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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

GAME RECAP: Knicks 97, Bobcats 102

And then the dark times were upon us. As if things couldn’t possibly get any worse after the mercurial James Dolan was reportedly so infuriated by New York’s poor start to the season that he demanded that the Knicks City Dancers stop dancing, now the Knicks may be without Tyson Chandler for an extended period of time. Chandler,… 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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GAME RECAP – Bulls 82, Knicks 81

I don’t know about you, but last night’s “playoff” game really drained me. And we are only two games through the 82-game slate! If the Knicks are going to play with our emotions like this all year — and we all know that they will do just that — we had all better pick up… 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