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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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 […]

Top-5 Knicks Surprises So Far

For the second time this season, there was some genuine concern about the Knicks. They had lost their third straight Monday night — a 103-91 setback to the Portland Trail Blazers — and it was one of the few times the Knicks didn’t play with a strong heartbeat. This three-game skid had a different feel […]

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 […]

Frank Ntilikina is Big Frank!

You’ll have to excuse me. I studied Spanish at Canarsie High School so I don’t know the French word for courage. But every Knicks fan now knows that Frank Ntilikina has it. You don’t drain two clutch 3s in the final seven minutes of the biggest early-season game of the season, in the World’s Most […]

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 […]

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 […]

Liberty a Work in Progress

No one has a better handle on a team than the head coach. So while the social media world has been fretting over the New York Liberty’s recent losing streak, let’s consider coach Bill Laimbeer’s words from media day on May 1. Laimbeer said the Liberty would be a work in progress until the All-Star […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]