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Who are you?
TM: My name is Taylor Miccio and I am a Knicks fan.
BC: Thank you Taylor for taking time out of your day to do this interview. We know the Knicks have been terrible for a while now and show almost no changes of turning around. We believe under the ownership of James Dolan the Knicks will continue to be mediocre as even the Nets turned it around and is looking like the better NYC team.
How'd you find out about the Knicks?
TM: I started following the Knicks in 2009/2010 season. I would watch their games after I had finished my homework. I have always loved basketball and being from NY I decided to watch them before any other team and I fell in love.
BC: Usually with most fans they fall in love with the team they grew up around. Some due to family and friend influence and some due to it being their are just on due to their state. New York has an incredibly rich and long basketball history which includes legendary courts, ballers, street ballers, and the Knicks and Nets. When you think of basketball the very first states that come to mind is New York.
First reaction when you saw them play?
TM: My first reaction when I saw them play was they are not that good but I loved the way guys like David Lee, Al Harrington, Wilson Chandler, and Danilo Gallinari played the game.
BC: The era before the Carmelo era was especially a tough one. Knicks fans could at least be a bit happy that Chandler and Gallinari played well enough for the Nuggets to be interested in them for Carmelo Anthony. Also Knicks David Lee was a beast on the boards and low post. A very underrated player during his stint with NY.
Favorite Knicks game?
TM: My Favorite Knicks game was on 02/10/2012 Knicks vs Lakers. I was in Kimberton, Pennsylvania for a basketball tournament with my high school team. We were all out to dinner at a restaurant and the game happened to be on. The game started and Jeremy Lin, or Linsanity, absolutely went off. He scored 38 points on 13-23 shooting with 7 assists and 4 rebounds. He hit difficult shot after difficult shot and just stole the hearts of all Knicks fans. The Knicks ended up beating the Lakers 92-85. The electricity Lin brought to the Garden and Knicks fans everywhere was something we had not seen since the late 90s.
BC: The Linsanity saga was a short but fun time for the Knicks where Jeremy Lin captivated NYC while Carmelo Anthony was out. He had some electrifying performances which included some crazy layups, passes, and even a buzzer beater against the Raptors. Linsanity was such a great story starting with Lin going from sleeping on someone else's couch to lighting up NYC.
Team's biggest regret?
TM: My favorite player is Steve Novak. So I’d have to say the Knicks most regrettable move was when they traded Steve Novak along with Marcus Camby, Quentin Richardson, a 2016 1st round pick and two second round picks for Andrea Bargnani. The Knicks traded my favorite player and a first round pick for someone who would play for the Knicks for 2 years without having much of an impact. And the pick ended up being the number 7th pick used to take G Jamal Murray.
BC: We here at Baller Central are also fans of Steve Novak aka Novakkaine. The championship belt celebration was hugely known from his and Packers QB Aaron Rodgers. He was a very underrated three point shooter while with the Knicks and it was sad to see him go. This is just another questionable move made by the Knicks that could have gotten them a great player.
Team's biggest addition?
TM: The best addition I think the Knicks made was in 2011 they were coming off a season in which they went 29-53. They went into free agency and brought in PF Amare Stoudamire to pair with newly acquired PG Raymond Felton. Stoudamire burst onto the scene in New York leading the Knicks to the best start they had in years. He was even in the MVP race until the Knicks traded for Melo later that season. He set a franchise record for most consecutive 30 point games with 9. He was even selected as a started for the All Star game hat year.
BC: Amare aka STAT (Standing Tall And Talented) was a huge step for the new ear for the Knicks. Amare helped bring in Carmelo Anthony as they became a good team in the east for a short while. The Knicks during that era could have made some noise but this was during the same time period as the Lebron led Heat so the Knicks had to take a backseat.
Thoughts on how the Knicks handled the Porzingis situation?
TM: I think the Knicks handled the Porzingis situation very poorly. When you get a player of that caliber and such a young age. You have to do everything you can to convince that player that this city and organization are building around you. I think it hurt the Knicks having Porzingis see first hand how the Knicks treaded fellow star Carmelo Anthony. Even battling injuries you can’t let a guy with that much talent go and the package they got in return was awful. You get a half season rental of DeAndre Jordan, Wesley Mathews, who the Knicks had no intention of keeping, Dennis Smith, who the Knicks could have selected a year prior in the draft, and a 2021 first round pick. Not only did the Knicks loose Porzingis but they also gave up Tim Hardaway, Trey Burke, and Courtney Lee.
BC: We agree wholeheartedly with this. This is just a prime example of why there needs to be changes with the Knicks ownership. They poorly mishandle players and poorly traded and didn't do much research with signing and drafting. Knicks fans first booed Porzingis when he first came to NY and when he played against them the first time as a Mav he got booed once again. Some fans don't realize what comes with player's decisions like treatment and respect.
Thoughts on RJ Barrett?
TM: I think RJ Barrett is having a excellent rookie season. Through 27 games he has averaged 32 minutes a game, 14 Points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists. I think the Knicks are asking a lot of him in his first season in the NBA. I would have like to see him have a little more time to develop before being handed the reins to the Knicks Offenses.
BC: RJ Barrett from Duke was a good pick for the Knicks but just like with every potential draft pick they need time to develop and that's what the Knicks should do with RJ. He has potential and with the right coaching and team behind him he can be something special. We just gotta hope the Knicks don't mess this up.
Thoughts on the Knicks management?
TM: I would like to know what the management is doing. I think we need consistency. We had Phil Jackson come in a do a bunch of stuff that has not panned out. James Dolan doesn’t know what he is doing. And it’s not a good look throughout former players out of your arena. This offseason GM Scott Perry made some nice moves singing a lot of good role players to short term deals with the hopes that a star player or two would join.
BC: ALL WE GOT TO SAY ABOUT THIS IS JAMES DOLAN HAS GOT TO GO!!!!
Predictions for the season?
TM: Through 28 games the Knicks are 7-21 and I honestly don’t see it getting much better for the Knicks. They have enough players to make games competitive but when it comes down to the point where the Knicks need someone to give them a bucket they don’t have anywhere to look. They don’t have many guys who can even create for other players.
BC: With the season now over your prediction was completely right. They didn't have a good season at all and just punted.
We would like to thank Taylor for his time with this interview and want to wish him luck especially with the Knicks. They need a whole culture change and James Dolan moving on is the very first step. We will see how they perform next season but with James Dolan still at the helm expect the same outcome as this season.