Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
With their 110-103 victory Wednesday night in Indiana, the Knicks now have as many November wins as the Yankees.
Think about that.
Baseball isn’t typically played in November and it’s now 19 days into that month. (And we’re five days from my birthday in case anyone’s counting.)
The Yankees won 2 games in the World Series in November and until Wednesday’s win, the Knicks, Nets, Giants and Jets had combined to win one game — yes, one — in the month of November.
I know, I know. This stat was given on WFAN Tuesday and ESPN picked it up Wednesday morning. I’ve been using it all day. What an incredible stat.
Anyway, good job by the Knicks (2-9), who got 26 points from Al Harrington, 13 in the fourth quarter.
A much lighter Eddy Curry made his season debut and looked effective in scoring 10 points in 12 minutes in his first game of the season. Curry has been out after tearing his right calf muscle on the first day of training camp.
Of course, the elephant in the room is 34-year-old Allen Iverson, who becomes af free agent Thursday evening and whom the Knicks are actively considering signing for the veteran’s minimum ($1.3 million).
Howard Beck, the New York Times Knicks beat writer, posted this quote on his blog Thursday afternoon from a Knicks source in regards to the team’s interest in Iverson.
“It’s a given,” the source said. “They’re going to make the biggest play for him.”
While Iverson might cost Larry Hughes or Chris Duhon his job, some of the Knicks appear in favor of the move.
“I think it will help things,” Harrington said, according to the AP. “You got a guy who’s a proven scorer, probably a Hall-of-Famer. He can only do positive things, I think, to this team.”
That’s right. How much worse can it get?
This team needs an attraction to put fannies in the seats at MSG. It needs scoring. It needs a proven winner. It needs AI.
Sure, he’ll take some shots away from Danilo Gallinari and Wilson Chandler, but he’ll also drop 30 or 40 a few nights and light a spark under this team.
Can’t you just see him chest-bumping Curry after a dunk as Brandon Tierney mentioned tonight on the post-game show?
Can’t you see him bringing a few extra wins?
He’s a one-year rental for a team going nowhere. Why not go for it?
And hey, when the Knicks visit the winless Nets (0-12) on Saturday, who do you think the Yankees will be rooting for?
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.