New York Knicks Schedule in 2014 - 2015
The Knicks open the season with a back-to-back beginning Oct 29 at home against Chicago and then finishing on Oct 30 at Cleveland. The play the rival Brooklyn Nets on the road in the front end of a back-to-back on Nov 7. After starting with 7 of their first 11 games at home, the Knicks play a stretch of 5 of 6 on the road that concludes on Nov 28 at Oklahoma City. A tough three game home stand follows against Miami, Brooklyn, and Cleveland. The schedule is balanced with home and road games during the month of December and features a marque matchup on Christmas Day at home against the Wizards. The schedule is balanced from a home and road balanced starting in January on going into the All-Star break. The Thunder visit New York on Jan 28. The Knicks play a tough back-to-back on Feb 06 and 07, facing Brooklyn on the road and then the Golden State Warriors at home. The then face Miami and Orlando on the road before heading into the break. After opening with Miami and Cleveland at home coming out of the break, the Knicks play 8 of their next 10 games on the road. This includes a 5 game west coast trip starting with a back-to-back Mar 9 and 10 at Denver and at Utah, and then concluding with a back-to-back Mar 14 and 15 at Golden State and at Phoenix. They then return home to face the defending champion Spurs on Mar 17, which starts a stretch of 9 of 13 at home. They then close out the season with road games at Orlando and Atlanta before facing Detroit at home in the final regular season game.
New York Knicks Roster
All-star Forward Carmelo Anthony headlines this roster after signing a long term deal to stay with the Knicks during the offseason. Guards Iman Shumpert , Tim Hardaway Jr., and J.R. Smith also return as key contributors from last season. The team traded away center Tyson Chandler and guard Raymond Felton during the offseason to Dallas and acquired point guard Jose Calderon, center Samuel Dalembert, and point guard Shane Larkin. Injury prone and high priced forwards Amar'e Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani also return to the team along with veteran guard Pablo Prigioni. Veteran swingman Travis Outlaw and center Jason Smith joined the team as Free Agents. Quincy Acy, Cole Aldrich, and rookie Cleanthony Early round out the roster. Long time NBA veteran Derek Fisher while begin his first year as a Head Coach this season.
New York Knicks Fan Experience
The Knicks play their home games at the world famous Madison Square Garden arena. The Garden is the most famous and most popular arena in the NBA. It is named after James Madison, the fourth president of the United States. The Garden is also the home the New York Rangers of the NHL. It host 300+ events a year. It hosts a variety of other basketball events that include the Big East Men's basketball tournament, the NIT basketball tournaments, and select games for the St. John's men's basketball team. The Garden recently underwent a $1 billion renovation that lasted 3 years and was completed in 2013.
New York Knicks Trivia
Going back several years the NY Knicks have featured one of the highest salaried rosters in the entire NBA. Despite this, since the year 2000 they have made the playoffs in only 5 seasons and made it out the first round of the playoffs once. They have never appeared in the conference finals or NBA finals during this time.
New York Knicks History
The Knicks are a storied franchise of the NBA despite not having won a championship since 1973 and two championships overall, the other in 1970. Part of the allure of the franchise is the fact that it is located in New York which is considered the mecca of basketball. The Knicks have fielded several competitive and contending teams throughout their history. They have also been lead by a multitude of star players over the years. In the early 70s they were lead to Championships by hall-of-fame players Willis Reed, Walt Frazier, and Earl "The Pearl" Monroe. The team fell off a bit in the late 70s though they had some excitement in the mid 80s when lead by hall-of-fame player Bernard King before his career was derailed by a devastating knee injury. The fortunes turned quickly after acquiring center Patrick Ewing with the #1 overall pick in the 1985 NBA draft. The team would be built around Ewing and turn into a powerhouse during the 90s. During the Ewing era they would reach the NBA finals in 1994, but fall to the Houston Rockets in 7 games. In the late 90s as Ewing aged the team would be built around forward Larry Johnson and all-star swing men Alan Houston and Latrell Sprewell. They would even reach the finals again in the lockout shortened 1999 season, but fall to the Spurs in 5 games. Mismanagement by executive and coach Isaiah Thomas lead to years of mediocrity following the Ewing era. The current Knicks led by Carmelo Anthony had a modicum of success, before falling on hard times during the last season. New team president, coaching legend, and former Knick, Phil Jackson hopes to turn it around going forward.
New York Knicks Fan Info
The New York Knicks have a passionate fan base. New Yorkers live and die with their team, but are also quick to criticize them when things are not going as they should. Some of their fans are also practically larger than life. Their most famous fan is probably Spike Lee, who is most famous for getting into a personal feud with Pacers Superstar Reggie Miller when the Pacers battled the Knicks in the playoffs during the 90s. Some Knick fans to this day would still blame Spike Lee for getting Miller so riled up and motivated to beat them in the playoffs.
New York Knicks Rumors
Team President Phil Jackson has stated going into training camp that he believes this Knick team will make the playoffs. Head coach Derek Fisher has said that going into camp, Carmelo Anthony is the only definite starter on the roster. He also said that Amar'e Stoudemire currently looks great and is in fantastic shape. Phil Jackson has also stated that the maturity of J.R. Smith will determine whether he will traded away or remain with the team. The team is also looking at moving the expiring contract of Amar'e Stoudemire at the trade deadline this season. Iman Shumpert has also been shopped around the league.