Robbins’ Nest

Long-time basketball writer Lenn Robbins goes beyond the X's and O's and gets more personal with his Knicks and Liberty features.
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Fizdale Hire Convinces Kanter to Return

It’s amazing what a coaching change and a change in culture can do for a franchise. Back in April, Enes Kanter was leaning towards opting out of his contract with the Knicks. Financially, it didn’t seem the sensible move. The Knicks’ center was reportedly set to make $18.6 million, a significant number for a low-post […]

Best Knicks Rookie Seasons

At first, it seemed like a no-brainer. Who had the greatest rookie season in Knicks history? Easy. Uncontested dunk easy: Patrick Ewing. [Tune In To MSG & MSG GO For ‘Rookie Week’ Programming] And then I did the one thing my wife and kids have warned me about for years: I started thinking. Ewing won […]

LeBron, Cavs No Match For These Warriors

In what should be remembered as the most transparent, courageous and illuminating press conferences in the NBA Finals history, LeBron James went beyond confirming what anyone that has ever seen an NBA game knew: The Golden State Warriors were overwhelmingly more talented than the Cleveland Cavs. The King, who didn’t reveal he played the last […]

Warriors Reassert Dominance in Game 2

LeBron James isn’t just the best basketball player on the planet. He’s also one of the smartest. In fact, one could argue his intelligence, combined with his strength, is what separates The King. After the Cavaliers dropped Game 1 of the NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night, James called it one […]

Late Blunders Cost Cavs in Game 1

We expect an NBA Finals game to come down to the final seconds. We just don’t expect a key player to suffer a mental lapse for the ages that decides the outcome, and possibly the series. JR Smith, that rebel without a clock, made a monster athletic play, snatching the offensive rebound of a George […]

Pressure of New York Won’t Faze Fizdale

The Knicks introduced David Fizdale as their new head coach in a bright lights, big-city news conference in the World’s Most Famous Arena. He didn’t blink. A significant portion of Fizdale’s intro focused on how he and Marc Gasol, his star player on the Memphis Grizzlies, had a falling out. Here’s where we learn a […]

Crucial Offseason Awaits Ntilikina

The days leading up to the NFL Draft might be the greatest — or worse — example of paralysis by analysis. You hear terms such as “fluid through the hips,” or — and this one is my favorite — “feet are crisp and hypnotic.” Are we talking about a $42 kale salad or a football […]

Knicks’ Search For New Coach Begins Now

Now comes the hard part. The Knicks will be a vastly different team next season, starting with the head coach after the Knicks announced they were parting ways with coach Jeff Hornacek early Thursday morning. Time for team president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry to make the most important hire of their partnership. [Press Release: […]

Dotson Delivers When Given A Chance

After the Knicks used a second-round pick in the 2017 NBA Draft on Damyean Dotson, I called his college coach Kelvin Sampson. One quote from the University of Houston coach kept recycling in my thoughts. “Before the season is over, Damyean is going to surprise you,’’ Sampson said. “You’ll see early on that he is […]

Burke Seizing Second Chance

While listening to the Knicks broadcast Monday night, (Ed Cohen and Brendan Brown are a must hear!) it was pointed out that Charlotte Hornets guard Jeremy Lamb was averaging a career-high 13 points this season, up from his previous high of nine points last season. [Watch Knicks-76ers Wednesday on MSG & MSG GO. Download Free] Lamb is […]

Guards Bear Watching Down the Stretch

The Knicks have a chance tonight to accomplish something they haven’t done since the end of January – win consecutive games. After blasting the Charlotte Hornets 124-101 on Saturday, the Knicks host the Chicago Bulls at The World’s Most Famous Arena. Winning two straight may not seem like a significant accomplishment but everything the Knicks […]

Troy Williams Makes His Mark

Since the Knicks began to focus on evaluating their young talent — namely guards Frank Ntilikina, Emmanuel Mudiay and Trey Burke — one player has literally flown under the radar. Not anymore. [Watch Knicks-Raptors Sunday on MSG & MSG GO. Download Free] Since joining the Knicks, forward Troy Williams turned in his most impressive performance Friday […]

Jack Always Sees It Through

Before we get into whether or not Jarrett Jack will finish this season in a Knicks jersey, a little insight into the veteran point guard who has done everything the franchise has asked of him – including not playing much of late. When Jack decided to make himself available for the 2005 NBA Draft after […]

Hardaway Breaks Out In a Big Way

Players often talk about doing the extra work. But what if the work becomes part of the problem? What if you’re stuck in a shooting slump and all those extra jumpers in practice are clanging off the rim just like the shots in games? So when Tim Hardaway Jr., mired in the worst shooting slump […]

Young Guards A Must-Watch Down the Stretch

The first game of the Knicks unofficial youth evaluation season opened Thursday night with recently-acquired Emmanuel Mudiay making his first start in a New York jersey. After the Knicks played a woeful defensive first quarter, they regrouped and beat the Magic, 120-113, in Orlando. Mudiay finished with 8 points on 4-of-9 shooting with 5 rebounds, […]

Knicks Continuing Plan With Mudiay

Before we get carried away with the Emmanuel Mudiay Experiment, let’s take a timeout and remember that the NBA has countless stories of players that changed teams and experienced an astounding career revival — that didn’t last. Having thrown out that caution, Mudiay’s Knicks’ debut was something to behold: He made his first three shots, […]

Kyle O’Quinn’s Hard Work Off The Court Paying Off

There were times last season when Kyle O’Quinn wasn’t K.O., the gregarious, cajoling, joking, heart-on-his-sleeve, hustling player that has been a locker room and fan favorite throughout his NBA career. The Knicks were losing more than they were winning. O’Quinn’s minutes were inconsistent as first-year coach Jeff Hornacek navigated a new roster. And the death […]

KP Climbing Ladder to Ultimate Goal

Kristaps Porzingis played his first game as an NBA All-Star Thursday night. His numbers (21 points on 7-of-16 shooting, seven rebounds and one blocked shot) weren’t overwhelming but that’s not what caught the eye of a former NBA coach. “I was impressed that he played after missing the Golden State game when he tweaked his […]

Hardaway Emerges as Vocal Leader

When the Knicks signed Tim Hardaway Jr. to a lucrative free agent deal over the summer, they believed they were getting a scoring swingman on the verge of stardom. They might have gotten more. Hardaway, despite missing nearly six weeks with a stress reaction injury in his leg, has been everything the Knicks hoped he […]

Hornacek, Knicks Don’t Need Excuses

The Knicks just gave Jeff Hornacek carte blanche to make any coaching move he desires. Bench a starter, go ahead. Sub the first unit, be my guest. The team’s 105-99 loss in Memphis Wednesday night was arguably the worst setback of the season. [Watch Knicks-Jazz Friday on MSG & MSG GO] You want to blame ref Derrick […]

Can Hardaway Get Knicks Back on Track?

You can’t blame Knicks fans for fretting that this feels like “Deja boo” all over again. [Watch Knicks-Pelicans Sunday on MSG & Download Free on MSG GO] Friday night’s loss at the Minnesota Timberwolves was the fifth defeat in the last six games and dropped the Knicks to 19-23, three games out of the last […]

KP Going Through Growing Pains

Watching the Knicks-Wizards game Wednesday night, I found myself focusing on Washington forward Otto Porter Jr. I remembered Porter when he was a spindly star at Georgetown, all gangly arms and legs with a puppy dog’s enthusiasm for the game. Porter, now 24 and in his fifth season in the league, is listed as 6-8, […]

Ron Baker Does The Little Things

Ron Baker saw the two little boys sitting baseline at a recent Knicks game and he remembered what it was like to be that age, to be starstruck by the stars at Kansas, Kansas State and Wichita State. Baker jogged to the Knicks locker room at The Garden, grabbed a pair of sneakers and socks, […]

Hornacek Stamps His Own Mark on Knicks

The fact that the Knicks are sitting three games above .500 as we head towards Christmas is surprising. The fact that they’re doing it with Jeff Hornacek as the head coach should not be. [Watch Knicks-Pistons on MSG & Download Free on MSG GO] No sane betting man – not even the most daring Bitcoin investor […]

Melo Comes Home

Carmelo returns. The superstar that was the face of the Knicks for some seven seasons returns to The Garden for the first time since being traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder this summer. [Watch Knicks-Thunder on MSG & Download Free on MSG GO] To say Melo was a polarizing figure in his final seasons in […]

Ntilikina & Ball Are Two of a Kind

They met Thursday night at The Garden, two storied franchises that are as different as the ominous green of the Atlantic Ocean and the sapphire blue of the Pacific. The Knicks beat the Los Angeles Lakers, 113-109 in OT, in a game that matched two polar opposite rookie point guards and two fan bases pining […]

These Knicks Won’t Back Down

Maybe you didn’t know what to make of Frank Ntilikina after the Knicks made him their first-round draft choice. Perhaps you were discouraged by an early-season injury, but impressed by his confidence after he drained two monster 3s in a recent win over the Pacers. Still, you’re on the fence. After his actions in the […]

Humbled Noah Seeking Redemption

Joakim Noah used the word ‘humbling’ over and over again after practice on Friday. Every time he said it, you could hear the sincerity and pain in his voice. Noah is set to return to the Knicks for Monday night’s game against the Cavaliers at The Garden. He’ll sit out Saturday night’s home game against […]

KP’s Electrifying Night

We can talk about the one-handed offensive rebound tomahawk jam, and we will. We can talk about the blocked shot that led to a monster throwdown dunk – all in five seconds, and we will. But here are the three most important things you need to know about the scintillating 37-point, seven-rebound, three-blocked shot masterpiece […]

Next Great Knicks PG 50 Years Later?

Walt “Clyde” Frazier was at a book signing about 10 years ago when a fan introduced himself with a most unusual greeting. “Thirty-six points, 19 assists, seven rebounds,’’ said the fan. Frazier was stunned. “You remember that?’’ said one of the greatest Knicks of all-time. That’s one of the beauties of sports – they create […]

Porzingis In Need Of An Enforcer

Kristaps Porzingis took up boxing in the offseason to improve strength, footwork, conditioning and toughness. Thus far it has served him well. The new face of the Knicks scored 33 points in the 111-107 home-opening loss to the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night. He scored 31 in the season-opening loss at the Thunder, making Porzingis […]

Knicks Preview: 5 Keys To Success

My running battle with out of town sports fans is going public – now! Here’s the beef: New York fans are passionate and savvy. No arguments, please. They also can be patient. I know – the City That Never Sleeps; New York Minute; honking cabs; crowded trains. [More From Robbins’ Nest] But to steal from […]

Knicks Forging Athletic & Defensive Identity

So much for an off season. Since winning their regular-season finale, beating the Philadelphia 76ers 114-113 in the World’s Most Famous Arena, the Knicks have made one dramatic move after another. And if all the changes and acquisitions haven’t got you thinking about the possibilities of what the 2017-18 season can hold, consider this: The Knicks […]

KP Boxing His Way Through the Offseason

Kristaps Porzingis has been hitting the heavy bag. And the speed bag. And sparring. And working on his footwork. And lifting weights. No, the Knicks’ 7-foot-3 stretch forward isn’t eyeing a megabucks fight against the Floyd Mayweather-Connor McGregor winner. His focus is to take that big step toward stardom that many of the best players […]

Dotson Looking To Make Mark with Knicks

Second-round NBA draft picks are guaranteed nothing except a chance, an opportunity to find the right fit in the right place at the right time. Damyean Dotson thought he had such a window when the Knicks took him with the 14th pick in the second round, the 44th pick overall. Since then, Dotson’s window has […]

State of Knicks After Jackson’s Farewell

When the news broke Wednesday morning that the Knicks and Phil Jackson had mutually agreed to part ways, there was a tumult of emotion – both positive and negative. Putting that aside, let’s consider the state of the Knicks: In Kristaps Porzingis, the Knicks have a rising superstar. In Willy Hernangomez, the Knicks have a talented […]

Knicks Pick No Stranger to Pressure

Frank Ntilikina walked down a hallway at Barclays Center Thursday with a Knicks cap on his head, a resplendent three-piece maroon suit right out of the pages of GQ, a focused look in his eyes, and he exhaled. “The pressure is starting to come out,’’ he said. Let Knicks fans rest assured of this: The […]

2017 NBA Mock Draft: Top-10

Evolve or perish. That’s the law of the wild and the mandate in the NBA. When the Knicks drafted Patrick Ewing with the No. 1 pick in 1985, the NBA was a big man’s game: Abdul-Jabbar, Duncan, Olajuwon, O’Neal, Parish ruled the paint. Only the Chicago Bulls, because of a one-in-a-generation talent by the name […]

Best Knicks Draft Picks of All-Time

OK, so the ping pong balls weren’t kind. Instead of getting the 7th pick in the upcoming NBA Draft, the Knicks got the 8th pick. Guess who the Knicks took with the 8th pick in the 1964 draft? Willis Reed. How’d that work out? The league has changed, the draft has changed, the business of the […]

Knicks Have Options With 8th Pick

Fortunately for the Knicks, the 2017 NBA Draft is one of the deepest in years. It’s uber deep at the two positions the Knicks have prioritized — point guard and small forward. However, the NBA’s Draft Lottery held Tuesday night in midtown wasn’t fortuitous for New York. The odds favored them getting the 7th pick. […]

What Awaits the Knicks This Offseason?

Kristaps Porzingis has vowed to ‘live in the gym’ this summer. Willy Hernangomez and Mindaugas Kuzminskas are planning to work out together. Ron Baker and Chasson Randle spent the last third of the season picking each other’s brains about the art of playing point guard. And the Knicks have the seventh slot in the NBA […]

KP Helps NYC Youth in a Big Way

Kristaps Porzingis is a little more worldly than your average 21-year-old. He speaks multiple languages and has played professionally since 2012. When the Knicks used the fourth pick in the 2015 NBA Draft on the forward from Latvia, a lot of fans didn’t know what to make of Porzingis. But KP knew about the Knicks […]

Jackson Has Clear Vision for Future

No president of basketball operations takes over an NBA team, waves a magic wand, and Ta-Da, a championship is delivered. Such has been the case with Phil Jackson. He has yet to bring a title to New York, but in a 49-minute media session on Friday at the team’s training facility, Jackson gave Knicks fans […]

Baker & Randle Making Their Case

You’re an NBA GM. You’re looking for a backup, if not starting point guard for next season. Here are two players under consideration: They are both undrafted rookies. One stands 6-foot-4, weighs 220 pounds and looks like he could be a heckuva quarterback. The other is 6-foot-2, weighs 185 pounds and looks like he could […]

These Knicks Have Rangers Fever

Neither Mindaugas Kuzminskas nor Sasha Vujacic are about to take Ron Duguay or Steve Valiquette’s jobs, but the Knicks forward and guard have found another passion outside of basketball. They’ve both become Rangers fans. In addition to the Knicks and Rangers sharing the same training facility, Kuz and Vujacic have taken in several Rangers games […]

Young Knicks Give Hope for Future

For at least a few days, there won’t be much relief from the frustration and disappointment of missing the playoffs. That’s one of the most bitter pills for an NBA franchise to swallow. The Knicks had high expectations heading into this season. Carmelo Anthony, fresh off winning a third Olympic gold medal, was primed to […]

Silva Living the Dream With Gamecocks

Tommy Sacks, the assistant coach at Roselle Catholic High School in New Jersey, is fond of telling the story of the first time he met Chris Silva in person. Sacks was waiting at the arrivals terminal at JFK International Airport, looking for a tall, skinny teenager. He had seen a 24-second video of Silva playing […]

Sindarius Thornwell, Meet The Garden

The hottest player in the NCAA Tournament had to cool his heels the last time South Carolina played at The Garden. Sindarius Thornwell, who has averaged a March Madness-best 26.5 points in the Gamecocks’ march to New York and the East Regional semifinals, was suspended for six games in December for a violation of athletic […]

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 […]

Pitino’s Bomb Squad Revitalized Knicks

It wasn’t going to work. It almost never worked. College coaches jumped at the riches and lure of the NBA only to realize the difference between the two jobs was as different as hip-hop is to opera. Some succeeded, but the majority found more losses than wins and ultimately returned to college campuses. Consider this […]

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 […]

Hart Joins Big East Elite in Tourney Title Win

The Big East Conference Tournament is where legends are made. Ray Allen and Allen Iverson all but counted off 10 paces, turned and fired in an epic championship game 20 years ago. Allen’s off-balance jumper with 14 seconds left somehow dropped, giving UConn a 75-74 victory over Georgetown. The unforgettable game at the World’s Most […]

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 “Just a fierce competitor.’’ He also remembers his first impression of Randle, the person. “One of the most genuine kids I […]

Time to Pay Attention to this Wildcat

Kris Jenkins hit the biggest shot in Villanova history, a three-pointer at the buzzer that beat North Carolina in the 2016 NCAA Championship Game. Josh Hart, the Big East Player of the Year, has had one of Nova’s most accomplished careers, one of just two Wildcats with 1,800 points, 700 rebounds, 250 assists and 150 […]

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, […]

Melo’s Value Goes Beyond the Court

After he had answered question after question as to whether or not he thought he would be traded, one reporter soft-tossed Carmelo Anthony a hanging breaking ball: “Do you think this team has what it takes to make the playoffs?” “If I say, ‘No,’ you’ll be all over me,’’’ said Anthony, who clearly has come […]

Walt “Clyde” Frazier is One of a Kind

It’s become a cliche’ of sorts. A former sports star retires and finds work in the radio or TV booth of his or her former team. It doesn’t matter if said athlete brings anything to the table. The resume reads, ‘former athlete.’ You’re hired! Walt Frazier never saw himself as the athlete-turned-color commentator. He had […]

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 […]

Team Bonding Paying Dividends for Hernangomez

The sudden emergence of rookie center Willy Hernangomez can be attributed to a number of concrete factors: Hernangomez has grown more comfortable playing the NBA game. His confidence has soared as coach Jeff Hornacek has given the 6-foot-11 center more playing time. He’s added about 13 pounds of muscle since last season, allowing him to […]

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 […]

Coach K’s Influence Reaches Knicks

When Knicks reserve big man Marshall Plumlee walked into the weight room at Duke as a freshman, he saw coach Mike Krzyzewski bench pressing. It was Plumlee’s turn to work out next. He attempted one lift before pausing to remove plates. Sorry to out you Marshall. Let the record show by the end of his […]

Five Reasons Knicks Will Improve in 2017

Got those post-holiday blues? Blew that New Year’s resolution already? Washington Redskins fan? Hang tight. The New York Knicks (16-17) take the court for the first time in 2017 tonight at The Garden right in the middle of a heated Eastern Conference playoff race. Not exactly what you were hoping for? Hang tight. For a team […]

Reinvigorated Jennings Loving Life With Knicks

Brandon Jennings has played in almost 500 NBA games, scored almost 7,500 points, dished out almost 3,000 assists, made almost 650 steals and played for four teams. There isn’t much he hasn’t experienced. Unless you consider his experience this season. “I just feel like it’s my whole rookie year all over again,’’ Jennings told […]

Melo Brings Christmas Joy to Teen Battling Cancer

Memo to Carmelo Anthony: The next time you bestow the extraordinarily generous gift of a new car to an unsuspecting family that has known more than its share of hardship, please bring a box of Kleenex. Anthony’s charity, the Carmelo Anthony Foundation, in conjunction with the Garden of Dreams Foundation and Kia, shocked 17-year-old cancer survivor […]

Knicks Share Their Best & Worst Christmas Gifts

It doesn’t matter if you’re a 7-year-old child or an NBA player: Christmas morning brings love, joy, hope, excitement, curiosity and yes, occasionally disappointment. What will be waiting under the tree? Or in some cases, in the driveway? The Knicks continue the NBA’s tradition of playing games on Christmas Day when they host the Boston […]

Hernangomez Brothers Set for First NBA Showdown

Tonight in Denver, the Hernangomez brothers will break bread. There will be no arguing or jostling for the check.  The Knicks backup center, Willy, and his brother, Juancho, the Nuggets reserve forward, are so close, such dear friends, when they’re off the court, love, support, and generosity are the rules of the day. Tomorrow night at […]

Unselfish Bench Paying Dividends for Knicks

The grind has officially begun. It’s not as if the Knicks have had it easy this season. They’ve faced the defending NBA champion Cavs twice; once in the season-opener, when Cleveland celebrated its title, and Wednesday night when the Knicks were playing the second game of a back-to-back, while the Cavs were rested. The Knicks […]

Hernangomez Drawing Warranted Praise Early

Knicks fans will never have to fret about Guillermo “Willy’ Hernangomez developing a big head. The rookie center has been drawing rave reviews from the coaching staff and his teammates. Carmelo Anthony went as far as to say that Hernangomez reminds him of Marc Gasol, the rugged center for the Memphis Grizzlies. But Hernangomez, by […]

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 […]

Porzingis A Rising Star From NYC to Latvia

BY: LENN ROBBINS The first time the New York  Knicks‘ 7-foot-3 forward Kristaps Porzingis learned that a life-sized cardboard cutout of himself had been placed in the arrivals terminal at Riga International Airport in Latvia was when a fan tagged him in an Instagram post. “It looked like it was the real me,’’ Porzingis told […]

What Lies Beneath Lee’s ‘Glue-Like’ Work Ethic

According to the Basketball English to English Dictionary, a ‘Glue Guy,’ is defined as: “A valuable player whose main contribution isn’t using up lots of possessions.’’ There is no picture of New York Knicks guard Courtney Lee next to that definition, but there should be. Heck, his nickname should be Elmer’s. Take Lee’s contribution Wednesday […]

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 […]

Rose Embracing His Garden of Dreams

Derrick Rose’s heart always will be in Chicago. You can’t blame the man. It was in the Cubs’ city (Cubs fans never thought they’d read that clause in a sentence) that Rose was born and raised, learning the game he loves at Murray Park, a small outdoor basketball court in Englewood. It’s a similar story […]