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New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson is a 21-year-old, 7-foot terror who protects the rim and scores with incredible efficiency. He currently leads the NBA in blocks per 36 minutes and points created per 100 possessions, and he’s the Knicks’ best player by a comfortable margin in RAPTOR, FiveThirtyEight’s new measure of a player’s per-possession effectiveness. Playing so well under the bright lights of Madison Square Garden, you might think that Robinson is a megastar on the rise.

But Robinson has come off the bench just about as often as he’s started, and he’s averaging a paltry 18.4 minutes per game. For all of his impressive rate statistics — and he is averaging a double-double (19.8 points and 12.8 rebounds) per 36 minutes this year — Robinson can’t exert his influence on the game if he’s not on the court.

At least some of this comes down to Knicks coach David Fizdale, who is under fire early this season partly because of decisions like starting veteran Taj Gibson over Robinson despite Gibson’s vastly inferior rates. But Robinson has helped create this problem with his propensity for fouling — and Fizdale has said as much in explaining his rationale for moving Robinson to the bench.

“Taj gets us off to really stable starts and keeps Mitchell from the potential of getting into foul trouble,” Fizdale told Newsday last week.

But Robinson fouls so often that even this plan hasn’t helped much. He was disqualified after just 22 minutes on Nov. 14, was whistled five times in 17 minutes on Monday and mustered only 13 minutes against the 76ers on Wednesday after picking up four fouls. The Knicks, who lost by just 5 to Philly, could have used more from Robinson against Joel Embiid, but Embiid was able to use Robinson’s shot-blocking instincts against him a couple of times, drawing a foul once. With 6.6 fouls per 36 minutes, Robinson is the fourth-most foul-prone player in the NBA this season, rendering his incredible per-possession numbers largely moot and helping lead to the Knicks’ predicament as one of the worst teams in the league.

In fact, if Robinson keeps it up, he could join a not-so-elite group of players who performed like stars when they saw the court but fouled so much that they couldn’t stay on it for very long:

If fouls were unlimited, they would be superstars
Best overall RAPTOR ratings in a full season since 1977 for players with at least 50 games played, fewer than 20 minutes per game and at least six fouls committed per 36 minutes — plus Mitchell Robinson in 2019-20

RAPTOR
YEAR PLAYER GAMES MPG FOULS/36* OFFENSE DEFENSE TOTAL
2019-20 Mitchell Robinson 11 18.4 6.7 +3.9 +1.2 +5.1
2007-08 Amir Johnson 62 12.3 7.6 -0.5 +3.9 +3.4
2009-10 Amir Johnson 82 17.7 6.8 +0.6 +1.8 +2.4
2006-07 Paul Millsap 82 18.0 6.3 +0.5 +1.8 +2.4
1999-2000 Ryan Bowen 52 11.3 6.1 +0.0 +2.0 +2.0
2008-09 Amir Johnson 62 14.7 7.8 -0.9 +2.5 +1.6
2007-08 Leon Powe 56 14.4 6.2 +1.3 +0.2 +1.6
2005-06 DeSagana Diop 81 18.6 6.9 -2.6 +4.0 +1.4
1978-79 Kim Hughes 81 13.4 6.7 -2.5 +3.9 +1.4
2008-09 Leon Powe 70 17.5 6.2 +0.3 +1.1 +1.4
1991-92 Kenny Williams 60 9.4 6.4 +0.4 +1.0 +1.4
*Foul rates have been pace-adjusted to 100 possessions per game.

Robinson is on track to play 60 games in 2019-20, if prorated to an 82-game schedule.

SOURCES: NBA ADVANCED STATS, BASKETBALL-REFERENCE.COM

Some players fit this category early in their careers but were able to evolve into proper stars by playing with more discipline. Paul Millsap, for instance, was a fouling machine in his first few NBA seasons, but he eventually cut down on the whistles enough to log nearly 33 minutes a night in his prime. Yes, his block rate suffered as a result — but that was a small price to pay to stay on the court longer.1
Some, however, always leave their teams wanting more. Amir Johnson, most recently of the Sixers, was emblematic of this over his career: As with Robinson, his per-minute numbers were perennially amazing, but he averaged 5.1 fouls per 36 minutes in his career and never logged more than 28.8 minutes per game in any season despite owning a career RAPTOR plus/minus of +2.1. (There’s a reason he appears in the table above three times.) Before the season, Johnson showed up among Robinson’s 10 most comparable historical players — a bad omen for Knick fans hoping that Robinson can log enough minutes to become a true superstar.

Robinson isn’t the only player this season whose effectiveness has been limited by foul trouble. Washington’s Moritz Wagner is averaging only 19.3 minutes a night despite an eye-popping +9.1 RAPTOR because of an equally mind-boggling 7.5 fouls per 36 minutes. But most of Wagner’s RAPTOR is wrapped up in defense,2 so there might be more of a question about whether he can keep up his rates in more minutes while simultaneously fouling less.

For Robinson, though, he remains a player who looks like a legitimate star two-way big man in the making — if he can just cut down on the unnecessary fouls. There’s plenty of time for him to do that and cash in on his full potential, but for now he might be the best player in the league that you probably won’t even get to see play for 20 minutes on any given night.

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PORTLAND, Ore. — David Fizdale will never know whether anything would have changed had point guard Elfrid Payton not sustained a freak hamstring strain in the season’s fourth game, forcing him to miss 17 straight contests.

Maybe, maybe not. But those close to Fizdale believe he needs a playmaking point guard for the way he wants to play and for his offense to click best.

Payton may have reemerged as a potential starter down the road after dazzling in his second game back from injury Saturday in interim coach Mike Miller’s NBA coaching debut.

For now, Miller said Payton is on a minutes restriction.

“He’s still returning and not total go yet,’’ Miller said after Sunday’s practice here. “He gave us a great lift with that group, started with the second unit, finished with the first unit. Games will dictate those things.”

Payton said his wind is there, but the team is holding him back this early.

“I don’t get tired,’’ Payton said. “It’s precaution.”

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With Miller rolling him out for the entire fourth quarter, Payton looked a little like he did in the season opener in San Antonio as he racked up nine points, seven assists, three steals, one block and just one turnover in 17 minutes of court time in the 104-103 loss to the Pacers.

Looking so much better than his two point-guard compatriots, current starter Frank Ntilikina and Dennis Smith Jr., it wouldn’t be shocking if Miller makes the move soon to start Payton.

“I did a decent job — played well in the fourth,’’ Payton said. “Just playing the game the right way. Taking what the game gives me.’’

Payton began the season coming off the bench before earning the starting nod following his gem against the Spurs.

“He played really well,’’ said Miller. “You could see the things that he was doing in terms of directing people and putting people in positions. The pace of getting downhill. I thought some of the defensive plays, like the steal he had for the layup [in the fourth quarter] was a big play at the time. He showed what a heady player he is.”

Politically, Payton is not high on the charts. Ntilikina is the franchise’s 2017 lottery pick and the Knicks picked up his fourth-year option for $6.2 million. Smith, selected one spot later in the same draft at No. 9 by Dallas, was the cornerstone piece of the Kristaps Porzingis trade.

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But if you judged their work in the loss to Indiana, it was evident who the most accomplished of the trio is. Ntilikina, who has started for nearly a month, was 1 of 5 from the field, missing both his 3-pointers and finishing with two points in 19 minutes.

Smith, whose outside shooting has not improved this season, was 0-for-5, missing his lone 3-pointer, in 11:39. He totaled one point with one assist and two turnovers. Smith is shooting 32 percent for the season.

Though he was rusty in his first game back against Denver, his second possession was noteworthy. Payton dribbled at the top of the key and tossed up a beautiful alley-oop lob for center Mitchell Robinson for the dunk. It is doubtful either Ntilikina or Smith could have threaded the needle on such a difficult play.

Like Fizdale at the season’s outset, Miller is juggling three point guards. The organization still is unclear about the future of the position. In fact, when the trade season heats up beginning Dec. 15, when players who signed as free agents this past offseason can be dealt, it will be a position of intrigue for the Knicks. Payton could be traded after signing a one-year guarantee for $8 million.

If anything, this is a chance to boost Payton’s trade stock by starting him or finding out if he’s part of the future. Payton, 25, was traded on draft day in 2014 to Scott Perry and the Magic and, The Post reported, was all but promised the starting nod when he signed.

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The New York Knicks could be without their best defensive player on Monday as Frank Ntilikina deals with a sore back.
According to the NBA injury report, Frank Ntilikina is questionable with a sore upper back. The third-year guard left the New York Knicks‘ game against the Boston Celtics on Sunday after playing about seven minutes.

The French point guard has yet to miss a game due to injury this season, but he’s had issues with his back of late. Injuries stunted his growth in year two and it’s possible that the Knicks want to give him Monday off to rest up. New York plays again on Thursday night against the Denver Nuggets.

Dennis Smith Jr. will likely make his first start of the season if Ntilikina can’t go. Additionally, Kadeem Allen will meet the team in Milwaukee. Allen is currently on a two-way contract and has only appeared in G League games up to this point in the season.

Marcus Morris Sr. has been ruled out for the second-straight game with cervical spasms. The veteran forward has been the Knicks’ best player this season and his absence was felt on Sunday night.

New York collapsed in the fourth quarter, yet again, and couldn’t convert on their free throws, yet again. Morris is currently the only consistent free-throw shooter on the roster and he’s been their most consistent offensive player in general.

The Milwaukee Bucks will be missing Sterling Brown (AC joint sprain) and Brook Lopez (back soreness) as well. The two Eastern Conference foes will tip-off at 8 p.m. ET.

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The dangers of life as a dad cost the Knicks their most consistent player for two games.

Marcus Morris is expected to return Thursday night against the Nuggets after missing back-to-back games because of cervical spasms. The culprit for his neck injury?

“You know, it’s funny. My son jumped on me early in the morning. And I tried to get up at the same time and it was just bad,” Morris said Wednesday after going through a full practice. “He just surprised me that morning and got me good, he got me real good.”

Then Morris played in the Knicks’ game Friday night against the 76ers, a physical battle that worsened his condition. He was held out of Sunday’s loss to the Celtics and Monday’s blowout loss to the Bucks as the Knicks’ losing streak slumped to seven games.

Morris said he has been getting two to three massages per day to get the knots out of neck, but now that he’s good, his one-year-old son, Marcus Morris Jr., can continue to jump on him in bed.

“I’ve just got to be ready,” Morris said.

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For the first time since the third game of the season, the Knicks could be whole again Thursday night. In addition to Morris, they hope to get back point guards Frank Ntilikina and Elfrid Payton.

Payton has missed the last 17 games because of a hamstring strain. After coming off the bench in the season opener, he started three straight games at point guard before the injury knocked him out. Now, the veteran will be eased back in.

“He looked good in practice,” coach David Fizdale said. “Obviously it gives us another floor general. He gives us speed, something we really obviously need. He gives us a guy that can make plays for others and get us some easy shots. Defensively, he gives us a guy that can pressure the ball.”

Ntilikina has played well since taking over as the starting point guard, but he missed Monday’s loss to the Bucks because of a sore upper back. He was the only one who did not practice fully on Wednesday and is listed as questionable (as is Payton), so Fizdale declined to name his starting point guard. But he has a rotation to figure out with Ntilikina, Payton and Dennis Smith Jr.

“I’ll probably play some of them together,” Fizdale said.

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OAKLAND, California — Walt Frazier is a two-time NBA champion with the New York Knicks, a seven-time NBA All-Star, a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, and his retired No. 10 Knicks jersey is hanging in the rafters in Madison Square Garden. But the 13-year NBA veteran is known more today for his flashy suits and his outstanding vernacular as a Knicks color analyst.

“When I’m at the Garden I hear kids say, ‘Dad, there is the Knick announcer. There is the guy that wears the crazy suits,’ ” Frazier said. “They rarely know my past. If they are 8 or 10 years old, they know me as the Knick announcer.”

Frazier recently sat down with The Undefeated before a Knicks game against the Golden State Warriors to talk about his Hall of Fame basketball career, how he got the nickname “Clyde,” his suit and word game, winning championships with the Knicks, and more.

Where did your love of fashion come from?

My dad. My dad was a good dresser. My brother is into clothes too, but he is not flashy like me. That is where it all started. And of course, I live in ‘The Mecca,’ New York City. When we played, everybody wore a suit and tie to every game trying to outdress each other.

[Knicks teammate] Dick Barnett was sharp. I used to copy where he went and got his suits made, his shirts made. Then, what set me apart was the hat. I bought the ‘Clyde’ hat at that time. As a rookie, I wasn’t playing good. So, to pacify myself, I would go shopping in every city. One day we were in Baltimore and I was looking in the window at a baseline [hat]. But it had a wide brim. Like, today they wear it narrow.

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So the first time I wore that hat, everybody laughed at me, my teammates, guys on the other team. So the next week [the movie] Bonnie and Clyde came out, so then people were saying, ‘Hey, Clyde.’ ‘Look at Clyde.’ That became my fashion image even until today with my endorsements.

What do you remember about your dad’s wardrobe?

He used to wear the coveralls with one [suspender] hanging over. Whatever he wore was pretty stylish. Shoes. He used to wear Stacy Adams. He was already dressed up.

Is your father who your clothing confidence comes from?

Yeah. And being in New York, you can be creative. They might look, but they don’t really say too much. But then, like with the hats, if I would have listened to them [my teammates and opponents], I would have stopped wearing the hats.

How many suits do you own?

Hundreds of suits. I haven’t gained that much weight, so I can still have them altered. I probably make 15 suits a year. I have lots of closets. What I do is put one rack high and one rack low so I can double the amount. I fold them and hang them in the same closet.

Do you have a journal to keep track of what suit you wore on what day?

There is a guy that critiques me every game for the last three years. The website is called ClydeSoFly. He grades me from A to D, so I have to make sure I don’t repeat myself because of this guy.

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How much money do you think you’ve spent on suits?

A lot. Fortunately, I have been able to endorse [the suit makers]. Most guys are paying $1,000. I am getting them for $500, $200. It depends. For most of these, I find my own fabric. I have a Chinese company. I selected this suit. Take the fabric to them and they make it. If I bring my own fabric, it may be half the price it normally would be to make a suit.

I like fashion. I like dressing up and mixing unusual combinations. So many people are paying attention. I’m like, ‘Hey, man, I am going to try it.’

Where do you like shopping for suits when you are on the road with the Knicks?

I just shop in New York. I don’t shop on the road anymore. I did back when I was younger as a rookie. But now, in between Seventh and Eighth avenues, Third and Fourth streets to 39th [in New York City] in the offseason, I just walk in and out of fabric stores. All those stores are old and have just fabric. Sometimes it takes me weeks, months sometimes, before I find anything.

I have so many. It has to be something provocative that I’m really excited about. Sometimes they recognize me. Sometimes they don’t. So what I do, I get swatches of the different fabric and take them all home and look at them. Once I get a different jacket, then you have to find a tie. Then once you get the tie, you get the shirt.

It’s a lot of fun. My tie maker, they all know what kind I like. When I go to a tailor, I say, ‘Show me something you think nobody would ever wear. That is probably what I’m leaning towards.’ They always think nobody would ever wear it.

Do you and fellow Hall of Famer Calvin Murphy, color analyst of the Houston Rockets, have a suit competition going?

Yeah. We always chat when I’m down there. I told Calvin that he’s the best. I think he got me beat. He’s flamboyant. I don’t know where he comes up with his stuff in Houston. He doesn’t have the selection like I do in New York with the fabric houses. That is why I give him the kudos to pull that off in Houston.

What has been the key to your creative vernacular on the air?

With my style and creativity, I wanted to do something different. I didn’t want to use the same clichés. When they were using, ‘the man,’ I came up with ‘the catalyst.’ So I have books and books of words and phrases. When I first started I was on radio, which was the greatest thing for me, because on radio you can’t look at any notes. It’s about spontaneity. You have to spit it out.

Most radio color guys, you don’t even know they’re there. So that is why I had to come up with the words. So the guy I was working with, if I stumbled, he would say, ‘Excuse me, Walt.’ He would walk right over me. So when the team was doing something I would say, ‘They’re dishing and swishing. They’re bounding and astounding.’ That would be all I could get in before he would jump on me.

How do you reflect on your Hall of Fame basketball career? What kind of imprint do you think you have made?

It has totally changed now. My game was defense. Harassing people all over the court. Guys don’t play that kind of defense anymore. There is no hand-checking now. The game is all gone with the 3-ball. It is more offensive. But still, in order to win one of these [NBA championship rings], you still have to play some defense.

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How did you fall in love with defense?

When I was [a freshman] in college [Southern Illinois], I was ineligible to play, so every day at practice the coach made me play defense. And I fell in love with defense. The way I would get back at the coach, it was me and four guys against the varsity. I would be creating so much havoc that the coach would say, ‘Frazier. Sit down.’ They couldn’t run any plays. I was stealing the ball, talking trash.

That is when I mastered the technique. The stance. If you ask me about any guy, I know whether he had that one step, Oscar Robertson, Jerry West, Earl ‘The Pearl’ [Monroe], Dave Bing, [Nate] ‘Tiny’ Archibald. I perfected the system.

What was it like to win an NBA championship in New York as you did with the Knicks in 1970 and 1973?

For the Knicks fan, it was the greatest. It’s been 45 years and counting. It will be almost 50 years in a couple of years. So for the Knicks fans, it was heaven. They had always been the Sixers’ and the Celtics’ doormat. Then the Knicks were finally on that level winning a championship.

We were on that level for like five years. We were in three Finals in five years. We beat the [Los Angeles] Lakers twice. They beat us once. I couldn’t spend any money in New York. Even now, I can’t spend any money. When the team is playing good, they’re like, ‘No, you can’t spend any money.’ They end up giving you everything.

What do you remember about the championship parade in New York?

We didn’t do like baseball did. We went to City Hall. A lot of people were there. The mayor, everybody. It was pretty phenomenal. But I never was all that enthralled with winning championships. … I won in high school. I won in college. So I wasn’t overwhelmed by it.

My whole thing was I wanted to make it for my parents and take care of my family. I am the oldest of the nine kids. I have seven sisters and one brother. I really wanted to be an athlete. Working hard. Discipline.

The other thing about my dressing was the civil rights movement. Whenever we went out of town, we had to have our best clothes. You were not only representing yourself, you were representing your race. It’s etched in your mind everywhere you go. These guys with their pants hanging off their butts, they wouldn’t be in the league [back then] if they did that. You had to be a person of character.

Dennis Rodman couldn’t have played when we played in the ’60s. That type of black guy would have never been in this league [then]. You had to conform to the rules and be a nice guy no matter how much talent you had.

Did you deal with any racism in the NBA outside of New York?

Once you leave New York, just subtle stuff. [Ex-Knicks teammate] Willis Reed and them did. They had to go through segregation when they went to the South. I didn’t really have to experience that when I came in the NBA in ’67.

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The most famous coach in New York Knicks history, Red Holzman was a legend on the court, on the sideline, and in his community.
Red Holzman, a military man and former NBA player, was coming off of two seasons of coaching the Milwaukee Hawks. Then the franchise moved to St. Louis for another two years. Not once did he finish above .500.

In 1957, Holzman joined our beloved New York Knicks as an assistant coach under head coach Vince Boryla. In 1967, Holzman became the head coach of the Knicks, and the years of Red’s reign began.

As a military man, Holzman believed that the Knicks needed to work as a team to win championships. He implemented a team-first mentality, and the Knicks finished the season going 28-17 en route to a playoff berth.

New York didn’t win the championship that year, which is not surprising. But, unlike most Knicks teams, the future was promising.

With the gifted roster of Willis Reed, Dick Barnett, and rookies Walt Frazier and Phil Jackson, Holzman was ready to compete. With their young core, and Holzman’s influence in the locker room, the Knicks were bound for huge things in the new NBA.

In the 1968 season, the Knicks front office accomplished the impossible by signing Dave DeBusschere away from the Detroit Pistons. Holzman lead the team back to the playoffs, but ultimately lost to the Celtics in the second round.

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The Knicks’ front office had found their guy in Holzman. He was one of the best coaches in the league, and was commanding the Knicks to contention. This time period was when Madison Square Garden developed the reputation it has today.

In the 1969-1970 season, the Knicks were nearly unstoppable. Holzman, Frazier, and Reed led the Knicks to 20 consecutive victories on their way to an NBA championship. A very special moment happened in the finals, which I will cover in a different Garden History.

Holzman was named Coach of the Year, and by proxy, named the emotional Mayor of New York the very next day. Holzman would lead the Knicks to two more NBA Finals appearances, as well as another championship.

Hozlman ultimately got his number 613 (wins as a Knicks coach) retired in Madison Square Garden.

The fact he actually won as the Knicks’ coach makes him widely regarded as one of the top 10 coaches in NBA history. He retired with the second-most wins in NBA history. Ironically, he finished behind another Red: Auerbach.

Holzman is also a legend in the Jewish Community, as he gave tons of money to different organizations all over his native New York. The International Jewish Athletes Hall of Fame inducted Holzman in 1988.

As the head coach who led the New York Knicks to the only two championships in franchise history, Red Holzman is an eternal legend.

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Ray Williams, the former New York Knicks guard who averaged 15.5 points and 5.8 assists in 10 seasons in the National Basketball Association, died Friday. He was 58.

The Knicks confirmed Williams’s death, but didn’t provide a cause. Coach Mike Woodson said he spoke to Williams’s wife and brother to offer his condolences.

“It’s a major loss. He’s a part of our Knicks family,” Woodson said in Toronto before the Knicks’ victory over the Raptors. “Our organization has been fantastic through this. I tip my hat to the Knicks and the fact they stood in Ray’s corner. He’ll be missed. Ain’t no doubt about that. He was well liked in the community.”

Like many professional athletes, Williams struggled financially after his NBA career was over.

Born in Mount Vernon on Oct. 14, 1954, Williams was drafted 10th overall by the Knicks in 1977. He averaged 16.4 points in five seasons in New York and went on to play for New Jersey, Kansas City, Boston, Atlanta, and San Antonio.

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Williams averaged 18.9 points in two seasons at the University of Minnesota, where he teamed with Kevin McHale, Mychal Thompson, and longtime NBA coach Flip Saunders.

“Ray was probably my favorite college teammate,” McHale, now the coach of the Houston Rockets, said after his team’s victory over Cleveland on Friday night. “I came in as a rookie and Ray took me under his wing. We played ball all the time. We were two guys that just loved to play.

“I went to the University of Minnesota the day after I graduated from high school. I went to Williams Arena and I went to work and the coach said everybody was going to play at like 3:30, or 4, after work. I got there early and Ray and I started playing one on one. We ended up fouling the hell out of each other and we almost ended up in a fight my first day because I wouldn’t give him game point. He kept on saying, ‘I got fouled,’ and I said, ‘No, you didn’t.’ He and I played one on one, and from that day on, we became really good friends.”

McHale also teamed with Williams briefly with the Boston Celtics.

“I was a skinny little kid, man, and Ray was a big ol’ kid from New York City,” McHale said. “He would always tell me about New York City. I’d never been to New York City. I didn’t know what it was.

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“A couple of times, we played and some guys tried roughing me up. I’ll never forget, Ray went up and grabbed one of these guys. Back then, they had jewelry and he grabbed the guy by his neck. Ray said he twisted it really hard and said, ‘Before you mess with him, you’ve got to mess with me. And here’s Ray, 6-3, and I’m 6-10. I said, ‘Thank you, Ray….’ I really liked Ray as a teammate. He was a teammate in Boston, too. Those days in Minnesota, 1976, going down there in the summer playing with him and stuff. We were 24-3 that year and Ray was our point guard and we just had a group of guys that played.”

After his NBA career, Williams ran into difficult financial times. Like many professional athletes, he was forced to file for bankruptcy in 1994. By 2010, Williams was homeless, living out of his car in Florida. But thanks to an article in the Boston Globe, some of his former teammates helped him get back on his feet financially. And Williams got a job in his hometown, at the city parks and recreation department, in Mount Vernon, N.Y., the Boston Globe reported:

“After months of sleeping in a broken-down 1992 Buick on a back road in Florida, former Celtics guard Ray Williams — once a marquee NBA player — has a roof over his head, a reason to get up in the morning, a chance to do for the needy what others did for him when he was down to his last dime.

Thanks in part to Larry Bird and Kevin McHale, his teammates with the ’85 Celtics, Williams is out of poverty — an existence all too common among former NBA players who outlived their basketball earnings.”

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In the first edition of New York Knicks Trade History, a look at the deal that sent Patrick Ewing out of the Big Apple for the first time in his NBA career.
For better or worse, trades have often represented the New York Knicks. Their draft success is quieter and inconsistent, and, especially over the past 20 years, they have focused on working with other teams to improve their roster.

One trade that brought change, in 2000, the Knicks sent away Patrick Ewing, their face of the franchise for the previous 15 years.

Ewing, who was age 37 at the time and near the end of his career, left in a four-team trade that involved the Seattle SuperSonics, Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns. As Newsday noted at the time, the player who had his No. 33 jersey number retired in 2003 wanted a change.

How did this trade work out for the Knicks? Was their return package for Ewing acceptable?

What the Knicks traded
The full trade outlook is large, but the Knicks traded Ewing to the SuperSonics and Chris Dudley and a 2001 first-round pick to the Suns.

Ewing played 79 of 82 games with Seattle, but his numbers tailed off from the 15 points and 9.7 rebounds averaged in the 1999-00 season to 9.6 points and 7.4 rebounds. No playoff run resulted from this, either, making this a disappointing one-and-done for the Sonics, who watched him leave for the Orlando Magic in the 2001 offseason.

Dudley, the same one who pegged a basketball at Shaquille O’Neal, lasted just 53 games with Phoenix, averaging 11.6 minutes per contest. He played 46 games over the next two seasons with Portland and fell out of the NBA at age 37.

The first-round pick became Jason Collins, who started on the New Jersey Nets teams that made the NBA Finals in the early 2000s. However, he fell into a veteran backup role for most of his career.

What the Knicks acquired
Ewing may have neared the end of the road, but the Knicks struggled to recoup meaningful value from this trade.

Travis Knight, Glen Rice, and a 2001 first-round pick, which became Jamaal Tinsley, arrived from the Lakers. Rice averaged 12 points in his only season with the Knicks, but it was down by nearly four points from his 1999-00 total. He struggled for the next three years at two destinations and left the NBA at age 36.

Knight actually spent three seasons with the Knicks, but as nothing more than an end-of-the-bench piece.

The first-round pick moved around, and Tinsley landed with the Indiana Pacers. He spent 11 years in the NBA.

Years after playing his best basketball on those title-winning Chicago Bulls teams, Longley joined from Phoenix. He played just 25 games for New York and left the NBA at age 32.

The Sonics’ package featured two draft picks, but neither developed into relevant, long-term pieces. The first-round pick became Kareem Rush, who played 346 games as a role player in the NBA, but none of it happened in New York. Lazaro Borrell, Vernon Maxwell and Vladimir Stepania all never played for the Knicks, either.

The 2000 Ewing trade benefited nobody. It was a wash for all the pieces that moved and either never played for their new team or struggled mightily. This was among the questionable results the New York Knicks had in transactions, in this decade.

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Le 11 novembre de l’année 1984 était un dimanche. Un jour férié pour beaucoup. Pour Purvis Short, c’était le premier jour d’une folle semaine. Une semaine pleine de défaites comme souvent pour les Warriors de cette époque mais aussi pleine de grosses performances pour Purvis. Une semaine qui s’est achevée il y a 25 ans jour pour jour avec un carton à 59 points pour cet ailier aussi peu connu que bon scoreur.

Purvis Short a été drafté en cinquième position en 1978 par les Warriors, derrière Mychal Thompson le père de Klay (1er choix) et le fameux Micheal Ray Richardson (4ème) mais surtout devant un certain Larry Bird. Disons que sur le poste 3, il y avait peut-être autre chose à faire côté Warriors. Car l’ami Purvis est un ailier. Et s’il n’est pas de la même classe la légende des Celtics, il a réalisé une carrière tout à fait honorable en NBA. Il y a sévi de 1978 à 1990 et plus particulièrement au milieu des années 80, période durant laquelle il nous a gratifié de plusieurs saisons très lourdes au niveau scoring. Du haut de ses 2m01, Short était un slasher inspiré et un scientifique du shoot mid-range dont il abusait tant il était efficace entre 4 et 6 mètres du cercle. Un shoot façon rainbow jumper qui montait très haut avant de retomber, le plus souvent, dans le filet sans effleurer l’anneau.

C’est ainsi, à coup de rainbow jumpers, que Purvis Short va monter en régime tranquillement lors de ses quatre premières saisons. Il va ensuite poser deux saisons (1982-83 et 1983-84) à 21 et 23 points de moyenne accompagnés de plus de 5 rebonds et 3 passes décisives. Et quand il démarre son exercice 84-85, Short continue sur sa lancée. Il veut devenir All-Star et sait que ça passera par encore plus de scoring. Après 7 matchs sur la fin octobre et le début du mois de novembre 1984, Purvis se pointe un dimanche à Portland avec ses coéquipiers des Warriors. Une folle semaine va alors démarrer :

11 NOVEMBRE
Contre qui : les Blazers
Où : à Portland.
La perf’ : 48 points à 19/34 au tir, 0/3 de loin et 10/11 au lancer. Avec 3 rebonds, 2 passes décisives et 2 interceptions, histoire d’assaisonner cette grosse perf’ de saison. Une bonne défaite de 12 points d’écart sera au bout quand même car les Warriors sont très faibles autour de Purvis Short, qui se retrouve dans un rôle de soliste sans avoir réellement de coéquipier sur qui s’appuyer.
13 NOVEMBRE
Contre qui : les SuperSonics.
Où : Seattle
La perf’ : seulement 17 points à 4/18 au tir. Une défaite de 7 points, un match à oublier. Mais c’était clairement pour mieux préparer les deux suivants.
15 NOVEMBRE
Contre qui : les Mavericks
Où : à la maison, Oakland.
La perf’ : 40 points à 18/30 avec 6 rebonds, 3 offrandes et 2 vols. Victoire de 5 points face aux Mavs de Jay Vincent, Rolando Blackman et Mark Aguirre contre lequel le duel du soir entre ailiers scoreurs fut sanglant (33 points à 13/22 pour Aguirre).
17 NOVEMBRE
Contre qui : les Nets.
Où : à la maison
La perf’ : quitte à faire une grosse semaine (individuelle), autant la terminer en fanfare avec une belle défaite de 17 unités mais une énorme prestation solo de Purvis la machine à scorer. 59 points à 20/28 au tir (!!), dont un 4/6 de loin et 15 lancers rentrés sur 16 tentés. 5 rebonds dans le lot mais c’est pour l’anecdote. Ok collectivement, ces Warriors ne sont pas beaux. Il n’empêche qu’à l’époque, seuls 9 joueurs ont fait au moins aussi bien que les 59 unités de Short sur un match.
Cette saison-là, l’ami Purvis va atteindre ou dépasser la barre des 40 points à 8 reprises en tout. En plus de cette folle semaine, il y a aura aussi ces 46 points sur la bouche des Bullets de Jeff Malone, Rick Mahorn et Cliff Robinson ou ses 44 points contre les Suns de Walter Davis et Alvan Adams. Ces cartons auront lieu dans des victoires pour changer. Short finira la saison à 28 points de moyenne, quatrième scoreur de cet exercice 1984-85 derrière les trois inconnus que sont Bernard King (32,9), Larry Bird (28,9) et le rookie Michael Jordan (28,1).

Pour autant, il reste un joueur tombé dans l’oubli car il n’a rien gagné, il n’a jamais été All-Star et n’a participé qu’à trois campagnes de Playoffs en 13 saisons dans la grande ligue. Ce genre de joueur dont on adore entendre parler mais dont on ne se rappelle jamais…