Now, I am not a New York Knicks fan. Never really have been. I don’t dislike them, but I don’t really root for them either. That being said, it was hard not to like the lineup of guards they continuously hit you with during the early-to-mid-90′s era teams. Those teams were brutal, rough, and just didn’t give a fuck. And that’s what people liked about them. I rooted for them almost every game (unless they were playing against Jordan), despite my general dislike for Patrick Ewing (I still haven’t gotten to the bottom of why exactly I feel that way about him). So for this Where You At Wednesday, I have decided to hit you off with some of these guards, and what they are up to. Of course, I’m sure I have missed a few, so if you want to do some detective work for the rest of us, feel free to post your findings.
Mark Jackson (1987-92, 2001-02)
Jackson may not be flashy, but he was effective. He ended up second on the All Time Assists list. You can currently catch him commentating NBA games on ABC, especially during the Playoffs.
John Starks (1990-98)
Now, if you are an actual Knicks fan, then there’s no doubt you love Starks. The “everyman,” he came from nowhere and worked his ass off to succeed in the NBA. Of course everyone remembers “The Dunk” and unfortunately, that 1994 NBA Finals. He currently works as an alumnus and fan development official for the Knicks. In addition, he does pree and post game analysis on the Knicks network.
Anthony Mason (1991-96)
I know what everybody is thinking: “Monster, how can a dude that is 6’7 and weighs 250 be on your list of guards?” Quite simple. I don’t give a fuck what you think. Niether did Anthony Mason. If he wanted to bring the ball up the floor and try to juke someone, he did it. Nobody asked him otherwise. Would you? Mason was notorious for thuggin’ cats. Anyway, Mason can currently be found rooting on his son, Anthony Mason, Jr. who will be a senior at St. John’s University next season.
Greg Anthony (1991-95)
Greg Anthony played for a lot of teams, but his most memorable and longest stint was with the Knicks. He can currently be found on CBS as a college basketball analysis, and in my opinion, he is one of the few that knows what he’s talking about.
Doc Rivers (1992-94)
Doc Rivers spent a brief amount of time with the Knicks, but it was during some of the Knicks best years in the 90′s. Couldn’t find any videos of him playing really, but check out another Knicks fight he was involved in above. As many of your know, Doc Rivers is currently the coach of the Boston Celtics, and won the 2008 NBA Title.
Derek Harper (1993-96)
I always thought Derek Harper looked like an old-ass man. He was a pretty solid baller though. Scoring over 16,000 points in his 16 year career. He’s 11th in steals and 17th in assists all time. Currently, Harper lives with his family in Dallas and is a game analyst for their local station games.
Charlie Ward (1994-2004)
Above is a Ward and Chris Childs mix (you’ll see more on him later). Charlie Ward was an outstanding athlete. Won the Hesiman Trophy as a QB at Florida State, but went to the NBA instead. Since 2007, Ward has been an assistant basketball coach, and head football coach at a high school in Texas.
Allan Houston (1996-2005)
Talk about a sweet J! There was a point in time when Allan Houston’s J was un-fux-wittable. He made serious bank too, as his over $20 million a year salary eventually led to new rules in the next collective bargaining agreement to protect teams from certain circumstances and luxury taxes. He is currently Assistant to the President of Basketball Operations for the Knicks.
Chris Childs (1996-2001)
Check out the Charlie Ward video for some Chris Childs highlights. I always liked Childs. He was super quick and pretty soft spoken, but made it known that he was no punk. I couldn’t actually find out what he was up to these days. Anyone able to find that? Dah well, let’s just bask in what I personally consider to be the greatest decision he made in a 10 second span in his career right here…: