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New York’s Earl Monroe looks for an opening during a 1973 game against Baltimore. (Lane Stewart/SI)

New York’s Earl Monroe looks for an opening during a 1973 game against Baltimore. (Lane Stewart/SI)

Knicks guard J.R. Smith dunks over Pacers center Ian Mahinmi during Thursday’s game in Indianapolis. New York, playing without a suspended Carmelo Anthony, fell to Indiana 81-76. The Pacers have won 12 of 15 and swept the two other Eastern Conference division leaders this week. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

THOMSEN: Go around the NBA in this week’s Sixth Man

Knicks guard J.R. Smith dunks over Pacers center Ian Mahinmi during Thursday’s game in Indianapolis. New York, playing without a suspended Carmelo Anthony, fell to Indiana 81-76. The Pacers have won 12 of 15 and swept the two other Eastern Conference division leaders this week. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
THOMSEN: Go around the NBA in this week’s Sixth Man

Mark Jackson celebrates after a three-point play during a 1988 game against the Lakers. Jackson, now coach of the Golden State Warriors, is the early pick for Coach of the Year, according to SI’s Ian Thomsen. (Manny Millan/SI)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Mark Jackson

Mark Jackson celebrates after a three-point play during a 1988 game against the Lakers. Jackson, now coach of the Golden State Warriors, is the early pick for Coach of the Year, according to SI’s Ian Thomsen. (Manny Millan/SI)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Mark Jackson

Tyson Chandler shoots over Metta World Peace during Thursday’s Knicks-Lakers game. Chandler scored 18 points and grabbed four rebounds as New York ran away with a 116-107 victory. (Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

FORRESTER: Lakers searching for answers after latest loss

Tyson Chandler shoots over Metta World Peace during Thursday’s Knicks-Lakers game. Chandler scored 18 points and grabbed four rebounds as New York ran away with a 116-107 victory. (Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
FORRESTER: Lakers searching for answers after latest loss

The Knicks celebrate with Jason Kidd after he converts the winning three-pointer against the Nets to win 100-97 in Brooklyn on Tuesday. The Knicks improved to 16-5 and are in first place in the Atlantic Division. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

MANNIX: Knicks show no sign of slowing down

The Knicks celebrate with Jason Kidd after he converts the winning three-pointer against the Nets to win 100-97 in Brooklyn on Tuesday. The Knicks improved to 16-5 and are in first place in the Atlantic Division. (Al Bello/Getty Images)
MANNIX: Knicks show no sign of slowing down

Carmelo Anthony swoops in for a layup during Monday’s New York City matchup of the Knicks and Nets. Anthony scored 34 points but the Nets prevailed in overtime 96-89. (Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

MANNIX: Nets win battle, but still have a long way to go

Carmelo Anthony swoops in for a layup during Monday’s New York City matchup of the Knicks and Nets. Anthony scored 34 points but the Nets prevailed in overtime 96-89. (Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
MANNIX: Nets win battle, but still have a long way to go

Walt Bellamy blocks a shot by Wilt Chamberlain during a 1966 Knicks-76ers game. (Neil Leifer/SI)

GALLERY: Classic Photos of Wilt Chamberlain | Iconic Knicks Photos 

Walt Bellamy blocks a shot by Wilt Chamberlain during a 1966 Knicks-76ers game. (Neil Leifer/SI)
GALLERY: Classic Photos of Wilt Chamberlain | Iconic Knicks Photos 

Patrick Ewing and Anthony Mason watch a free throw during a 1993 Knicks-Cavs game. This year’s Knicks squad is 5-0 and off to the best start since Mason, Ewing and the rest of the 1993-94 squad. Will they reach the Finals like Ewing and Mason did? (Lou Capozzola/Getty Images)

NBA BLOG: Photos of the 1993-94 Knicks

Patrick Ewing and Anthony Mason watch a free throw during a 1993 Knicks-Cavs game. This year’s Knicks squad is 5-0 and off to the best start since Mason, Ewing and the rest of the 1993-94 squad. Will they reach the Finals like Ewing and Mason did? (Lou Capozzola/Getty Images)
NBA BLOG: Photos of the 1993-94 Knicks

Carmelo Anthony and Jim Boeheim, a Team USA coach and Carmelo’s coach at Syracuse, spent some quality time together in the Big Apple before the 2008 Olympics. (Jennifer Pottheiser/Getty Images)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony and Jim Boeheim, a Team USA coach and Carmelo’s coach at Syracuse, spent some quality time together in the Big Apple before the 2008 Olympics. (Jennifer Pottheiser/Getty Images)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Carmelo Anthony

Pat Riley backs down Phil Jackson during a 1972 game between the Lakers and Knicks. The two would win a combined 16 championships as coaches. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)

GALLERY: Classic Photos of Pat Riley | Phil Jackson

Pat Riley backs down Phil Jackson during a 1972 game between the Lakers and Knicks. The two would win a combined 16 championships as coaches. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)
GALLERY: Classic Photos of Pat Riley | Phil Jackson

The Knicks are back, but can Amar’e Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler lead New York to a championship? Few can argue the fact that the Knicks have vastly improved since last season. The acquisition of veterans Jason Kidd, Marcus Camby, Kurt Thomas and Rasheed Wallace should solidify a second unit that struggled at times last season. SI’s Ian Thomsen thinks New York finally has the talent to overtake the Celtics and win the Atlantic Division. Do you agree? (Jennifer Pottheiser/NBAE via Getty Images)

THOMSEN: Atlantic Division Preview | Chemistry problems for Knicks?
ROUNDTABLE: Assessing this year’s crop of rookies

The Knicks are back, but can Amar’e Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler lead New York to a championship? Few can argue the fact that the Knicks have vastly improved since last season. The acquisition of veterans Jason Kidd, Marcus Camby, Kurt Thomas and Rasheed Wallace should solidify a second unit that struggled at times last season. SI’s Ian Thomsen thinks New York finally has the talent to overtake the Celtics and win the Atlantic Division. Do you agree? (Jennifer Pottheiser/NBAE via Getty Images)
THOMSEN: Atlantic Division Preview | Chemistry problems for Knicks?ROUNDTABLE: Assessing this year’s crop of rookies

Jason Kidd dribbles past Bobby Hurley during a 1993 tournament game between Cal and Duke. The Golden Bears, led by Kidd, upset the two-time defending champion Blue Devils in the second round. Kidd is headed to the Knicks this season, and Mark Cuban is not happy about it. The Mavs owner said of Kidd’s departure: “I’m sure I’ll get over it at some point, but as of now, I wouldn’t put J-Kidd’s number in the rafters. It hurt my feelings, period, because I felt that we had developed a relationship and I thought that he was committed to the organization. It sure seemed that he was. I mean, J-Kidd was active in going out there and talking to Deron Williams the whole time. I guess it was more shocking and surprising than anything else.” (John Biever/SI)

SI TRACKING BLOG: Cuban rips into Kidd
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Jason Kidd

Jason Kidd dribbles past Bobby Hurley during a 1993 tournament game between Cal and Duke. The Golden Bears, led by Kidd, upset the two-time defending champion Blue Devils in the second round. Kidd is headed to the Knicks this season, and Mark Cuban is not happy about it. The Mavs owner said of Kidd’s departure: “I’m sure I’ll get over it at some point, but as of now, I wouldn’t put J-Kidd’s number in the rafters. It hurt my feelings, period, because I felt that we had developed a relationship and I thought that he was committed to the organization. It sure seemed that he was. I mean, J-Kidd was active in going out there and talking to Deron Williams the whole time. I guess it was more shocking and surprising than anything else.” (John Biever/SI)
SI TRACKING BLOG: Cuban rips into KiddGALLERY: Rare Photos of Jason Kidd

LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony pose during Media Day before the 2004 Olympics. The squad ended up going 5-3 in Athens, the low point of a once-dominant squad. After the Games, the U.S. hired Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski to run the team. Since then, the team has been nearly unbeatable. (Nathaniel S. Butler/Getty Images)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of LeBron James | Carmelo Anthony | Historic Team USA

LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony pose during Media Day before the 2004 Olympics. The squad ended up going 5-3 in Athens, the low point of a once-dominant squad. After the Games, the U.S. hired Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski to run the team. Since then, the team has been nearly unbeatable. (Nathaniel S. Butler/Getty Images)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of LeBron James | Carmelo Anthony | Historic Team USA

Happy 50th birthday to Patrick Ewing. The Georgetown alum played 17 NBA seasons, mostly for the Knicks, and averaged 21 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. In this photo, Ewing poses with then-president Ronald Reagan during a photo shoot for the 1984 SI college basketball preview issue. (Lane Stewart/SI)

GALLERY: Patrick Ewing: The Georgetown Years

Happy 50th birthday to Patrick Ewing. The Georgetown alum played 17 NBA seasons, mostly for the Knicks, and averaged 21 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. In this photo, Ewing poses with then-president Ronald Reagan during a photo shoot for the 1984 SI college basketball preview issue. (Lane Stewart/SI)
GALLERY: Patrick Ewing: The Georgetown Years

Dominique Wilkins goes for a dunk during a 1991 Hawks-Knicks game at Madison Square Garden. (Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty Images)

GALLERY: NBA Dunk Contest Winners (1984-2012)
SI VAULT: Wilkins soaring again for Hawks (12.7.92)

Dominique Wilkins goes for a dunk during a 1991 Hawks-Knicks game at Madison Square Garden. (Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty Images)
GALLERY: NBA Dunk Contest Winners (1984-2012)SI VAULT: Wilkins soaring again for Hawks (12.7.92)