Deal Brings MSG Back To Time Warner Cable, But Knicks Return With A Loss
Linsanity is over.
Sources said Time Warner was overwhelmed with phone calls yesterday from subscribers demanding a rebate for the lost MSG games.
Word of the deal came hours after City Council Speaker Christine Quinn took to Twitter, urging cable subscribers to tell Time Warner to “demand a refund.”
The previous day, Quinn wrote to the warring TV execs, threatening to haul them into public hearings.
“Now, a million more New Yorkers will be able to go Linsane in the privacy of their own living room,” Quinn said.
Both Time Warner and MSG acknowledged the help of Cuomo, Stern and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in bringing about what was called a verbal tentative agreement.
“I was close to threatening to bring them to Albany and put them in the Red Room,” Cuomo joked, alluding to the executive chamber in the Capitol.
However, Postup Prince stated the words I agree with " CHRISTINE QUINN FOR MAYOR OF NEW YORK!" She's got both our votes.
TAZMAN departs The Knicks with class as in the Tweet below:
R_Balkman32New york was great love da big apple #imout
We wish you well TAZ. Everyone knows MDA never gave you a chance. Everyone knows Mike Bibby should have been cut.
Be that it may, I hope you don't come back to haunt us like ARIZA.
Now it is time to move on. Welcome JR Smith. Lets look forward to Melo coming back along with Barron Davis and
the addition of JR Smith. Last nights loss was so predictable... and that ERA is over. Soon the MDA ERA will be over.
LETS GO KNICKS
Unsung Knick History – The Night Willis Fought the Entire Laker Bench…and Won!
WHAT YOU SEE IS WILLIS REED "THE CAPTAIN" KNOCKING RUDY LaRUSSO THE FUCH OUT!
(REPOSTED January 11th, 2011 by Brian Cronin)
Willis Reed was in his third season as a Knick when the 1966-67 season kicked off in October 1966 with a loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on the road. The Knicks’ home opener was on Tuesday, October 18, 1966 against the Los Angeles Lakers, who were the defending Western Conference Champions (falling to the Boston Celtics in a hard-fought seven-game NBA Finals earlier in 1966) and Reed was the starting power forward. Drafted in the second round of the 1964 NBA Draft as a center, Reed ended up splitting time at center and power forward along with the Knicks’ first round draft pick, Jim “Bad News” Barnes (I discussed Barnes’ Knick career in a previous Unsung Knicks History piece here), as the pair were used similarly to how Patrick Ewing and Bill Cartwright were deployed decades later. Early in the 1965-66 season, Barnes was packaged in a deal for star center Walt Bellamy, who became the Knicks primary center with Reed as the primary power forward. At the start of the 1966-67 season, Reed and Bellamy were now beginning their first full season playing together.
During the game against the Lakers at Madison Square Garden, Reed was matched up against veteran forward/center Rudy LaRusso, in his eighth season out of Dartmouth. Throughout the game, Reed took exception to what he felt were an inordinate amount of elbows thrown his way by LaRusso as the pair jockeyed for position in the low blocks. LaRusso, I am sure, felt that Reed was giving just as good as he was getting. Reed complained to the referees, who he later noted looked at him as though he was nuts, so Reed determined that if they were not going to take care of things, he would.
During the third quarter, a Knick was shooting two foul shots. After the second shot went up, naturally, LaRusso and Reed began jockeying for position and Reed felt that LaRusso hit him with one elbow too many, so after LaRusso turned to head up court, Reed tangled up with him a bit. LaRusso responded by throwing a haymaker at Reed. The problem for Reed was that this was taking place directly in front of the Lakers’ bench, so quickly a bunch of Lakers race on to the court.
When Reed turned to respond to LaRusso’s missed haymaker, Laker center Darren Imhoff (a former Knick #1 draft pick that I also featured in the same Unsung Knick History piece I did on Barnes that you can read here) grabbed Reed from behind, ostensibly to break up the fight. Well, LaRusso took this opportunity to tag Reed with a punch. This enraged Reed. He slugged Imhoff, dropping the big man to the ground. He then chased LaRusso to the Lakers bench and got in two mighty shots in LaRusso’s face. At this point, Laker rookie forward John Block ran up, also ostensibly to play peacemaker. Well, Reed responded with a left hook that broke Block’s nose. Imhoff came up again and Reed punched him in the eye, sending a bleeding Imhoff into a bunch of Lakers. By this time, Reed’s Knick teammates had arrived, as well, and it was a full-fledged brawl (Knick guard Em Bryant, in particular, was jumping all over Lakers). Reed caught LaRusso one more time, knocking him to the ground. Reed was also throwing any other Laker who came at him to the ground, including Laker center Hank Finkel.no comments
According to Frank Isola: Smith's agent, Leon Rose, met with Garden Chairman James Dolan following Wednesday's Knicks' win over Sacramento to finalize a contract. It is believed that Smith, who has also attracted the interest of the Clippers, will receive the Knicks' $2.5 million exception. Rose also represents Anthony, who has lobbied the club to add Smith, an explosive scorer who can also be erratic at times. He has averaged 12.5 points per game over seven NBA seasons.
In order to create a roster spot for Smith, the Knicks would have to release a player. It would not be a hard guess to whom that player will be. All sane
judgement points to Mike Bibby as the one to get released. however, it's no secret that Coach Mike does not like Balkman. Be that it may, rest assure it will be
Mike Bibby's farewell as soon as JR is signed.
What does JR Smith bring to the Knicks? 1. A true shooting guard that plays defense and would only get better as the result of LIN being the floor General.
Smith and Melo have basically grown up together in Denver. 2. Less double teams on Stat and Melo. There is not a team in the NBA that would leave Smith
unguarded to cover Melo or Stat... Smith is a dangerous shooter and the league knows it. He has phenomenal range, can drive and keep the floor spaced for the pick and roll. 3. It would allow 6'7 Landry Fields a chance to play his true position... Melo's backup. Landry would thrive with less pressure and regain his Rookie
confidence that we are somewhat seeing return. Moreover, JR Smith is the only experienced SG on our team. He has been in the playoffs 5 out of 7 years of his career! JR Smith is only 26 years old, born on September 9, 1985 and was one of the last of players that went from high School straight to the Pros. In his second playoff series of his young career, Smith had a stellar showing during a first-round match-up with the Los Angeles Lakers. He played 27.0 minutes, averaging 18.3 points per game on 53.5% shooting. He also had a 31.8% three-point shooting percentage. Although the Nuggets were swept in the first round, Laker's Kobe Bryant said in a post-game interview that, "J. R. is a good young player. He was a lot to handle."
Our starting Line Up would be as Follows:
PG- Jeremy LIN
SG- JR Smith
SF- Carmelo Anthony
PF- Amare Stoudimyer
C- Tyson Chandler
PG- Barron Davis
SG- Iman Shumpert
SF- Landry Fields/Bill Walker
PF- Novak/Bill Walker/ Balkman
C- Jarred Jeffries
Either way.. this is a dream team with a real floor General in Jeremy Lin!
CYA @ The Parade!
BTW...SMITH IS FROM FREEHOLD, NEW JERSEY!
JR SMITH Playoffs STATS
Mike D'Antoni's Press Conference
JEREMY LIN'S NEW UNIFORM
I'm proud to say I've been knocked off the fence I've proclaimed to be on in the matter of whether Jeremy Lin is real or a FAD.
I could not be happier to have been wrong. WRONG AS HELL! Last nights game made me a believer. Why? Because looking at Lin's stats,
they were much better than any game he's played so far. LIN had 10 points on only 4-6 shooting, 13 ASISSTS, 5 rebounds and only 6 TO'S.
These numbers emphatically represent an elite PG. The fact that he makes everyone around him better is going to get even better as Amare and Melo
return to full health and starter status.
LIN is doing it all! And on the 7TH game he rested! LOL....
Linsanity may bring peace in the MSG-Time Warner Cable war.
The two sides met earlier this week for the first time since December, when Time Warner’s contract expired and MSG shut down the signal.
Hours before Jeremy Lin led the Knicks last night to their seventh straight victory, a 100-85 blowout of the Sacramento Kings, Mike Bair, head of MSG media, told WFAN’s Mike Francesa that negotiations had reopened. Neither company would give details, but the talks came in the midst of Lin’s incredible run, which has millions of local viewers demanding to see games.
Lin-starved fans are denouncing Time Warner on social media, flooding its switchboard with complaints — and watching the games through other cable providers or packing local bars airing the games.
MSG ratings have surged as Lin has turned the Knicks into must-see TV. Average ratings are up 87 percent in the Lin era — all 11 days of it.
The rating for Tuesday’s Toronto Raptors game was 4.66 and drew 344,272 households, the highest-rated MSG game since Carmelo Anthony’s debut last year. Time Warner’s Facebook page has been all but hijacked by complaining customers. * NY POST~
Mike D'Antoni Postgame
Jeremy Lin Postgame Press Conference