Seeing just one of Phil Jackson‘s championship rings is okay, but seeing all 13 of them comprised of two as a player with the Knicks, six as the coach of the Bulls and five as the head coach of the Lakers. Well, that’s just down right cool. It’s always a good day when the Zen Master is on Twitter.
Sicily New York City 1994. Head coach Pat Riley has influence on assembling a Knicks roster built on defense, hustle and intimidation. His eight man deep rotation recreated here by artist Henry Kaye (@HoopDreamInk) includes Charles Smith, Charles Oakley, Patrick Ewing, Anthony Mason, Derek Harper, Greg Anthony, John Starks and Doc Rivers who bruised opponents all the way to an eastern conference best 57-25 record and the NBA Finals. Those were the old days man, the bad days, the all-or-nothing days.
Yes the Knicks lost another game to the Pacers by getting dominated by Indiana’s frontcourt, but on the bright side of things. Amare Stoudemire returned to action for the first time in months with a decent showing. If he can give New York a productive 10-15 minutes a game by rebounding, defending and mixing things up inside. Co-existing with Carmelo Anthony should be easy. I think.
Tyson Chandler illustrated by Korean artist Min-suk KIM aka Kwang33.
This Iman Shumpert monster putback was a thing of beauty. Congratulation on recovering 100% from ACL surgery Shump! Hang this dunk on your wall and send your doctors a copy too.