Many of the basketball fans who grew up in Brooklyn cast their allegiance with the Knicks long ago. So the Nets had a smaller pool of potential supporters to begin with when the franchise moved from New Jersey to Brooklyn in 2012.
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Earlier this week, the New York Times created a map showing the most popular NBA team in each zip code in America. It used Facebook likes as the metric for popularity.
Not surprisingly, the map showed that the Knicks remain the team of choice for all five boroughs (plus Long Island, Westchester County, and much of New Jersey). The Nets were the favored team in just eight of Brooklyn's 46 zip codes. A look at those zip codes, however, reveals that the Nets are indeed developing a core fan base.More »
Over the next 11 years Ratner sold all but 20 percent of his stake to Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, the Nets moved into the brand new Barclays Center in Brooklyn and the NBA's popularity grew exponentially.
Now Ratner, who owns the development firm Forest City Enterprises, is looking to sell the rest of his stake in the team, and his company has set the Nets' value at $1 billion, the Sports Business Journal reported.More »
Four years ago in Beijing the American basketball world very nearly got a rude shock when Spain's national team scored 107 points and trailed by just two with four minutes to play. Our eventual 119-107 victory did little to ease the minds of American fans; all we could think of was, in effect, "These guys are good and they're getting better. And they're not the only ones."
On Sunday, in the game for the gold, Spain was throwing yet another scare into Team USA with about eight minutes left to play. With the score tied, the only good news for the US was that Marc Gasol was on the bench with four fouls - and that Ricky Rubio, still recuperating from a torn ACL and subsequent surgery, was unavailable.
Raymond Felton's coming back to the Garden -- and there's a good chance Jeremy Lin is not.
Sifting through the blizzard of Lin-literature that surrounds the Knicks' upcoming decision, the most lucid analysis I've found is Ian O'Connor on ESPN.com: "On the verge of firing Jeremy Lin just like the Dallas Mavericks and Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets had done before, the Knicks threw him out there and watched one of the most improbable basketball stories ever told unfold on their watch. And now they're prepared to give Lin away for nothing."
Any successful business, O'Connor convincingly argues, needs to protect its prime assets, and the Knicks aren't protecting one of their own. Does anyone in the front office really think that Lin, by signing the Rockets offer sheet, was doing anything less than looking after his own best interests? Or do the Knicks feel that Lin has somehow betrayed them by trying to get the best deal he can?
If so, they need a refresher course in basic contract negotiations as well as basketball.
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Marc Berman of the New York Post seems fairly certain that James Dolan is on the verge of signing Mike Woodson to some kind of multi-year contract with the Knicks. We can then remove the "interim" from Mike's title. I wish I was as sure of this as Berman is, and I suspect Woodson is, too.
Why, exactly, has it taken Dolan so long to come to the conclusion - and that's assuming he's come to the conclusion - that a coach who got a team that was dead in the water to go 18-6 over the final 24 games is the right man to start the next season? I don't know, but it probably has nothing to do with any serious move Dolan might have been making on Phil Jackson - or, for that matter, John Calipari, who probably should have been tested for drug use had he decided to leave his national championship machine in Kentucky for the New York grind house.
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"This series is not over," said Amar'e Stoudemire after Saturday's 100-67 slaughter of the Knicks at the hands of the Miami Heat. "We've got to learn from our mistakes today and get ready for the next one."
Coincidentally, this is exactly how General; Custer's last dispatch from the Little Big Horn read. Perhaps the biggest mistake the Knicks made was in going out with a game plan based on beating the Heat through physical intimidation.
The Knicks committed 21 fouls in the first half alone, giving Miami a 28-5 free throw advantage. The most spectacular foul, of course, was the hit Tyson Chandler put on LeBron James with 1:36 left in the half. Incredibly, coach Mike Woodson, Chandler, and the rest of the Knicks are still insisting that it was not a flagrant foul. Take a look from several angles: