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The Knicks of the Nineties: Ewing, Oakley, Starks and the Brawlers That Almost Won It All Paperback – September 28, 2020
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“Knepper delivered just like those Knicks with a compelling tale earning a number worthy of an NBA Finals appearance”―NY Post
“Paul Knepper has done more than just compile an encyclopedic knowledge of the Knicks’ history and the franchise’s most important moments. He has brought its most fascinating characters to life, documenting the triumphs and shortcomings of one of professional sports’ most iconic franchises--and the people who have won, lost and been defined by a team and an era.”―Kent Babb, author of Not A Game: The Incredible Rise and Unthinkable Fall of Allen Iverson
“This book had me humming the tune of the wonderfully corny Knicks rap ‘Go New York Go’ from start to finish--and I mean that in the best way. Today’s Knicks fans may have grown accustomed to wondering if the franchise will compete for an NBA championship in the next decade, but thanks to Paul Knepper, they can relive the last great era of Knicks basketball in all its bruising, hard-nosed glory.”―Rafe Bartholomew, author of Basketball: A Love Story
“Knicks fans who pine for the last time their team entertained title hopes, or when the game had more of an overall black-and-blue sheen, will enjoy this book. Takes you back to those days, with a few never-been-told-before nuggets unearthed along the way.”―Ric Bucher, Bleacher Report and FS1
“The New York Knicks of the 1990s were tough, brash, talented--and ready to fight at a moment’s notice. Connecting with their metropolitan environment much like the teams of the glorious 1970s, these Knicks of Ewing, Starks, and Oakley left an indelible mark on New York City basketball. In this book, Paul Knepper captures with detail and reverence a wonderful era for the Knicks; one that did not end in a title, but contained enough moments to secure their place in NBA history.”―Todd Spehr, author of The Mozart of Basketball: The Remarkable Life and Legacy of Drazen Petrovic
“The rough-and-tumble Knicks of the 1990s never won style points or a title, but they were as memorable as any championship team. In his superb book, Paul Knepper recounts the unforgettable triumphs, the devastating losses and, yes, the brutal fights, in vivid detail, but goes beyond the box scores with detailed reporting and graceful writing about the players and coaches who brought victory and excitement back to Madison Square Garden.”―Shawn Fury, author of Rise and Fire: The Origins, Science and Evolution of the Jump Shot–and How it Transformed Basketball Forever
About the Author
- Publisher : McFarland (September 28, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 298 pages
- ISBN-10 : 147668281X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1476682815
- Reading age : 18 years and up
- Item Weight : 1.2 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #673,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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coming back from the 70s through the 00s.
For the Knicks, the glory days were the 70s with the likes of Willis Reed and Clyde Frazier, but there
was a real renaissance when I was in 7th grade in 1992-93. Before that, my main interest was in
the Montreal Expos in baseball and the New York football Giants. The Expos were also reaching their
peak, but 1994 was the year that the strike cancelled the World Series, and they let four of their
best players go and never recovered. The football Giants were going into over a decade and a half of
bad times, before their own remarkable comeback in 2007-8. The Canadians were good, but I was
never really into hockey. And the Knicks caught fire. This despite, or perhaps because of, a brawling
style that is the main reason for the rule changes since this era, to promote higher scoring and
Their star was Patrick Ewing. I don't remember 1985, so this book reminded me just how high the
expectations were, when he went from John Thompson's Georgetown to the NBA. By 1992, with
the Celtics, Lakers, Pistons and Bulls winning, it seemed that he wouldn't fulfill that potential. He
was shy, and never really mastered the New York media and fan culture. For the last few years in
New York, it was painful, because sometimes they played better when he was hurt, and suggestions
were made that he step aside. It is hard to figure out when to let go. But the author confirms that
Ewing carried the team from 1985 to 2000, and they have been nowhere close ever since. He was
in the top group of centers, with Hakeem Olajuwon, David Robinson and Shaquille O'Neal.
The author makes a great character analysis of Coach Pat Riley, as well as his successor Jeff Van
Gundy and his rival Phil Jackson. In that 1992-93 and 1993-94 surge, the new players included
the feisty combination of Charles Oakley, Anthony Mason, and especially the great John Starks,
which this book captures fantastically as the heart of the team. Looking back, objectively speaking
they were the bad guys and sometimes fought dirty, but hey they were our team and even my Dad
approved of them. Besides, what were the Heat and the Pacers supposed to be, the good guys?
Starks was the ultimate underdog, and the author reminds us that he was actually working in a
grocery store before he got his break. His job was to guard MICHAEL JORDAN, and more often
than not, he held his own or even outplayed the more talented star. Other key players were
Derek Harper, Larry Johnson, Allan Houston and Latrell Sprewell. Also Charlie Ward. But even after he left, Starks could do no wrong, because he had won over New York with what he did for the franchise.
This book was featured in the New York Post and after reading that article I knew I would love the book. That I did. I highly recommend it and not only for people who were around during the 90s to watch the Knicks but also for anyone who likes basketball and wasn't around during those days. You won't be able to put it down. If you liked watching The Last Dance, you'll love this book also. I can't wait to see what Paul Knepper writes next . . .
I thought I knew all of the stories from that time period but I definitely learned some new ones thanks to Paul’s comprehensive retelling of that decade.
So I give Paul an unequivocal two thumbs up—and my assessment comes not only from my perspective as a diehard Knicks fan who reads a lot of sports books, but also as the author of a recently published Knicks memoir (FRED FROM FRESH MEADOWS, The Strickland Press).
My only minor criticism—and I say this as someone who had playoff tickets when the Knicks won their last title—is that I consider Paul’s description of Phil Jackson as having been “a marginal NBA player” to be on the harsh side. Phil was a key contributor to that legendary 1972-73 championship team.
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