National Basketball Association

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    March 8, 2011

    Knicks Show Off A Passing Game!

    ​Here's a statistic that jumped out of the Knicks box score in last night's blowout win against the Utah Jazz, which may bode well for the long-beleaguered team: 32. As in 32 assists. That's right, the team with Amare' Stoudemire (12 for 15, 31 points) and Carmelo Anthony (pictured at right), ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2011

    Is There Crying in Basketball? On the Heat's Tears

    ​Is there crying in basketball? Was there, in fact, crying in the Miami Heat locker room after their 87-86 loss to the Chicago Bulls? No one would be talking about this at all if Heat coach Erik Spoelstra hadn't told reporters, "There are a couple of guys crying in the locker room." No sooner ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2011

    Nets Outscore the Knicks on 'Melo's Big Night

    ​"Defense," Carmelo Anthony told reporters at his first New York press conference yesterday, "I want to really focus in on that. All that takes is a lot of effort. Once we get everyone to buy into that mentality, we're good to go." Thus the first superstar in a long time to choose New York man ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2011

    Carmelo Anthony to the Knicks: Was the Price Too Steep?

    ​So now that Melomania has reached its peak, it might be time to reflect on whether or not the Knicks made a good deal. Last Friday ESPN's Stephen A. Smith probably expressed the sentiments of most Knicks fans when he wrote "When you have a chance to get one of the top five players in the ga ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2011

    Homeless Man With Stellar Radio Voice is Taking His Talents to the Cleveland Cavaliers

    Yesterday the internet was ablaze with praise for Ted Williams, a Brooklyn-born homeless man in Ohio with a special talent. His voice, as it turns out, is that of a male angel, deep and booming, perfect for voice-over work, which Williams said alcohol and drugs had derailed him from landing. Now two ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2010

    The 114 Most Important Lessons I've Learned at The Village Voice (Or: "2010, The Year I Ruined Your Media Outlet")

    ​After a 285-day stint, I am abdicating my post here at The Village Voice. I'm going to work for, so I may -- as one commenter noted -- continue my work as a "a twentysomething angel of death." Yet, while I was here, I learned some very important things, and had some very memorable mom ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    December 8, 2010


    Give LeBron James a New York welcome

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    November 3, 2010

    What's Poisoning the Air at Madison Square Garden?

    ​When's a good time to clean your building of asbestos? More like when isn't it a good time to clean out your building of asbestos? Unless the basketball season just started and you're the New York Knicks, in which case, what could possibly go wrong?

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2010

    Seven at Seven: Would-Be Governors Debate Tonight

    ​New Yorkers get their first look at The Magnificent Seven gubernatorial candidates tonight, and if you can't find someone to embrace on this stage then you're a choosy beggar who doesn't even deserve true democracy and you might as well head straight for Tehran. The assortment includes a bos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2010

    Knicks Win First Championship; Voice Lauds Wilt Chamberlain

    ​Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. May 14, 1970, Vol. XV, No. 20 A Word for Wilt by Andrew Sarris I am convinced that if Wilt Chamberlain appeared on the floor of Madison Square Garden with a supporting team of four arthritic midgets against a team of NBA All-Stars, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2010

    When the Knicks Were the Best Team in Town

    ​Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. April 10, 1969, Vol. XIV, No. 26 Only the Knicks Can Make Us Respectable Now by Joe Flaherty and Ross Wetzsteon After years of false pregnancies, the New York sporting crowd may at last father a legitimate champion. For a long time now ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2010

    Nets Billboard Really Is Unnerving Knicks Brass, Reportedly

    ​We woke up this morning and saw the first item on eTrueSports' "Sports Shorts" and thought it was real before we realized we were being spoofed again by sports prankster supreme Frank Coffey: "This is like a belt in the Borscht," said Knicks colorful owner James Dolan in his first comments ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2010

    Arnold Schwarzenegger and Rudy Giuliani, Friends Forever: AHNOLD Comes to New York

    ​The LA Times' Gregory Rodriguez worried this morning about New Yorkers dominating the national media conversation and if Los Angeles was a city in need of finding itself needing to "do better to think a little more provincially." Maybe that's what Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was trying to rese ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2010

    How Last Night's Pitchfork Office Party with Beach Fossils Really Went Down

    No photos because they searched us for photographic devices on the way in. So Pitchfork had a party in their Greenpoint office last night. The young exuberant fellas of Beach Fossils played. taped it. There was a keg and some awesome vodka made by a neighborhood guy named Tito. Some pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2010

    Ryan Skeen Hosts a Cooking Class; Joey Campanaro Heads to Philly

    ​ Ryan Skeen is launching a bi-weekly supper club and cooking class at 5 & Diamond. The first is a $55 Spring Lamb Fest next Monday, which will include a primer on how to butcher and prepare lamb in a variety of ways, from smoking to braising. [Eater] Joey Campanaro of Kenmare, Market Table a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2010

    Video: Mayor Bloomberg's Embarrassing "Come On, Lebron" Campaign Has Begun

    Click to enlarge and see the ridiculousness in a bigger size. ​New Yorkers should want for nothing, and when we do, we kvetch about it, and then go get it, because that's what New Yorkers do. We shouldn't look desperate, preening, pathetic, or in-need. It just doesn't seem to fit the spirit of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2010

    Sports Guy Bill Simmons Takes Swipe at Knicks Ruiner and 'Loser' James Dolan

    ​The list of Cablevision owner James Dolan's enemies is ever expanding: there are long-suffering, abused employees, any and all reporters, especially his own sports reporters, and extra-especially bloggers. And though the Voice -- Runnin' Scared in particular -- has had its disagreements with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2010

    The James L. Dolan Honorary Scholarship for Media Reporting: A Kickstarter Project

    ​Prolific blogger, re-blogger, and columnist Anthony "SoupSoup" DeRosa is trying to harness the awesome power of KickStarter - a website that helps facilitate people who are looking to source out funding for their own projects - for the power of "good."

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2010

    Why LeBron James (Probably) Won't Be Coming to New York

    ​Terry Pluto, sports columnist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, has been covering LeBron James since his first high school game. His latest book, LeBron James: The Making of an MVP (cowritten with PD Cavs beat writer Brian Winters) is the definitive work to date on how James became the best pla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2010

    MSG Reno to Exile Liberty ... to Newark?

    ​Proving the old line that the best way to find real news in the Times is to read the stories end-to-beginning, the Paper of Record offers up a classic buried lede in its article today about the upcoming renovations to Madison Square Garden. Round about the sixth paragraph, sportswriter Richar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2010

    Reggie Miller Back to Torment Knicks Fans

    ​To the entertainment and delight of Knicks fans everywhere, Reggie Miller is back. Filmmaker Dan Klores, director of acclaimed documentaries as Ring of Fire: The Emile Griffith Story, Crazy Love, and Black Magic -- the history of the rise of basketball in historically black colleges and uni ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    December 22, 2009
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    December 4, 2009

    As Atlantic Yards Gets Pricier, How Much Red Ink Can Ratner Absorb?

    ​Uberdeveloper-turned-Nets-owner Bruce Ratner better have some good meds, because this is rapidly shaping up to be a month of rapid mood swings for him and his Atlantic Yards project. While Tuesday's granting of a desperately needed investment-grade rating for the Nets arena bonds must have be ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    November 3, 2009


    Not if the 'Dynamic Duo' have anything to say about it

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2009

    Jockbeat: Why This Year with the Knicks Will Be Worse Than the Isiah Era

    ​ In a way, for Knicks fans this is worse than the Isiah era. You know, in the way watching a train wreck is a lot more interesting than watching paint dry. At least in the bad old days, there was drama, larger-than life personalities and some good basketball players, albeit gone horribly w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2009

    A Suggestion to Remedy the Injustice of Jay-Z Performing "Empire State of Mind" at Game One of the World Series

    ​Is it Jay-Z's turn to ether a Philadelphia sports team? 76ers fans will not forget the day, back in 2001, when Beyonce and the rest of Destiny's Child emerged at halftime for Game Two of the Finals, IN PHILADELPHIA, wearing Laker jerseys--the prelude to first a tremendous amount of booing, an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2009

    Meadowlands to Swap Nets to Newark for Concerts?

    ​Rumors of the Nets moving to Newark to join the Devils are as old as Jason Kidd's knees, but hoops-by-the-Ironbound may finally be a reality, as early as next season. After the Newark Star-Ledger reported yesterday that unnamed team sources were saying the Nets would consider a temporary relo ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    October 13, 2009


    Well, Knicks and Nets fans can always hope

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2009

    IBO Report: Atlantic Yards to Cost City Big, Rain Cash on Ratner

    ​This just hasn't been a good week for Bruce Ratner, the Nets owner who'd rather be the Nets' landlord. First, he unveils a new vision of his much-derided Atlantic Yards arena plan — now with more metal mesh! — and gets slammed by Times architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff for cr ... More >>

  • Film

    July 28, 2009
  • Blogs

    April 8, 2009

    Chain Link: From Around Village Voice Media

    While naturally the current edition of the Village Voice will be of prime interest to you, thanks to the magic of the internet our other publications around the country are available to you, too. The Miami New Times has a great story about R. Allen Stanford, white-collar crook extraordinaire, on wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2009

    Teens Spit for Prizes Tonight at Knicks Poetry Slam

    It is a shock and a pleasure to see the Times use the phrase "spit poems from the depths of their tortured teenage souls" in a lede, though they find it necessary to explain later that the verb is "the teenagers' favorite term for performing their work." The reporter, Liz Robbins, refers to youths ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    January 21, 2009

    IT'S KOBE! LEBRON! . . .

    . . . And, sigh, the Knicks

  • Voice Choices

    November 26, 2008


    Where to see the Knicks if you don’t want to go to Jersey

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2008

    Grim Signs for Brooklyn Nets from Media, Spike Lee

    Buried in a Bergen Record story about Nets "superfan" Frank Capece, Atlantic Yards Report notices, is a bit about "one longtime Nets’ official" who "is telling people that the move to Brooklyn will never, ever happen." AYR also lists some reports that Bruce Ratner is trying to sell the Nets, perha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2008

    NBA Union Square Event "Lame," Rainy

    The NBA held a promotional "Tip Off" event in Union Square today, with celebrities including Spike Lee, Walt Frazier, and Scottie Pippen on hand to help locals "check out the new look Knicks" (which apparently will not include Patrick Ewing Jr.). The Daily Snowman found it "too lame for words... I s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2008

    Plenty of Harm, Not Enough Fouls: Were the NBA Playoffs Rigged?

    Both of the papers today lead with the allegations that referees ignored fouls from NBA stars to keep them in the game and to keep people in the seats. The claim comes from Tim Donaghy, a former ref who has pleaded guilty to wire fraud and gambling in connection with bets he placed on games he offic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2008
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    March 20, 2008

    The Fun Stuff: Puntastic Headlines and Wacky Stories

    With all the doom-and-gloom and scandal, it's nice that the tabloids are still providing us with entertaining headlines and random stories that give us something to chat about around the water cooler. Here are a few of today's favorites. Headlines "Pizza man: I made a lot of phony dough" (Post, a W ... More >>

  • News

    January 1, 2008

    The Prophet Isiah

    Thomas's inane talk about a Knicks championship might actually portend something positive

  • News

    July 24, 2007

    Hoop Screams

    A Crooked Ref? Commissioner Stern's got much bigger problems

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2007
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    February 15, 2007

    Mystery of Stadium Funds Continues

    Nearly a month after Mayor Bloomberg issued his preliminary capital budget, the mystery over cost overruns for the city's stadium projects remains. The mayor, it now appears, has attempted to tack on somewhere between $140 million and $226 million in added spending for the Nets, Mets, and Yankees p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2007

    Bloomberg Adding $226 Million for Nets, Mets, Yanks?

    Buried in the nether reaches of the preliminary capital budget that the mayor released last Thursday are some curious details on the three new sports facilities—that's Yanks, Mets, and Nets, for those scoring at home—that the city has in the works. Namely, total city capital funding ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2007

    Nothing Says "Brooklyn Basketball" Like... A British Banking Conglomerate

    The Future Barclays Arena According to a story in today’s Post, British financial giant Barclays will be paying an as-yet unspecified massive sum (“hundreds of millions of dollars”) for naming rights to the Nets’ new Brooklyn arena. They're calling it the most expensive stadium deal in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2007

    The Jason Kidd Saga: What's a Nets Fan Supposed to Do?

    ("A little bit of H-O-R-S-E") In 2001, Joumana Kidd called 911 to report that her husband, Jason, had hit her in the face (a recording is, of course, available online). Given Kidd’s much-publicized accusations, this week, that his wife abused him – "HONEY, I BEAT UP THE KIDD"; stay classy, Ne ... More >>

  • News

    November 21, 2006

    Doubting Thomas

    Even Isiah can't fix the Knicks

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