An Open Letter to Amare Stoudemire

Dear Amare,

After witnessing Carmelo have one of the worst All-Star Game performances I have ever seen, in a game he probably shouldn’t have even been playing in, I found out your Knicks tenure was coming to an end after you and Knicks had reached a buyout agreement. Initially, I was ecstatic, after a long 4 and a half years, I figured it was best for both parties to just move on. But later that night, I couldn’t help to feel a little bit depressed; for the rest of my life, I’ll always wonder, what could have been. You had a chance to be on the Mount Rushmore of Knicks big men, but unfortunately I’m not convinced you even crack the top 25 Knicks of all time. You will forever be associated to Allan Houston, another former Knick, who signed a $100 million contract, and failed to live up to expectations.

But unlike in 2001, when we were dumbfounded when Allan Houston signed his $100 million dollar contract, the majority of the Knick fan base (including myself) was openly excited when you signed your deal (even though it was uninsured) in the summer of 2010 and proclaimed, “The Knicks are back.” Unlike Allan Houston, you had that it factor; I watched you go toe to toe with Tim Duncan, the greatest power forward to ever play, on several occasions in the playoffs. The fan base could sense the Knicks were heading in a positive direction. I still believe to this day you would have stayed in Phoenix had they offered you the same deal, but we were just glad to have a superstar, it had been almost a decade since Patrick Ewing was infamously traded to Seattle. We had to endure a long two years of horrendous basketball, waiting for this moment. I’ll admit, you weren’t our first choice; hell you weren’t even the second or third choice for some people. Of course, we all wanted Lebron; others preferred, Chris Bosh, or Joe Johnson.

Although I knew there was diminutive chance we’d get Lebron I was still dejected when Lebron, Wade and Bosh decided to construct a potent trio in Miami, but I still maintained on to the idea that hopefully one day, we could form our own trio. Soon after you signed, to my satisfaction, I remember reading rumors about you, Melo, and Chris Paul, joining forces to form a new potent trio.  I’ll never forget your first season in a Knick uniform; you brought electricity back to the Garden, and was a legitimate MVP candidate. Your two and a half week stretch where you averaged 34 points, and 11 rebs, including nine straight 30-point games, was some of the most superb basketball I’ve ever seen by someone in a Knick uniform. When the Knicks acquired Melo later that year, your effectiveness was affected, but I was still on cloud nine because the Knicks had reached the playoffs for the first time in seven years. Continue reading

Okafor, Melo, Harris, and Other Second Half Thoughts

Written by Nicholas McGowan

From twenty rows up in the upper deck of the student section I watched my Syracuse Orange go toe to toe with the Duke Blue Devils. It was quite the game. The final score was in Duke’s favor, 80-72, but there was some good to take out of it. I was able to watch Jahlil Okafor play, and let me tell you, he is special. This 6-11, 260 pound freshman came into the Carrier Dome and just played. He went off for 23 points on 10 of 15 shooting, added 13 rebounds and a block. He shut down Syracuse’s best player Rakeem Christmas or “Rak” as we students call him. Rak finished with just 11 points and 6 rebounds, well below his averages of 18 points and 9 rebounds. It was hard to watch as Okafor held Rak to 5-17 from the field. That game last night, only solidifies my stance that the Knicks need Okafor, we cannot settle for a Karl Anthony-Towns or an Emmanuel Mudiay because they are not on the same level. Every time Okafor touched the ball all I could do was think about how much I want him to be Knickerbocker.

While Okafor stated the other day that we would be happy staying in Durham for another year, the Knicks should be more focused on losing. The Lakers are 1-9 in their last ten games, pushing themselves to only 3 games ahead of the Knicks. The Sixers and T-Wolves sit at one and two games ahead of us respectively. While the Knicks should still be considered the frontrunners for finishing in last, there is some competition. Continue reading

James Dolan: The Good, Bad, and the Ugly

Written by Nicholas McGowan

I write this piece as not a defense for James Dolan but instead of a reason as why we as Knicks fans should appreciate what Dolan has done for us over the past few years. Dolan has made his fair share of mistakes. Let us begin with said mistakes:

-Handed out his band’s CD to free agents in the summer 2010 at the end of their meetings
– CAA apparently runs the organization, (Mike Woodson reportedly had to change his representation to CAA)
-Strict media policy limiting the amount that Knicks personnel can talk to media
-Rumor that he would trade Iman Shumpert if he did not play in the Summer League
-Has proven incapable of finding a GM who can make sound basketball decisions
-Can’t find consistent coach

These are just some of the many mistakes that James Dolan has made. His actions drove us to protest our beloved Knicks. While that action is justified; he isn’t as bad Knicks fans make him out to be. My aim is not to convince you that he is good owner, but my intention is to persuade you to be glad to have him as an owner. We could be worse off. Dolan through his decision to hire Phil Jackson and his never changing spending habits are the reasons of why we as fans shouldn’t be as angry as we are with him. Continue reading

A Letter from James Dolan to Phil Jackson


Dear Phil Jackson,

I would like to offer you the opportunity to tarnish your legacy by becoming involved with our shitshow of an organization. We would love you to be our coach but happy to have you as GM, team president, our starting PG or just have you sit court side at all our home games. I promise we will overpay you by a ghastly amount that we will have to eat for years to come when this relationship blows up like all things do in Knicksland. If you choose to be our GM, you will have complete control and autonomy to remake the team in any fashion you choose as long as you resign Melo, agree to continue our tradition of treating first round draft picks like Mexican peso and allow me to meddle in every decision you make including what you will eat each day for lunch. We know that you have brought many titles to Jordan led Bulls teams and Kobe/Shaq led Lakers teams and that you will understand with New York that you will have the ultimate opportunity to prove your greatness by taking an Amare/Bargs (we all know Melo has Chicago real estate agents on speed dial) led Knicks team to the promised land. When we do win with you in charge your place will be secured as the greatest basketball mind to ever walk the Earth. Plus, if you agree to join the Knicks in the next 24 hours I will provide you with a personally signed JD & the Straight Shots limited edition box set. Continue reading

Episode 222: Running out of Sad Songs

The Knicks lost again and Marc and Jay try to cope.  We are joined by a basketball god, Derrick Rose and Chris Smith.  Talking about the usual, coaching, injuries, fixes, trades, whether it’s time to panic, and much more

Episode 222

Question of the Day 9/9/12

Question of the day: Who would you prefer to have as the owner of the Knicks: Dolan or Isiah Thomas or Michael Jordan?

Question of the Day 9/7/2012

Question of the day: Who would you prefer to have as the owner of the Knicks: Dolan or Isiah Thomas or Michael Jordan?

Episode 137: Houston is Still Going to Suck

Lin is Gone, Felton and the class of 2002 are in.  We talk about the Knicks moves, and their non-moves.  We talk about the Knicks top 5 worst moves ever, think of ways to get Dolan to lose his ownership and talk about the coming season.  Download Episode 137

Episode 109: Interview with Robert Silverman

Robert Silverman from Knickerblogger.net joins us today.  We talk about the Knicks win over the Cavs, Roberts name for the Knicks bench, Amar’e and his creaky limbs, Baron Davis, the logjam at shooting guard, the Knicks future, favorite all time Knicks and much more.  Download Episode 109

Allegedly Isiah and Dolan’s Relationship is Similar to this