Robbins’ Nest

Long-time basketball writer Lenn Robbins goes beyond the X's and O's and gets more personal with the Knicks.
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Knicks Relive March Madness

Your NCAA Tournament bracket looks like a slice of 10-day old Swiss cheese that wasn’t refrigerated. Your neighbor’s 11-year-old daughter, picking her bracket based on mascots, is in first place. Your buddies are claiming they had South Carolina upsetting Duke, and 11th-seeded Xavier dismantling Florida State by 25 points in Florida. Of course, they neglected […]

Porzingis Shows What Future Holds

If he had scored on the ensuing offensive possession, after making one of the defensive highlights of the 2016-17 NBA season, Kristaps Porzingis would have created his own stat — the triple single. Many times over the last two seasons, Knicks fans have been wowed by the exploits of the 7-foot-3 forward. He quickly gained […]

Focus Never Wanes for Top-Seeded Nova

The road to the NCAA Championship began at The Garden for the defending national champions. Whether or not the Villanova Wildcats can make it to Glendale, AZ, site of this year’s Final Four, and become the first team since the 2006-07 Florida Gators to repeat as champs remains to be seen. The NCAA Tournament Selection Committee […]

Stars Aligned for Knicks’ Randle

Johnny Dawkins, the former Stanford basketball coach who is now taking Central Florida where it has never gone before, remembers his first impression of Knicks guard Chasson Randle, the player. “Competitor,’’ Dawkins told MSGNetworks.com. “Just a fierce competitor.’’ He also remembers his first impression of Randle, the person. “One of the most genuine kids I […]

Beasts of the Big East Collide

How do you know when a college basketball program has crossed that ethereal line that separates the great from the truly elite? How about when it wins the national championship and that’s not good enough. Villanova proved last season that it deserves to walk with Kansas, Duke, Indiana and UCLA when it upset blue blood, […]

Noah Fighting Painful Season

Towards the end of what was, by all accounts, one of the most intense and chippy Knicks’ practices of the season on Tuesday, Joakim Noah stood next to coach Jeff Hornacek and talked basketball, the two gesturing toward different spots on the floor. Noah then did the same with assistant coach Jerry Sichting. The Knicks […]

NBA MVP in Porzingis’ Future?

From Carmelo Anthony to Derrick Rose, to Jeff Hornacek to opposing players and coaches around the league, we have a heard a common refrain regarding the emergence of Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis as one of the new faces of the NBA. It goes like this: “It’s kind of crazy,’’ Rose said after Porzingis poured in […]

Plumlee Always at Beck & Call

Marshall Plumlee had gone 34 days, some 816 hours and about 48,900 seconds without playing for the Knicks until coach Jeff Hornacek inserted the 7-foot rookie center into Wednesday night’s game in Boston. Plumlee responded by playing 20 minutes, scoring five points, grabbing seven rebounds and was a plus-11 in the Knicks’ 117-106 win over […]

Holiday Celebrating a Defined Role

One would think that at some point in Justin Holiday’s arduous journey to the New York Knicks, he would have given up on the NBA dream, or at least considered doing so. After going undrafted in 2011, despite being one of the Pac-10’s best defensive players at Washington, Waze would have had trouble keeping up with […]

Knicks Need Rose to Lead By Example

When the Knicks acquired Derrick Rose in a trade with the Chicago Bulls, they knew they were getting a mercurial talent, a player that has such remarkable strength and explosiveness he’s a YouTube highlight waiting to happen. What they didn’t necessarily know is that Rose can be a sensational leader. “One thing about Derrick that […]