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Knicks Take on a New Shape for the 2014 – 2015
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NEW YORK – Yes it’s been some 40 plus years since the New York Knicks were champions. Since that great day in Knicks history there has been a boat load of ups and downs. The trials and disappointments are too many to list in this space. But has all be tragic, bleak, dark and bad? No, absolutely not. There have been a few bright periods or periods of prosperity that have accompanied the heartaches.
The Patrick Ewing Era although starting off a bit shaky as he was the very first pick in the 1985 NBA Draft. Usually, the first picks of anyone’s draft is going to a very bad and or rebuilding team. The Knicks at that time were very bad and rebuilding. Consequently, a lot of times when there is rebuilding involved and there’s not a lot of patience with fans and front office persons, coaches get fired for having bad seasons.
Ewing had to endure a few coaching changes in his early years. But once Hall of Fame coach, Rick Pitino got there, there was success, although short lived as he didn’t stay very long. Then there was the Golden Years of NBA Legend, Pat Riley. Those Knicks led by Ewing, Charles Oakley, Anthony Mason and John Starks gave Knick fans thrills and chills. That is until they came across Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Phil Jackson’s Chicago Bulls.
The Knicks need not feel too devastated as no one else got passed them either for six times during their heightened playoff run. If there are any guilt and ill feelings however, they can be attributed to Hakeem Olajuwon and the Houston Rockets. But if there is any satisfaction to be taken from that series in 1994 during the O.J. Simpson chase, it happened during the NBA Finals and not an Eastern Conference first round flameout.
Now in 2014-2015 there is a new regime and ironically it’s led by the aforementioned Knicks killer in Phil Jackson as team president. Jackson during the last 40 years has given the Knicks cheers (as he was a player during the glory championship years) and heartache as his Triangle Offense with Jordan at the helm was able to subdue any Knicks championship dreams.
Jackson at present is trying to keep the Bulls from winning their seventh overall NBA Championship as he’s retooling the Knicks piece by piece.
The Knicks open this new season oddly enough against the Bulls at Madison Square Garden. It’s a game that will be televised nationally for the entire basketball world to see. The stage is set for Derrick Rose and Carmelo Anthony to bump heads.
Rose and Melo almost became teammates this past summer as the Bulls were a wink and a nod away from having the high scoring small forward as a centerpiece.
Now as Melo has been saying, he’s anxious and exited to be going against them.
Now the question is, will Melo and his Knicks led by new coach Derek Fisher have more success than Ewing and his Knicks against these every improving Bulls.
Jerald L. Hoover