March 5th, 2014 at 10:09 PM
By Matt Agne
James Dolan isn't an owner who is loved from all New York Knicks fans. To his credit, he puts plenty of money into his product. Unfortunately, he has no idea how to spend it and doesn't trust basketball people to make the proper decisions. That's led to many Knicks fans feeling like they aren't being heard about their displeasure with the product being put on the court. That's why fans are planning a protest at Madison Square Garden before the March 19 game.
March 19 the New York Knicks will battle the Indiana Pacers at Madison Square Garden. However, before the game Knicks fans will battle for their voices to be heard. They'll battle for Knicks' owner James Dolan to take a step back and allow his employees to do their jobs. Most of all, they'll battle to bring change to the mindset of the Knicks organization.
The group of Knicks fans who have put the March 19 protest together call themselves the "Knicks Fans for Life". Their Facebook page can be found here.
Marc Berman of the New York Post reports the identity of the promoters behind the event.Read more... Join the Conversation...
March 4th, 2014 at 10:26 PM
By Matt Agne
Dwight Howard has a tumultuous path that led to him joining the Houston Rockets. Many thought he'd be with the Orlando Magic his entire career. Then when he was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers there was just no way he'd walk away from that storied franchise with a legacy of having Hall of Fame centers. Then shockingly, he left. Howard made the bold move of leaving a lot of money on the table in order to go where he thought he'd compete for a championship. The fact he chose to leave money on the table and chose his own fate made it inevitable that someone would ask him what he thought of New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony’s situation as a free agent should he opt-out next off-season.
No one wants to see New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony's pending free agency to turn into another "Melo-Drama". Certainly no one wants to see him follow Dwight Howard's footsteps and make fans live through another "Dwight-mare". However, that wont stop the Houston Rockets center from giving Anthony advise as he gets closer and closer to opting out of his contract and becoming a free agent.Read more... Join the Conversation...
March 3rd, 2014 at 6:15 PM
By Sports Media 101
As part of the new "Gridiron Glory" exhibit appearing at the Liberty Science Center in New Jersey — an exhibit featuring a number of items from the Pro Football Hall of Fame — Sports Media 101 will feature a series of articles pertaining to the science behind several sports. Enjoy!
Kicking a football involves kinetic energy and projectile velocity. The rotational kinetic energy of the kicker’s leg rotating at the hip joint is what creates the power that will drive the football over defenders hoping to block his kick and through the uprights. A kicker must concentrate on his strike point (where his foot will make contact with the football) as he is moving towards the targeted spot for the hold. Meanwhile, the ball is being snapped to the holder, who must receive the snap and get the ball down in time for the kicker to execute the kick while 20 people collide just yards away – 11 of them hoping to block the kick. Punts and kickoffs occur under their own sets of circumstances and are very different kicks beyond the actual technique of punting a football or the fact that a kickoff allows the use of a tee. Field goals, kickoffs and punts have differing needs in terms of distance, height and hang time.Read more... Join the Conversation...
March 3rd, 2014 at 12:33 PM
By Matt Agne
At this point in the season the New York Knicks look more like dead men walking than they do the 54-win team they were last season. They aren't playing with any urgency. They aren't playing with any energy. They aren't showing any desire or heart. However, there's still some fight in Madison Square Garden. Unfortunately, it isn't coming from the team. Instead it was between 50 Cent and Steve Stoute who had a confrontation February 28 during the Knicks game against the Golden State Warriors.
Everyone's had someone talk about them. How many of us are lucky enough to have it done on the radio? Probably not many. However, music executive Steve Stoute spoke very freely about how he felt about 50 Cent and his influence. That led to 50 Cent confronting Stoute courtside at the New York Knicks game.
50 and Stoute have a long history with one another. One that has left 50 uneasy and untrusting of Stoute and his word. However, Stoute's words discrediting 50 as an influential artist during an interview on Hot 97's Breakfast Club program is what led to the incident in Madison Square Garden. The full interview can be seen here.Read more... Join the Conversation...
March 1st, 2014 at 5:45 PM
By Daniel Stack
Leave it to the embattled and oft-criticized J.R. Smith to call out the New York Knicks’ for their perceived lack of ‘heart’ after an unsettling loss to the Golden State Warriors on Friday night.
After giving up an ungodly 73 points in the first half to the Warriors in a game Golden State would cruise to win, 126-103, the Knicks looked lethargic and appeared to be going through the motions. The Knicks have come out extremely flat coming out of the All-Star break (going 1-6) and their play on the court indicates they have given up on coach Mike Woodson. Woodson has to be the biggest lame-duck coach in the history of the Knicks.
Smith is not happy with the team's effort.
From Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork.com:
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“It's not a mental thing, it's a heart thing," Smith said after the Knicks gave up 73 first-half points in the loss.
"Guys get open shots, [they're] walking through the lane, running around, slapping high-fives, laughing, joking. When you're supposed to be a team trying to make the playoffs, you ain't gonna win. It ain't gonna happen like that. You gotta play with effort, play with heart. I mean, I'm not condoning knocking somebody down and hurting nobody. But we gotta do something. We gotta stick up for ourselves. We're just letting people do what they want to do."