nygreporter Sports Special: The New York Knicks Are Back!

February 23, 2011

NEW YORK – It has been a while since we’ve done one of these sports specials (the rare article not concerning the Giants but the world of sports) but the recent news about Carmelo Anthony coming to New York is too big to ignore. Donnie Walsh and James Dolan are putting together something special in New York and I expect Madison Square Garden to be rocking once again. It has been a long time since I checked the Knicks schedule and made plans to watch a game. Normally, I flip through the channels and will come across a game and watch ten minutes or so before changing the channel but not anymore. I haven’t been this excited to see a Knicks game (the Carmelo debut) in a decade. Head Coach Mike D’Antoni must be licking his chops at the thought of coaching all of this talent.

The Knicks can expect to have season ticket sales skyrocket and a massive boost in jersey sales by the end of this week. There are currently more pre-orders for Carmelo Anthony Knicks jerseys (Carmelo will wear No.7), then there are physical jerseys available. Let the madness begin in New York! The fact that tonight is “Legends Night” at Madison Square Garden (vs. Bucks) will only add to the drama as the team introduces Anthony to the crowd. No one knows if he will play or not tonight but he will certainly get introduced. The guy must be exhausted after this six month journey and the team may opt to give him a short break. But one thing I know for sure is he will play against the Miami Heat on Sunday. This is the game I have marked on my calendar (Sunday 2-27-11 at 8 PM EST).

Interestingly enough, I was at game 5 of the NBA playoffs back in 2000 when the Miami Heat were hosting the New York Knicks. This was the last time I was really excited about a Knicks game. Yes, they have had other accomplishments since then but I never had faith in the teams put on the court. I’m embarrassed to admit that but my interest just wasn’t there. I have always been a fan of the Knicks and rooted for them but it was hard to defend them after those atrocious years. Today is completely different though. Fans can see that New York is trying to win games and become better and the fans can do nothing but respect that. With the ever changing landscape of the NBA the past few years, it seemed like the Knicks had fallen way behind the rest of the league but not anymore.

When the Miami Heat made their “super” team last year by brining in LeBron James and Chris Bosh to play alongside Dwayne Wade, NBA fans were left standing stunned with their mouths open. The Heat simply employed the same strategy that the Boston Celtics have had success with, so can you blame them? The NBA of the future will consist of a few “super” teams dominating the league for decades, if teams do not plan for it now, it will be impossible for them to compete later on down the road.

Reports have confirmed that the Knicks are looking to grab a Center before tomorrows trade deadline but it is unlikely that will happen. Ronny Turiaf will play Center until the team can work that out. Amar’e Stoudemire, Chauncey Billups, Landry Fields and Carmelo Anthony will round out the starting five. Something that is more likely to happen then grabbing a Center by tomorrow is bringing in an all star guard to round out New York’s own “Big Three”. The top name on that list is Chris Paul, followed by Deron Williams. If the Knicks are able to get one of those two guys over the summer, the Knicks will be in the playoffs for the next 6-8 years guaranteed and will probably win one or two rings. When the New York Knicks win that first ring, it will be bigger then the New York Yankees winning a World Series because Knicks fans have been waiting longer for it to happen. I’m extremely excited and ready to see what this new group of men can do for the organization, the fans and the city.

What are your thoughts on the current state of the New York Knicks?

RD – nygreporter.com

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nygreporter Sports Special: The LeBron James Decision

July 9, 2010

Hello Sports fans, I would like to welcome you all to a new segment here on the nygreporter called the “nygreporter Sports Special”. This will be a rare non-Giants article that will be put out when something extraordinary happens in the world of sports. These articles will be exceptionally rare and something of a treat for our readers. Consider this LeBron James article, edition 0001. I cannot think of a better way to kick things off then with the LeBron James story coming to a screeching halt last night, LIVE on ESPN. The basketball world has waited two years for this day to come. Make no mistake about it, all eyes were on LeBron James on July 8, 2010 at 9PM EST. In case you haven’t heard, LeBron is leaving Cleveland to play for the Miami Heat.

LeBron James set up shop at a boys and girls club in Connecticut last night while filming “The Decision”. While James was sitting inside a comfortable room, police were sweating in the heat while protecting the star players house in Ohio. They were also expecting riots in Akron, if James were to leave the team. Well, James did leave the Cavs and I saw something that actually made me cringe and had to shock LeBron. ESPN cut to footage of a Cavs fan, burning a James jersey in the streets. I would have thrown up if I had eaten dinner last night and could not believe my eyes. The city of Cleveland was described by reporters as feeling like a bomb went off. When asked why he chose Miami, James said “He felt it was the best situation for him to win Championships and that winning is very important to him”.

First of all, I am a Knicks fan and would have loved to have seen Lebron (James will wear No.6) in a Knicks uniform. I would like to personally wish LeBron well in Miami and the best advice I can give him would be to stay close to family while down there, things can get crazy in a hurry in Miami. You should be fine with getting quality schools for the kids and will probably end up living on Star Island, which has all kinds of perks of it’s own. Maybe Shaq will sell you his old house. Have someone set up a photo shoot and interview with Ocean Drive magazine to introduce yourself to the local community.

I can now understand everything LeBron must have been thinking. Put yourself in the best position to win long term. After 25 years in the same place, he is ready for a change. Avoid the crazy city life, in the ultimate city on Earth, New York City. Avoid ruining a friendship with Jay Z and becoming a star on a new franchise in Brooklyn. Avoiding the second city Chicago and cold weather, must have been a family choice. Taking his family to the beach communities of South Florida will improve their quality of life. Hey LeBron, check out some houses on A1A in Boca Raton. Be sure to introduce yourself to the local church as well and check out Mizner Park in Boca Raton for a good steak. I must say that when Lebron said he was taking his game to South Beach, I was a part of that collective gasp that shook the country for a moment. I truly thought James would stay in Cleveland but we support him in Miami and we wish him all of the best.

James will be teamed up with Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh, forming the newest “Big 3” of the NBA. It’s going to be a long decade for teams in the East.

How many NBA titles will the Miami Heat win over the next 7 years?

My vote is 3 rings.

RD – nygreporter.com

NYG Reporter Sports Special: Edition 0001

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