Surviving New York
Derek Jeter will be remembered for a lot of accomplishments, but one stands above the rest. He is a modern sports icon that survived New York. Read More
Beyond the uniform
Brothers Josh and Benny Safdie try to watch every Knicks game together.
“We have weird superstitions, like we never watch games with the producer of Lenny Cooke,” Josh said of Adam Shopkorn last Sunday evening at the Stout, a bar around the corner from Madison Square Garden. “He likes when the Knicks lose because he hates James Dolan so much.”
From man to brand
Like so many professional athletes, Carmelo Anthony is often reduced to what he does between the lines. But the NBA’s reigning scoring champ is more than just a win, a loss or a number in the box score, as he made clear in this week’s cover story. Here, once again, the face of the Knicks franchise takes us inside his mind.
Fashion Week Observed
Carmelo Anthony and a Hasidic Jew walk into an elevator. This is not a joke. We are in the lobby of the Jack Resnick & Sons-owned offices at 199 Water Street, and this elevator is going up.
Minutes later, on the 19th floor, Anthony is standing at the spot foreign exchange desk of BGC Partners, a voice and electronic brokerage, holding a landline to his ear, conducting financial transactions.
“Ninety-two bid, 10 euros,” the six-time All-Star says into the phone. “We’re working on it.”
The bottle is a miniature version of Koons’ Balloon Venus sculpture with the bottle wedged inside. Read More
When Amar’e Stoudemire took the stage after the screening of his new documentary, In The Moment, last Thursday night at Marquee, he genuinely seemed to appreciate the attention and applause that greeted him from the packed house of athletes, musicians, fashion designers and more than a few men in yarmulkes.
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on the rebound
During last Friday’s Knicks game against the Bulls, owner Jim Dolan ordered audio technicians to secretly tape the forward’s every word, NJ.com reported. Mr. Dolan requested that Mr. Anthony’s every word on the court and on the bench be recorded and sent to him.
The secret directive comes after Mr. Anthony was suspended for getting in a fight with Celtic Kevin Garnett after the Boston player allegedly insulted Mr. Anthony’s wife during a January 7 game at the Garden.
Basketball is back. Three weeks after opening night was canceled in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, four months after the Knicks let Jeremy Lin slip out of town, 13 years since the Knicks’ fluke run to the NBA finals, and two decades since Pat Riley’s tough-guy team captivated New York in the early years of the Giuliani era, fans in the world’s greatest basketball city care without cynicism again.
The Isiah Thomas era and the Knicks’ failed pursuit of LeBron James are old news. The Nets’ long struggle for big-city relevance got lost somewhere in New York harbor. When the teams squared off Monday night in Brooklyn’s new Barclays Center, the city had plenty to cheer about: real stars, the top two spots in the Atlantic Division standings and the eyes of millions upon us.
Pity poor Mike D’Antoni, former coach of the NY Knickerbockers.
While you’re at it, pity poor Larry Brown, and poor Lenny Wilkens, and poor Don Chaney, and poor Jeff Van Gundy.
Madison Square Garden has been quiet—too quiet—since summer’s end. The world’s most famous arena is in the midst of what promises to be a glorious renovation, but something has been missing. With all due respect to hockey’s Rangers, the place hasn’t been the same without the Knicks.
Luckily, that’s about to change, and none too soon.