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Jamie C. Harris

Stories by Jamie C.

At NBA draft, Knicks fans show no love for Phil’s pick

Roughly one hour after Phil Jackson selected Latvian center Kristaps Porzingis with the fourth overall pick in last Thursday’s NBA draft, the Knicks president issued a statement through a press release that seemingly suggested the 19-year-old would someday emerge as a franchise player.

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Blatt’s coaching contributions overlooked as James forges ahead

Being the coach of LeBron Raymone James, the undisputed best basketball player in the world, is a complex position.

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Poetic justice for former Knicks Smith and Shumpert

When the 2014-2015 NBA season began, J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert, in their deepest phase of REM sleep, couldn’t have dreamed of being in the Finals as a teammate of the wondrous LeBron James.

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Kevin Love’s injury changes everything in Cleveland

The Cleveland Cavaliers’ dreams of an NBA title became a little cloudy Tuesday when the team’s general manager, David Griffin, revealed that Kevin Love, the Cavs’ versatile power forward, would likely be out for the rest of the season with a severe left shoulder injury.

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Who will take the blame if Mayweather, Pacquiao is a stinker?

Saturday night, 38-year-old Floyd Mayweather and 36-year-old Manny Pacquiao will meet at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in a welterweight bout that theoretically will determine who is the so-called best pound-for-pound boxer in the world.

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LeBron Cavs may be the only hope for the East

The opening week of the NBA playoffs have reaffirmed what the regular season clearly established: The Eastern Conference is demonstratively inferior to the Western Conference from top to bottom.

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Credit Derek Fisher as his team played and won with pride

Fans angrily questioned the value of the Knicks winning games that, in their view, were meaningless and theoretically jeopardizing a guaranteed top three pick, which they would receive by finishing with the worst record in the NBA.

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Limited in talent, young Knicks playing hard for Derek Fisher

It was unsurprising, in fact, it was expected, when a chorus of Knicks fans concluded that Derek Fisher did not possess the necessities to be a capable coach in the NBA barely four months into his first season on the bench.

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Phil begins to rebuild on hope, but will hope be enough?

Hope built on a sound strategy is the essence of the message Phil Jackson delivered to Knicks season ticket holders Monday.

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Wings Academy makes history, winning first-ever PSAL title

A little under a month ago, Billy Turnage still felt the pain of one of the most heartbreaking losses of his nine-year tenure as head coach of Wings Academy.

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Knicks return to MSG with an uplifting win over the Spurs

After a taxing five-game road trip during which the Knicks went 1-4, they experienced an uplifting homecoming Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden, defeating the San Antonio Spurs 104-100 in overtime.

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Naclerio, Cardozo gunning for back-to-back PSAL titles at MSG

With 722 victories on his resume, Ron Naclerio, the head coach of Cardozo’s boys varsity basketball team, is inarguably one of the most successful high school coaches in New York City hoops history.

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Short of live bodies, the Knicks fought the good fight

After being run out of the Pepsi Center, the home of the Denver Nuggets, Monday night to begin a seven-day, five-game road trip, the Knicks fought the Utah Jazz to the final buzzer 24 hours later but still fell short by 87-82.

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Without NBA talent, Derek Fisher is taking the weight

Watching the Knicks these days may be challenging to those who are measuring them solely on wins and losses. And they only had 12 in 59 games after getting mashed by the Sacramento Kings by 124-86 on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.

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Carmelo’s bad signal to the fans, organization and teammates

Nearly one full year into his tenure as the Knicks’ team president, Phil Jackson has rightfully torn out the team’s frame.

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NBA Commissioner Silver deva standing ovation for a All-Star Weekend

In an era where excess and self-indulgence often trump substance across the professional sports landscape, last week’s NBA All-Star Weekend, illuminated the depth and reach the league has on producing a positive impact across a broad socio-economic spectrum.

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The bottom line: Coach Pete Carroll blew it for his Seahawks

Days after the Seattle Seahawks snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, losing Super Bowl XLIX 28-24 to the New England Patriots, debate remains intense as to why Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and head coach Pete Carroll dialed up an illogical second-down pass play 1 yard from the go-ahead score with 26 seconds remaining.

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Pete Carroll, Marshawn Lynch share the same supernest

On the surface, Pete Carroll and Marshawn Lynch appear to be polar opposites, but a close examination of the coach and the player reveal that at their cores, they are anything but contrasting souls.

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Cowboys ride an official’s call to Green Bay

The reversal of a pass interference call against the Dallas Cowboys, which arguably altered the outcome their 24-20 win versus the Detroit Lions in one of two NFC wildcard playoff games last weekend, is emblematic of why the NFL remains America’s most compelling reality series.

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Die-hard Knicks fans suffer as rebuilding continues

For those obsessed with tracking NBA playoffs position even though it’s only late November, the Knicks began the week with a record of 4-10 before facing the Houston Rockets Monday to start a three-game, five-day road trip.

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Geno Smith has to avoid becoming his own worst enemy

Was Smith’s response directed solely at his hecklers, or at his own mistakes, at his inability to have an impact on the team, at their defensive mistakes that allowed Detroit to drive 90 yards downfield in 14 plays for a touchdown?

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Tom Coughlin’s team finally playing like Giants

Over a span of five days, the Giants dramatically altered the trajectory of their season—at least for now.

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Rashad Jennings leads the Giants to an emotional win over Houston

New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings, less than 30 minutes removed from setting a career high with 176 yards rushing on 34 carries, leading his team to a 30-17 victory over the Houston Texans

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Giants Remain Positive Despite 0-2 Start

The tenor exuded by the Giants in the locker room and beyond after Sunday’s 25-14 loss at MetLife Stadium to the Arizona Cardinals was optimism and hope.

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Giants' dismal season of 2013 continues with loss to the Lions

A team’s first game of the NFL regular season often triggers an overreaction from fans and media. However, the Giants’ loss to the Detroit Lions on the road Monday night, a 35-14 thorough whipping, perhaps was an ominous indicator of what is to come.

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Can the Giants recover from last year’s nightmare season?

The question that must be examined as the Giants move toward their first game of the regular season Sept. 8 on the road against the Detroit Lions is, are they better than the 7-9 unit of last season?

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Carmelo or no Carmelo, Phil isn’t losing any sleep

In the NBA, there is no longer an offseason. The term has become theoretical. Nowadays, teams are built into winners in large part through free agent signings.

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Tim Duncan proves his tank is still running on full

Shortly after the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference finals, the normally reserved Tim Duncan vowed that he and his teammates would avenge the crushing series defeat to the Miami Heat that they suffered in the 2013 NBA Finals.

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Spurs have no problems with the Heat in Miami

On the eve of the start of this year’s NBA Finals, many prognosticators picked the San Antonio Spurs to defeat the Miami Heat in the best-of-seven series in large part because of the versatility of Kawhi Leonard.

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Tim Duncan set for one more championship run

The great, relatively old star versus the unparalleled young superstar. The NBA Finals begin tonight (Thursday) with the San Antonio Spurs’ incredible 38-year-old Tim Duncan and the Miami Heat’s 29-year-old superhuman LeBron James, both arguably among the 10 greatest basketball players ever, seeking to add more treasure to their already remarkable chests.

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2014 NBA playoffs the best in history

The opening round of the NBA playoffs has arguably been the most competitive and compelling first round in the history of the league

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Sports writer Marcus Henry passes

It has been over one week since my good friend Larry Hardesty of ESPN contacted me, deeply shaken, to share and confirm the passing of Marcus Henry.

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Will the Knicks develop their young talent?

The Knicks were 19-29 when they hosted the Portland Trailblazers at Madison Square Garden last night (Wednesday) and were in close proximity of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

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How Seattle won Super Bowl XLVIII

The Seattle Seahawks’ 43-8 victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium was a reminder that football, in its purest form, is a game of physicality, speed, explosiveness and the imposition of will.

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Seahawks have the weapons to raise the Vince Lombardi Trophy

Many NFL fans and pundits think that Super Bowl XLVIII will be decided by either the brilliance of Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos’ high-powered passing attack or the dominance of cornerback Richard Sherman and the Seattle Seahawks’ defensive backfield.

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Prelude to the Heat

The Knicks’ Tuesday night matchup with the Boston Celtics and tonight’s (Thursday) pairing with the Cleveland Cavaliers can be considered warm-up acts to Saturday’s main event.

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JR Smith is proving to be his own worst enemy

The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior.

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Battle for the NFC Championship

The NFC Championship had to come down to the Seattle Seahawks facing the San Francisco 49ers for the honor of playing in Super Bowl XLVIII.

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Giants head to the blackboard after a dismal season

This season, the Giants’ first losing season since 2004, has followed a pattern not uncommon with the volatile nature of the NFL.

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Knicks have a beautiful building; is a winning team next?

It’s Christmas week, and the Grinch has exercised every bit of his power to steal the Knicks’ season, one that has been characterized by mind-numbingly poor play and a plethora of injuries.  

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Woodson and Carmelo on the state of the Knicks

There are no immediate or obvious answers for the Knicks’ thunderous decline. They are 3-13 and have lost nine straight games, tied with the Milwaukee Bucks for the worst record in the Eastern Conference at the start of this week. To borrow a refrain from the Beastie Boys, there will be “No Sleep Till Brooklyn,” where the Knicks will meet the Nets tonight (Thursday) at the Barclays Center.

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Giants dug their own deep hole at 5-7

Mathematically, the Giants are in still in the playoff chase. Their 24-17 win over the Redskins in Washington on Sunday night assured them another week of playing for more than just self-respect and dignity. At 5-7 with four games remaining, the Giants are at the brink of elimination, yet march on with hope. The 0-6 start haunts them, even if the Giants say they have to look forward to Sunday’s game versus the San Diego Chargers on the road. What if they could have just won two of those six? The atmosphere surrounding the Giants would be significantly different heading into Week 14.

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The challenge for the Giants is to keep winning

Thanksgiving has arrived and the Giants’ playoff yearnings have been devoured.

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The Giants’ Andre Brown refuses to quit

Andre Brown gingerly walked into the interview, his left hand rubbing his sore lower back. Against substantial odds, the New York Giants’ running back made his return from a broken left fibula this past Sunday to carry the ball a career-high 30 times for 115 yards to lead his team to a 24-20 victory over the Oakland Raiders at MetLife Stadium.

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No question: Mike Woodson is skating on thin ice

The words and actions of the two men who, more than anyone else, carry the burden of the Knicks’ fortunes this season were ominous. “It was embarrassing,” said Carmelo Anthony after the Knicks’ dispassionate 120-89 loss to the San Antonio Spurs at Madison Square Garden on Sunday. “We didn’t compete … and that’s unacceptable,” maintained an unmistakably disturbed Mike Woodson. Anthony and Woodson, circumstances and objectivity be damned, will bear the brunt of the blame if the Knicks plunge back into the state of mediocrity in which they were stuck for the better part of the past two decades.

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Hardaway and Bargnani are works in progress

the Knicks certainly should be concerned by their 1-3 start

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Knicks must overachieve to finish second in the East

A Google search of the term “NBA analytics” results in a staggering 6 million hits

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Don’t look now, but here comes the Giants

Playoffs for the Giants

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Giants off the donut after 27-7 win over Vikings

No one, not even the most idealistic among Giant haters, could have possibly imagined that a team many NFL observers picked to win the NFC East before the season began wouldn’t earn their first victory until Oct. 21.

Now 0-6, will the Giants now play for pride?

There comes a time when reality stems idealism. For the Giants, who two weekends ago still held a glimmer of hope that they could somehow fight their way back into contention for the NFC East title, the truth unforgivingly visited them last Thursday night in Chicago. After a late fourth quarter drive by the Giants ended on an errant pass from quarterback Eli Manning to tight end Brandon Myers, cementing a 27-21 loss and 0-6 record, the voice of truth authoritatively informed the dispirited team that their postseason ambitions had just died.

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