Due to the current lockout, instead of watching the first full season with Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire on the Knicks, we are left to imagine what could have been. Many, including myself, have anticipated this season to be one of the Knicks’ more successful years in more than a decade.
Since, once we finally have a respectable team, we miss at least one month of this season, I thought I would look back at the season of 1999-2000; one of the Knicks’ more successful squads in the past 15 years. I’m going to start this series and see where it goes. Please send me your thoughts on this series and let me know if you think it should be scrapped or continued.
NOVEMBER 3rd, 1999.
New York Knicks @ Chicago Bulls.
Final Score: 84-74.
Knicks’ Record 2-0; 1st place in the Atlantic Division.
Knicks’ high scorer: Allan Houston – 23; high assists: Charlie Ward – 9; high rebounder: Larry Johnson – 9.
Bulls’ high scorer: Dickey Simpkins – 17; high assists: Randy Brown – 3; high rebounder: Elton Brand – 8.
In the 1999 draft, the Chicago Bulls had two selections in the top 16 picks. With the #1 overall pick they selected Elton Brand, the 6’8 forward out of Duke University; and with the 16th overall pick they selected Ron Artest, the 6’6 forward from St. Johns University.
After being selected #1 in last years’ draft, Elton Brand’s NBA debut was very solid. In 35 minutes of play, Brand finished with 14 points, 8 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1 steal, and 1 assist. However, Brand had an awful night from the field. He took 11 shot attempts, but only managed to hit 3 of them. Had Brand had a better night shooting the ball, he could’ve ended up with a huge game.
While Brand shot 27% from the field, Artest shot 46%, also canning 2 of his 3 attempts from deep. Artest finished the game with 14 points in 16 minutes.
For the Bulls, both of their first-round selections seem to have very promising careers ahead of them.
Thankfully, the Knicks were able to harrass the Bulls and hold them to 30% from the field. This defense helped the Knicks improve to 2-0.