Knicks Buy Out Marbury
The Knicks and Stephon Marbury finally made a deal and Marbury is now free to join another team - the Celtics by most acounts. MORE

Knicks Aquire Hughes and Wilcox
The New York Knicks aquired shooting guard Larry Hughes from Chicago and center/forward Chris Wilcox from Oklahoma City at the trading deadline, in hopes the pair will help get them into the playoffs. They gave up Tim Thomas, Jerome James, Malik Rose, and Anthony Roberson. Stephin Marbury remains a Knick.

Gallinari Back And Looking Good
The Knicks have fallen off the radar for most local fans, but 2008 first round pick Danilo Gallinari, who has missed most of the season with a back injury, is back and is playing pretty well, giving fans hope. In 16 minutes against the Bulls, he had 9 points (4/7 FG), 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, one block, and only 2 turnovers.  Truth be told, the Knicks are still within striking distance of a playoff spot, so a well timed winning streak could bring playoff basketball back to the Garden. We can only hope!

Knicks 3-6 Since Big Trade
After building a 29 point lead, the Knicks held on to defeat the Pistons 104-92. That brings their record to 3-6 since trading away Jamal Crawford and Zach Randolf, their two leading scorers. Chris Duhon played all 48 minutes and finished with a game high 25 points, adding 9 assists and just 2 turnovers. Al Harrington, who has been the most productive of the new Knicks, finished with 18 points and hit a big three in crunch time. He has averaged 22 points and 8 boards since coming over from Golden State. Quentin Richardson finished with 23 points, and David Lee pulled down 19 rebounds.

Knicks Trade Crawford / Randolf
The Knicks unloaded two of the players that got them off to a good start this season - Jamal Crawford, who was averaging 19.6 point per game, and Zach Randolf, who was averaging 20.5 and 12.5 rebounds. They got back veterans Al Harrington, Tim Thomas and Cuttino Mobley - all of whom have contracts that expire before the big 2010 free agent season, which might include players like LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, Amare Stoudemire, Dirk Nowitski, and Steve Nash! With the money they freed up, they can go after TWO OF THEM! It'll be tough until then though. So will Stephon Marbury start getting playing time? Doesn't look like it, and reports say it was Stephon's choice! 

The Knicks Are 6-3!
After their home win over Oklahoma City, the Knicks are now 6-3 and in second place in the Atlantic Division! Jamal Crawford and Zach Randolph both finished with 29 points in the 116-106 victory. They are off to their best start since going 6-3 to open the 1998-99 season, the year they made their last NBA finals appearance.

Gallinari Done For The Year?
Some bad news for the Knicks. 1st round draft pick Danilo Gallinari will visit a back specialist with the possibility that he might need season ending surgery to alleviate pain in his lower back.

Knicks Impressive;Spurs Next
The Knicks gave Utah their first loss of the season, rallying for a 107-99 victory behind 32 points from Jamal Crawford. They are 4-2 for the first time since 2001-02. They play San Antonio on the road 11/11 at 8:30 pm in a real test.

Knicks Prevail In Brown's Return
Former Knick coach and Long Beach High School grad Larry Brown brought his new team, the Charlotte Bobcats, to town, but the Knicks were up to the task, holding them off for a 101-98 victory.  Zack Randolf had a big game and 4th quarter for the Knicks, who also got good contributions from Nate Robinson and Wilson Chandler,  but like their opening night win over the Heat, they struggled at home against a weak team.   They Knicks are now 2-2

Knicks Win Opener
A new era began for the Knicks, as new Head Coach Mike D'Antoni and his team opened the 2008-2009 season with a 120-115 victory at home against the Miami Heat. Their one time 23 point lead was cut to 3 in the final minutes, but they were able to hold on for the win. The starting line-up, which was Zach Randolf, David Lee, Quentin Richardson, Jamal Crawford, and Chris Duhon, was impressive, and Wilson Chandler and Nate Robinson also played well off the bench, but Miami does not look like a good team - at least not yet - so it was important for the Knicks to come out on top. Stephon Marbury did not get off the bench, and neither did Eddie Curry. First round draft pick Danilo Gallinari, who missed the entire preseason with a bad back, was on the active roster and played a few minutes in the first half. Before the opener, the Knicks ended up cutting some sentimental favorites,  letting go of Alan Houston, Patrick Ewing Jr., and Dan Grunfeld.

Best Knick From Long Island?
We asked our readers to name the players who played for the Knicks over the years that were from Long Island, and to pick who they thought was the best ever. Here is what one reader had to say: GO TO BEST KNICK   Those old enough to remember almost unanimously chose Garden City's Carl Braun as the best Knick ever from Long Island. Braun, a 6'5 guard, was a five time NBA All-Star, and was the Knicks all time leading scorer when he retired, despite missing several years due to military service. During his career, he was consistently among the league leaders in points per game, assists, and free throw percentage, and led the Knicks to the NBA Finals in 1953, where they fell to the Lakers. He holds the team record for most points in a game by a rookie, with 47.

New Varsity Coaches
Time to begin our list of new varsity coaches for the 2008-2009 season. If you know of one, LET US KNOW!

Knicks D-League Tryouts
The Reno Bighorns, the new affiliate D-League team of the New York Knicks, will hold OPEN tryouts to look for the best player's available for their inaugural 2008-09 season. This is your chance to shine and to become part of a NBA league affiliated team.
When: Friday, October 17, 6-9 pm ET
Saturday, October 18, 2:30-5 pm ET
Where: Madison Square Garden Training Center
711 Old Saw Mill River Road
Tarrytown, New York 10591-6713
Tryout Requirements: All players must be at least 18 years of age and a High School Graduate
by November 19, 2008.
MORE DETAILS AND FORMS

Knicks From Long Island
Along with the usual excitement all Knicks fans feel before the start of a new season, there is a bit of extra excitement this year for Long Islanders because the Knicks will have two Northport natives on the sidelines as assistant coaches. Not one, but two! Do I hear free tickets? Well, probably not, but if the Knicks have a good season, I think we're certainly entitled to take credit! Which reminds me, it's time for a trivia question. Long Islanders coaching the Knicks is nothing new. Long Beach grad Larry Brown coached them just a few years back, and Rick Pitino before that. But how about Long Islanders playing for the Knicks? How many of them have there been, what were their names, and who was the best?
SEND US YOUR ANSWER! 

Knicks Drop Preseason Opener
The Knicks dropped their preseason opener on the road in Toronto. There were encouraging signs, and if they could have hit a few three point shots, they probably would have won. Certainly too soon to draw any conclusions, but not sure Chris Duhon is the answer at the point.

Gallinari Still Hurting
Danilo Gallinari's back is still bothering him, to the point that he might miss the entire preseason. That's tough on a rookie, and will make it tough for him to crack the rotation.

Knicks Sign Houston, Grunfeld
The Knicks signed Alan Houston to a free agent contract and wil give the Knicks 4th all-time leading
scorer another chance to make the team. They also signed Dan Grunfeld, the son of Washington Wizards president Ernie, who played for the Knicks and was also  their general manager. Training camp opens Sept. 30 in Saratoga Springs.
 
Knicks Aquire Ewing Jr
The Knicks acquired Patrick Ewing Jr from the Houston Rockets in exchange for the draft rights to center Frederic Weis, the French center who decided not to play for them,  and later became somewhat famous for giving up a humiliating dunk to Vince Carter at the 2000 Olympics. Ewing was selected by Sacramento in this year's NBA draft and then traded to the Rockets with Ron Artest, the player the Knicks passed up to draft Weis. "Coming to the Knicks, and hopefully being able to contribute, means a lot to me," Ewing said. "It has always been my dream to play for this team. My goal is to show the coaches that I can play and do all that I can to help the team win some games."

Atkinson Added To Knicks Staff
Another Long Islander was added to the New York Knicks coaching staff when Northport's Kenny Atkinson was named an assistant coach, joining fellow Northport native Phil Weber on Mike D’Antoni's staff. Atkinson starred at St. Anthony’s and then at the University of Richmond, where he led the Spiders to a Sweet 16 appearance in the NCAA tournament. He then went on to play professionally in Italy, France, Holland, Germany and Spain from 1991-2004. He began his coaching career overseas, and joins the Knicks after spending the 2007-08 season as the director of player development with the Houston Rockets, where he was responsible for improving player performance through on-court, one-on-one skill development and the use of video analysis.
Knicks Notes
The Knicks open training camp Sept. 30 in Saratoga Springs, and they open their regular season at home, Oct. 29 against the Miami Heat.

Knicks Sign Free Agent Roberson
The Knicks signed free agent guard Anthony Roberson, who spent last season playing overseas in Turkey and Israel. Roberson is an excellent long range shooter that played well in the summer league

Knicks Notes
The Knicks added another piece to the puzzle, signing free agent Chris Duhon to be their starting point guard. The move shores up the important position without having to give up any of the Knicks young talent. Duhon was a backup at Chicago, but put up some solid numbers and is thought to be fully capable of running the team .... MORE KNICKS COVERAGE ON PRO PAGE

Knicks Picks Impress
After a slow start, Knicks first round pick Danilo Gallinari put a few smiles on the faces of the faithful,  finishing with 16 points after making some adjustments to the NBA game and settling in. The Knicks beat the Cavs 97-94 in his debut and their summer league opener. Last year's first round pick, Wilson Chandler, was very impressive, leading the team with 26 points and 8 rebounds. Free agent Anthony Robinson looked  promising, picking up 22 points.
Knicks Notes
By all accounts, the Knicks got themselves a good one with Italian star Danilo Gallinari. He’s big, tough, a good ball handler, and can score….. The pick gives them the freedom to shop fan favorite David Lee for a point guard. The Knicks like Lee, but he is due for a contract extension, and the Knicks are desperate to clear cap space for the strong 2010 free agent crop. Besides, he’s one of the few players on the Knicks roster that teams want……. Despite seven straight losing seasons, the Knicks are the NBA’s most valuable franchise, according to Forbes magazine. Forbes pegs their value at $608 million.

Draft Notes
As much as we're all eagerly looking forward to the new Mike D'Antoni era in New York, and anxiously anticipating the Knicks first round draft pick, don't forget  that the Bulls, Knicks, and Cavs all still had losing records the season following their selections of  Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing, and Lebron James in the draft.  Not much chance the Knicks will get a player of that caliber in this draft, especially at the 6 spot.

Long Islander Knicks Assistant
Phil Weber, a graduate of Long Island Lutheran and a native of Northport, was named an assistant coach of  the New York Knicks. Weber was an assistant in Phoenix for 9 years, including the last four and a half under new Knicks Coach Mike D’Antoni. He played his college ball at North Carolina State for two legendary coaches - Norm Sloan and Seaford High School grad Jim Valvano.

Knicks Sign Sun's Mike D'Antoni
The Knicks found their new coach, signing Phoenix Suns Coach Mike D'Antoni for a reported $24 million over four years. The deal makes him one of the NBA's highest-paid coaches.

Knicks Win Tiebreaker
The Knicks, who finished tied with the Los Angeles Clippers at 23-59 for the fifth-worst record in the NBA, won a tiebreaker and will be guaranteed no worse than the 6th pick, and will have a slightly better chance than LA of moving into one of the top slots.  The lottery will be held May 20 to determine the top three picks. The other 11 teams in the lottery will then pick in inverse order of their records.

Mark Jackson Next Knicks Coach?
Former Knicks and St.John's star point guard Mark Jackson is apparently on the list of candidates for the the Head Coaching position with his old team. LINKS:
Jackson Indicates Interest in Knicks
Who Is Going To Be The Next Knick Coach?

               Isiah Thomas Fired
The inevitable finally happened, as the Knicks fired Head Coach Isiah Thomas after another horrible season that saw the team finish 43 games out of first place.
Are the Nets still moving to Brooklyn?  LINKS:
Isiah Thomas fired as coach of New York Knicks
End of an Error - Who Will Replace Isiah
Oh, Isiah: When heroes fall short

Atlantic Standings
FINAL

     Team                           W  -  L          PCT         GB
Boston Celtics          66-16        .805
Toronto Raptors       41-41        .500       25
Philadelphia 76ers 40-42        .488       26
New Jersey Nets      34-48        .415       32
New York Knicks      23-59        .280       43

Indiana 132, New York 123 In Finale
Jamal Crawford led New York with 25 points, Zach Randolph had 23 points and 15 rebounds, and Fred Jones had 20 points as the Knicks finished their season with a 23-59 record, good for last place in the Atlantic Division, 43 games behind Boston.

                   Marbury Out     
Knicks point guard Stephon Marbury had surgery Tuesday to remove bone spurs from his left ankle and is out indefinitely. Marbury said last week he would try to return this season. Stephon Marbury Wants to Retire with New York Knicks

               Knicks Beat Heat
The Knicks beat Miami 88-84 - sending the Heat to their 13th straight loss, the longest in the league and the worst stretch of coach Pat Riley's career.

  No McGrady Rockets Beat Knicks
Yao Ming scored 30 points to lead the Houston Rockets over the Knicks 103-91. It was New York's 7th loss in a row.

             Knicks Rally For Win
Their humiliating 45 point loss to the Celtics may have obscurred it, but the Knicks come from behind victory over the Bucks was their 3rd win in their last four games.Jamal Crawford led the comeback and finished with 25 points, and Zach Randolf finished with 25 points and 8 rebounds. The home crowd had been chanting "Fire Isaih" before the rally.

Knicks Beat Bulls to Snap Streak
The Knicks snapped their eight-game losing streak with an 85-78 victory over the surprisingly feeble Chicago Bulls, who fell to 2-9 on the season.  Eddy Curry led the way with 21 points, Zach Randolph  finished with 20, and Stephon Marbury shook off the boos from the home fans to add 19, including two big baskets after Chicago had rallied to tie the game.

       Is The End Near For Isiah?
The direction of the New York Knicks season has changed dramatically in the past few weeks.  When the Knicks played the Denver Nuggets back on November  6th, they played like a team on the rise, led by a suddenly dominant Eddy Curry and a supporting cast who seemed to be ready for prime time. Madison Square Garden was rocking like it hadn't in years, and the Knicks appeared headed for the playoffs. Just 11 days later, the Knicks fell to that same Nuggets team 113-85, the latest in a string of six consecutive losses.  With controversy and putridity simultaneously reaching an historic apex, the question must be asked: Should  Isiah Thomas's time with the New York Knicks come to an end? 
    Isiah Thomas was brought in to be the savior of the franchise.  In December of 2003 the team was floundering in mediocrity and irrelevance, and since the trade of Patrick Ewing and the resignation of coach Jeff Van Gundy in 2001, the team had lacked a direction and an identity. In order to provide both, Isiah Thomas was hired as the president of basketball operations on December 22nd, 2003.  Less than two weeks later, Thomas made his first public splash by trading for Brooklyn-born All Star point guard Stephon Marbury. The fates of the two men have since been inextricably linked. Though they finished below .500 for the season, the Knicks managed to sneak into the playoffs before being swept by the Nets in the first round, and it's all been downhill since then.
    Thomas's sins as an executive, a coach, and a human being have been well-documented and publicized. His exorbitant trades and free-agent signings, which have ballooned the Knick's payroll to the highest in the league; his inability as a coach to win with the expensive players he has acquired; his embarrassing sexual harassment trial, and his recent altercation with Marbury, not to mention  the name Larry Brown (never a good idea among Knicks fans);  one wonders how Thomas has managed to survive this long.  While Thomas has long lost the support of the fans and the press, his two closest allies were his players and his boss, James Dolan.  The recent situation with Marbury has raised the question of whether Thomas lost the support of the locker room after he, allegedly, ignored the team's vote that he not play Marbury after the player deserted his team.  There are reports that Dolan, who hasn't spoken publicly about Thomas since he rewarded him with a multi-year extension in March, is already considering firing his team president and coach.  As the Knicks drift further into the cellar of the NBA, and December 22nd approaches, it becomes increasingly likely that Thomas will not be around to celebrate the fourth anniversary of his hiring.      By Sam Thomas

         Knicks Lose 4th Straight
The Knicks used a 20-4 4th quarter run to tie the game, but couldn't finish and fell to the Clippers for their 4th loss in a row. Stephon Marbury returned to the team and got major minutes off the bench, and Zach Randolf was back too and picked up another double-double.

Knicks Lose 2nd Straight At Home
The Knicks lost their second straight home game, this time to the winless Heat who were still without Dwyane Wade. Zach Randolph missed the game due to the death of his grandmother, and Nate Robinson only played a few minutes because of a lingering hamstring injury. Poor shooting was the culprit this time, although the Heat would say it was tough defense. Stephon Marbury had a huge turnover with 40 seconds remaining and the Knicks up by one.

                  Knicks Fall Flat
The Knicks lost at home to a solid Orlando team. It was close throughout, but as time wound  down, their defense betrayed them again, and the shots didn't fall at clutch time. Final 112-102.  They are  2-2 overall now.
            Kinicks Beat Nuggets
Good news and bad news - but mostly good. The Knicks beat Denver to go 2 - 0 at home. If you remember, they had a horrendous start at home last season. Even better, the Nuggets have a good solid team and two players - Carmelo Anthony and Alan Iverson - better than anyone on the Knicks roster, so it was a nice win. More good news? Eddie Curry was awesome, looking like a young Shaq at times. I'm not sure I've seen him play better. The bad news? The defense was still soft, yielding 112 points, and Jamal Crawford, as talented as he is, is a classic ball hog. We'll see.

  Knicks Lose Opener, Win at Home
The Knicks lost their season opener 110-106 on the road at Cleveland, but bounced back to win their home opener 97-93 against Minnesota. Lebron James shredded the Knick defense for 45 points,  but the Knicks managed to keep it close with strong offensive games from Jamal Crawford,  Zach Randolph Nate Robinson and Eddie Curry . The defense was suspect again in the home opener, but the scoring of Jamal Crawford was enough to hold off a weak Timberwolves team. I know its early, but some disturbing trends have already started to develop on the Knicks- poor defense and 1 on 1 play on offense - and it will be another long season unless they are corrected.
       Sound Suspend Operations
The Strong Island Sound, which have been a member of the American Basketball Association since 2005, have announced that the team is looking for a new financial partner and will temporarily suspend basketball operations until one is found.

            Sound Streak at Five
Down by 15 in 3rd quarter, Long Island's professional basketball team, the Strong Island Sound, picked up their 5th straight win with a 92-90 victory over the Nova Scotia Rainmen. The Sound (5-1) went on a 21-4 run and then hung on for the victory. Gordon Malone led the way with 23 points, and Raphael Edwards had 20.

      Late Rally Gives Sound Win
Long Island's Strong Island Sound won their fourth consecutive game with a thrilling 104-97 decision over the Jersey Express at Suffolk Community College. Trailing by six with just over four minutes remaining, the Sound went on a 15-2 run to close out the contest and maintained at least a tie for the division lead pending the outcome of the Corning/ Westchester game. Raphael Edwards led the way with 20 points and 7 rebounds. DETAILS.......

  Game With Syracuse Postponed
The Sound's game with the Syracuse Raging Bullz in Syracuse was potponed by the Raging Bullz due to schedule conflicts, according to owner Nicholas Fitts. It is the 3rd posponement for the new franchise.

              Sound Move Into First
Behind five players scoring in double digits, the Strong Island Sound took the lead early in the game and went on to defeat the Westchester Phantoms at Suffolk Community College, 117-88. With the victory, both teams are tied atop the ABA’s Blue Central Division. Raphael Edwards led the way with 17 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and 1 block.

         Sound Win Home Opener
The Sound moved to 2-1 on the season by beating the Fury for the second straight game. The final was 104-96

     Sound Down Fusion To Go 1-1
The Sound defeated the Fusion 109 - 92 on the road to even their record at 1-1. The two teams meet again in the Sound's home opener 11/11.

        Sound Lose Opener In OT
Two free throws by Shawn Simpson  tied it up, but Westchester controlled the three-minute overtime and emerged with a 112-107 win over the Sound in the season opener for both teams. 400 plus were on hand in Peekskill.

  Season Opener 11/4, Home 11/11
The Sound home opener is Sunday, November 11 at 7:15 at Suffolk County Community College in Selden, NY. In their season opener, they to travel upstate to take on Phantoms in Westchester on Sunday November 4th. The Phantoms are coached by former WNBA star Teresa Weatherspoon, and will host their first game since the franchise moved from Brooklyn at the conclusion of last season. Purchase tickets for all home games at  www.strongislandsound.com

Meet the Player: Raphael Edwards
In the short history of the Strong Island Sound, there has only been one player that has suited up for all three of the franchise's seasons. GO TO STORY

Sound Owner Interviewed in SLAM
Basketball Publication Sits Down with ABA Owner
                               GO TO STORY

    Sound Workouts and Tryouts
The Strong Island Sound have announced that the team will be conducting Individual Workout Sessions as a part of their tryout procedure to complete the roster for the upcoming 2007-08 season. Candidates who excel in the sessions will be invited the Veteran’s Training Camp in September. The Sound will be announcing the signing of selected players from last season’s squad shortly. The I.W.S. will decide the remaining spots that will begin the season on Long Island.  The private sessions will rate potential players on speed, endurance, strength, basketball intelligence, shooting, ball-handling and size under the supervision of a professional coach from the Sound staff in an indoor facility. Players/free agents who score in the 90 percentile range will be invited to Veteran’s Camp. The sessions duplicate the procedure used by all professional franchises, including the National Basketball Association, to identify potential draft picks and free agents. Players interested can fill out an online form via www.strongislandsound.com.
The Sound will be entering their third season in the ABA and have qualified for the postseason in each of their first two seasons in the league.
Back In The Day!
It's time for the Second Edition of our new continuing series, "BACK IN THE DAY", where we interview famous Long Island hoops stars about what it was like growing up on Long Island.  This month's interview is with Amityville's MIKE JAMES of the New Orleans Hornets. Hope you enjoy it! If you missed it, catch last month's interview with Virgina Tech Coach SETH GREENBERGGO TO BACK IN THE DAY

L.I. Stars On New Pro Roster
There is a brand new team called the New York Wizards that is stocked with Long Island players and will be looking to reestablish professional basketball here on Long Island. Long Island legends like Jason Fraser, Gary Williams, Brian Ehlers, and other local favorites will be playing in local charity games and fundraisers, and also facing off against professional teams here and internationally. Check out their full roster, book them for an event, or just keep up on their progress by visiting their WEBSITE!

Pro Notes
Former NYIT point guard Manix Auriantal has signed with with Polaroid-Lami-Ved Kormend of the Hungarian basketball League for the 2008-2009 season. Auriantal, who helped NYIT reach the semi-finals of the 2005 NCAA Northeast regional, played for Union Olimpija Ljubijana in October of 2007.......

NBA Notes
The Knicks will be picking 6th in the NBA draft, which will be on June 26.  It would have been the third year in a row that they had a lottery pick, but they had to hand the last two over to Chicago as part of the Eddie Curry deal......The sixth pick has been very productive in recent years. Josh Childress, Chris Kaman, and Brandon Roy were all picked in the 6th spot, and the Knicks would be happy to have any of them............The Knick's haven't picked a player in the draft that has averaged more than 10 points a game in his NBA career since their 1988 pick, when they tabbed Rod Strickland. His career averages were 13.2 points and 7.3 assists, but most of his best years were with other teams...... Tough for a long time Knick fan like me to watch this year's NBA Finals. The Celtics vs the Lakers? Man, not again! The Celtics and Lakers  are 1 and 2 in NBA Championships, and have met 10 times before in the finals, with the Celtics holding an 8-2 lead. When the Knicks won their first title in 1970 - over the Lakers - the Celtics had won 10 of the previous 11. The Knicks had been to the Finals three times before that, losing twice to the Lakers.
LINK: Celebrated Rivalry Has Its Roots in ’62 Finals
LINK: Knicks' Walsh studying options for draft pick

Long Islanders In NBA Playoffs
You all know  former NBA Al-Star Wally Szczerbiak is now  playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers, and that Mike James from Amityville is with  the New Orleans Hornets, although he doesn't get much playing time playing behind emerging superstar Chris Paul, but there is another Long Islander playing a prominent role in the playoffs you may not be aware of. Former LuHi point guard Phil Weber is a top assistant coach on the Phoenix Suns, and has been for a number of years! CLICK HERE to read an article from last summer about the up and coming coach. If you know other Long Islanders playing or coaching in the NBA that we're not aware of, LET US KNOW!

Iavaroni Retained By Memphis
Plainview's Marc Iavaroni will be coaching the Memphis Gizzlies again next season.  LINKS:
Iavaroni to return to Grizzlies
Muddled moves, but bringing back coach not one

   Larry Brown Hired By Charlotte Former Long Beach star Larry Brown, who went on to star at North Carolina,  the ABA, and later became an NCAA and NBA Championship coach, was hired to coach the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats. The well traveled Brown, fired from his dream job of coaching the Knicks after only one year, will now turns his sights on improving a franchise that has had only limited  success in its brief history. LINKS:
Commentary: Coaching’s call too strong for Brown
Larry Brown is already in mid-season form
Larry Brown will never push Charlotte into playoffs

Wally Has Nice Night
Cold Spring Harbor's Wally Szczerbiak has been struggling to find his famed shooting stroke with his new team the Cavaliers, but in game two of the NBA playoffs, he showed signs that he's finding the range, going 6-9 from the field and scoring 15 points to help Cleveland go up 2-0 on Washington in their first round match-up.

Iavaroni One and Done?
Plainview's Marc Iavaroni is answering questions from the press about his future as coach after his Memphis Grizzlies finished with a worse record than the Knicks. Keep in mind though that Iavaroni had star Pau Gasol traded away from his team in mid-season for basically draft picks, so you can see why he feels he's going to return to help oversea the team's rebuilding process. He has two years remaining on his contract, and says he's had no indication from management that they are considering replacing him.

   Szczerbiak Struggles With Cavs
When Cleveland acquired Ben Wallace, Delonte West and Cold Spring Harbor's Wally Szczerbiak for their playoff run, many thought it assured that they would once again be a serious contenders for the NBA title. It hasn't so far, with the Cavs going 9-10 since the deal as the playoffs approach.  None of the three have lived up to expectations, with Szczerbiak, the shooter the Cavs craved to take some of the attention away from LeBron James, only hitting 36% of his shots, while big man Wallace has had back problems, and point guard West has also struggled. Will Wally and the others be able to turn it around in the playoffs?

Szczerbiak, James On Contenders
Both Cold Spring Harbor's Wally Szczerbiak and Amityville's Mike James find themselves on contending teams following the NBA trading deadline, and both are happy about and look forward to playing bigger roles. Szczerbiak joins Lebron James and the also newly acquired Ben Wallace on the Cleveland Cavaliers, while Mike James finds himself on the division leading New Orleans Hornets. James, who was averaging 6.5 points a game in Houston,  said he will miss his wife and children, who live in Houston, "But it's about the game now. I'm still in the prime of my career. I've got a lot left in me. Szczerbiak was everything advertised in his 50-game stint with Seattle, averaging 13.1 points and shooting nearly 43 percent from the 3-point line, but didn't fit in with their youth movement.  

Did You Know...........
Marc Iavaroni, who played for and graduated from Plainview JFK, was hired as the head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies back in May of 2007k. Iavaroni was a four year starter at the University of Virginia, and was named first team All-Tournament on Virginia’s 1976 ACC Tournament championship team. In the NBA, he was a starter as a rookie on the 76ers’ 1983 Championship Team along with fellow Long Islander Julius Erving, and went on to a seven year NBA career.

  Most Watched Game Of All Time?
Amityville's Mike James was part of what might have been one of the most watched television sports events of all time, as an estimated audience of as many as 200 million people tuned in to see his Houston Rockets take on the Milwaukee Bucks. The attraction? Well other than James, it just so happened that it was the first time Chinese stars Yao Ming and Yi Jianlian, the first round pick of the Bucks, had faced each other in a NBA game. Yao finished with 28 points, Yi 19, and James a solid 5 point, 5 assists, and 5 rebounds. Houston won 104-88 Man! If we'd only thought to give Mike a Long Island Basketbalkl.com T-shirt to wear before the game!

                     Pro Notes
Amityville's Mike James had 17 points, but Phoenix shut down Yao Ming and Tracey McGrady didn't play, so the Rockets fell to the Suns 115-105...... Plainview's Marc Iavaroni is off to a tough start as Coach of the Memphis Grizzlies. After a close 108-105 loss to the Mavericks on the road, they stand at 2-7.....Despite his showing fans, coaches, and teammates that he can still fill it up, Cold Spring Harbor's Wally Szczerbiak continues to get sporadic playing time for Seattle. A few games back, he finally got some decent playing time and took advantage of the opportunity, pouring in 32 points, but Seattle lost anyway. Looks like he needs to move on if he wants to prolong his career. ......Mike James had 13 points in Houston's big win over San Antonio...James had 15 points and 7 assists in Houston's  road win at Utah......Hempstead's Speedy Claxton played in only two preseason games and is out indefinitely with a sore right knee....

Wally Shows Em What He Can Do
Wally Szczerbiak has been used sparingly in preseason so far as new Seattle Coach PJ Carlisimo searches for a rotation. Some have questioned  how much Szczerbiak has left after a series of injuries, but he showed Seattle fans, coaches, and teammates what he can still do by scoring 24 points and pulling down 8 rebounds in the Sonics OT preseason loss to Golden State.

       Strong Games For James
Mike James had 17 points against Dallas and 19 points against Memphis as he continues to make a case for playing time in Houston.

      Sore Knee Plaguing Claxton
After a promising start, Speedy Claxton has sat out all but two of Atlanta's preseason games with a sore knee. Claxton again has the opportunity to win the starting job with the Hawks, but the nagging pain in is knee is dimming his chances.

               LI Pros In Europe
*Former Bucknell and St. John The Baptist star Donald Brown is now playing professionally in Iceland
*Former University at Albany basketball standout Jamar Wilson, who played his high school ball at OSNA, will play professionally in Europe with Verviers-Pepinster, a first division team in Belgium.
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     Claxton Racking Up Assists
In a battle with Tyron Lue and Acie Law for the starting point guard spot with Atlanta, Speedy Claxton is averaging 20 minutes and 4.5 assists in two preseason games.

James 14 In Win Over Euro Champ
Mike James had 14 points as his Houston Rockets defeated European League Champion Panathinaikos of Greece 107-70 in a preseason game. Yao MIng led the Rockets with 21.

   Szczerbiak 14 in Sonic Debut
Wally Szczerbiak had 14 points in his first preseason game with Seattle. He sat out the preseason opener with slight swelling in his knee.

        Speedy Sits As Precaution
Speedy Claxton was scratched from the Hawks preseason opener for precautionary reasons as he continues to try to get his knees healthy. Claxton is reportedly in fairly good shape injury-wise, but is being pushed hard by rookie Acie Law thus far. It's up in the air as to who the opening-night starter will be.

      Szczerbiak Has "A Lot Left"
    An article By Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times

     Hamilton Ends Up In Russia
Zendon Hamilton has signed with a Russian team by the name of Krasnoyarsk Yenisei.

     Sonics Blog: Wally Healthy
Wally Szczerbiak said he is 100 percent healthy seven months removed from ankle surgery. Unlike Ray Allen, who had bone spurs removed from each of his ankles, Szczerbiak had his left ankle reconstructed to prevent constant sprains. He said his ligaments had been stretched from several sprains over the past few years. Szczerbiak will wear No. 3.

  Roto World: Claxton Impressive
Speedy Claxton appears to be over his knee problems from last year and has impressed his teammates over the summer. "Speedy has been great," teammate Joe Johnson said. "I think out of all of us, Speedy has been the most impressive, honestly. It's been like two totally different Speedy Claxtons, one from last year and now to this summer when we came back and started playing. He's great, in shape and injury free." Claxton might be the favorite to win the starting point guard job in Atlanta, but we'll have to see how things shake out in camp.

Zendon Hamilton With Portland ?
Sewanhaka's Zendon Hamilton contributed 16 points (5-7 FG, 6-14 FT) in 28 minutes of play filling in for the absent Greg Oden on Portland's Summer League team. Hamilton was a late cut last year for the Trailblazers, and with Zach Randolf moving on and a talented rookie coming in, there may be a mentoring role available for Hamilton this year.

           Szczerbiak To Sonics
The Seattle SuperSonics traded All-Star Ray Allen and the 35th pick in this year’s draft to the Boston Celtics for Cold Spring Harbor's Wally Szczerbiak,  Delonte West and the No. 5 pick in the draft.

     Claxton's Future Uncertain
After signing with Atlanta last season, it looked like
Hempstead's Speedy Claxton finally would be given the opportunity to run his own team after excelling as a back-up most of his career. But Claxton had injury problems almost from day one, and now the Hawks have drafted a point guard in the first round to go with Tyrone Lue, who filled in last year. One things for sure: If he stays healthy, Speedy will give then both a run for their money!

      Rockets Reacquire James
The Rockets re-acquired Amityville's Mike James from  from the T-Wolves along with Justin Reed in exchange for Juwan Howard.

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           Larry Brown and Yaz
The Independent, an East End newspaper, had two articles in their August 29th edition about famous Long Island basketball players. The first was about Long Beach grad, ABA All-star, and Hall of Fame Coach Larry Brown, and the second about Baseball Hall of Famer and former Bridgehampton basketball star Carl Yaztremski. Both were written by Bob Vacca.
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Larry Brown P1, Larry Brown P2,
Carl Yaztremski P1, Carl Yaztremski P2
Carl Yaztremski P3
Carl Braun, Garden City
One of the premier guards of the 1950s, he played 13 NBA seasons, 12 of them with the Knicks. Averaged 15.5 points and 5.5 assists during the 1957-58 season, his best. Played in five NBA All-Star Games
Frank Brickowski, Locust Valley
Averaged 16.0 points, 6.9 rebound and 3.8 assists in 1987-88, his best in 12 NBA seasons.
Larry Brown, Long Beach
Played 5 ABA seasons and was a three time All-Star and All-Star game MVP.in '68. Averaged 11.2 points and 6.7 assists. Set ABA record with 23 assists in one game. Went on to Hall of Fame coaching career, winning NCAA and NBA titles.
Reggie Carter, Long Island Lutheran
Played two NBA seasons with the Knicks and in '82 averaged 4.0 points and 2.7 assists in 75 games.
Billy Chamberlain, Long Island Lutheran
Played in the ABA for The Memphis Tams and Kentucky Colonels in 1972-73, and for the Phoenix Suns in the NBA during the 1973-74 season. Averaged 5.3 points in 78 games
Speedy Claxton, Hofstra
Averaged 11.5 points and 6.0 assists per game in 2005-6, his best so far in 5 NBA seasons.
Conrad Dierking, Valley Stream Central
Averaged 16.4 points and 9.5 rebounds per game in 1967-68, his best in 10 NBA seasons, mostly with the Cincinnati Royals.
Billy Donovan, St. Agnes
Averaged 2.4 points and 2.0 assists in his only NBA season. Now coach of the 2 time NCAA Champion Florida Gators.
Joe DePre, Westbury
Drafted by the Phoenix Suns, he chose the ABA instead where he averaged 7 points per game over 3 seasons for the New York Nets.
Dennis DuVal , Westbury
Drafted by Washington, he averaged 1.9 points per game in two NBA seasons
Tom Gugliotta, Walt Whitman
NBA All-Star 1996-97 when he averaged 20.6 points 8.7 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game. First round draft pick that played 13 NBA seasons.
Jeff Haliburton, Malverne
Drafted by the Atlanta Hawks and played in the 1971- 72 seasons.
Zendon Hamilton, Sewanhaka
Averaged 6.0 points and 4.7 rebounds in 2001-2, his best so far in 6 NBA seasons.
Phil Hankinson, Great Neck
Averaged 3.9 points and 1.8 rebound in two season with the Celtics.
Jim Hayes, St. Agnes
A 3rd round pick by the Detroit Pistons, he chose to play for the New York Nets in the ABA, where he averaged 3.1 points per game in his only season.
Art Heyman, Oceanside 
Averaged 18.5 points per game in 1967-68, his best of 6 ABA and NBA seasons
Marc Iavaroni, Plainview
Averaged 6.0 points and 4.4 rebounds in 1984-85, his best in 7 NBA seasons. Iavaroni was hired as the head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies on May 31, 2007
Mike James, Amityville
Averaged 20.3 points and 5.8 assists per game in 2005-6, his best so far in 5 NBA seasons.
Shelton Jones, Amityville
Drafted by the Spurs, he averaged 4.8 points and 2.2 rebounds in his only NBA season
Kevin Joyce, Merrick
He averaged 14.9 points and 4.0 assists in 1974-75, his best of three ABA seasons.
Tim Kempton, St. Dominic
Averaged 6.1 points and  3.8 rebounds per game in 1988-89, his best of 8 NBA seasons..
Jim Kissane, Chaminade
Drafted by the Cincinnati Royals, he chose the ABA, where he got into 2 games with the Minnesota Pipers.
Toby Knight, Port Jefferson
Averaged 19.1 points and 6.1 rebounds per game in 1979-80, his best in four NBA season - all with the Knicks.
Mitch Kupchak, Brentwood 
Averaged 15.9 points and 6.9 assists per game in 1977-78, his best in 9 NBA seasons. Current GM of the Lakers.
Brian Mahoney, St. Agnes
In his only season, Averaged 3.1 points per game for the New York Nets in 1972-3. Was head coach at Manhattan College and St. John's.
Dick McGuire, Huntington
The 7 time NBA All-Star averaged 9.1 points and 7.6 assists per game in in 1954-55, the best of his 11 NBA seasons, 7 of which were with the Knicks.
Joe Mullaney , Chaminade 
Played briefly in the NBA for the Celtics, and then went on to coach in the NBA and ABA, compiling a 322-244 record in 8 seasons.
George Nostrand, Uniondale
Played in the BAA, one of the leagues that later became the NBA., for 3 seasons and then one in the NBA. Averaged 8.2 points per game
Tom Riker, St. Dominic
Played for the Knicks for 3 seasons, including the NBA Championship team of 1973. Averaged 2.7 points and 1.7 rebounds.
Mike Riordan, Great Neck
Averaged 18.1 points, 5.2 assists and 4.9 rebounds in 1972-73, his best in 9 NBA seasons.
Jim Rowinski , Hicksville
Drafted by the Jazz, he played in 23 games over 2 seasons.
Derrick Rowland, Brentwood
Drafted by the Denver Nuggets in the 10th round (8th pick, 211th overall) of the 1981 NBA draft.
Got into 2 games for the Milwaukee Bucks during the 1985-86 season
Jeff Ruland, Sachem
The two time All-Star averaged 22.2 points and 10.2 rebound per game during the 1983-84 season, his best in 8 NBA seasons
Al Skinner, Malverne
Averaged 12.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game in 1976-77 season, his best in 6 ABA and NBA seasons. Current Head Coach, Boston College
Randy Smith, Bellport 
Known for his feathery shooting touch, eye-popping 360-degree dunks and unsurpassed speed on the floor. Two time NBA All-Star averaged 24.6 points per game in 1977-78 season, his best in 12 NBA seasons. MVP of the 1978 All-Star Game, coming off the bench to collect 27 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Played in 906 consecutive games, at the time
an NBA record.
Wally Szczerbiak, Cold Spring Harbor Averaged 20.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 2005-6, his best so far in 9 NBA seasons. Named to the All-Star Team in 2001-2
Bill Thieben, Sayville
Averaged 4.0 points and 3.2 rebounds in two seasons for the Fort Wayne and Detroit Pistons. Attended Hofstra.
Ernie Vandeweghe, Oceanside
Averaged 12 points and 5.6 rebounds per game for the Knicks in 1952-53, his best of 6 NBA seasons. His son Kiki also played for the Knicks.
Foots Walker, Southampton
Averaged 9.0 points and 8.4 assists per game in 1979-80, his best in 10 NBA seasons
Bill Wennington, LI Lutheran
Averaged 7.1 points and 4.6 rebounds in 1993-94, his best in 13 NBA seasons.
Howard Wood, East Hampton
Averaged 3.4 points for the Utah Jazz in his only NBA season.
A.J. Wydner, St. Agnes
Played in 6 games for the Celtics during the 1990-91 season.

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Pro Update
Amityville's Mike James has started 36 of 39 games since joining the Washington Wizards, and is averaging 9.9 points and 3.6 assists. .......Cold Spring Harbor's Wally Szczerbiak has played in 54 of Cleveland's 57 games, and is averaging 7.5 points
and 3.1 rebounds.

Grizzlies Fire Iavaroni
The Memphis Grizzlies fired Plainview's Marc Iavaroni midway through his second season as head coach. Memphis has dropped 15 of its past 17 games, including the last seven, and is 11-30 this season after finishing 22-60 in Iavaroni’s first campaign.

Fraser Signs With Globetrotters
One of the greaterst players in the storied history of Long Island basketball, Amityville's Jason Fraser, has signed to play for the Harlem Globetrotters. Frazer was a McDonald's All-American coming out of high school after leading the Warriors to national prominence, but his college career at Villanova was overshadowed by a series of serious injuries that put his professional career in doubt. Known as a tireless worker, Fraser has recovered from the injuries and will bring his considerable skills to the world's most famous team.  Their next visit to Long Island will be in February.

Wizards Fall Short In Opener
by Sam Thomas
The New York Wizards, playing their first game ever, came roaring back from a 17 point deficit to pull within one, but couldn't get over the hump and fell 126-123 to the Washington Madness. The Wizards - Long Island's new professional team, got their inaugural season off to a memorable start. At 5 PM, the scheduled tip-off time, the Wizards were the only professional team in the gym--and this wasn't supposed to be a scrimmage.  Wondering as to the whereabouts of the opposing squad, the Washington Madness, Wizards head coach Mike Cerillo took out his cell phone and called the coach of the opponent to find that Washington's team bus had gotten lost somewhere in Nassau County; Cerillo's starting point guard, Leon Pursoo, provided the opponent with directions to the Island Garden. For this reason, professional basketball returned to Long Island 45 minutes late.  Once the game started, however, it became clear that the level of play would be well worth the extra wait.  The players on each squad showed their diverse talents in a fast-paced yet physical contest. Led by the marksmanship of Bay Shore's Gary Williams, who finished with a team-high 32 points, and the inside presence of Sachem's Mike Mosby, the Wizards cut what had been a 17 point deficit late in the third quarter down to one late in the fourth.  Their comeback stopped there, however, and they fell 126-123.  Yet fans had nevertheless been treated to an exciting game played at a level of talent and skill not seen often enough on Long Island. 
  Afterwards the two teams shook hands, dressed, and left out the same exit door as the fans.  On Monday the Wizards players will return to their full-time jobs as teachers, or police officers, or high-school coaches.  They are some of the last professionals left who seem to be playing truly for the love of the game.  Luckily for us, they'll be doing it on Long Island.

L.I. Stars On New Pro Roster
There is a brand new team called the New York Wizards that is stocked with Long Island players and will be looking to reestablish professional basketball here on Long Island. Long Island legends like Jason Fraser, Gary Williams, Brian Ehlers, and other local favorites will be playing in local charity games and fundraisers, and also facing off against professional teams here and internationally. Check out their full roster, book them for an event, or just keep up on their progress by visiting their WEBSITE!

Player Updates
Cold Spring Harbor's Wally Szczerbiak is averaging about 18 minutes and 7 points a game so far for the Cavaliers this season. His season high of 21 came against the Knicks. Talk in Cleveland is that although he is considered a valuable part of the team, he is also a valuable trade piece because of his expiring contract. The Cavs might trade him in a pure salary cap move, and then he could get a buyout and return to the Cavs like Antonio McDyess did with the Pistons.......Things aren't going as well for Amityville's Mike James, who lost the Hornet's  back-up point guard role to Devin Brown and is only getting 9 minutes a game. James can still play, and has no health issues, but a big contract and no chances to show what he can do make it difficult for New Orleans to move him........Hempstead's Speedy Claxton still has not been healthy enough to return to the active roster for Atlanta. He has been out all season with a knee injury and has had non-stop medical problems since signing a 4 year $25-million contract to be the Hawks starting point guard back in 2006.  

20 PPG In The NBA
The following Long Islanders have averaged 20 points or more per game during at least one NBA season:
Julius Erving, Roosevelt
Tom Gugliotta, Walt Whitman
Mike James, Amityville
Jeff Ruland, Sachem
Randy Smith, Bellport
Wally Szczerbiak, Cold Spring Harbor
Interesting to note that they all came from public schools!

Szczerbiak / James Getting It Done
In their first preseasons with their current teams, both Wally Szczerbiak and Mike James appear to be making good impressions after struggling at times last year following midseason trades. Cold Spring Harbor's Szczerbiak, now with the Cavs, had 13 points on 4-5 from the field and 2-2 from three point range against the Celtics, while Amityville's James led New Orleans with 18 points in a win over San Antonio.

James Has Opportunity
Amityville grad Mike James has a good chance to emerge as the #1 backup to Chris Paul in New Orleans this season. James arrived in a mid-season trade last year, and never got consistent minutes, but the #1 back-up from last year signed with a European team, and James worked out with Jerry Powell this summer and is in great shape and ready to show coach Byron Scott what he can do. Could be a great situation on a very exciting team. NOTE: James was the Hornet's leading scorer with 18 points in a preseason win over San Antonio. 

Speedy Has Tough Road
With four point guards on the roster in Atlanta, it may be time for Speedy Claxton to move on. "I know right now I’m the odd man out," Claxton told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "That’s just how it is. But I can’t complain about it. They depended on me the last two years and I wasn't able to be there for them, so they had to move on." Although Claxton seems to be in good shape coming into training camp, there is uncertainty as to whether or not he’ll be able to regain his form after numerous knee injuries

NBA Calender
Sept. 29 - Players report to their teams no earlier than 11 a.m. local time.
Sept. 30 - Training camps open.
Oct. 9-17 - NBA Europe Live exhibition games.
Oct. 24 - Preseason ends.
Oct. 27 - Rosters set for opening day, 6 p.m. EDT. 
Oct. 28 - Start of the 2008-09 regular season.
Jan. 5 - 10-day contracts may now be signed.
Jan. 10 - All player contracts are guaranteed for the 
              remainder of the season.
Feb. 15 - All-Star game (Phoenix).
Feb. 19 - Trading deadline, 3 p.m. EST.
April 26 - Early entry eligibility deadline, 11:59 p.m.EDT.
June 18 - NBA draft early entry entrant withdrawal
               deadline.
June 25 - NBA draft (New York).

Oklahoma City Sells Out
Season tickets for Oklahoma City's new NBA franchise have sold out in just five days. Chairman Clay Bennett says the last of approximately 13,000 Thunder season tickets were sold, and the team has put names on a waiting list for games at the Ford Center. About 4,000 seats have been withheld for single-game, group and partial-season ticket sales. Tickets to individual games are to be sold next month.

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