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The Four-Team NBA Trade

BRAD GOLDBACH: The best trades may involve two stars switching places, but when it comes to interest, not much can beat a four-team five-player trade. It’s like the NBA’s version of Russian Roulette. Basically, everyone got something they needed, but at the cost of potentially killing themselves in the long-run.

KRYSTEN OLIPHANT: Can you blame the Nets for just wanting to be a part of something like this? I mean, really, all they have now is an intriguing (if not insane) owner and the claim that they’re sort of in New York. They might as well get their name attached to something this unique. Continue reading

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Patrick Ewing Trade and Retrospective

STEPHON JOHNSON: Patrick Ewing revolutionized the 5-spot and the Knicks, somehow, are still feeling the mistakes management made in the twilight of his career.

AKIE BERMISS: I grew a Knicks fan in Brooklyn, New York. When I was 11, I played in the local “Junior Knicks” basketball league. I had a Knicks winter coat, a windbreaker, two or three jerseys, and more NYK tee-shirts than I can possibly remember. And every spring, around playoff time, I fell horribly behind on my homework and studying while I cheered the Knicks through their ups and (mostly) downs. I was (and still am) a die-hard Knicks fan. Didn’t matter that we never won a championship — there was always next year. Why? Because there was always Patrick Ewing.

CHRIS PUMMER: While Ewing’s ugly split with the Knicks might seem like the perfect bookend — both for an era when the center’s large talents forgave other roster flaws, as well as the franchise’s current funk — the Hall-of-Famer’s exit was not the first domino to fall in the team’s descent into irrelevance.


HOWARD MEGDAL:
While Chris is correct about some poor contracts, none of the three he cites were responsible for roster-clogging disasters that came from the trade of Patrick Ewing. Continue reading

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State of Jonathan Bender

JASON CLINKSCALES: Four years after degenerative knee troubles forced his retirement (at the age of 24), Bender signed a one-year non guaranteed contract with the team stewarded by Donnie Walsh, the man who drafted him as an Indiana Pacer in 1999.

Though deservedly positive vibes have been bestowed upon him, there are the basketball realities for both him and the Knicks that will say plenty about who he can be in this league.

HOWARD MEGDAL: I share Jason’s concern over Bender’s durability, and frankly, he hasn’t been all that healthy for a guy who had the better part of four years off. Just this past weekend, he missed a game due to a sore left leg. But there are flashes of the player Indiana drafted that make you want to believe in him. Continue reading

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