Happy Halloween from KnicksDefense.com

Somewhere, sometime today, Nate Robinson may or may not be dressed up as batman.

The home opener is Sunday, but the first game is on the road against the Cavs on Friday. I was hoping that it would be today, but I am mistaken. Now that I think about it, here is the November schedule for future reference:


I had to repost Mr. Lives from the last blog entry, hope you don’t mind Lives!


Welcome Vic Corbitt, Marquette ‘07, Frantz Richard and Sean Butcher. You’re just in time for the


Good Morning DEFENDERS. Happy Halloween. It’s almost time for the start of a season-long Monster Mash, at MSG and visiting stadiums near you, and the Blogger Bash at “www.KnickDefense.come and read the best in Knicks analysis and commentary in the blogosphere.”

The atmosphere is electric; the energy is building in the building. Our host with the most, Blogzilla a/k/a Starburyfan, the dominator and wacky terminator, has created a Frankenstein of a Blog. The where?wolves are here, wearing Knicks Jerseys, EwingCurse talismans and cross-over dribbles to defeat the bloodsuckers of the Atlantic Division. How will the division be divided? Yes, we know. With the Knicks upstairs in playoff glory and the Net Worthless’, 70sickers, Craptors, and CellarTicks in . . .well, the cellar graveyard. Long Live Knicks Love.

Gentle Folks, are we ready to receive the winnings and “shiny stuff” we so richly deserve for our fanaticism? Are we ready to bask in the rain of treys and the reign of our BIGS in the paint? Are we ready to Post-Up Princely and to be Steady while we get Cooleyhigh and be Poppin in Orange and Blue?

If the answer is yes, and I know it is, it is time for the Official 2007-2008 Roll Call for Knick Defense. Training camp is over and we are ready like Freddy Krueger. So let’s do this.

Yes, we are scary good. On October 1, there were three posters (Modi, Steady and Robin) hanging out with our esteemed host preparing this space for our arrival. With the following words by Shamgod, on October 8 at 10:05 pm at Knicks Fix, the migration began: “Go courtside with news and commentary on the wacky world of the New York Knicks. Wacky world of the NY Knicks? C’mon what kind of ad is that? Sounds like they are making a joke of the Team” on Knicks Fix.” .

Shortly thereafter, BARF on October 9th at 7:42pm set his flag in the heart of KD post territory with the following comment heralding a historic journey that would shake the blogosphere and turn this private haven into the headquarters of Knicks intel. BARF wrote, “Maybe that wacky stuff won’’t go down and we’’ll all migrate here.” Truer words were never typed. . . .

And here we are. Fall In. Attention. Roll call at 47 strong and growing:

Modi, BARF, Peaceman, Jazz, BronxboyinMD, Orange and Blue, Cooleyhigh, Steady, John Q, Shamgod, Robin, Lives In New Jersey, Bumrush40, DaVonnJ, African, Post-Up Prince, Anti-NYSportsnews, Boomann, Statesman, Syd, DNM, DLT Knicks, Poppin Scoski, Harlemboyin MD, St._George, Charles Follymacher, Stopmikelupica, Bokonon, George M., Knicksome, Saipanknickster, TMAN, Minnesota Knicks Fan, MAK, LGM, Andone, Kandiman, Don, Ali G, Dross, Rush, Kevin Harewood, Frantz Richard, Sean Butcher, Trane, Vic Corbitt and Marquette ‘07.

We also acknowledge special visits from CellarTicks fans: T.o.m and S.e.a.n. Shields Up, Captain.

[Lives in New Jersey, Loves New York]

Knicks Share with Us their Favorite Halloween Costumes

Well, today marks the first day of the regular season, what’s on my mind? Well, the Knicks aren’t playing today, so forget all that Oden-less Portland vs Spurs noise on TNT–do they ever pick the right games to televise anyway? Answer: not in the last three or four years…

I’ll tell you what’s on my mind, what costume do I wear for Halloween this year? The Knicks give us some of their feedback.

NY Knick Defender State of Mind; Season Preview Video Season

Check out the results from our most recent poll:


For the math heads out there, looks almost like a normal curve. All votes being equal, we can interpolate from the results that the average Knicks Defender predicts about 46 wins this upcoming season. Very interesting because, as you know, most NBA preview articles are writing off the knicks as 4th in the atlantic and out of the playoffs. That’s some contrast.


A few of the local newspapers are doing preview videos streamable online. Check out Vescey’s here.

Newsday also has one, but I couldn’t get it to load, and Berman from the post has one here, but it is not as positive. These videos were brought to my attention by the excellent The Big Push, which was in turn brought to my attention by our BARF–thanks homie.
Finally, this is the program I’m going to blame for holding some of your comments from being posted immediately. It isn’t me, this program is built in to the blog so I’ve done all I can to minimize its effects. It is only a problem for a few of you, but still, if you don’t see your post at first, just be patient, chances are it will go through.

Glad to see DVJ is back, and now we’ve got Tman here, Kevin Harewood stopped by and also mr. Trane joined in on the discussion, so it seems we all know the spot! Keep it poppin’ indeed!

Knicks Host Nets in their Final Preseason Game


Game time is at 7:30pm. For the defenders who live outside of the tri state area, NBA league pass is still $169 for the entire season. The price will go up in a few weeks.

The rumors are Jason Kidd will play, and I’m hoping he does get some PT because I’d like to see what the new Nate can do against him. That would be a fun match-up.

Going to the Fleet Center for Knicks-Celtics Game


Okay, I know it is now called TD Banknorth Garden, but it was once called the Fleet Center, just like the TD Waterhouse arena down in Orlando was once called the Orlando O-rena. My age is showing. I won’t bother to focus on any stats because you will have access to all that stuff online, but I will take some notes of the game and report back what I see for you. It is a four hour drive from here, and it is a meaningless pre-season game, this is crazy. But I look at it this way: this will be the first time “the big three” play on their home floor, and the first time we see E-Zbo. Unfortunately no Balkman, but we’ll have almost everybody else, including AH7–his first game in years! This is a new era for the Atlantic Division. I will represent you defenders. I’ll be back after the game with an update, by then the AP synopsis will be out, but at least you’ll have another perspective, from one defender to another.


E City Cleared for Practice, may Play in Knicks-Celtics Game on Wednesday


Mike Dougherty reports Eddy Curry has been re-examined and will practice with the team as soon as tomorrow.

This is great news for Knicks fans because it gives the team a chance to develop a rotation with chemistry, particularly what to do with ZBo and Curry in the game.

Zbo showed an ability to pass the ball in the Maccabi game on Thursday, look for an offense that will see more touches with him on the high post, with Curry the first option on the right block from 5 feet deep.

Eddy Curry may be the key player to this team because he needs to keep his scoring up while improving defensively. With Lee and Randolph in the lineup he may not need to get double-digit rebounds (how many teams have two, let alone three double-digit rebounders?) but Curry absolutely needs to be more of a defensive presence if the Knicks are to win. Curry came in to camp 20lbs lighter than his weight last year, which is a good sign in terms of his ability to leave the ground quicker and also in terms of second efforts in the paint.

Vote Now: Who’s the Best at Calling Your Knicks Game?

Which combination do you like to hear when you watch a game? A look at the candidates for your 2007-2008 Knicks TV personalities.


Mike Breen is your lead play-by-play commentator when it is time to watch a Knicks game.

Trademark expression: “Bang!”

Skinny: he’s more than paid his dues to cover Knicks games, but he often confuses his extra-curricular NBA duties with his ability to call a Knicks game.


Legendary Knicks Point Guard Champion turned play-by-play analyst Walt “Clyde” Frazier.

Trademark Expression: “dishing and swishing,” among others.

Skinny: The living legend needs no introduction. #10 continues to be one of the most popular Knicks jerseys at the Garden, with good reason.


Radio and TV play-by-play analyst Gus Johnson.

Trademark Expression: “pure!”

Skinny: this guy seems to do it all, he calls college games for CBS, I’ve heard him call baseball games, he’s everywhere at the same time. There may actually be two or more Gus Johnsons walking the earth.


Kenny Smith has recently started occasionally calling games for the home team.

Trademark Expression: “gone fishing!”

skinny: The point guard from Queens. I used to remember him for his dunks, then he helped kill the Knicks in the Finals during his tenure with the rockets. Now he is best known for his humor with Ernie Johnson and Charles Barkley on the award-winning Inside the NBA.