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Knicks ready to celebrate 50 wins

Apr 1, 2013, 5:57 PM EDT

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The Knicks are 46-26, and though a 4-6 finish to the season probably wouldn’t please them, they’re acting like it would be come with some positives. Ian Begley of ESPN:

On the white board in a back corner of the Knicks’ locker room, “50” was written in blue marker, big enough for everyone to see.

Under the number was the word “goal” — written in big blue letters.

Rasheed Wallace wanted his teammates to know it after the win.

So he sent the message by writing it on the white board during the Knicks’ win over the Celtics game.

“We came in here and that was up there,” Steve Novak said. “Once we were in the huddle and broke (Wallace) kind of stopped everybody and said, ‘Hey, the 50’s up there’ and he explained it. He’s right.”

This is a big deal for the Knicks franchise, which hasn’t won 50 games in 13 years. Since the Knicks went 50-32 in 1999-2000, 24 different teams have won 50 games.

But I don’t get why this such a big deal for the Knicks players. Of the 15 players on their roster, 12 have played for a 50-game winner before. Only rookies Chris Copeland and Pablo Prigioni and second-year pro Iman Shumpert haven’t.

I’m sure the Knicks view 50 wins as one goal of many, but this just stinks of a team celebrating because it knows it’s not capable earning bigger victories down the road.

  1. thenmoveback - Apr 1, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    Gotta celebrate something… Won’t be a championship

    • cantonbound13 - Apr 1, 2013 at 6:44 PM

      Thought you were dead. The Heat lose & you’re no where to be found. They win a game & the low life comes out. What a pathetic loser you are!

      • thenmoveback - Apr 1, 2013 at 8:54 PM

        Naw I’ve been around. Just don’t have as much free time to troll the net like your loser a$$. And you shouldn’t joke around about death, never know when he will come for you… Yet if I were u I’d invite him over. And do you really think the Knicks can beat the Heat in a series? Hahahahahahahahahaaahahahahaha

      • thenmoveback - Apr 1, 2013 at 8:54 PM


      • money2long - Apr 1, 2013 at 10:26 PM

        the knicks can beat the heat in a series. they have the tools.

    • cantonbound13 - Apr 2, 2013 at 3:25 AM

      Putting in overtime at McDonalds? Make sure you don’t put too much salt on those fries, loser!

  2. dirtydavis - Apr 1, 2013 at 6:29 PM


    • soflasfinest - Apr 1, 2013 at 6:31 PM

      Stfu! Damn you’re annoying.

      • powerpc20 - Apr 2, 2013 at 3:46 PM

        Don’t worry, titles are so foreign to Knicks fans they don’t even know how to spell “Champs” correctly.

  3. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 1, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    Need to be aiming for 55. Going 4-6 over the final 10 is low aim.

    And Heat fans, will you stop acting like the Knicks can’t beat them in a series? YOU’RE the annoying ones.

    • powerpc20 - Apr 2, 2013 at 3:47 PM

      Annoying? You’re the one who’s acting like the Knicks know to win a playoff series in the 21st century.

  4. jets4gold - Apr 1, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    you’re right. Knicks know they can’t win and all that. where the hell do these writers get this crap from

  5. eventhorizon04 - Apr 1, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    I don’t think “celebrate” is the right word. I think they’re just setting a short-term goal that’s very feasible since predicting the Knicks will go 4-6 isn’t exactly wild optimism.

    They could have written “Championship” on the whiteboard under the word “Goal,” but then people would just mock them since they haven’t won a playoff series in a long time.

    My take is that for now, they’re setting 50-wins as “The Goal” since, as the author wrote, “This is a big deal for the Knicks franchise, which hasn’t won 50 games in 13 years.”

    I’m sure the goal on the white board will become more ambitious each time they win a playoff series. For now, they’re sticking with 50-wins.

  6. 00maltliquor - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    where those people at that told me the “old dinosaur” Knicks wer’nt gonna be good this year!!?? 50 games is VERY good! And they WILL get to the second round, Show your faces, heathens!

  7. isaiahforreal - Apr 2, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    50 games was something I thought we could’ve achieved and would’ve liked to see.

  8. badintent - Apr 2, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    Knicks meet Heat in playoffs and guess what ? Bosh gets hurt and now their center is Anthony who can’t shoot FG or FTs or Birdman who can shoot FGs a little but not FTs.So Hack-a Heat center in the fourth quarter and Heat don’t look invincible. With no Heat inside game, Knicks can take away the 3s then. Then it becomes a jump shooting game for Heat, Wade is streaky and Miller and Battier rarely take anything but uncontested set shot 3s. If Knicks don’t turn the ball over 10 times, the Heat don’t get their fast break going either.It will be a long , tough, 7 game series with homecourt maybe the deciding factor.Maybe seats next to Spike Lee for Delonte West will distract LBJ.
    We can all agree that Pacers can Honey Nutt Boston all they want.

  9. nashernation - Apr 2, 2013 at 4:32 AM

    The Knicks are starting to turn it up going into the playoffs. There’s no way we beat Miami four times in a series but if Wade or Lebron were to amazingly get injured we have a shot.

  10. mr9teen - Apr 2, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    I really hate reading these dumb ass stories. So what the Knicks put 50 on the board? That doesn’t say they are gonna stop at 50. The want to reach at least 50 games. In the East that is damn near stellar. For the Knicks after 13 years of not being able to sniff that number it’s a accomplishment. It doesn’t say we are the best but it shows we are on our way. Additionally considering that we did it without Wallace, Camby, Stoudemire, Chandler, Thomas all expected key contributors is even more of a feat. We also lost Felton, Kidd and Carmelo for some games also. I know the Knicks are a easy punching bag but with the what they have done this year the writers really need to back off. Everyone wants to talk about what happened last year in the playoffs, but how many teams lose their best perimeter defender (Shumpert) a top scorer (Stoudemire) and a scoring point guard (Lin) and win? Put the facts up against the situation before you write and insinuate. That’s all I have to say about that.

  11. dysraw1 - Apr 2, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    50 joints damm its long time since we put up those kinda numbers, not as impresive as winning 27 srtaight but im please with the teams effort

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