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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Liberty Not Panicking

There was never any question that this was going to be a season of adjustment for the New York Liberty. Katie Smith replaced Bill Laimbeer as the head coach. The team moved its home court from The Garden to the Westchester County Center. And the Liberty – a veteran, playoff-tested team – kept draft pick […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Charles Primed to Lead Libs

New York Liberty star Tina Charles is a tornado of motion and emotion. Head bobbing, body pivoting, hands pointing to various areas of the court; Charles addresses each teammate in the huddle, always nodding in the affirmative. If you didn’t know the scenario, the assumption might be that the Liberty are about to run a […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]