"A New York Treasure" --Village Voice

Five on Five

Since we’re talking about the Knicks, here’s a quick list of my five favorite and least favorite Knicks starting in the early ’80s when I began following the team.

Five Favorite Knicks:


Charles Oakley

John Starks

Rod Strickland

Gerald Wilkins

Honorable Mention: Patrick, Trent Tucker, Spree, Derek Harper, X-Man


Five Least Favorite Knicks:

Mark Jackson

Nate Robinson

Chris Childs

Greg Anthony

Charlie Ward

Honorable Mention: Eddy Curry, Anthony Mason, Doug Christie, Bill Cartwright


Favorite Coach: Pat Riley/Jeff Van Gundy

Least Favorite Coach: Stu Jackson/Mr. Thomas


1 Matt Blankman   ~  Mar 14, 2012 8:30 am

Why did you hate Mark Jackson?

2 Alex Belth   ~  Mar 14, 2012 8:35 am

Mostly a style thing. Aesthetically unappealing. His j was ugly as hell, that raised arm bit on the free throw line. Slow footed, cocky, thought he was better than he was in those early Knicks years. I was so happy when they got rid of him. Of course, he ended up being really good and had a mighty fine career. Everything about his game bugged me though.

Funny, but most of my disliked list is made up of guards. Don't know why, though I've got guards on my favorite list too. And I sure liked guards with a little assiness in their game, like Hot Rod and Starks and even Spree.

3 Matt Blankman   ~  Mar 14, 2012 8:40 am

No love for Ernie Grunfeld? I remember Bernard getting hurt and Grunfeld having a 30+ pt game one night. I have to look that up.

4 Bluenatic   ~  Mar 14, 2012 8:41 am

Gerald Wilkins was my guy, too. The Jordan Stopper. LOL.

5 Alex Belth   ~  Mar 14, 2012 8:41 am

Never loved Ernie but didn't dislike him. There are a ton of guys that I liked fine that didn't make the cut. I know some guys hated Allen Houston but I always dug him fine.

6 RagingTartabull   ~  Mar 14, 2012 9:22 am

MASE?!?! ouch!

7 Jon DeRosa   ~  Mar 14, 2012 9:27 am

I wish I could participate in this list. I viewed the Knicks as a collective speed bump for the Bulls. Since I didn't have an NBA team I rooted for, I just rooted for history to properly reflect Jordan's greatness.

8 Alex Belth   ~  Mar 14, 2012 9:34 am

Yeah, Mase was another guy who thought he was better than he was, wanted the ball too much. He was maybe the only guy who loved Don Nelson. Good player but seemed like a knucklehead from soup to nuts.

9 Chyll Will   ~  Mar 14, 2012 10:00 am

C'mon, man. Mase In Yo Face was quintessential 80's-90s NYC; the city embraced him the moment he stepped on court and started mugging his first few rebounds. Just like with Oak throwing himself in the stands became his trademark. Ugly, yeah, but endearing to the NYC Toughness mythos...

10 Chyll Will   ~  Mar 14, 2012 10:10 am

But yeah, Chris Childs and Nate Robinson, ugh. Not really an Allen Houston fan; should never have been called upon to carry the team at any point even if he could; just seemed like a smooth operator to me ( but far more subtle than Isiah).

But wait, Starbury is not on your 'hate' list or are you just blocking that all out like it never happened?

11 Alex Belth   ~  Mar 14, 2012 10:19 am

re: Starbury. Exactly.

12 Matt Blankman   ~  Mar 14, 2012 10:32 am

Marcus Camby and Larry Johnson are two guys I fully expected to hate and then wound up liking. That improbable run in '99 was fun.

13 Alex Belth   ~  Mar 14, 2012 10:56 am

I liked Marcus, too. And I on second thought I didn't really hate Childs all that much. Hey, anyone who slugs Kobe can't be all bad, right?

14 Chyll Will   ~  Mar 14, 2012 11:16 am

True, but then Childs was really a thug, not "fugazy" as umm, Tim "Not Kurt" Thomas liked to say...

15 Chyll Will   ~  Mar 14, 2012 11:35 am

I liked having Kurt Thomas on the Knicks, especially when he had to play center and out-hustled the legit centers. He was Oakley Jr., but without the thug which actually worked.

16 William Juliano   ~  Mar 14, 2012 11:56 am

I don't follow basketball much anymore, but in the 1980s, I was a huge Knicks fan (in 1988, I actually opted to listen to a Knicks win over the Pacers that put them in the playoffs over a Yankee game) and the man for me was Trent Tucker.

17 RagingTartabull   ~  Mar 14, 2012 1:25 pm

D'Antoni resigns as per Yahoo and Adrian Wojnarowski.

I, for one, welcome this.

feed Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via email
"This ain't football. We do this every day."
--Earl Weaver