond Felton and David Lee played alongside each other in the 2007 T-Mobile NBA Rookie Challenge for the sophomore team – Lee won the Most Valuable Player Award.

  • Raymond Felton and Warriors forward Vladmir Radmanovic played together in Charlotte during the 2009-2010 season.

  • Ronny Turiaf and Vladmir Radmanovic played alongside each other for two seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers from 2006-2008.

  • Warriors assistant coach Rob Werdann played four seasons (1988-92) at St. John’s University under legendary coach Lou Carnessecca. He’s a native of Sunnyside, Queens and was a teammate of Kenny Anderson at Archbishop Milloy High School in New York City.

  • Warriors Television Analyst Jim Barnett was a member of the Knicks from 1975-76.

  • Warriors guard Charlie Bell played five games for Phoenix during the 2001-02 season with Phil Weber as an assistant coach.

    Let's go Knicks!

    Posted by Ricky Henne on November 18, 2010 at 11:27 p.m., ET
  • This Date in Knicks History: November 18
    1972 - Trailing Milwaukee 86-68 late in the fourth quarter, the Knicks run off 19 straight points in the game’s final 5:11 to defeat the Bucks, 87-86 at MSG, in perhaps the most famous regular season game in club history.

    1988 - New York scores a franchise-best 47 points in the second quarter of a 137-135 loss at Philadelphia.

    2004 - Jamal Crawford banks in a three-point bomb from the right elbow at the buzzer, giving New York a stunning 93-92 win at Houston and first road triumph of the season.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on November 18, 2010 at 11:05 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: November 17
    1979 - Micheal Ray Richardson scores 22 points and dishes out 18 assists in 113-109 win versus Boston.

    1981 - Bill Cartwright scores 31 points and goes a perfect 19-for-19 from the line in 124-110 loss versus Kansas City.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on November 17, 2010 at 10:22 a.m., ET
    Knicks-Kings Connections
    Here are some connections between the Knicks and Kings...

  • Mike D’Antoni played for the Kansas City-Omaha Kings from 1973-74 thru 1975-76.

  • Kings head coach Paul Westphal played for the Knicks for two seasons from 1981-83, averaging 10.3 points in 98 regular season games and 9.5 points in six postseason games.

  • Mike D’Antoni and Kings assistant coach Jim Eyen were assistants under Mike Dunleavy in Portland during the 2000-01 season.

  • Kings assistant coach Mario Elie is a native of New York City and was a member of the 1993-94 Houston Rockets who defeated the Knicks in the NBA Finals. Elie played for Phoenix in 2000-01 with Phil Weber as an assistant coach.

  • Kings assistant Truck Robinson played three seasons in New York (1982-83 – 1984-85), averaging 10 points over 148 games and 9.9 points in 18 postseason games.

  • trainer Pete Youngman is from Rochester, NY.

  • Knicks rookie guard Andy Rautins and Kings forward Donte Greene played together at Syracuse University for one season (2007-2008).

  • Danilo Gallinari played against Sacramento forward Omri Casspi and Tyreke Evans in the 2010 All Star Rookie Challenge.

  • Raymond Felton (UNC) defeated Kings guard Luther Head (Illinois) in the 2005 NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship Game.

  • Raymond Felton and Luther Head were both members of the 2006 NBA All Rookie Second Team.

  • Shawne Williams played with Kings guard Antoine Wright for one season (2008-09) for the Dallas Mavericks.

    Enjoy the game!

    Posted by Ricky Henne on November 17, 2010 at 1:31 a.m., ET
  • This Date in Knicks History: November 16
    1946 - Knicks record the first overtime victory in franchise history with a 64-62 victory versus Pittsburgh Ironmen at 69th Regiment Armory. Ralph Kaplowitz and Ossie Schectman lead the way with 14 points each. The win also marks the team’s first victory in New York.

    1982 - Amar’e Stoudemire born in Lake Wales, FL.

    1985 - Patrick Ewing records his first of many 20/20 games as a Knick, scoring 28 points and grabbing 20 rebounds in 103-96 win versus Atlanta.

    1993 - Knicks win a club record seventh straight game to start the season with a 103-90 victory at Dallas. Rolando Blackman starts and scores 10 points against his former club.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on November 16, 2010 at 11:32 a.m., ET
    Knicks-Nuggets Connections
    Here are some connections between the Knicks and Nuggets...

  • Amar’e Stoudemire and Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony were teammates on the Western Conference NBA All-Star team in 2007, 2008 and 2010. They were also teammates with Raymond Felton on the Eastern squad in the 2002 McDonalds All-American game played at the Garden.

  • Carmelo Anthony was born in New York City and played on the 2008 Gold Medal winning USA Basketball team that Mike D’Antoni served as an assistant coach for.

  • Donnie Walsh began his NBA career with the Denver Nuggets. He served as an assistant coach during the 1977-78 and 1978-79 seasons before taking over as head coach in 1979. He amassed a 60-82 (.423) record over three seasons with the Nuggets.

  • Mike D’Antoni also began his NBA career in Denver. He was the Director of Player Personnel for the Nuggets in 1997-98 and Denver’s Head Coach in 1998-99, compiling a record of 14-36.

  • Nuggets guard Chauncey Billups played on the 1998-99 Denver Nuggets that were coached by D’Antoni. He was also on the 2010 NBA All-Star team with Anthony and Stoudemire.

  • Danilo Gallinari and Billups were both participants in the 2010 NBA 3-Point Shootout. Billups finished in 3rd place, Gallinari finished in a three-way tie for 4th place.

  • Nuggets head coach George Karl was selected by the Knicks in the fourth round (66th overall) of the 1973 NBA Draft, but never played for New York.

  • Nuggets forward Renaldo Balkman, who the Knicks selected 20th overall in the 2006 NBA Draft, was traded from the Knicks to the Nuggets in exchange for Taurean Green, Bobby Jones and a 2010 second round pick (Landry Fields) on Jul. 28, 2008. Balkman played two seasons in New York, averaging 4.2 points in 133 games.

  • Nuggets center Nene was selected by the Knicks in the first round (seventh overall) of the 2002 NBA Draft. His draft rights were traded to Denver with Marcus Camby and Mark Jackson for Antonio McDyess, draft rights to Frank Williams and a 2003 second-round draft pick.

  • Herb Williams and Nuggets assistant Adrian Dantley played together in Dallas during the 1988-89 season. Dantley entered the Hall of Fame in 2008 with Knicks legend Patrick Ewing and former Knicks head coach Pat Riley.

  • Nuggets forward Al Harrington played for the Knicks for two seasons (2008-2009 – 2009-2010) after being traded to New York from the Golden State Warriors for guard Jamal Crawford. He averaged 19.2 points and 5.9 rebounds in 140 games. He left the franchise with the top two individual scoring performances off the bench in franchise history (42 points vs. PHI, Oct. 31, 2009; 41, at DEN, Nov. 27, 2009).

  • Nuggets TV analyst Scott Hastings was a member of the Knicks from 1982-83.

  • Raymond Felton and Nuggets forward/center Melvin Ely were teammates in Charlotte for parts of two seasons from 2005-07.

  • Mike D’Antoni was an assistant coach in Portland in 2000-01 when Nuggets assistant coach Stacey Augmon was a Trail Blazer.

    Let's go Knicks!

    Posted by Ricky Henne on November 15, 2010 at 11:43 p.m., ET
  • Wil The Thrill
    Wilson Chandler, who returned to a reserve role after two starts, is averaging 17.0 points on .424 shooting, 6.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 2.30 blocks (eighth in NBA) over 31.2 minutes. He recorded 17 points, six rebounds and career highs of seven assists and five blocked shots over 42 minutes in Nov. 12 loss at Minnesota. He recorded his third 20-point effort of the season (15 in 65 games last season) with a season high 27 points and six rebounds over 41 minutes in Nov. 10 loss versus Golden State. He recorded 22 points and 16 rebounds (one shy of career high) for his first double double of season (four last season) in Oct. 30 loss versus Portland. He led the Knicks with 22 points (10-18 FG, 1-3 3P) and eight rebounds over 29 minutes in season-opening win in Toronto on Oct. 27. He’s continuing where he left off at the end of last season, when he notched 16.5 points on .509 shooting over last 47 games (Dec. 2 – Mar. 15), before missing the final 15 games with a sore left groin. Wil, entering his fourth season, has been one of the most productive players to come out of the 2007 NBA Draft, ranking third among his classmates in career scoring average, with 13.6 points per game. The 23rd overall pick in the Draft trails Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant (second pick, 25.4 points) and Jeff Green (fifth pick, 14.1 points).

    Posted by Mike Hacku on November 15, 2010 at 3:27 p.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: November 15
    1953 - Harry Gallatin scores 18 points and grabs 29 rebounds in a 91-65 win versus Baltimore.

    1992 - Center Herb Williams signs with the Knicks as a free agent after 11 seasons with Indiana and Dallas. Williams would play for the Knicks for seven seasons and now enters his ninth full season (10th overall) as an assistant coach.

    1999 - Fred Podesta, first general manager in Knicks history, passes away at age 80.

    2003 - New York rattles off a team record 24 consecutive points in the third quarter, but falls to Indiana 95-94 at Madison Square Garden. Indiana’s Jermaine O’Neal’s follow-up with :03 left gives the Pacers the win.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on November 15, 2010 at 10:16 a.m., ET
    Knicks-Rockets Connections
    Here are some key connections between the Knicks and Rockets...

  • Mike D’Antoni and Rockets Head Coach Rick Adelman were teammates and roomates on the Kansas City Kings during the 1974-75 season.

  • New York and Houston were involved in a three-team deal with Sacramento on Feb. 18, 2010. Houston sent Tracy McGrady to New York, and Carl Landry and Joey Dorsey to Sacramento. New York sent Larry Hughes to Sacramento and Jordan Hill, Jared Jeffries and a protected 2012 first-round draft choice to Houston. Houston also received the right to exchange 2011 first-round draft choices with New York. Sacramento sent Sergio Rodriguez to New York and Kevin Martin and Hilton Armstrong to Houston. Jeffries averaged 4.5 points and 4.0 rebounds in 236 games with the Knicks. Hill, who was selected by Knicks in first round (eighth overall) of 2009 NBA Draft, averaged 4.0 points and 2.5 rebounds in 24 games in New York.

  • Donnie Walsh coached Rockets assistant TR Dunn in Denver during the 1980-81 season.

  • Wilson Chandler was a teammate of Rockets guard Aaron Brooks and Rockets forward/center Luis Scola for the Sophomore team during the 2009 NBA Rookie Challenge.

  • Amar’e Stoudemire edged out Rockets center Yao Ming by 53 points to take home the 2002-03 Rookie of the Year award.

  • Kelenna Azubuike and Rockets forward/center Chuck Hayes were teammates at the University of Kentucky for three seasons from 2002-05.

  • Rockets center Brad Miller played for Donnie Walsh in Indiana for parts of two seasons from 2001-03.

  • Miller also played alongside Eddy Curry for parts of the 2001-02 season for the Chicago Bulls

    Let's go Knicks!

    Posted by Ricky Henne on November 13, 2010 at 6:14 p.m., ET
  • This Date in Knicks History: November 13
    1998 - Leukemia claims the life of Hall of Fame Coach Red Holzman at 78. Holzman, who led the franchise to two championships in 1970 and 1973, recorded 613 victories as head coach, which is the most in franchise history.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on November 13, 2010 at 10:25 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: November 12
    1970 - Willis Reed scores 34 points and grabs 30 rebounds in 110-108 loss versus Baltimore.

    1991 - Patrick Ewing scores 24 points and grabs 11 rebounds in 98-96 win versus New Jersey, marking the 214th consecutive game (Knicks record) that he scored at least 10 points. Ewing’s streak was snapped the next day, as he was limited to six points in a 110-107 loss at Indiana.

    2008 - New York explodes for 132 points, behind a franchise-best 19 three pointers, in 132-103 win at Memphis. Wilson Chandler leads three Knicks double-digit scorers with a then career-high 27 points. Jamal Crawford adds 25 points and Nate Robinson scores 21 points on a perfect shooting night (8-8 FG, 5-5 3P).

    Posted by Mike Hacku on November 12, 2010 at 11:10 a.m., ET
    Knicks-Timberwolves Connections
    Here are some connections between the Knicks and Timberwolves...

  • Timberwolves general manager Jim Stack spent the 2003-04 season as an advance scout for the Knicks.

  • Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations David Kahn worked under Donnie Walsh as general manager of the Indiana Pacers from 1998-2002.

  • Timberwolves head coach Kurt Rambis was selected in the third round (58th overall) of the 1980 NBA Draft by the Knicks, but never played a game for New York (released in training camp).

  • Ronny Turiaf played three seasons for the LA Lakers (2005-08) with Kurt Rambis as one of his assistant coaches.

  • Bill Walker played at Kansas State with Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley during the 2007-2008 season.

  • Andy Rautins played college ball with Wesley Johnson and Johnny Flynn at Syracuse University. Rautins and Flynn were teammates for two seasons (2007-09), including an instant-classic six overtime win over UConn at the Garden in 2009. Rautins and Johnson were teammates last season.

  • Wolves forward Darko Milicic played eight games for New York during the 2008-09 season, before being shipped to Minnesota on Feb. 17, 2010 in exchange for Brian Cardinal.

  • Mike D’Antoni coached Timberwolves forward Kevin Love during 2010 Training Camp for Team USA.

  • Raymond Felton played in Charlotte for two seasons (2005-07) with Minnesota assistant coach John-Blair Bickerstaff serving as a Bobcats assistant coach.

  • Bill Walker played parts of two seasons in Boston (2008-10) with Timberwolves assistant coach Dave Wohl serving as the Celtics assistant general manager.

  • Timberwolves point guard Sebastian Telfair was born in Brooklyn, New York and played at Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, New York.

  • Roger Mason Jr. was teammates with Minnesota center Anthony Tolliver in San Antonio during the 2008-09 season.

    Let's go Knicks!

    Posted by Ricky Henne on November 11, 2010 at 11:57 p.m., ET
  • This Date in Knicks History: November 11
    1946 - The Big Apple sees the Knicks for the first time as they make home debut before a crowd of 17,205 at the Old Garden on 49th Street. The Knicks lose to Chicago 78-68 (OT). CCNY’s Sonny Hertzberg leads the Knicks with 14 points.

    1980 - Knicks defeat Detroit 149-118 with 62 field goals made, the most by a Knicks team in regulation. Campy Russell leads the way with 28 points (11-16 FG).

    1989 - Gerald Wilkins tips in a missed free throw by Rod Strickland with :02 left to give the Knicks a thrilling 112-111 victory over the Clippers in Los Angeles.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on November 11, 2010 at 10:55 a.m., ET
    Knicks-Warriors Connections
    Here are some connections between the Knicks and Warriors...

  • On Jul. 9, 2010, the Knicks acquired Kelenna Azubuike, Anthony Randolph, and Ronny Turiaf from Golden State in exchange for forward David Lee in a sign-and-trade deal. Lee played five seasons in New York after he was selected in the first round (30th overall) of the 2005 NBA Draft. He finished his Knicks career with averages of 13 points and 9.6 rebounds over 368 games (210 starts). He left the franchise second, behind Eddy Curry, in career field goal percentage (.557).

  • Anthony Randolph and Ronny Turiaf played for the Warriors for two seasons from 2008-2010.

  • Kelenna Azubuike played for the Warriors for four seasons from 2006-2010.

  • Mike D’Antoni coached Warriors guard Stephen Curry during 2010 training camp for Team USA.

  • Danilo Gallinari and Warriors guard Stephen Curry were both participants in the 2010 NBA 3-Point Shootout. Curry finished in second place, Gallinari finished in a three-way tie for fourth place.

  • Amar’e Stoudemire and Warriors forward/center Louis Amundson were teammates in Phoenix from 2008-2010.

  • Amar’e Stoudemire played against David Lee in the 2010 NBA All Star Game.

  • Raymond Felton and David Lee played alongside each other in the 2007 T-Mobile NBA Rookie Challenge for the sophomore team – Lee won the Most Valuable Player Award.

  • Raymond Felton and Warriors forward Vladmir Radmanovic played together in Charlotte during the 2009-2010 season.

  • Ronny Turiaf and Vladmir Radmanovic played alongside each other for two seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers from 2006-2008.

  • Warriors assistant coach Rob Werdann played four seasons (1988-92) at St. John’s University under legendary coach Lou Carnessecca. He’s a native of Sunnyside, Queens and was a teammate of Kenny Anderson at Archbishop Milloy High School in New York City.

  • Warriors Television Analyst Jim Barnett was a member of the Knicks from 1975-76.

  • Warriors guard Charlie Bell played five games for Phoenix during the 2001-02 season with Phil Weber as an assistant coach.

    Enjoy the game!

    Posted by Ricky Henne on November 10, 2010 at 1:47 p.m., ET
  • This Date in Knicks History: November 10
    1961 - Richie Guerin records a triple-double for the second year in a row on Nov, 10 in 124-118 loss versus Detroit. He finishes with 36 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists.

    1971 - Knicks acquire Earl “The Pearl” Monroe from Baltimore for Mike Riordan, Dave Stallworth and cash. Monroe, whose number 15 hangs from The Garden rafters, helped lead the Knicks to the 1973 championship and is seventh on the franchise’s all-time scoring list with 9,679 points.

    1978 - Red Holzman ends his retirement to return to Knicks bench.

    1994 - Patrick Ewing’s fallaway jumper with :02.4 left gives the Knicks a 101-99 win over the Magic at Madison Square Garden.

    1995 - Derek Harper’s three-point bomb with :02.2 left caps a Knicks comeback from a 13-point third-quarter deficit to lift New York to a 110-109 victory at Washington.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on November 10, 2010 at 10:36 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: November 9
    1965 - Knicks game versus St. Louis is postponed due to the great blackout in New York. The game would be played on February 22 with the Knicks winning 113-108.

    1969 - Knicks win ninth straight, defeating the team they would later face in the NBA Finals, the Los Angeles Lakers, 112-102 at The Forum. Willis Reed scores 35 points and grabs 16 rebounds. Dick Barnett scores 24 points. Bill Bradley scores 21 points and Walt Frazier records 12 points, 10 assists and six rebounds.

    2008 - New York defeats the previously unbeaten 5-0 Utah Jazz, 107-99, at Madison Square Garden to improve to two games above .500, 4-2, for the first time since Jan. 1, 2005. Jamal Crawford leads the way with 32 points.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on November 9, 2010 at 10:10 a.m., ET
    Knicks-Bucks Connections
    Here are some connections between the Knicks and Bucks...

  • Bucks head coach Scott Skiles served as the head coach of the Chicago Bulls from 2003-04 -2007-08. During that time he coached Roger Mason (2003-04) and Eddy Curry (2003-04 – 2004-05).

  • Bucks assistant Jim Boylan was an assistant in Chicago for the final four of Skiles’ five seasons.

  • Skiles played for Donnie Walsh’s Indiana Pacers for two seasons (1987-89), averaging 5.9 points in 131 games. He was a teammate of Herb Williams for those two seasons.

  • Phil Weber served as an assistant under Scott Skiles for two seasons in Phoenix (1999-2000 – 2000-01).

  • Michael Redd played under Mike D’Antoni on the gold medal winning U.S National Basketball Team in 2008.

  • Raymond Felton and Bucks guard Earl Boykins played together in Charlotte for part of the 2007-08 season after Boykins was signed by the Bobcats in January.

  • Roger Mason and Bucks power forward Drew Gooden played together for the end of the 2009 season for the Spurs – Gooden was signed by the Spurs on March 5th.

  • Bucks forward Corey Maggette played alongside Anthony Randolph, Ronny Turiaf, and Kelena Azubuike for the Golden State Warriors for two seasons from 2008-2010

    Enjoy the game!

    Posted by Ricky Henne on November 8, 2010 at 11:20 p.m., ET
  • This Date in Knicks History: November 8
    1988 - Patrick Ewing scores 18 points, grabs 18 rebounds and blocks five shots in 126-117 win versus Chicago.

    1994 - New York overcomes a 20 points deficit, 47-27, to defeat the Lakers 117-113 in the home opener at Madison Square Garden.

    2006 - Jamal Crawford caps a 35-point night by stealing Eduardo Najera’s pass, then nailing a rainbow three pointer with :03.7 left to give the Knicks a 109-107 win at Denver.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on November 8, 2010 at 10:23 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: November 7
    1946 - The Knicks hit the radio waves for the first time, as Marty Glickman and Sarah Palfrey Cook broadcast the 68-63 win at St. Louis on WHN.

    1957 - Charlie Tyra establishes a Knicks record, going 0-15 from the field, in 113-101 loss at Philadelphia.

    1993 - Patrick Ewing scores a season-high 44 points, Charles Oakley hauls down a season-best 22 rebounds to go with 19 points, and John Starks hits a three with 1.7 left to force overtime in Cleveland en route to a 115-107 (OT) over the Cavaliers.

    2003 - Allan Houston pours in 39 points and Keith Van Horn adds 20 points in a pulsating, come-from-behind 114-111 win over Sacramento at the Garden. Knicks score 71 points in the second half to fuel the comeback.

    2008 - New York wins in Washington 114-108 behind 36 assists on 46 field goal attempts. Chris Duhon dishes out 12 assists with no turnovers in the victory.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on November 7, 2010 at 9:56 a.m., ET
    Knicks-76ers Connections
    Here are some connections between the Knicks and 76ers...

  • Wilson Chandler and 76ers forward Thaddeus Young were teammates for the Sophomore team during the 2009 Rookie Challenge.

  • Andy Rautins father Leo was selected by Philadelphia in the first round (17th overall) of 1983 NBA Draft, becoming first ever Canadian drafted in the NBA.

  • Mike D’Antoni served as the Denver Nuggets Director of Player Personnel during the 1997-1998 season where 76er’s forward/center Tony Battie was a rookie.

  • Eddy Curry was teammates with 76er’s forward Andres Nocioni in Chicago during the 2004-05 season.

  • Roger Mason played with 76ers forward Darius Songaila for the Washington Wizards for two seasons (2006-2008).

  • Kelenna Azubuike and 76er’s guard Louis Williams played together in the NBDL for the Fort Worth Flyers during the 2005-2006 season.

  • 76ers assistant coach Michael Curry played for the Indiana Pacers during the 2004-2005 season when Donnie Walsh was CEO/President of Pacers Sports and Entertainment. Curry also teamed with Roger Mason for the Toronto Raptors during the 2003-04 season.

  • 76ers assistant coach Aaron McKie played alongside Ronny Turiaf for the Los Angeles Lakers for two season from 2005-2007.

    Let's go Knicks!

    Posted by Ricky Henne on November 7, 2010 at 1:58 a.m., ET
  • This Date in Knicks History: November 6
    1992 - New York opens the 1992-93 season with a 106-94 victory at Atlanta. Patrick Ewing leads five double-digit scorers with 22 points.

    2010 - Knicks lose to Cleveland 100-91 in first national telecast at the Garden since 2006. Madison Square Garden honors several members of the newly-crowned World Champion New York Yankees, including Alex Rodriguez, CC Sabathia, Mark Teixeira, Robinson Cano and Reggie Jackson.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on November 6, 2010 at 6:34 p.m., ET
    Raining Threes
    New York shot a blistering 16-24 (.667) from downtown in last night’s 120-112 victory in Chicago. Toney Douglas led the way going 5-9 (.556) from long distance. Raymond Felton went 4-6 (.667) and Danilo Gallinari, 4-4 (1.000). Wilson Chandler, Landry Fields and Bill Walker each hit a triple, as well. The 16 threes marked the 11th time in franchise history that New York hit at least 16 threes in a game. Of those 11 games, the .667 mark was by far the best. The franchise record for three pointers made is 19 set on Nov. 12, 2008 at Memphis. The team hit 17 treys on three occasions, most recently in Jan. 26, 2010 win at Minnesota, and 16 triples on seven occasions. Last season, New York ranked second, behind Orlando, in three pointers made and attempted (9.06-26.16).

    Posted by Mike Hacku on November 5, 2010 at 12:16 p.m., ET
    Knicks-Wizards Connections
    Here are some connections between the Knicks and Wizards...

  • Wizards President of Basketball Operations Ernie Grunfeld played with the Knicks from 1982-83 to 1985-86 and served as the Knicks General Manager from April 23, 1991 through April 21, 1999. Grunfeld also served as the Knicks radio analyst for the MSG Network for three seasons from 1986-1989. His son Dan Grunfeld went to training camp with the Knicks in 2008 before being waived on October 23.

  • Knicks guard Toney Douglas played with Wizards forward Al Thornton for one season at Florida State University (2006-2007).

  • Wilson Chandler and Wizards forward Al Thornton were teammates for the Sophomore team during the 2009 Rookie Challenge.

  • Roger Mason played for the Washington Wizards for two seasons (2006-2008). Mason played with Wizards guard Kirk Hinrich for the Chicago Bulls during the 2003-2004 season.

  • Shawne Williams played with Wizards guard/forward Josh Howard for the Dallas Mavericks during the 2008-2009 season.

  • Amar’e Stoudemire played with Wizards forward Sean Marks in Phoenix for two seasons (2006-2008) under Mike D’Antoni.

  • Sean Marks was selected in the second round (44th overall) of the 1998 NBA Draft by the Knicks, before his draft rights were traded with Charles Oakley and cash to Toronto in exchange for Marcus Camby on June 24, 1998.

  • Wizards guard/forward Hilton Armstrong is from Yonkers, New York and went to Peekskill High School.

  • Mike D’Antoni coached Wizards center JaVale McGee during 2010 Training Camp for Team USA.

  • Raymond Felton teamed up with Wizards small forward Adam Morrison for two seasons (2006-2008) for the Charlotte Bobcats.

  • Wizards assistant Randy Wittman was a member of the Indiana Pacers for the three season while Donnie Walsh served President of the Players Basketball Corporation for Indiana. Wittman was an assistant coach in Indiana in 1992 with Walsh serving as the team’s president.

  • Senior Vice President, Basketball Operations Glen Grunwald was a co-captain of the 1981 NCAA Champion Indiana Hoosiers where Randy Wittman was one of his teammates.

  • Wizards assistant coach Sam Cassell was a member of the 1993-94 Houston Rockets who defeated the Knicks in the NBA Finals. Cassel was a member of the 2008-2009 Boston Celtics squad with Bill Walker.

    Let's Go Knicks!

    Posted by Ricky Henne on November 5, 2010 at 11:44 a.m., ET
  • This Date in Knicks History: November 5
    1988 - Patrick Ewing scores 12 points and blocks five shots in 112-102 loss at New Jersey. This was the first of an NBA record 145 consecutive games that Ewing recorded at least one block.

    1991 - The Knicks City Dancers debut in 113-85 home-opening win versus Milwaukee. Patrick Ewing leads the way with 24 points.

    1993 - New York opens the 1993-94 campaign with a 111-108 victory at Boston. Patrick Ewing scores 32 points, in what would be the Knicks first of a franchise-best seven wins to start the season.

    2008 - Nate Robinson scores 19 points in the second quarter to help lead the Knicks to a 101-98 victory over Larry Brown’s Charlotte Bobcats, in his first game back at Madison Square Garden since his dismissal.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on November 5, 2010 at 11:29 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: November 4
    1950 - Nat (Sweetwater) Clifton becomes the first African American player in New York Knicks history, suiting up in the 87-76 loss at Tri-Cities. Clifton scores 16 points on 7-of-16 shooting and posts 12 rebounds and four assists.

    1994 - Knicks open the season with a 120-107 victory over the Celtics in the final opening night game at Boston Garden. Charles Smith leads the Knicks with 23 points.

    1995 - John Starks scores 13 points with two treys in the Knicks 84-71 win at Milwaukee, giving him 32 consecutive games with at least one made three. Starks streak lasted from Feb. 26, 1995 – Nov. 4, 1995.

    2002 - The fifth-longest home sellout streak in NBA history comes to an end as a below-capacity Monday night crowd of 18,100 sees the Knicks lose to Milwaukee 97-88 at the Garden, ending New York’s streak of 433 consecutive home sellouts (regular season and playoffs).

    Posted by Mike Hacku on November 4, 2010 at 10:24 a.m., ET
    Knicks-Bulls Connections
    Here are some connections between the Knicks and Bulls...

  • Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau was an assistant with the Knicks from Jul. 8, 1996 to May 2, 2003.

  • Bulls forward Kurt Thomas played for the Knicks from 1998-99 to 2004-05, averaging 11.2 points and 7.9 rebounds in 530 regular season games and 6.6 points and 5.8 rebounds in 45 postseason games. Thomas was traded to Mike D’Antoni’s Phoenix Suns on Jun. 28, 2005 with the draft rights to Dijon Thompson for Quentin Richardson and the draft rights to Nate Robinson. Thomas averaged 6.4 points and 6.7 rebounds in 120 regular-season games and 7.0 points and 4.6 rebounds in 12 postseason games under D’Antoni.

  • Eddy Curry played for the Chicago Bulls from 2001-02 to 2004-05. He was acquired by New York from Chicago with Antonio Davis for Tim Thomas, Michael Sweetney, two future second-round draft picks, a 2006 conditional first-round draft pick and the right to switch future first-round draft picks on Oct. 4, 2005.

  • Eddy Curry and Glen Grunwald hail from Chicago.

  • Eddy Curry (2003-05) played in Chicago under then assistant coach and current Bulls assistant coach Ron Adams.

  • Bulls center Joakim Noah was born in New York City.

  • Bulls forward Luol Deng was drafted by the Mike D’Antoni’s Phoenix Suns seventh overall in the 2004 NBA Draft and then traded to Chicago for a future conditional first round pick, Jackson Vroman and cash.

  • Raymond Felton and Bulls guard Keith Bogans were teammates in Charlotte during the 2005-06 season.

  • Kelenna Azubuike, Anthony Randolph and Ronny Turiaf were teammates in Golden State with Bulls guard C.J. Watson each of the last three seasons.

  • Bulls assistant coach Rick Brunson played for New York from 1998-2001. He averaged 1.6 points in 69 regular-season games and 0.6 points in 14 postseason contests. He signed with the club as a free agent on Oct. 23, 1997.

  • Mike D’Antoni coached Bulls point guard Derrick Rose during the 2010 Summer Training Camp for Team USA.

  • Kelenna Azubike and Chicago guard/forward Keith Bogans played at the University of Kentucky during the 2002-2003 season, Bogan’s senior year and Azubuike’s freshman.

  • Bogans teamed with Roger Mason Jr. in San Antonio during the 2009-2010 season.

  • Amar’e Stoudemire and Bulls forward Carlos Boozer were teammates on the bronze medal 2004 Summer Olympic Team.

  • Bulls forward Taj Gibson was born in Brooklyn, New York.

  • Bulls guard Derrick Rose played for the Eastern Conference 2010 All-Star team against Amar’e Stoudemire and the Western Conference.

  • Bill Walker and Bulls forward/center Brian Scalabrine played together for two season with the Boston Celtics (2008-2010). Tom Thibodeau was their assistant coach.

  • Bulls assistant coach and Manhattan native Andy Greer served as assistant coach for the Knicks under Don Chaney during the 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons.

  • Bulls assistant Adrian Griffin played with Eddy Curry for the 2004-2005 Chicago Bulls.

  • Bulls assistant coach/advance scout Mike Wilhelm held the same position for three seasons with Eddy Curry on the squad from 2002-2005.

    Enjoy the game!

    Posted by Ricky Henne on November 3, 2010 at 10:38 p.m., ET
  • This Date in Knicks History: November 3
    1956 - Kenny Sears establishes a Knicks record with 13 free throws made in a quarter and 16 made in the half in 113-107 win at Boston. Sears finished the game with 23 points and 10 rebounds.

    1960 - Garden president Irving Mitchell Felt announces plans for a new Madison Square Garden – Garden IV .

    1995 - Patrick Ewing plays in his 760th career game as a Knick, passing Walt Frazier atop the Knicks all-time list. Ewing scores 19 points and grabs four rebounds in the 106-100 season-opening win at Detroit.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on November 3, 2010 at 10:47 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: November 2
    1990 - Knicks open the 1990-91 campaign with a 134-130 (OT) victory in Charlotte. Patrick Ewing leads the way with 38 points and 12 rebounds. The victory was the Knicks first opening night win since 1984.

    1999 - Knicks open defense of Eastern Conference Championship with a wire-to-wire 92-84 victory over Cleveland at Madison Square Garden. Larry Johnson leads the way with 24 points.

    2000 - Knicks rebound from a 29-point opening night loss versus Philadelphia with a 94-69 victory versus Atlanta at Madison Square Garden. Knicks hold the Hawks to just .333 shooting (26-78 FG).

    Posted by Mike Hacku on November 2, 2010 at 10:46 a.m., ET
    Knicks-Magic Connections
    Here are some connections between the Knicks and Magic...

  • Knicks legend Patrick Ewing is an assistant coach with the Magic. He is the Knicks franchise leader in total points (23.665), games played (1,039), rebounds (10,759), blocks (2,758), steals (1,061) and minutes (37,586). His number 33 was raised to the Garden rafters on Feb. 28, 2003.

  • Herb Williams and Patrick Ewing played together on the Knicks from 1992-99.

  • Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy is brothers with former Knicks head coach Jeff Van Gundy. Jeff served as the Knicks head coach from 1995-2002, recording 248 wins, which are the third most in franchise history.

  • Magic assistant coach Brendan Malone was a Knicks assistant coach from 1986-88, 1997-2000, and 2003-04. He was also an assistant coach in Indiana from 2000-03, while Donnie Walsh served as the team president.

  • Herb Williams played one game for the Toronto Raptors during the 1995-96 season before being waived. Magic assistant coach Brendan Malone was his head coach.

  • Magic assistant coach Steve Clifford spent three seasons as part of the Knicks organization. He was an advanced scout during the 2000-01 season and an assistant coach from 2001-03.

  • Mike D’Antoni, while serving as Suns EVP, Basketball Operations and General Manager, drafted Magic forward Marcin Gortat in the second round (57th overall) of the 2005 NBA Draft and then traded him to the Orlando Magic for cash considerations.

  • Knicks Senior Vice President, Basketball Operations Glen Grunwald selected Magic guard Vince Carter in the first round (fifth overall) of the 1998 NBA Draft when general manager of the Raptors.

  • Magic guard Chris Duhon spent the last two seasons playing for the Knicks, averaging 9.4 points and 6.5 assists over 146 games (137 starts).

  • Magic guard/forward Quentin Richardson spent four seasons with the Knicks (2005-09), averaging 9.7 points in 241 games (206 starts). He was traded to Memphis, with cash considerations, for Darko Milicic on Jun. 25, 2009.

  • Ronny Turiaf and Magic guard Mickael Pietrus were teammates on the 2005 EuroBasket French National team, as well as the 2006 World Basketball Championship French National team.

  • Shawne Williams and Magic forward Brandon Bass were teammates in Dallas during the 2008-09 season.

  • Kelenna Azubuike and Magic guard Mickael Pietrus were teammates in Golden State for two seasons (2006-08).

    Enjoy the game!

    Posted by Ricky Henne on November 1, 2010 at 11:25 p.m., ET
  • This Date in Knicks History: November 1
    1946 - The Knicks play its first game in franchise and NBA history, defeating Toronto, 68-66 at fabled Maple Leaf Gardens. Leo Gottlieb leads the Knicks with 14 points. Ossie Schectman scores the first basket in league history.

    1965 - Knicks acquire center Walt Bellamy from Baltimore for forward Johnny Green, guard Johnny Egan, center Jim Barnes and cash.

    1967 - Willis Reed scores 53 points in 129-113 win at Los Angeles, marking the fourth highest single-game point total in Knicks history. Reed scores 24 points in the second quarter, which is an all-time Knicks high for a quarter (Allan Houston also accomplished the feat vs. MIL, Jan. 12, 2002).

    1996 - Fifty years to the day after playing its first game, the Knicks return to Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens to open 50th Anniversary season, defeating the Raptors 107-99. Allan Houston scores 28 points in his Knicks debut.

    2006 - Quentin Richardson caps a 31-point night with two free throws made with :11.9 left to give the Knicks a 118-117 (3 OT) opening-night win. It was the Knicks first multi-overtime opening night win in franchise history and the second-longest opening night game in NBA history.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on November 1, 2010 at 10:06 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: October 31
    1959 - Ray Felix’s consecutive games streak of 361 games comes to a close in the Knicks 123-109 loss versus Boston. Felix’s streak is the second longest streak in team history, trailing only Harry Gallatin’s mark of 610 consecutive games.

    1997 - Knicks begin its 52nd season with a 97-85 win at the Charlotte Hornets. Three Knicks eclipse the 20-point mark (Patrick Ewing, 23, Larry Johnson, 22, and John Starks, 20) in leading the squad to its sixth straight opening night win.

    Posted by Ricky Henne on October 31, 2010 at 12:01 p.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: October 30
    1954 - Knicks open the 1954-55 campaign with a 94-83 win versus Minneapolis. Carl Braun leads the way with 26 points. It is the Knicks first game with the 24-second shot clock.

    1963 - Knicks trade guard Gene Shue and center Paul Hogue to Baltimore for center Bill McGill.

    1986 - Knicks acquire center Jawann Oldham from Chicago for 1987 first round pick (Olden Polynice) and a future second round pick.

    2001 - Before a worldwide media contingent, the Knicks open its 56th season with a 93-91 victory over Washington at the Garden, holding Michael Jordan to 19 points (7-21 FG) in the first game of his second NBA comeback. Latrell Sprewell leads the Knicks with 28 points.

    Posted by Ricky Henne on October 30, 2010 at 11:26 a.m., ET
    Knicks-Trail Blazers Connections
    Here are some connections between the Knicks and Blazers...

  • Mike D’Antoni and Blazers head coach Nate McMillan were assistant coaches on the Gold Medal winning USA Basketball team in 2008. McMillan and D’Antoni also coached together in the USA Basketball training camp in the summer of 2010.

  • Mike D’Antoni was an assistant coach in Portland during the 2000-01 season, under Mike Dunleavy.

  • Blazers assistant coach Bill Bayno, a native New Yorker, took part in the Knicks 1985 Free Agent camp.

  • Ronny Turiaf and Blazers forward Nicolas Batum were teammates as members of the 2009 EuroBasket French National team.

  • Landry Fields’ father, Steve Fields, was drafted by Portland in the seventh round (114th overall) of the 1975 NBA Draft.

  • Blazers center Marcus Camby played with the Knicks from 1998-2002. He was traded to the Knicks in exchange for Charles Oakley, draft rights to Sean Marks and cash on Jun. 25, 1998.

  • Portland guard Brandon Roy was a member of the 2008, 2009, and 2010 Western Conference All Star team along with Amar’e Stoudemire. Roy and Stoudemire were both members of the 2009-2010 All NBA Team - Stoudemire was an All Second Team Member and Roy an All Third Team Member.

  • Mike D’Antoni and Portland assistant Bernie Bickerstaff won NBA Coach of the Year honors. D’Antoni in 2004-05 with Phoenix and Bickerstaff in 1997 with Seattle.

  • Bickerstaff was the Charlotte Bobcats head coach from 2004-2007 where Raymond Felton played point guard for Bickerstaff for two seasons (05-07).

  • Portland assistant Buck Williams played for the Knicks for two season from 1996-1998.

  • Roger Mason, Jr. and Blazers center Fabricio Oberto were teammates in San Antonio during the 2008-09 season.

    Let's Go Knicks!

    Posted by Ricky Henne on October 29, 2010 at 11:18 p.m., ET
  • The Rookies
    Timofey Mozgov (rookie free agent) and Landry Fields (39th overall) started in the season-opening 98-93 win in Toronto, becoming the Knicks first rookies to start on Opening Night since Kenny “Sky” Walker (fifth overall pick) on Oct. 31, 1986 at New Jersey. Mozgov became the Knicks first foreign-born rookie to start an Opener since Patrick Ewing (Kingston, Jamaica) in 1985 and Fields, the first second round pick to start an Opener since Gerald Wilkins (47th overall) in 1985. Together, they were the Knicks first rookie duo to start on Opening Night since Ewing and Wilkins in 1985. Fields also became the NBA’s first second-round pick to start on Opening Night, in the same year as he was drafted, since Mario Chalmers started for Miami in 115-93 win versus New York on Oct. 28, 2009. Of the 38 players selected before Fields in the draft, only two, Washington’s John Wall and Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins, started on Opening Night.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on October 29, 2010 at 2:46 p.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: October 29
    1982 - Bernard King makes his Knicks debut, scoring 23 points (7-13 FG, 9-10 FT) in the Knicks season-opening 104-89 loss versus Philadelphia at Madison Square Garden.

    1987 - Knicks acquire forward Sidney Green from Detroit for Ron Moore and a 1988 second round draft choice (pick traded to Miami, Sylvester Gray)..

    1996 - The NBA announces the 50th Anniversary All-NBA team with Dave DeBusschere, Patrick Ewing, Walt Frazier, Jerry Lucas, Earl Monroe and Willis Reed on the squad.

    2003 - Keith Van Horn sets the Knicks record for most points scored in a Knicks debut (since 1964-65) with 29 points on 11-18 shooting versus Orlando in the season-opening 85-83 (OT) loss to the Magic.

    2008 - Knicks usher in the Mike D’Antoni era and 2008-09 season with a 120-115 win versus Miami at Madison Square Garden. Jamal Crawford leads the way with 29 points.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on October 29, 2010 at 10:06 a.m., ET
    Knicks-Celtics Connections
    Here are some connections between the Knicks and Celtics...

  • Celtics Head Coach Doc Rivers played three seasons for New York from 1992-93 - 1994-95 and averaged 7.7 points and 5.1 assists in 99 regular-season games and 10.2 points in 15 playoff games.

  • Amar’e Stoudemire and Celtics center Shaquille O’Neal were teammates in Phoenix for parts of two seasons (2007-09). Mike D’Antoni, Phil Weber and Dan D’Antoni coached the duo during the 2007-08 season.

  • Ray Allen authored one of the “50 Greatest Moments at Madison Square Garden” with his game-winning jumper in the 1996 Big East Tournament Championship.

  • Knicks assistant coach Kenny Atkinson (1986-90) and Celtics assistant coach Kevin Eastman (1973-77) played their college ball at the University of Richmond. Both served as team captains and rank in the top 10 in school history in assists.

  • Knicks assistant coach Herb Williams was tutored by then Mavs assistant and now Celtics assistant coach Clifford Ray in Dallas from 1988-89 – 1991-92.

  • Donnie Walsh acquired Celtics guard Marquis Daniels for the Pacers in a 2006 trade that sent Austin Croshere to Dallas.

  • Donnie Walsh acquired Celtics forward Jermaine O’Neal for the Pacers in a trade from the Portland Trailblazers on Aug. 31, 2000. O’Neal, who was traded in exchange for Dale Davis and Joe Kleine, spent eight seasons with the Pacers and Walsh.

  • Celtics guard Nate Robinson spent four seasons with the Knicks (2005-2006 – 2009-2010), after being traded to the team on draft night in 2005 from the Phoenix Suns. During his tenure in New York, Robinson won three Sprite Slam Dunk Contests (2006, 2009, 2010). On February 18, 2010, Robinson was traded to the Boston Celtics along with Marcus Landry in exchange for Bill Walker, Eddie House, and J. R. Giddens.

  • Bill Walker averaged 2.6 points and 6.6 minutes in 37 career games over two seasons with Boston.

  • Danilo Gallinari and Celtics forward Paul Pierce were both participants in the 2010 NBA 3-Point Shootout. Pierce won the event, Gallinari finished in a three-way tie for fourth place.
  • Mike D’Antoni coached Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo during 2010 training camp for Team USA.

  • Kelenna Azubuike was teammates with Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo at the University of Kentucky for one season (2004-05).
  • Celtics guard Von Wafer played for Knicks Summer League team in 2008.

  • Celtics assistant coach Armond Hill was born in Brooklyn, New York and attended Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School

    Enjoy the game!

    Posted by Ricky Henne on October 28, 2010 at 11:16 p.m., ET
  • This Date in Knicks History: October 28
    1967 - Walt Frazier makes his Knicks debut in 111-98 loss versus Detroit, scoring two points, grabbing eight rebounds and dishing out seven assists over 34 minutes.

    1975 - Original Knick guard, Stan Stutz passes away. Stutz averaged 8.0 points in the Knicks inaugural 1946-47 season.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on October 28, 2010 at 10:55 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: October 27
    1984 - Knicks open the 1984-85 season with a 137-118 win versus Detroit at Madison Square Garden. The 137 points are the most in franchise history on opening night. Bernard King scores 34 points to lead the way.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on October 27, 2010 at 10:55 a.m., ET
    Did You Know...
  • Kelenna Azubuike’s last name means “the past is your strength” in Igbo.

  • Wilson Chandler has many nicknames: Will, Ill Will, Kill at Will, Will The Thrill, Willie Blanco, Willie McFly.

  • Mike D’Antoni appeared in three games as an NBA player in Madison Square Garden, twice with Kansas City and once with San Antonio. He scored a total of five points in 37 minutes.

  • Toney Douglas’ brother Harry is a wide receiver for the Atlanta Falcons. According to Elias Sports Bureau, the Douglas brothers are at least the sixth set of siblings to play in the NBA and the NFL. They are the first duo since the Burleson’s, Kevin (NBA) and Nate (NFL), suited up for the Charlotte Bobcats and Minnesota Vikings in 2005-06.

  • Raymond Felton played AAU basketball for Beach Ball Select in South Carolina for three summers under Knicks assistant coach Dan D’Antoni.

  • Raymond Felton and Amar’e Stoudemire were teammates on the Eastern squad in the 2002 McDonald’s All-American game played at Madison Square Garden. Stoudemire recorded 10 points and seven rebounds and Felton added five points in the 138-107 win.

  • Landry Fields chose the number six, as it is the sum of the two numbers he’s worn throughout his basketball career 32 and 1 (3 + 2 + 1).

  • Knicks forward Danilo Gallinari’s father, Vittorio, was a roommate and teammate of Mike D’Antoni’s for eight years in Italy, while playing for Milan.

  • Roger Mason, Jr likes to play classical music on the piano and serves as a Vice President for the NBA Players Association. He chose the number 18 because it is considered good luck in Israel, where he played professionally during the 2005-06 season.

  • Andy Rautins father Leo attended training camp with the Knicks in 1987, appearing in two preseason games.

  • In 2002-03, Amar’e Stoudemire became the first player in NBA history drafted out of high school to win NBA Rookie of the Year award.

  • Ronny Turiaf speaks five languages – French, English, Spanish, Italian and his native Creole.

  • Knicks have five players on the roster who were born outside of the United States, including all three players acquired from Golden State on Jul. 9. Kelenna Azubuike was born in London, England; Danilo Gallinari, Milan, Italy; Timofey Mozgov, St. Petersburg, Russia; Anthony Randolph; Worzbach, Germany and Ronny Turiaf, Fort De France, Martinique.

  • 10 Knicks are on Twitter, which is tied with Phoenix and Boston for the third most in NBA, behind Oklahoma City and Milwaukee. Amar’e Stoudemire, Roger Mason, Jr., Wilson Chandler, Landry Fields, Danilo Gallinari, Anthony Randolph, Kelenna Azubuike, Bill Walker, Andy Rautins and Eddy Curry (private) all use the social media.

    Posted by Ricky Henne on October 27, 2010 at 12:17 a.m., ET
  • Knicks-Raptors Connections
    Here are some connections between the Knicks and Raptors heading into tonight's season opener...

  • Danilo Gallinari and Raptors center Andrea Bargnani are from Italy: Gallinari is from Milan, Bargnani is from Rome. Gallinari and Bargnani have practiced together for the Italian National team.

  • Mike D’Antoni was hired as the Phoenix Suns head coach on Dec. 10, 2003 by then President/General Manager Bryan Colangelo, who currently holds the same position with the Raptors.

  • Mike D’Antoni was hired by Raptors Vice-President/Assistant General Manager Maurizio Gherardini to coach Benetton of the Italian League in 1994. The pair worked together from 1994-1997.

  • Raptors guard Marcus Banks played under Mike D'Antoni in Phoenix from (2006-08).

  • Senior Vice President, Basketball Operations Glen Grunwald spent a decade with the Raptors (1994-2004), including seven seasons as general manager.

  • Herb Williams played one game for Toronto in the 1995-96 season following a trade from the Knicks. He played 31 minutes and scored six points and grabbed eight rebounds on Feb. 22, 1996 in 102-86 loss at Utah. One day later, the Raptors waived him and he then returned to the Knicks on Feb. 28.

  • Donnie Walsh was Raptors assistant coach/Hall of Famer Alex English’s head coach in Denver for part of the 1980-81 season.

  • Knicks guard Toney Douglas played with Raptors rookie center Solomon Alabi for one season at Florida State University (2008-2009).

  • Andy Rautins father Leo is a TV analyst for the Raptors and went to training camp with the Knicks in 1987. Leo coached Andy for Team Canada at the 2010 World Basketball Championships in Istanbul, Turkey.

  • Raptors head coach Jay Triano was the Canadian Mens National teams head coach before being replaced by Leo.

  • Toronto guard Leandro Barbosa played for Mike D’Antoni for five seasons in Phoenix.(2003-2008), alongside Amar’e Stoudemire where he averaged a career high 18.0 points per game and 4.0 assists per game during the 2006-2007 season.

  • Raptors forward Ed Davis and Raptors guard/forward DeMar DeRozan played in the 2008 Jordan Brand Classic that took place at Madison Square Garden.

  • On Feb. 18, 2010, Toronto forward/center Joey Dorsey was traded to the Sacramento Kings in a three team deal that also moved Tracy McGrady to the Knicks.

  • Roger Mason Jr. and Raptors guard/forward Linas Kleiza both played for Olympiacos Piraeus, although they did not play together; Mason (04-05) and Kleiza (09-10).

  • Raptors assistant coach Alex English and Herb Williams played together for one season for the Dallas Mavericks during the 1990-1991 season.

    Let's go Knicks!

    Posted by Ricky Henne on October 27, 2010 at 12:00 a.m., ET
  • This Date in Knicks History: October 26
    1956 - Knicks acquire Jerry Bird, Slater Martin and a player to be named later from Minneapolis for Walter Dukes and draft rights to Burdette Haldorson.

    1985 - Patrick Ewing makes his Knicks debut, recording 18 points and six rebounds, in 99-89 loss versus Philadelphia at Madison Square Garden.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on October 26, 2010 at 10:08 a.m., ET
    STAT Tops in Scoring
    If there were ever any doubts regarding the monumental impact Amar'e Stoudemire would have coming to The World's Most Famous Arena, they have certainly been shattered following STAT's dominant preseason performance.

    Stoudemire finished his impressive preseason by leading the NBA in scoring with 25.7 points per game. Last Tuesday, the big man finished with a robust 39 point outing against the Nets to push his scoring average to the tops in the NBA; a position that he did not relinquish. The 30-point effort was Stoudemire's third in six games, and the motivated Knicks newcomer looks poised to continue his dominance on the court the season. Amar'e kept his grasp on the scoring title by netting 24 points in the preseason finale vs. the Raptors on Friday.

    Impressively, Stoudemire has done all of his damage while averaging a mere 27 minutes per game, about nine minutes less than his 2009-10 campaign when he finished with 24 points per contest. It seems as if Stoudemire's dedication during training camp, where he was consistently the last Knick off the court, is paying huge dividends thus far. Amar'e will take his hot hand to Toronto as the Knicks tip-off the season vs. the Raptors on Wednesday.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on October 25, 2010 at 11:42 p.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: October 25
    1975 - Knicks acquire forward/center Spencer Haywood from Seattle for cash and option of Eugene Short or future draft choice. Haywood would average 17.1 points 8.6 rebounds in 210 games, before being traded to New Orleans in 1979 for Joe C. Meriweather.

    1984 - Knicks acquire center/forward James Bailey from San Antonio for 1986 third-round draft pick (Forrest McKenzie) and cash. “Jammin” James Bailey would play two seasons for the Knicks, averaging 7.5 points and 5.6 rebounds in 122 games.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on October 25, 2010 at 10:17 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: October 24
    1975 - Knicks acquire forward/center Spencer Haywood from Seattle for cash and option of Eugene Short or future draft choice. Haywood would average 17.1 points 8.6 rebounds in 210 games, before being traded to New Orleans in 1979 for Joe C. Meriweather.

    1984 - Knicks acquire center/forward James Bailey from San Antonio for 1986 third-round draft pick (Forrest McKenzie) and cash. “Jammin” James Bailey would play two seasons for the Knicks, averaging 7.5 points and 5.6 rebounds in 122 games.

    Posted by Ricky Henne on October 24, 2010 at 1:07 p.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: October 23
    1973 - Knicks waive Dick Barnett five games into his ninth season with the club. Barnett was an integral part of the Knicks two championship teams. He finished his Knicks career with 15.6 points and 2.9 assists in 604 regular season games and 14.6 points and 2.5 assists in 63 postseason games. His number 12 hangs from the Garden rafters.

    1980 - Knicks defeat the Boston Celtics 109-107 (OT) at the Hartford Civic Center, as Michael “Campy” Russell hits a 15-footer with :18 remaining in the game.

    Posted by Ricky Henne on October 23, 2010 at 2:30 p.m., ET
    Toney's Terrific Preseason
    There certainly has been no shortage of Knicks players turning heads this preseason: Amar'e Stoudemire leads all NBA players with a preseason scoring average of 26 ppg, Timofey Mozgov keeps churning out quality outings as a member of the starting rotation and Landry Fields is showing he might be the steal of the second round of this past June’s NBA Draft.

    But perhaps the player who has put the most emphatic stamp on this preseason has been second-year guard Toney Douglas. Averaging 11.3 points, 4.7 assists and 2.6 boards, the sophomore has forced his name into the discussion to be a major contributor for Head Coach Mike D'Antoni as the season gets set to begin October 27th in Toronto.

    The Knicks have witnessed Douglas blossom as the preseason has progressed, with the 6-foot-3 combo guard displaying a shut down defensive mentality as well as a willingness to be a go-to scorer with back-to-back 20 point outings earlier this week. The 29th pick of the 2009 NBA Draft has proven to be a pest for opposing offenses, ranking fifth in the NBA with 2.14 steals per-game this preseason. Most notably, Douglas picked six pockets vs. the Nets on Tuesday.

    The other aspect of Douglas' game that has impressed the Knicks has been his play alongside point guard Raymond Felton. A rotation with Douglas and Felton gives the Knicks two players who can pass, shoot the ball, play assertive defense, and run the floor. It is also a pairing that Douglas himself believes can be extremely effective.

    "I told Raymond if he gets it, I'm out right away and if I get (the ball) I'm pushing it,” Douglas said. “Let's go. Let's run. We are all versatile and all athletic enough to run the floor and get buckets."

    While Douglas is not expected to play in the preseason finale vs. the Toronto Raptors Friday night, it is safe to say the sparkplug guard has shown enough to make a major impact this season for the Knicks.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on October 22, 2010 at 3:16 p.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: October 22
    1958 -Knicks acquire guard Frank Selvy from St. Louis for a 1959 second-round draft pick (Alan Seiden).

    1973 -Original Knick guard, Dick Murphy, passes away at the age of 52.

    1982 -Knicks acquire forward Bernard King in a trade with Golden State for guard Micheal Ray Richardson and a 1984 fifth-round draft pick (Scott McCollum). Also, acquire forward Louis Orr from Indiana for cash and a 1983 second-round draft pick (pick traded to Seattle, Scooter McCray).

    1997 -Knicks acquire Chris Mills and two future second round picks (1998, DeMarco Johnson; 2001, Michael Wright) from Boston, in exchange for Scott Brooks, Walter McCarty, Dontae Jones and John Thomas.

    Posted by Mike Hacku on October 22, 2010 at 10:16 a.m., ET
    Knicks-Raptors Connections
    Here are some connections between the Knicks and Raptors...

  • Danilo Gallinari and Raptors center Andrea Bargnani are from Italy: Gallinari is from Milan, Bargnani is from Rome. Gallinari and Bargnani have practiced together for the Italian National team.

  • Mike D’Antoni was hired as the Phoenix Suns head coach on Dec. 10, 2003 by then President/General Manager Bryan Colangelo, who currently holds the same position with the Raptors.

  • Mike D’Antoni was hired by Raptors Vice-President/Assistant General Manager Maurizio Gherardini to coach Benetton of the Italian League in 1994. The pair worked together from 1994-1997.

  • Raptors guard Marcus Banks played under Mike D'Antoni in Phoenix from (2006-08).

  • Senior Vice President, Basketball Operations Glen Grunwald spent a decade with the Raptors (1994-2004), including seven seasons as general manager.

  • Herb Williams played one game for Toronto in the 1995-96 season following a trade from the Knicks. He played 31 minutes and scored six points and grabbed eight rebounds on Feb. 22, 1996 in 102-86 loss at Utah. One day later, the Raptors waived him and he then returned to the Knicks on Feb. 28.

  • Donnie Walsh was Raptors assistant coach/Hall of Famer Alex English’s head coach in Denver for part of the 1980-81 season.

  • Knicks guard Toney Douglas played with Raptors rookie center Solomon Alabi for one season at Florida State University (2008-2009).

  • Andy Rautins father Leo is a TV analyst for the Raptors and went to training camp with the Knicks in 1987. Leo coached Andy for Team Canada at the 2010 World Basketball Championships in Istanbul, Turkey.

  • Raptors head coach Jay Triano was the Canadian Mens National teams head coach before being replaced by Leo.

  • Toronto guard Leandro Barbosa played for Mike D’Antoni for five seasons in Phoenix.(2003-2008), alongside Amar’e Stoudemire where he averaged a career high 18.0 points per game and 4.0 assists per game during the 2006-2007 season.

  • Raptors forward Ed Davis and Raptors guard/forward DeMar DeRozan played in the 2008 Jordan Brand Classic that took place at Madison Square Garden.

  • On Feb. 18, 2010, Toronto forward/center Joey Dorsey was traded to the Sacramento Kings in a three team deal that also moved Tracy McGrady to the Knicks.

  • Roger Mason Jr. and Raptors guard/forward Linas Kleiza both played for Olympiacos Piraeus, although they did not play together; Mason (04-05) and Kleiza (09-10).

  • Raptors assistant coach Alex English and Herb Williams played together for one season for the Dallas Mavericks during the 1990-1991 season.

    Let's go Knicks!

    Posted by Ricky Henne on October 21, 2010 at 4:16 p.m., ET
  • This Date in Knicks History: October 21
    1963 - Knicks purchase the contract of forward Len Chappell from Philadelphia. Chappell would represent the Knicks in the All-Star game in his first of three seasons in New York. He went on to average 11.7 points in 167 games.

    1976 -Willis Reed’s number 19 is raised to the Garden rafters. Reed, who played 10 seasons in New York (1964-65 – 1973-74), led the team to two championships and is third on the franchise’s all-time scoring list with 12,183 points.

    Posted by Ricky Henne on October 21, 2010 at 1:13 p.m., ET
    Knicks-76ers Connections
    Here are some connections between the Knicks and 76ers...

  • Wilson Chandler and 76ers forward Thaddeus Young were teammates for the Sophomore team during the 2009 Rookie Challenge.

  • Andy Rautins father Leo was selected by Philadelphia in the first round (17th overall) of 1983 NBA Draft, becoming first ever Canadian drafted in the NBA.

  • Mike D’Antoni served as the Denver Nuggets Director of Player Personnel during the 1997-1998 season where 76er’s forward/center Tony Battie was a rookie.

  • Eddy Curry was teammates with 76er’s forward Andres Nocioni in Chicago during the 2004-05 season.

  • Roger Mason played with 76ers forward Darius Songaila for the Washington Wizards for two seasons (2006-2008).

  • Kelenna Azubuike and 76er’s guard Louis Williams played together in the NBDL for the Fort Worth Flyers during the 2005-2006 season.

  • 76ers assistant coach Michael Curry played for the Indiana Pacers during the 2004-2005 season when Donnie Walsh was CEO/President of Pacers Sports and Entertainment. Curry also teamed with Roger Mason for the Toronto Raptors during the 2003-04 season.

  • 76ers assistant coach Aaron McKie played alongside Ronny Turiaf for the Los Angeles Lakers for two season from 2005-2007.

    Let's go Knicks!

    Posted by Ricky Henne on October 20, 2010 at 12:45 p.m., ET
  • This Date in Knicks History: October 20
    1970 - Walt Frazier records his 13th career triple double with 23 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists to lead the Knicks to a 115-100 victory versus the LA Lakers at Madison Square Garden.

    2001 -The Concert for New York City is held at Madison Square Garden.

    Posted by Ricky Henne on October 20, 2010 at 10:55 a.m., ET
    Knicks-Nets Connections
    Here are some connections between the Knicks and Nets...

  • Nets Head Athletic Trainer Tim Walsh spent 13 seasons with the Knicks as an Assistant Trainer (1984-1997).

  • Nets assistant coach John Loyer was the video coordinator in Portland during the 2000-01 season when Mike D’Antoni was an assistant coach.

  • Knicks rookie Landry Fields and Nets center Brook Lopez played together at Stanford University for two seasons (2006-2007 – 2007-2008).

  • Ronny Turiaf and Nets forward Johan Petro played high school ball together and were members of the 2006 World Basketball Championship French National team.

  • Ronny Turiaf was teammates with Nets guard Jordan Farmar for the Lakers for two season (2006-2008).

  • Raymond Felton teamed with Nets forward Stephen Graham in Charlotte during the 2009-2010 season. Graham played for the Pacers during the 2007-08 season, while Donnie Walsh served as the CEO/President of Pacers Sports and Entertainment.

  • Nets guard Anthony Morrow played alongside Kelenna Azubuike, Anthony Randolph and Ronny Turiaf for the Golden State Warriors for two seasons (2008-2010).

  • Nets Forward/Center Troy Murphy played for the Indiana Pacers from 2007-08, while Donnie Walsh served as CEO/President of Pacers Sports and Entertainment.

  • Nets assistant coach Sam Mitchell played for the Indiana Pacers from 1992-1995, while Donnie Walsh served as the President of the Pacers Basketball Corporation.

    Enjoy the Game!

    Posted by Ricky Henne on October 19, 2010 at 11:44 a.m., ET
  • This Date in Knicks History: October 19
    1961 - Knicks open the 1961-62 campaign with a 120-103 victory versus Chicago (first game in Packers/Zephyrs/Bullets/Wizards team history) at Madison Square Garden. Johnny Green scores 27 points and records 15 rebounds and Willie Naulls and Richie Guerin add 25 and 21 points, respectively.

    1984 -Knicks acquire five-year veteran guard Butch Carter from Indiana for a 1985 second-round pick. Carter averaged 7.5 points in 74 games with the Knicks.

    Posted by Ricky Henne on October 19, 2010 at 11:20 a.m., ET
    Fields Still on Fire
    Landry Fields could be on the court a lot this season.

    The rookie guard/forward has built off his success at the NBA Summer League and finds himself fighting for a spot in Head Coach Mike D’Antoni’s rotation through five preseason games.

    "Landry just comes in and does everything good," D'Antoni said. "Defensively, he runs the floor, rebounds and I think he'll get a lot better. He's getting more confidence with his shot. He's very athletic and smart. That's a pretty good combo."

    Fields sure looked confident in the Knicks’ 92-90 victory over the Washington Wizards on Sunday. With his team down two with 26 seconds left, the second-round draft pick calmly knocked down a jumper from about 20 feet out to tie the game at 90, setting up Toney Douglas’ game-winning free throws.

    Fields finished the game with seven points on 3-for-3 shooting, including a 3-pointer. He is averaging 6.6 points on 60 percent shooting from the field and 2.8 rebounds during the preseason.

    Posted by Mike Slane on October 18, 2010 at 2:21 p.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: October 18
    1949 - Knicks sign draft pick Ernie Vandeweghe. Ernie, whose son Kiki would also play for New York from 1988-89 - 1991-92, played six seasons in New York, averaging 9.5 points in 224 regular season games and 10.0 points in 43 postseason contests.

    1963 - Knicks trade guard Richie Guerin to St. Louis for cash and 1964 second-round draft choice. Guerin finished his eight-year career in New York, with 20.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 16 triple doubles in 518 games. He represented the Knicks in six all-star games.

    Posted by Ricky Henne on October 18, 2010 at 11:25 a.m., ET
    Knicks-WizardsConnections
    Here are some connections between the Knicks and Wizards...

  • Wizards President of Basketball Operations Ernie Grunfeld played with the Knicks from 1982-83 to 1985-86 and served as the Knicks General Manager from April 23, 1991 through April 21, 1999. Grunfeld also served as the Knicks radio analyst for the MSG Network for three seasons from 1986-1989. His son Dan Grunfeld went to training camp with the Knicks in 2008 before being waived on October 23.

  • Knicks guard Toney Douglas played with Wizards forward Al Thornton for one season at Florida State University (2006-2007).

  • Wilson Chandler and Wizards forward Al Thornton were teammates for the Sophomore team during the 2009 Rookie Challenge.

  • Roger Mason played for the Washington Wizards for two seasons (2006-2008). Mason played with Wizards guard Kirk Hinrich for the Chicago Bulls during the 2003-2004 season.

  • Shawne Williams played with Wizards guard/forward Josh Howard for the Dallas Mavericks during the 2008-2009 season.

  • Amar’e Stoudemire played with Wizards forward Sean Marks in Phoenix for two seasons (2006-2008) under Mike D’Antoni.

  • Sean Marks was selected in the second round (44th overall) of the 1998 NBA Draft by the Knicks, before his draft rights were traded with Charles Oakley and cash to Toronto in exchange for Marcus Camby on June 24, 1998.

  • Wizards guard/forward Hilton Armstrong is from Yonkers, New York and went to Peekskill High School.

  • Mike D’Antoni coached Wizards center JaVale McGee during 2010 Training Camp for Team USA.

  • Raymond Felton teamed up with Wizards small forward Adam Morrison for two seasons (2006-2008) for the Charlotte Bobcats.

  • Wizards assistant Randy Wittman was a member of the Indiana Pacers for the three season while Donnie Walsh served President of the Players Basketball Corporation for Indiana. Wittman was an assistant coach in Indiana in 1992 with Walsh serving as the team’s president.

  • Senior Vice President, Basketball Operations Glen Grunwald was a co-captain of the 1981 NCAA Champion Indiana Hoosiers where Randy Wittman was one of his teammates.

  • Wizards assistant coach Sam Cassell was a member of the 1993-94 Houston Rockets who defeated the Knicks in the NBA Finals. Cassel was a member of the 2008-2009 Boston Celtics squad with Bill Walker.

    Let's Go Knicks!

    Posted by Ricky Henne on October 17, 2010 at 12:41 p.m., ET
  • This Date in Knicks History: October 17
    1964 - Willis Reed debuts for the Knicks, scoring 15 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in 113-109 loss to Los Angeles Lakers at Madison Square Garden.

    Posted by Ricky Henne on October 17, 2010 at 10:01 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: October 16
    1940 -Knicks legend Dave DeBusschere is born in Detroit, Michigan. DeBusschere represented the Knicks in the All-Star game in each of his five full seasons in New York and played a key part in the 1970 and 1973 championships. His number 22 hangs from the Garden rafters. He later served as the Knicks general manager from 1982-86. He passed away on May 14, 2003.

    1962 - Knicks open the 1962-63 campaign with a 121-119 victory over Chicago at Madison Square Garden.  Richie Guerin leads the way with 30 points and eight assists.

    1965 -Dick Barnett makes his Knicks debut, scoring 27 points and posting five assists and four rebounds in the Knicks’ season-opening 111-103 victory versus Detroit at Madison Square Garden.

    Posted by Ricky Henne on October 16, 2010 at 11:26 a.m., ET
    Fields' Special Night
    For many players, reaching the NBA is the realization for a life-long dream. For Landry Fields, as much as he wanted to focus solely on playing just another basketball game, he admits that making his home debut against a trio of future Hall of Famers was an experience he will cherish forever.

    “It was outstanding,” the Knicks rookie said in the locker room following the game. “You know, especially a team like Boston going up against guys like Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, these are guys I saw growing up, so it was definitely a great experience to go up against them.”

    Still, when he was out on the court, it was business as usual. During a sequence in the third quarter, Fields applied enough pressure to strip the ball in the back court and go in for a one-handed slam that blew the roof off The Garden. But as Fields’ explains, when the play was going on, it was no different than being on a college court. It was only afterwards that he appreciated the magnitude of his power dunk.

    “At the time, I didn't really think about it. But then afterwards when I got back on the bench I was, ‘Ok, that was something special!’ So hopefully I can get in there and do it again.”

    Posted by Ricky Henne on October 15, 2010 at 11:26 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: October 15
    1946 -Knicks sign center Forest Weber, who would appear in 11 games, averaging 1.8 points, as a member of the original Knicks.

    1969 - Knicks win first of what would prove to be a franchise best 13 consecutive road games with a 94-89 win at Cincinnati. Walt Frazier and Willis Reed score 22 points each in the victory.

    1997 - Gus Johnson, who is entering his 14th season with the organization, is named the radio voice of the Knicks.

    Posted by Ricky Henne on October 15, 2010 at 11:26 a.m., ET
    Randolph Ready to Step Up
    With Amar’e Stoudemire likely to sit out some preseason games, Anthony Randolph could find himself playing extended minutes as he fights for minutes this season.

    Randolph, who was brought over in the four-player trade with the Warriors over the summer, is one of the more intriguing players on the Knicks’ roster. He is young, stands nearly 7-feet tall and can run the floor. He’s a proven shot blocker and is beginning to find his outside jumper.

    But while he has shown flashes of becoming an elite NBA player, Knicks Head Coach Mike D’Antoni still sees inconsistencies in Randolph’s game. Perhaps he just needs more experience.

    “He’s up and down, but again he’s 21 years old,” D’Antoni said after the Knicks’ loss to the Celtics on Wednesday. “There’s a lot of potential there, but he has to even his game out. He had a few really good minutes, and then all of a sudden he went a little haywire.”

    Through the first three preseason games, Randolph is averaging 13.0 points and 4.0 rebounds in 21 minutes. The third-year forward came off the bench in all three games, but could find himself playing more with the first unit with Stoudemire resting on the sideline.

    D’Antoni thinks it might be best to keep Stoudemire out of some games and limite the star power forward to a quarter or two in others during the final five preseason games to avoid fatigue. Stoudemire doesn’t need any extra work to get in shape for the 82-game season and he already knows the Knicks’ system, having played for D’Antoni in the past.

    “We’re just trying to be cautious,” D’Antoni said.

    Randolph is one of many Knicks fighting for a spot in the rotation, which could be as many as 10 players deep depending how the rest of the preseason shapes out. A couple spots in the starting lineup also appear to be up for grabs. It’s now Randolph’s time to show what he’s got.

    Posted by Mike Slane on October 14, 2010 at 6:01 p.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: October 14
    1965 - Knicks acquire Dick Barnett from the Los Angeles Lakers for Bob Boozer. Barnett, whose number 12 hangs from the Garden rafters, was an integral part of the Knicks 1970 and 1973 championship teams.

    Posted by Ricky Henne on October 14, 2010 at 11:53 a.m., ET
    Youth Movement
    New York enters the preseason as one of the youngest teams in the NBA with an average age of 24.6. Only three teams: Minnesota (23.4), Portland (24.0), Oklahoma City (24.2) are younger. In 2009, the Knicks went to training camp with an average age of 25.2 and in 2008, 26.2. The youngest opening night roster in Knicks history was 24.2 in 1979-80. This would mark the Knicks youngest opening night roster since 1980-81 (24.57) and the fifth youngest in franchise annals.

    Posted by Ricky Henne on October 13, 2010 at 1:32 p.m., ET
    Knicks-Celtics Connections
    Here are some connections between the Knicks and Celtics...

  • Celtics Head Coach Doc Rivers played three seasons for New York from 1992-93 - 1994-95 and averaged 7.7 points and 5.1 assists in 99 regular-season games and 10.2 points in 15 playoff games.

  • Amar’e Stoudemire and Celtics center Shaquille O’Neal were teammates in Phoenix for parts of two seasons (2007-09). Mike D’Antoni, Phil Weber and Dan D’Antoni coached the duo during the 2007-08 season.

  • Ray Allen authored one of the “50 Greatest Moments at Madison Square Garden” with his game-winning jumper in the 1996 Big East Tournament Championship.

  • Knicks assistant coach Kenny Atkinson (1986-90) and Celtics assistant coach Kevin Eastman (1973-77) played their college ball at the University of Richmond. Both served as team captains and rank in the top 10 in school history in assists.

  • Knicks assistant coach Herb Williams was tutored by then Mavs assistant and now Celtics assistant coach Clifford Ray in Dallas from 1988-89 – 1991-92.

  • Donnie Walsh acquired Celtics guard Marquis Daniels for the Pacers in a 2006 trade that sent Austin Croshere to Dallas.

  • Donnie Walsh acquired Celtics forward Jermaine O’Neal for the Pacers in a trade from the Portland Trailblazers on Aug. 31, 2000. O’Neal, who was traded in exchange for Dale Davis and Joe Kleine, spent eight seasons with the Pacers and Walsh.

  • Celtics guard Nate Robinson spent four seasons with the Knicks (2005-2006 – 2009-2010), after being traded to the team on draft night in 2005 from the Phoenix Suns. During his tenure in New York, Robinson won three Sprite Slam Dunk Contests (2006, 2009, 2010). On February 18, 2010, Robinson was traded to the Boston Celtics along with Marcus Landry in exchange for Bill Walker, Eddie House, and J. R. Giddens.

  • Bill Walker averaged 2.6 points and 6.6 minutes in 37 career games over two seasons with Boston.

  • Danilo Gallinari and Celtics forward Paul Pierce were both participants in the 2010 NBA 3-Point Shootout. Pierce won the event, Gallinari finished in a three-way tie for fourth place.
  • Mike D’Antoni coached Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo during 2010 training camp for Team USA.

  • Kelenna Azubuike was teammates with Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo at the University of Kentucky for one season (2004-05).
  • Celtics guard Von Wafer played for Knicks Summer League team in 2008.

  • Celtics assistant coach Armond Hill was born in Brooklyn, New York and attended Bishop Ford Central Catholic High School

    Enjoy the game!

    Posted by Ricky Henne on October 13, 2010 at 12:13 p.m., ET
  • This Date in Knicks History: October 13
    1989 - Knicks Public Address Announcer John Condon, who spent 42 seasons with the organization, passes away at the age of 75. His trademark greeting was: “Good evening, everybody. Welcome to Madison Square Garden.”

    1990 - Knicks defeat Pop 84 Split (Yugoslavia) 117-101 in an exhibition game in Barcelona, Spain to win the McDonald’s Open title. Patrick Ewing leads the way with 23 points and 13 rebounds.

    1994 - Knicks acquire guard/forward Doug Christie from the Lakers for two second round draft picks. Christie would play two seasons in New York, averaging 3.1 points in 35 games.

    Posted by Ricky Henne on October 13, 2010 at 7:55 a.m., ET
    Gallo's Game Developing Naturally
    No one would have asked Reggie Miller to drive more rather than fire away from beyond the arc, right?

    That was Knicks Head Coach Mike D’Antoni’s argument to anyone who would suggest Danilo Gallinari needs to do much more than camp out along the perimeter to become a go-to scorer in the NBA.

    “He’s got to have a game,” D’Antoni said. “And right now his game is to catch and shoot and catch and rip.”

    D’Antoni believes that for Gallinari to reach the next level he shouldn’t change the way he plays but change his mind set. He would like for his starting small forward to be aggressive throughout the game instead of waiting for a moment when the Knicks need a bucket. That means quicker shots and ball movement.

    “You can’t wait until the game is close and then (say) I’m going to really turn it on,” D’Antoni said. “If you play 25 or 30 minutes, those are going to be the hardest minutes you’ve ever played in your life. That would be enough to get to the next level.”

    Gallinari, who finished second in the NBA in 3-pointers last season, will likely see his role change more this season with Amar’e Stoudemire as the focal point on the offensive end. But since Gallinari and Stoudemire have only worked together for three weeks now only time will tell what Gallinari’s role will be.

    “I can’t worry about that,” Gallinari said. “If I worry about my stats, I won’t play a good game.”

    Posted by Mike Slane on October 12, 2010 at 4:28 p.m., ET
    Rautins Catching On Quickly
    Knicks rookie Andy Rautins, who is fighting for a spot in the rotation, has certainly caught Head Coach Mike D’Antoni’s attention since training camp opened over two weeks ago.

    “He's definitely trying to prove a point and trying to earn some time,” D’Antoni said following Sunday’s open practice. “He keeps looking pretty good in practice. We’ll see moving forward, but he’s showing he can play.”

    D’Antoni admitted that Rautins had a rough summer in Las Vegas, where the former Syracuse standout guard averaged just 5.8 points in five games. But the coach also points out that every player goes through ups and downs throughout his career.

    “He could have a bad November, but that doesn’t mean anything,” D’Antoni said. “He’s just playing a lot better now.”

    Drafted in the second round this past June, Rautins fits the Knicks’ style of play. He is known for his 3-pointer, but has proven to be a solid ball handler who could possibly play point guard.

    “There are a lot of things that he does,” D’Antoni said. “Everybody now is kind of competing for time and he’s doing a good job of getting himself (noticed). There’s still a lot of time to see how the rotation shapes out, but he’s trying to do it. He’s shown that he has some good skills.”

    Posted by Mike Slane on October 12, 2010 at 11:41 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: October 12
    1979 - The third overall pick, Bill Cartwright makes his Knicks debut, scoring 22 points on 6-10 shooting in season-opening 121-104 loss at Atlanta.

    Posted by Ricky Henne on October 12, 2010 at 8:58 a.m., ET
    New Knicks Adjust to Surroundings
    Sunday’s Open Practice at The Garden proved special not only for Knicks fans, but also served as an inspiring moment for the nine new players who were able to step onto their home court as Knicks for the first time.

    The experience was especially inspiring for new big-man Timofey Mozgov. After playing six professional seasons in his native Russia, Mozgov now suits up for a New York City fan-base that is unlike anything he has seen before in his career.

    “It was an unbelievable feeling,” described the 7-foot-1 center. “When I was in the World Championships there was the same amount of people, but this was only practice, not the World Championships. It’s just unbelievable.”

    While this was the first time Mozgov stepped foot on The Garden court to play ball, others have enjoyed the unique opportunity to play at The World’s Most Famous Arena as an opponent. However, that doesn’t mean they were totally familiar with the building.

    “Once I found my way in (to The Garden) and I calmed myself down, it was pretty fun,” said Ronny Turiaf with a grin after admitting he was lost looking for the Knicks locker room. “It was pretty cool to just get a little glimpse of what the fan-base is going to be like this year at home, and I can’t wait to get started.”

    Before practice began, players’ names were called off as they ran onto the court to a standing-ovation from the crowd. Point guard Raymond Felton, who signed with the Knicks after a standout season in Charlotte last year, said that he fed off fan energy and the adrenaline of getting a chance to play in The Garden in a Knicks practice jersey for the first time.

    “My favorite part of the day was just running out there,” Felton said. “They called our names out and the crowd went crazy. It felt good. It felt like a game. I felt like I could have practiced for two more hours.”

    The team laughed and soaked up the fans’ chanting their names during practice. It wasn’t long before those chants turned into roars as the Knicks began scrimmaging and displaying athletic dunks and pinpoint shooting before The Garden raucous crowd.

    “It was pretty loud today, so I can imagine when the season starts how loud the fans can get,” said prize free-agent signee Amar’e Stoudemire. “I played against the Knicks before, and when (the fans) are with you they’re totally with you, and that’s what we’re looking forward to.”

    Posted by Mike Hacku on October 11, 2010 at 4:57 p.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: October 11
    1980 - Knicks open the 1980-81 season with a 114-109 win versus Milwaukee at Madison Square Garden. Micheal Ray Richardson leads the way with 22 points, 10 assists and five rebounds.

    2003 -Knicks defeat Scavolini Pesaro (Italy) 119-115 (OT) in McDonald’s Open exhibition game in Barcelona, Spain. Gerald Wilkins hits a three-pointer with :08 left in regulation to force overtime and Patrick Ewing carries the Knicks to victory with 34 points, 17 rebounds and eight blocked shots.

    Posted by Ricky Henne on October 11, 2010 at 10:57 a.m., ET
    Azubuike on the Road to Recovery
    Kelenna Azubuike has yet to practice with the New York Knicks as he continues rehabbing from patella tendon surgery, but he says there's still a good chance he'll be ready for the regular season.

    "I should be," he said. "I'm probably a couple weeks away now."

    Azubuike, who was acquired from the Golden State Warriors over the summer, underwent the knee surgery last November. He played only nine games last season.

    "It's an injury you have to be patient with and really make sure you're all the way back," he said.

    A typical day for Azubuike includes several squats and lunges to strengthen the muscles around his knee. He recently began running again.

    "Did you see me running out there?" said Azubuike, a fifth-year shooting guard, after the Knicks' open practice on Sunday. "I'm getting a lot better, but we'll see when I'm fully ready. But I feel good."

    Azubuike traveled with the Knicks to Europe for their first two preseason games so he could continue rehabbing with the team's training staff. Although he was anxious to get back on the court, he understands that the end is near. The Knicks open the season on Oct. 27.

    "You want to be out there so bad," Azubuike said. "You realize you really love something when you can't play it for a year or whatever. I wish I could be out there, but it's sooner than later now."

    Posted by Mike Slane on October 10, 2010 at 7:45 p.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: October 10
    1997 - In a three-team deal:  New York acquires center Chris Dudley from Portland for a 1998 first-round draft choice and sends forward John Wallace to Toronto for 1998 first-round draft choice. Toronto sends future second round draft choice to Portland.

    2003 -Knicks sign free agent center and 12-year veteran Dikembe Mutombo. Mutombo would play one season in New York, averaging 5.6 points and 6.7 rebounds in 65 games. He was later traded to Chicago in the Jamal Crawford deal on August 5, 2004. 

    Posted by Ricky Henne on October 10, 2010 at 3:08 p.m., ET
    Rookies Making a Strong Case
    As Head Coach Mike D'Antoni continues to develop his rotation for the regular season, the Knicks' three rookies are showing why they may be a part of it.

    Since training camp opened three weeks ago, D'Antoni has indicated that he could increase his rotation from seven or eight players over the past two seasons to double figures this year. The reason for the possible change is the Knicks' depth after adding 11 new players during the offseason, all of whom fit the team's system.

    D'Antoni will continue to evaluate his roster during the preseason and should have a good idea of who will be a rotation player by the start of the regular season on Oct. 27 in Toronto. That should be more than enough time for rookies Landry Fields, Andy Rautins and Russian big man Timofey Mozgov to continue to prove they belong.

    Through training camp and the first two preseason games, the three rooks have stood out with their energy and strong work ethic. They each appear to be willing to want do the little things on the court that helps teams reach the next level, especially on the defensive end.

    Fields has carried over his impressive performance in the NBA Summer League to the preseason where the game is a different speed. Showing a little bit of everything from acrobatic layups to a nice midrange game, Fields averaged 8.0 points during New York's two-game Euro trip, including 13 against the Timberwolves. He entered both games in the first half and played a total of 27 minutes.

    Mozgov also played early minutes in both games and has put up some nice numbers. Despite still learning the language and adjusting to the NBA rules after playing the last six years in Russia, the 7-foot-1 center posted 10 points, five rebounds and three blocks in his Knicks debut against Armani Jeans Milano on Sunday. Three days later he scored eight against Minnesota.

    Rautins did not play in the first game but he let his presence be known in the second. He displayed great help defense in his first stint off the bench and sparked the Knicks in the fourth quarter by scoring six points. He also showed that he has good ball control, which could lead to some minutes as a backup point guard.

    While D'Antoni has already determined that Raymond Felton, Amar'e Stoudemire and Danilo Gallinari are locked into starting positions, the rest of the rotation is up for grabs. And you can be sure the three standout rookies will be fighting and pushing for playing time.

    Posted by Mike Slane on October 9, 2010 at 11:51 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: October 9
    1973 - Five months after winning second NBA championship, the Knicks open the 1973-74 season with a 101-100 win over Detroit at Madison Square Garden. Walt Frazier scores 27 points and dishes out 11 assists and Dave DeBusschere records 23 points and 18 rebounds to rally the Knicks back from a 10-point first-half deficit.

    1997 - Mike Breen, who is entering his 18th season as the voice of the Knicks, is named play-by-play announcer for Knicks telecasts on MSG. Breen has done TV exclusively for the last seven seasons.

    2003 -Knicks sign free agent center and 12-year veteran Dikembe Mutombo. Mutombo would play one season in New York, averaging 5.6 points and 6.7 rebounds in 65 games. He was later traded to Chicago in the Jamal Crawford deal on August 5, 2004. 

    Posted by Ricky Henne on October 9, 2010 at 10:48 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: October 8
    1983 - Knicks drop preseason opener to Atlanta 100-82 at Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Bildi, Mississippi.

    2008 - Knicks drop preseason opener - the unofficial debut of head coach Mike D’Antoni - in Toronto 113-111 at the Air Canada Centre. David Lee leads the Knicks with 22 points and nine rebounds and Zach Randolph contributes 19 points, 13 rebounds and five assists

    Posted by Ricky Henne on October 8, 2010 at 12:12 p.m., ET
    Block Party
    The New York Knicks are getting defensive.

    Known mostly for their high-powered offense over the past two seasons, the Knicks have shown much improvement on the other end of the floor through training camp and two preseason games. In fact, one stat that sticks out as much as any other so far is blocked shots.

    The Knicks left their European business trip with a total of 13 blocks in two games, including eight against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday. Last season, they ranked last in the NBA with 3.7 per game.

    It’s not all too shocking the Knicks have been able to protect their basket considering the pieces they brought in during the offseason. The Knicks, who were extremely undersized last season, built a roster of long, extremely athletic players.

    Ronny Turiaf, the starting center through two preseason games, is 6-10 and ranked fourth in the league in blocks a couple years ago. Anthony Randolph is nearly 7-feet tall and averaged 1.3 blocks through his first two seasons. And Amar’e Stoudemire is an underrated defender who over the course of his career has proven to be good for at least one block per game.

    Then, of course, there’s Timofey Mozgov, the 7-1 big man from Russia. He might still be a bit of mystery only days into his first NBA season, but we all already know what type of defender he could be.

    Mozgov’s first highlight as a Knick came on a block in Milan. Since then, he’s gone on to reject four more shots, including two against the Timberwolves in his first-ever matchup against an NBA team. In terms of pure size, he is poised to be the biggest rotation player the Knicks have had since Mike D’Antoni took over in 2008.

    Posted by Mike Slane on October 8, 2010 at 2:56 p.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: October 7
    1977 - Knicks trade guard Walt “Clyde” Frazier to Cleveland as compensation for signing free agent guard Jim Cleamons. Frazier’s 10-year run with the Knicks, in which he won two NBA Championships and set the franchise’s all-time scoring mark, 14,617, ( later surpassed by Patrick Ewing), and assists mark, 4,791, comes to an end.

    Posted by Ricky Henne on October 7, 2010 at 12:20 p.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: October 6
    1984 - Knicks open the 1984 preseason with a 95-86 win over Atlanta in Jacksonville, Florida.

    Posted by Ricky Henne on October 6, 2010 at 10:55 a.m., ET
    Knicks-Timberwolves Connections
    Here are some connections between the Knicks and Timberwolves...

  • Timberwolves general manager Jim Stack spent the 2003-04 season as an advance scout for the Knicks.

  • Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations David Kahn worked under Donnie Walsh as general manager of the Indiana Pacers from 1998-2002.

  • Timberwolves head coach Kurt Rambis was selected in the third round (58th overall) of the 1980 NBA Draft by the Knicks, but never played a game for New York (released in training camp).

  • Ronny Turiaf played three seasons for the LA Lakers (2005-08) with Kurt Rambis as one of his assistant coaches.

  • Bill Walker played at Kansas State with Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley during the 2007-2008 season.

  • Andy Rautins played college ball with Wesley Johnson and Johnny Flynn at Syracuse University. Rautins and Flynn were teammates for two seasons (2007-09), including an instant-classic six overtime win over UConn at the Garden in 2009. Rautins and Johnson were teammates last season

  • Wolves forward Darko Milicic played eight games for New York during the 2008-09 season, before being shipped to Minnesota on Feb. 17, 2010 in exchange for Brian Cardinal.

  • Mike D’Antoni coached Timberwolves forward Kevin Love during 2010 Training Camp for Team USA.

  • Raymond Felton played in Charlotte for two seasons (2005-07) with Minnesota assistant coach John-Blair Bickerstaff serving as a Bobcats assistant coach.

  • Bill Walker played parts of two seasons in Boston (2008-10) with Timberwolves assistant coach Dave Wohl serving as the Celtics assistant general manager.

  • Timberwolves point guard Sebastian Telfair was born in Brooklyn, New York and played at Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, New York.

  • Roger Mason Jr. was teammates with Minnesota center Anthony Tolliver in San Antonio during the 2008-09 season.

    Posted by Ricky Henne on October 5, 2010 at 4:18 p.m., ET
  • French Connection
    Ronny Turiaf grew up on the island of Martinique, a French territory in the Caribbean, before playing high school basketball in Paris, France for three years at the National Institute of Physical Education. His teammates included San Antonio’s Tony Parker, Charlotte’s Boris Diaw and New Jersey’s Johan Petro. Turiaf played for the French National Team at Eurobasket 2009 in Poland, averaging 7.1 points and 5.7 rebounds in nine contests. He also represented the country in the 2006 FIBA World Basketball Championship in Saitama, Japan and in the 2007 FIBA European Championships.

    Posted by Ricky Henne on October 5, 2010 at 2:46 p.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: October 5
    1993 - Knicks sign free agent forward Anthony Bonner, formerly of the Sacramento Kings. Bonner would average 4.5 points in 131 regular-season games and 2.2 points in 19 postseason games over two seasons with the Knicks. He made seven starts during the Knicks magical playoff run of 1993-94, averaging 2.1 points and 2.2 rebounds in 13 playoff games.

    1994 - Knicks sign first-round draft pick Notre Dame forward Monty Williams. Williams would play in 55 games over two seasons with the Knicks and average 2.8 points.

    Posted by Ricky Henne on October 5, 2010 at 12:01 p.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: October 4
    1991 - Knicks hold first training camp practice at the College of Charleston with Pat Riley overseeing his first practice as Knicks head coach.

    2005 - Knicks acquire center Eddy Curry and forward/center Antonio Davis from Chicago for forward Tim Thomas, forward Michael Sweetney, guard Jermaine Jackson, a 2006 first-round draft choice, second round draft choices in 2007 and 2009, and the opportunity to exchange first-round draft picks in 2007.

    Posted by Ricky Henne on October 4, 2010 at 1:09 p.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: October 3
    2000 - Knicks sign second-round pick Lavorr Postell to a contract and sign seven-year veteran center Felton Spencer, formerly of the San Antonio Spurs, to a contract. Postell spent three seasons in New York, averaging 3.2 points in 61 games. Spencer appeared in 50 games over two seasons, averaging 1.4 points and 1.7 rebounds

    Posted by Ricky Henne on October 3, 2010 at 11:40 a.m., ET
    Knicks-Armani Jeans Milano
    Here are some connections between the Knicks and Armani Jeans Milano...

  • Mike D’Antoni played for Olimpia Milano from 1977-1990 and then coached the club from 1990-94. He became the club's all-time leading scorer and was voted the league’s top point guard of all time in 1990. As a player, he led Milan to five Italian League titles, two Euroleague titles, two Cups of Italy, one Koraæ Cup and one Intercontinental Cup. He played on the Italian national team for the European championship in 1989 and was part of the Milan team that competed in the inaugural McDonald’s Open in 1987. His roommate and teammate for eight season’s was Vittorio Gallinari, Danilo’s father. D’Antoni returned to Milan in 1990 to serve as the team’s coach for four seasons. He led the team to two first place finishes and an 86-34 (.717) record, before becoming head coach of Benetton Treviso in 1994. D’Antoni coached Treviso for three seasons (1994-97), before returning for a second stint during the 2001-02 season

  • Danilo Gallinari signed with Armani Jeans Milano in 2005-06, before he was loaned to Edimes Pavia (Italy-A2), so that he could see extended playing time. He then returned to Armani Jeans Milano for two seasons (2006-08), and averaged a team-leading 17.5 points and 5.7 rebounds over 29 games (28 starts) in 2007-08 en route to being named Euroleague Rising Star. He participated in 2007 Italian All-Star Game and was a member of Italian U-18 National Team, that took home the Bronze Medal in 2005 European Championships in Belgrade

  • Knicks legend Bill Bradley played one season for Milan, leading the team to the Euroleague title in 1966, before joining the Knicks.

  • Former Knick Bob McAdoo also played for Milan and was a teammate of Mike D’Antoni.

  • Milan center Oleksiy Pecherov played with Roger Mason, Jr. in Washington during the 2007-2008 season.

    Posted by Ricky Henne on October 2, 2010 at 9:40 p.m., ET
  • This Date in Knicks History: October 2
    1936 - Dick Barnett, whose number 12 hangs from the Garden rafters, is born in Gary, Indiana. He was an integral part of the Knicks two championships (70, 73), and finished his Knicks career with 15.6 points in 604 regular-season games and 14.6 points in 63 postseason clashes.

    1986 - Knicks trade guard Darrell Walker to Denver for 1987 first-round draft pick. The Knicks would later ship the pick to Chicago for center Jawaan Oldham (10/30/86).

    1991 - Knicks trade guard Maurice Cheeks to Atlanta for center Tim McCormick. McCormick would average 1.9 points in 22 games during the 1991-92 season, then miss the entire 1992-93 and 1993-94 seasons due to injury.

    2007 - Knicks open final training camp at Charleston, South Carolina, after 17 years of calling it their training camp home.

    Posted by Ricky Henne on October 2, 2010 at 8:17 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: October 1
    1990 - Knicks sign free agent guard John Starks, who played 36 games for Golden State during the 1988-89 season. Starks would spend eight seasons in New York, averaging 14.1 points in 602 regular-season games and 14.5 points in 93 postseason clashes. He earned one trip to the NBA All-Star game in 1994 and left the franchise as 11th leading scorer with 8,489 points.

    1991 - Knicks acquire forward Xavier McDaniel for guard Trent Tucker, forward Jerrod Mustaf and 1992 and 1994 second-round draft choices. The X-Man played one season in New York, averaging 13.7 points and 5.6 rebounds in 82 regular-season games and 18.8 points and 7.2 rebounds in 12 postseason clashes.

    1992 - Former Knicks coach Joe Lapchick (1947-1956), guard Richie Guerin (1956-64), guard Sonny Hertzberg (1946-48) and broadcaster Marty Glickman (21 years) are inducted into the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame.

    2000 - Knicks guard Allan Houston and the USA Basketball team defeat France 85-75 in Sydney, Australia to win the gold medal at the Summer Olympics.

    Posted by Ricky Henne on October 1, 2010 at 1:27 p.m., ET
    Chandler Gets First Crack at the Two
    The starting shooting guard spot in the Knicks’ preseason opener could go to Wilson Chandler.

    Despite missing Tuesday night’s practice session and being limited Wednesday morning due to a sore left calf, Chandler will likely play – and start – against Armani Jeans Milano Sunday in Milan, Italy.

    “I will probably give the nod to Will just because he was here last year,” head coach Mike D’Antoni said. “But I have no idea (who will start during the regular season).”

    Chandler played with what appeared to be the first unit all week before getting banged up. Roger Mason Jr., who started for the San Antonio Spurs two seasons ago, played alongside Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Amar’e Stoudemire and Ronny Turiaf on Wednesday. But the starting lineup is not set yet.

    “Obviously, you know we got Gallo at the three, Amar’e at the four and Raymond at the one,” D’Antoni said. “Now, the other two we’re missing. We have eight or nine guys who could all start.”

    Posted by Mike Slane on September 30, 2010 at 10:52 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: September 30
    1987 - Knicks announce four-year deal with University of New York Purchase to hold training camp and regular season practice at the facilities. Purchase would serve as the Knicks home for 15 seasons, until MSG aining Center opened in 2002. 2008 - Knicks hold first training camp practice at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, as the Mike D’Antoni era officially begins.

    Posted by Ricky Henne on September 30, 2010 at 8:40 a.m., ET
    Walsh Sees His Vision Come to Life
    Knicks President of Basketball Operations Donnie Walsh spent two whole years in New York with an eye on the 2010-11 season. Now that it is finally here, what he has seen so far hasn’t only matched his high expectations, it has exceeded them.

    "I felt good about our offseason when we did it, and now when I see them playing, I feel even better about it,” he said following Tuesday’s practice. "It's gone better in the sense that it has been a very hard camp. The players are in tremendous shape, and that is why they were able to get through it. There wasn't a day in our training camp that wasn't as hard as I have ever seen. And our players have handled it very well."

    Walsh emphasized the importance of this squad being a true unit who enjoy each other’s company. Not only that, but each player on the roster complements one another’s skill-set and together they are built to succeed in Head Coach Mike D’Antoni’s schemes.

    "I am excited because it is the first time here in New York we are able to put a team together,” he said. “The team we had was already here and it didn't fit Mike's style. We made changes but they were more for financial reasons. I never had a real team feeling from those teams. And these guys, it looks like they are a real tight-knit group both on and off the court."

    Posted by Ricky Henne on September 29, 2010 at 10:49 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: September 29
    1978 - Knicks send forward Lonnie Shelton, a 1979 first-round draft pick and cash to Seattle as compensation for signing center Marvin Webster. The Knicks also received a 1981 first-round draft pick and cash in the transaction.

    Posted by Ricky Henne on September 29, 2010 at 8:55 a.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: September 28
    1971 - Knicks defeat the reigning ABA champion Utah Stars 96-89 at Salt Palace in franchise’s first ever interleague preseason game, Walt Frazier leads the way with 19 points.

    1982 - Knicks sign five-year veteran forward Bernard King to an offer sheet. Golden State would match the offer, but would later trade King to the Knicks on October 22 for guard Micheal Ray Richardson and a 1984 fifth-round draft pick.

    1994 - Former Knicks general manager and forward Ernie Grunfeld (1982-86, 1991-99), forward Bernard King (1982-87), guard Ossie Schectman (1946-47) and forward Cal Ramsey are inducted into the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame.

    Posted by Ricky Henne on September 28, 2010 at 3:19 p.m., ET
    Knicks Hit the Ground Running
    Amar’e Stoudemire went through four training camps with Mike D’Antoni during their days together with the Phoenix Suns, but he doesn’t remember the previous camps being as difficult as this one.

    “It wasn’t this hard,” said Stoudemire, who played for D’Antoni from 2004 to 2008. “The good thing about this one is the fact that we came in so early this summer to where this doesn’t feel hard. If we didn’t come into training camp in shape, this would probably be one of the hardest training camps I’ve been a part of. But all the guys are in shape so it feels good.”

    D’Antoni is very impressed with his team’s ability to get through the two-a-day workouts, which include agility drills, weight training and a lot of running.

    “The guys are working extremely hard,” D’Antoni said. “The stuff they’re going through is not easy, but they just keep pushing the envelope a little bit. I’m really excited about what they’re doing.”

    While the Knicks are still working on their offensive and defensive strategies heading into the season, there is certainly an emphasis on cardio.

    “We think that’s something that we have control over and something we can improve,” D’Antoni said. “The training staff has brought in different stuff. This week’s been interesting. The players are being competitive on it so that’s been good and we have some athletes out here. We just feel that in January and February this is going to pay off.”

    Posted by Mike Slane on September 27, 2010 at 3:47p.m., ET
    STAT Stacking Up as a Leader
    With a legit superstar in Amar’e Stoudemire leading the New York Knicks, the vibe surrounding the team is different from past years, according to former NBA great and TNT analyst Reggie Miller, who watched the Knicks' practice on Sunday.

    “Huge difference,” Miller said. “For me, it starts with the new face of the franchise in Amar’e. I’ve watched him over the past few years in Phoenix and Steve Nash and Grant Hill and those guys were really the face of that franchise. You didn’t hear a lot from Amar’e. You saw him, but this was a true chance for me to see him be the guy with his own team.

    “He was the first person out here for practice. He led every drill. He finished every drill first. He stayed later on the court than everyone else shooting. I liked it. He was high-fiving everyone during some of the scrimmages. He was getting together some of his own guys. There are some guys who lead by their vocal actions and some guys who lead on the court. He was doing both.

    “To me, that’s a step in the right direction.”

    Stoudemire isn’t playing around. It might be the first weekend of the season, but he is setting a tone for the entire year by trying to break down the rim every chance he gets.

    “We’re going to definitely attack the rack,” the 6-foot-10 forward said. “I’ve been doing that my whole career and that’s not going to change.”

    The Knicks will certainly have a ton of highlight-reel dunks from players "attacking the rack" this season with a ton of long, athletic player, including Stoudemire, Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari, Bill Walker and Landry Fields.

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  • The Knicks understand how important training camp is come time for actual games.

    “It should be hard work,” Stoudemire said. “Guys are working their butts off every day. And it’s great because we know now that we have to do what it takes to get in top shape. This is the hard part right now. Fans don’t get a chance to see how hard we really work and by game time we should be in great shape.”

  • Head Coach Mike D’Antoni is “extremely” impressed with his team through the first two full days of training camp. The Knicks had two sessions yesterday and one two-and-a-half hour practice this morning.

    “Yesterday was extremely good,” he said. “They go through some rigorous stuff and it’s not easy.”

    Posted by Mike Slane on September 26, 2010 at 8:30 p.m., ET
  • Notes From Practice - Session 2
    While the first practice of the day saw the Knicks work on their defensive sets and focused on conditioning, the evening session saw the team face off in a series of scrimmages.

    Here are some notable highlights.

  • Timofey Mozgov was very impressive. He had a pair of thunderous dunks that shook the entire backboard, and the rim didn’t stop shaking for what seemed like an eternity. Head Coach Mike D’Antoni noted that Mozgov played a similar style overseas to how the Knicks play, explaining that the 7-foot-1 Russian is already proficient at running the pick-and-roll.

  • The dunks don't just stop with Mozgov. All the Knicks finished strong at the rim, notably Amar'e Stoudemire, who skied high for a one-handed power slam that had the coaches, players, staff and everyone else in attendance in awe of his combination of power and athleticism.

  • Danilo Gallinari had a nice sequence where he made an acrobatic block from behind, leaped up to grab the ball and then dribbled the length of the court between defenders before finishing with another acrobatic play at the rim.

  • The Knicks were very pesky on defense, with Ronny Turiaf leading the way. Known as one of the top hustle players in the league, Turiaf was barking all over the court at his teammates on the defensive end, offering them words of encouragement and congratulating them on their successes.

  • Anthony Randolph showed a nice touch to his mid-range game. He said he worked hard at it over the summer, and so far it looks like it has paid off for the lefty.

  • Raymond Felton, the Knicks floor general, showed off his scoring ability with a bunch of long-range bombs from downtown.

    Posted by Ricky Henne on September 25, 2010 at 10:35 p.m., ET
  • Notes From Practice - Session 1
    After a busy offseason, the Knicks finally hit the court for their first official practice on Saturday.

    Head Coach Mike D’Antoni used the first of two sessions explaining the team’s offense and defense along with running conditioning drills.

    “It’s a process,” he said.

    The Knicks ran full-court defensive and offensive drills before going through a conditioning program that included lifting weights over their heads, pulling a weighted-down sled and doing pushups on medicine balls.

    “I think we have a lot of young guys who are willing to learn,” Amar'e Stoudemire said. “We’re athletic, we have length, we’re strong. We’re going to surprise some guys this year.”

    Here are some of the highlights from the Knicks’ first practice of the year:

  • Stoudemire, who along with Raymond Felton will be the team’s co-captain this season, was the last player to leave the court as he worked for nearly a half hour after practice shooting jumpers with assistant coach Phil Weber. Stoudemire credits Weber, who coached the big man in Phoenix, for his improved jump shot.

    “Phil was a great part of my success back in Phoenix when I first starting to learn how to shoot the jump shot,” Stoudemire said. “So I think we have that camaraderie.”

  • Andy Rautins, one of the smallest players on the team, looked like a track star while pulling the sled. His ability to get up and down the court is starting to impress the Knicks’ staff, including team president Donnie Walsh.

    “I like Rautins,” Walsh said. “I got to see him play last week and he can play point guard. I wasn’t sure of that in Vegas (at Summer League) because he was hurt. Now he seems to be OK with his leg and he could push the ball up the court, and that’s important to our team.”

  • Walsh was impressed with Eddy Curry’s conditioning.

    “I haven’t seen him with his shirt off, but I understand that he’s cut,” Walsh said. “So he looks like he’s come in in pretty good shape. I thought he looked good.”

  • Timofey Mozgov, the 7-foot-1 center from Russia, got his first taste of the NBA. He said he felt good and feels comfortable playing with NBA players. He was clearly one of, if not the, strongest players in camp, easily lifting the weights over his head. He also moved extremely well for a player his size.

    “I’m watching the young Mozgov and I watched him throughout the (World Championships) and he has a good future,” Walsh said. “He really does. He’s a 7-foot-1, 270-pound center, but like most he’s got a lot to learn and you have to see him against veterans.”

  • During a pick-and-roll drill, Anthony Randolph went to the rim for an uncontested shot when Felton yelled out, “Get up!” Randolph went on to nearly pull the rim down with a two-handed dunk. He’s going to be fun to watch.

    Posted by Mike Slane on September 25, 2010 at 2:13 p.m., ET
  • Stoudemire, Felton Named Captains
    Knicks Head Coach Mike D’Antoni didn’t wait too long to select team captains, naming Amar’e Stoudemire and Raymond Felton co-captains the night before the first practice of the season.

    “They both talked to the team last night,” D’Antoni said. “They were impressive.”

    Stoudemire and Felton addressed their teammates during a team dinner on Friday night. They both emphasized the importance of every player accepting leadership roles, not just the captains, and maintaining their health and conditioning throughout the long 82-game season.

    “Teams are going to being aiming for us since we’re now a team to beat so we’re going to have to be ready,” Stoudemire said.

    Both Stoudemire and Felton have a ton of experience as both leaders and winners. While playing for the Phoenix Suns, Stoudemire reached the Western Conference Finals three times in eight seasons, including last year. Felton, who previously played for the Charlotte Bobcats, won an NCAA National Championship with North Carolina.

    Stoudemire and Felton also have reputations as hard workers, which Stoudemire proved after Saturday’s first practice when he shot jumpers after everyone else had left the court.

    “All the great leaders that I’ve had were the guys who worked hard,” Knicks President Donnie Walsh said. “And these guys work hard. The other players work hard when those guys work hard.”

    Posted by Mike Slane on September 25, 2010 at 12:20 p.m., ET
    This Date in Knicks History: September 25
    1927 - Knicks legend Carl Braun born in Brooklyn, NY.

    1980 - In a three-team deal, Knicks send center Joe Meriweather and a 1981 first-round draft pick to Kansas City and acquire forward Campy Russell from Cleveland. Kansas City also sends Bill Robinzine to Cleveland.

    Posted by Ricky Henne on September 25, 2010 at 8:10 a.m., ET