Blast From The Past
After over a decade playing and coaching in other cities, Hall of Fame center Patrick Ewing might have a shot to return to New York, the home where he spent fifteen seasons building his Hall of Fame career with the Knicks. However, the speculation surrounding Mr. Ewing doesn’t involve his old team, it is centered on the Knicks’ new outerborough rivals, the Brooklyn Nets, who are in the midst of a sudden makeover of their coaching staff and could have newfound room for Mr. Ewing on their bench.
Back in high school, one of my favorite clothing staples was a Knicks jersey adorned with Latrell Sprewell’s number eight. I wistfully remembered this as I pulled a black jersey bearing the same digit from the rack in a Midtown Modell’s last month. This time, the number on my back would represent a player on a different team, Deron Williams, the star point guard of the nascent Brooklyn Nets.
on the rebound
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.
Patrick Ewing may not be the player he once was, but if it weren’t for little Charlie Melone, the Knicks’ big man wouldn’t be playing at all.
When Mr. Ewing shattered his right wrist two years ago, Mr. Ewing’s handlers immediately paged Dr. Melone, the country’s best-known hand surgeon, who rebuilt the center’s dislocated Read More
I used to hate basketball. I come from a long line of jocks and was constantly encouraged (and sometimes forced) to go out for swimming or softball or what have you. But, having achieved my present height of 6 feet by my 13th birthday, the constant nagging about whether I could or would play basketball Read More
Patrick Ewing, the veteran center of the New York Knicks, emerged from the G.M. Building on Jan. 6 half-hidden under a brown leather hood, which made him look even more distrustful than usual of the media that greeted him. He had just attended a players’ vote that ratified a deal to end the long National Read More
Patrick Ewing, the veteran center of the New York Knicks, emerged from
the G.M. Building on Jan. 6 half-hidden under a brown leather hood, which
made him look even more distrustful than usual of the media that greeted
him. He had just attended a players’ vote that ratified a deal to end
the long National Read More
I am always asked to write about basketball. People labor under the mistaken impression that, since I attend the Knicks games and have done so regularly for over 25 years, I’ve learned something or that I have insights and observations that are worth listening to, but they are wrong. I have only opinions and feelings Read More