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KNICKS FANATICS IS MOVING ON UP, JOINING BLOGUIN.COM; NEW SITE OPEN HOUSE ON OCTOBER 16th

KF Joins Bloguin2

 

We are extremely pleased to announce that Knicks Fanatics has joined the fast growing blog network, Bloguin.comThe new site at KnicksFanaticsblog.com will open on October 16th, 2009 and will immediately become our permanent home for the 2009-2010 season and beyond.

This move by Knicks Fanatics marks an historic moment in our growth.  In April, after the Knicks season ended early, we moved our independent blog to WordPress.com in search of more professional functionality and ease of use for our community.  Since the move, our exposure, and therefore our community, has continued to grow but at a more rapid pace despite it being the off-season.  Today we will surpass 20,000 views since we opened the doors here.  In April and May we had a combined 2011 views.  Last month (which included the hilarious “Happy Week”, we peaked at 5,080 visits for the month.  Perhaps that’s not much in the grand scheme of things when compared against the blogs tied into large media networks, but for a little indie blog it speaks volumes about how important it is for Knicks fans to have a venue to express and e-hear (i.e., read) non-mainstream voices and perspectives about our favorite basketball team. 

We picked Bloguin because they picked us and in the process of discussing their plans for the future, we concluded they were doing a great job in collaboration with indie blogs and that the Fanatics community would benefit greatly by joining their network of blogs. It all started with a nice message, left on our “About” page, from Dave Kelsey, one of the founders of Bloguin.  After I confirmed that Dave wasn’t a spammer rodent, I entered into what turned out to be great discussions with the Bloguin founders which included Dave, blogger and former Yardbarker exec Ben Koo and medical-doctor-to-be, Derek Hanson.  They offered three things which I decided not to refuse: 1) An opportunity to grow our audience and resources for better coverage of the Knicks and NBA; 2) absolute and total control of our blog content and 3) a little chump change from the ads sharing our blog space.  You will see that the result of those collaborations is a space we can continue to be proud to do our thing at.

Bloguin.com started a year ago. The concept behind the venture was to provide resources to sports and entertainment bloggers to enhance their resources, aesthetics and financial viability while offering greater distribution to advertisers.  On October 28th, the one year anniversary of Bloguin, the community will be about 100 blogs strong including 21 professional basketball blogs. 

We expect to see you at the new space when we open.  I recommend that you go to Bloguin.com now and register.  Take a look around the neighborhood while you’re there.  I’ll provide more details about the open house as we get closer.

Finally, big ups and credit to the Fanatics family for making this move and continued progress possible. The biggest props go to Peaceman who had the foresight to put up a bare bones blog page and throw it in my lap for development, despite my protestations regarding starting and managing a blog .  It was that move by Peaceman that has captured my imagination and inspires me to make sure we have a safe place to provide the best venue for adult sports blogging.

See ya soon.

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October 14, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | 17 Comments

Knicks Get Defensive In Pre-season Loss To 76ers

There was a time when the Knicks would leave everybody else in stitches (as in laughing wildly), but these days its the Knicks players who are getting stitched up. Last night, in order to counteract the Knicks first show of aggressive defense all  pre-season, Elton Brand got away with throwing wild elbows after a rebound and he caught Jared Jeffries on his right eye.  Jared, who had a very mixed game despite his incessant hustle, wound up with a bloody gash which had to be sewn back together.

Unfortunately, the Knicks and Danilo Galinari’s shot also need mending as they continued to shoot poorly (30.9%) in their 93-85 loss to the 76ers.  Nevertheless, many of the Fanatics who watched the game and communed at the Live Blog last night saw some positive signs, at least for a brief period of time before half-time.  The most significant occurrence was the Knicks playing swarming, pressing defense which disrupted the 76ers who clearly need a true point guard.  The other point, which we hope D’Antoni fully absorbs, is that Milicic looks far better at the fie spot than an excessive dose of David Lee, who gives up too much defensively to guard the position for more than a hot minute. Milicic is credited with 2 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 block in 14 minutes, but his play was more consequential than his stats as he helped with a defensive charge that saw the Knicks take control in the second quarter.

I’ll have more notes on the game later but for diverse and insightful real time impressions you really should read last nights LBE.  We had a full house of Fanatics including the Czar (O&B), Peaceman, JayBee, Tman, Post Up Prince and our old buddie, DaJoka (DVJ), whose daughter turns one next month.  We also had some sharp newbies in Miller.  It was like old times and makes me really hope that I am wrong about this season’s Knicks being a bust at 35 wins max.

BTW, I don’t think the Laker Dancers have anything on Miami (an inside-LBE joke – check it out).

 

 

76ers 93, Knicks 85

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PHI (4-0) 22 13 32 26 93
NYK (1-2) 15 28 20 22 85

Final

7:30 PM ET, October 13, 2009
Madison Square Garden
New York, NY

PHILADELPHIA 76ERS
STARTERS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Elton Brand, PF 33 8-12 0-0 4-5 2 6 8 0 2 1 3 2 +15 20
Thaddeus Young, F 27 9-15 1-2 7-8 4 2 6 0 1 0 1 6 +4 26
Samuel Dalembert, C 25 2-6 0-0 0-0 2 10 12 1 0 0 3 4 +15 4
Andre Iguodala, SG 37 6-14 1-3 2-3 1 6 7 6 2 0 8 1 +4 15
Lou Williams, G 28 3-12 0-1 8-10 0 6 6 4 1 0 1 0 +19 14
BENCH MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Primoz Brezec, C 5 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 -9 2
Jason Kapono, SF 24 3-3 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2 -1 7
Royal Ivey, PG 19 1-3 0-1 0-2 0 3 3 2 0 0 3 2 -4 2
Willie Green, SG 14 0-3 0-0 0-0 0 4 4 1 0 1 2 2 -5 0
Brandon Bowman, F 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 +3 0
Jason Smith, PF 6 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 -10 0
Dionte Christmas, SG 5 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 +9 1
Marreese Speights, PF 13 1-4 0-0 0-0 2 2 4 0 0 0 3 1 0 2
Rodney Carney, SF DNP STRAINED LEFT HAMSTRING
Jrue Holiday, G DNP COACH’S DECISION
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF   PTS
34-74 3-9 22-30 11 44 55 15 6 2 28 24   93
45.9% 33.3% 73.3% Team TO (pts off): 28 (17)
+/- denotes team’s net points while the player is on the court.
NEW YORK KNICKS
STARTERS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Al Harrington, PF 29 6-17 1-8 5-6 2 2 4 0 1 2 1 4 -3 18
Jared Jeffries, PF 24 2-7 1-6 2-2 4 2 6 1 2 1 2 4 -10 7
David Lee, C 35 2-8 0-0 4-4 2 10 12 1 0 2 1 2 -12 8
Chris Duhon, PG 33 2-7 1-4 1-1 1 1 2 1 0 0 3 2 -12 6
Wilson Chandler, SF 29 7-18 2-10 0-0 2 6 8 2 0 1 1 2 +3 16
BENCH MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF +/- PTS
Larry Hughes, SF 16 0-8 0-1 1-2 0 2 2 1 2 0 0 0 +2 1
Nate Robinson, PG 25 5-13 0-5 5-6 2 0 2 4 3 0 4 4 +5 15
Darko Milicic, C 14 2-3 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 2 1 1 0 2 +4 4
Toney Douglas, G 12 1-5 1-3 1-2 1 1 2 0 1 0 2 1 -9 4
Jordan Hill, F 4 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 -7 2
Danilo Gallinari, F 19 1-6 1-4 1-2 1 3 4 0 2 0 1 1 -1 4
Eddy Curry, C DNP RIGHT ANKLE
Chris Hunter, F DNP COACH’S DECISION
Joe Crawford, SG DNP COACH’S DECISION
Marcus Landry, F DNP COACH’S DECISION
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB DREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF   PTS
29-94 7-41 20-25 15 29 44 12 12 7 15 23   85
30.9% 17.1% 80.0% Team TO (pts off): 16 (14)
+/- denotes team’s net points while the player is on the court.

Flagrant Fouls: None
Technical Fouls: PLAYERS: 1 NEWYORK ( N Robinson 1 ) – TEAMS (def3sec): PHILADELPH (3) – COACHES: None
Officials: Scott Twardoski , Michael Bobiak , Jamie Morales
Attendance: 16,377
Time of Game: 02:20

October 14, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

KryptoNate Talks Tats

In this video, Nate Robinson, who has no problem sharing his personality with the public, talks about his various tattoos on Tattoo U.  Interesting stuff, but Nate makes it hard to defend him against the knucklehead label – he admits that as a youngster the more his Dad told him not to get tats, the more he felt encouraged to do it. 

Still, Nate isn’t all defiance and excess energy; he shares with us that many of his tats carry very spiritual and personal significance.  It seems that most of his tats have something to do with his relationship to God or are reminders of very important people who have influenced him from his deceased brother to Allen Iverson.  

October 14, 2009 Posted by | Nate Robinson | | 1 Comment