The Knicks of the Nineties Synopsis
The Knicks of the 1990s competed like champions but fell short of their goal. An eclectic group who took divergent, in many cases fascinating paths to New York, they forged an identity as a rugged, relentless squad. Led by a superstar center Patrick Ewing and two captivating coaches--Pat Riley and Jeff Van Gundy--they played David to the Chicago Bulls' Goliath. Despite not winning a championship, they were embraced as champions by New Yorkers and their rivalries with the Bulls, Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat defined NBA basketball for a decade. Drawing on original interviews with players, coaches and others, this narrative rediscovers the brilliance of the Knicks, Ewing and his colorful supporting cast--Charles Oakley, John Starks, Larry Johnson and Latrell Sprewell--in the glory days of Madison Square Garden.
The Knicks of the Nineties Press Reviews
Paul Knepper has done more than just compile an encyclopedic knowledge of the Knicks' history and the franchise's most important moments. He has brought its most fascinating characters to life, documenting the triumphs and shortcomings of one of professional sports' most iconic franchises-and the people who have won, lost and been defined by a team and an era. - Kent Babb, author of Not A Game: The Incredible Rise and Unthinkable Fall of Allen Iverson This book had me humming the tune of the wonderfully corny Knicks rap 'Go New York Go' from start to finish-and I mean that in the best way. Today's Knicks fans may have grown accustomed to wondering if the franchise will compete for an NBA championship in the next decade, but thanks to Paul Knepper, they can relive the last great era of Knicks basketball in all its bruising, hard-nosed glory. - Rafe Bartholomew, author of Basketball: A Love Story Knicks fans who pine for the last time their team entertained title hopes, or when the game had more of an overall black-and-blue sheen, will enjoy this book. Takes you back to those days, with a few never-been-told-before nuggets unearthed along the way. - Ric Bucher, Bleacher Report and FS1 The New York Knicks of the 1990s were tough, brash, talented-and ready to fight at a moment's notice. Connecting with their metropolitan environment much like the teams of the glorious 1970s, these Knicks of Ewing, Starks, and Oakley left an indelible mark on New York City basketball. In this book, Paul Knepper captures with detail and reverence a wonderful era for the Knicks; one that did not end in a title, but contained enough moments to secure their place in NBA history. - Todd Spehr, author of The Mozart of Basketball: The Remarkable Life and Legacy of Drazen Petrovic The rough-and-tumble Knicks of the 1990s never won style points or a title, but they were as memorable as any championship team. In his superb book, Paul Knepper recounts the unforgettable triumphs, the devastating losses and, yes, the brutal fights, in vivid detail, but goes beyond the box scores with detailed reporting and graceful writing about the players and coaches who brought victory and excitement back to Madison Square Garden. - Shawn Fury, author of Rise and Fire: The Origins, Science and Evolution of the Jump Shot-and How it Transformed Basketball Forever