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How Did the Knicks Get Here?

On April 2, 2008, after seven terrible years in the wilderness, the New York Knicks, in most unKnicksian fashion, went full-stop on their parabolically accelerating shit show and shocked the world by implementing a complete gut rebuild. In the interest of transparency and, more importantly, to help manage expectations, Donnie Walsh steeled Gotham’s faithful fans, promising just… More

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Tracking the Knicks with SportVU

Last Friday, NBA.com made SportVU player tracking data available to the public for the first time. It’s just the latest development in the fast-moving basketball analytics revolution, but it portends a massive shift, not only in how we watch games, but also how we value players, rate coaches and evaluate front office decisions. Using cameras perched… More

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Same As It Ever Was

Dawn breaks over Gotham and a new season of basketball is upon us. James Dolan, mercurial owner of the New York Knicks, strolls anonymously through Madison Square Park, headphones piping the Talking Heads’ “Once In a Lifetime” to that curious space between his ears. Even at this hour, there is a palpable energy on the streets. Dolan… More

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The Inevitability of Chris Smith

nep·o·tism noun \ˈne-pə-ˌti-zəm\ Favoritism shown or patronage granted to relatives, as in business. If you’re reading this, chances are, like me, you’re the type of Knickerbocker fan that deconstructs, debates and obsesses over each and every personnel move that the franchise makes. Call me overzealous, call me fanatic, just don’t ever say that my proclivities… More

SCHOENE Baloney?

Quantitative analysis is great, isn’t it? I make my living working for [insert name of very well known investment bank here], and I spend my days supplying financial data to institutional investors that guides their investment decisions. Essentially, titans of industry use my data to create projection models for how stocks will perform in the… More