Smallthoughts: Rant of the Week …Phil Jackson

I liked Phil Jackson when he was a skinny defensive player for the Knicks back in the 70’s. I liked Phil Jackson better when he coached the Bulls and would bang heads with Pat Riley and then with Jeff Van Gundy. He would say things to tweek the Knicks and I get it was toContinue reading “Smallthoughts: Rant of the Week …Phil Jackson”

Smallthoughts :Old School Tuesday…Charles Oakley

Patrick Ewing was the franchise for the Knicks but Charles Oakley was the backbone for the team. He did the dirty work. Oakley was drafted with the 9th overall pick in the 1985 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers, but his draft rights were traded to the Chicago Bulls. Oakley provided another scoring option andContinue reading “Smallthoughts :Old School Tuesday…Charles Oakley”

Smallthoughts:Old School Tuesday…Buck Williams

After three years at Maryland, Williams decided to leave for the NBA. The New Jersey Nets selected him third overall in the 1981 NBA draft, behind Olympic teammates Aguirre and Thomas. In his first season with the Nets, he averaged 15.5 points and led the team with 12.3 rebounds per game, helping New Jersey winContinue reading “Smallthoughts:Old School Tuesday…Buck Williams”

Smallthoughts: Why I like the Moves the Knicks made

ItsĀ  not often as a Knick you get genuinely excited about the look of your team. Yes I know there are risk involved, but the risk are short term. And these are the same players other teams were looking at as well so let’s cut out …same old Knicks chatter. Yes I was not crazyContinue reading “Smallthoughts: Why I like the Moves the Knicks made”

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Maurice Cheeks

Maurice Cheeks was a underrated but an important player for the Philadelphia 76ers during the Dr. J era in Philly. Cheeks was solid at both ends of the floor offense and defense and played unselfishly keeping the stars of the team involved offensively. Cheeks played 15 years as a point guard in the NBA, includingContinue reading “Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Maurice Cheeks”

Smallthoughts: Rave of the Week Jeff Horneacek

Phil Jackson finally hired a coach, was the hire the best hire no …Tom Thibeadeux would have been the best and right hire but I suspect egos would have been clashing from the moment a deal was struck until one of them was shown the door, but Jackson made a good hire with Horneacek. Why?Continue reading “Smallthoughts: Rave of the Week Jeff Horneacek”

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday…John Wallace

John Wallace was expect to be a big player for the Knicks when he was drafted. At the time he had to fight for playing time behind Larry Johnson and Charles Oakley, and he played for a demanding defensive coach in Jeff Van Gundy so…Wallace never lived up to the billing. In college he wasContinue reading “Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday…John Wallace”

Smallthoughts: Rant of the Week…Phil Jackson

This week’s rant could have gone in a different direction like Sam Bradford and his pouting or Matt Harvey’s struggles but instead this week rant is on Phil Jackson. Up to now we have resisted the urge to unload on the Zen Master for his aloofness when it comes to hiring a coach for theContinue reading “Smallthoughts: Rant of the Week…Phil Jackson”

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Phil Jackson

Before he became the Zen Master, Phil Jackson was considered a defensive specialist with limited offensive ability.In 1967, Jackson was drafted in the second round by the New York Knicks. While he was a good all-around athlete, with unusually long arms, he was limited offensively and compensated with intelligence and hard work on defense. JacksonContinue reading “Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday …Phil Jackson”

Smallthoughts: Rant of the Week

It was once the Mecca of Basketball, no place rocks not even Seattle rocks like the Garden rocks when the Knicks are good, it gets so loud you can feel the building shake. Well sadly it’s been a while since the garden has been like that. We all thought we were on our way toContinue reading “Smallthoughts: Rant of the Week”