NBA

Hello Playoffs: What to Expect from the Brooklyn Nets

by Kenny Ducey

Photo: Kenny Ducey, WFUV Sports

Derrick Rose isn’t playing (yet), and that means Deron Williams is ready for the spotlight in his first playoff stint as a Net. “I feel good, I definitely feel confident. I’m excited about being back in the playoffs; it’s been two years since I’ve been there. I’m ready to go,” said Williams after Wednesday’s win over Detroit.  Williams last played postseason ball in 2010, for the Utah Jazz, and averaged over 24 points per game. This time, though, he won’t be dishing to Carlos Boozer, Andrei Kirilenko, and Paul Millsap.

New Look Knicks Seeking Revenge Against Celtics

by Steve Simineri

flickr || ph_en

Just last spring the Knicks were eliminated in five quick games by the Miami Heat, but for Knick fans that feels like a decade ago, as the team had their best regular season in nearly twenty years. In a short few months fans have all but forgotten about Linsanity and barely recall two Aprils back where the team was quickly swept by the Boston Celtics in the first-round.  

Knicks' Competent Leadership a Major Asset

by Steve Simineri

Michael Watts, WFUV Sports

After Pat Riley’s bolted town for Miami following the 1994-1995 season the likes of Don Nelson, Jeff Van Gundy, Don Chaney, Lenny Wilkins, Larry Brown, Isiah Thomas and Mike D’Antoni have come to lead the Knicks back to the promised land. But, all failed. In fact the group failed to land even a single division crown.

At long last behind the leadership of Mike Woodson, the Knicks first round draft choice in 1980, the franchise has secured their first division title in 19 seasons and first 50 win season in over a decade. Both achievements were goals he set for his team at the start of the season, despite New York being overlooked by many (in fact, not one of the 35 ESPN.com NBA writers picked them to win the Atlantic).

Nets Quietly Having a Great Season

by Julian Atienza

Michael Watts :: WFUV Sports

The Brooklyn Nets currently sit in fourth place in the Eastern Conference and second in the Atlantic Division. Sporting a record of 45-32, they have more than doubled their win total from last year, with 5 games left after their 104-83 thrashing of the 76ers Tuesday night. In Nets' 39 years in the NBA, only five other squads have more wins than this team currently does.

Knicks Making a Statement

by Steve Simineri

Flickr :: Keith Allison

Less than 48 hours after celebrating the franchise’s last championship team, the red-hot Knicks headed into Chesapeake Energy Arena, home of the Oklahoma City Thunder, with an 11-game winning streak on the line and seemingly some of the 1972-73 team's Championship spirit.

The Streak Might Be Over, But These Heat Are Still Special

by Steve Simineri

Flickr || Kieth Allison

Almost three years ago the in-your-face summer spectacle at Miami's American Airlines Arena,  celebrated the arrival of LeBron James. He was asked if he took his talents to Miami to win a championship and he famously proclaimed, "Not one, not two, not three, not four, not five, not six, not seven." This came on the heels of James and ESPN partnering for the tasteless special, "The Decision," leaving him and the Heat as public enemy No. 1. In the ensuing months the team was booed in every arena, ripped to shreds all over the Internet, and crushed by most talking heads.However, when Miami’s Team President Pat Riley was recruiting James to the Heat during the summer of 2010 he sold the reigning MVP on the chance to be the focal point of not just a Champion, but a dynasty.

Despite Decade-Long Struggles, Knicks and Rangers Have Come a Long Way

by Steve Simineri

Mike Watts, WFUV Sports

Madison Square Garden is legendarily known as, ‘The World’s Most Famous Arena’, but that very building has had some unpleasantly long summers for quite some time now. The Knicks are going on 40 years removed since their last Championship, and the Rangers last won a Stanley Cup behind Mark Messier’s guarantee in 1994, their first and last since 1940.

Lenn Robbins, Marc Berman of NY Post Talk Hoops on One on One

by Kenny Ducey

Flickr | zbeekerphotography, Keith Allison

On Saturday, Kenny Ducey and Steve Simineri chatted with Lenn Robbins, who covers College Hoops for the Post, and Marc Berman, the paper's Knicks Beat Writer.

Robbins previewed a great championship week ahead by discussing some bubble teams, such as Kentucky, as well as discussed the state of the Big East. Hear why he thinks the Big Ten is the NCAA's superior conference, even though the Big East is projected to have more teams in the tournament at the moment.

The Nets Snap Four-Game Home Slide, but Deron’s Back Hurts

by Kenny Ducey

Flickr | shinya

Reggie Evans put it best when he said Deron Williams was “hot like fish grease.” The Nets’ star point guard jogged the memory of a sellout crowd Friday night, reminding Brooklyn of the elite scorer he was with the Utah Jazz. Williams carried the team on his back, connecting on nine first-half three pointers, an NBA record for most in a half. He finished with 11, and a season-high 42 points on the game, as the Nets took down the Wizards 95-78.