Blood in the Garden Blood in the Garden

Blood in the Garden

The Flagrant History of the 1990s New York Knicks

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Publisher Description

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The definitive history of the 1990s New York Knicks, illustrating how Pat Riley, Patrick Ewing, John Starks, Charles Oakley, and Anthony Mason resurrected the iconic franchise through oppressive physicality and unmatched grit.

For nearly an entire generation, the New York Knicks have been a laughingstock franchise. Since 2001, they’ve spent more money, lost more games, and won fewer playoff series than any other NBA team.

But during the preceding era, the Big Apple had a club it was madly in love with—one that earned respect not only by winning, but through brute force. The Knicks were always looking for fights, often at the encouragement of Pat Riley. They fought opposing players. They fought each other. Hell, they even occasionally fought their own coaches.

The NBA didn’t take kindly to their fighting spirit. Within two years, league officials moved to alter several rules to stop New York from turning its basketball games into bloody mudwrestling matches. Nevertheless, as the 1990s progressed, the Knicks endeared themselves to millions of fans; not for how much they won, but for their colorful cast of characters and their hardworking mentality.

Now, through his original reporting and interviews with more than two hundred people, author Chris Herring delves into the origin, evolution, and eventual demise of the iconic club. He takes us inside the locker room, executive boardrooms, and onto the court for the key moments that lifted the club to new heights, and the ones that threatened to send everything crashing down in spectacular fashion.

Blood in the Garden is a portrait filled with eye-opening details that have never been shared before, revealing the full story of the franchise in the midst of the NBA’s golden era. And rest assured, no punches will be pulled. Which is just how those rough-and-tumble Knicks would like it.

GENRE
Sports & Outdoors
RELEASED
2022
January 18
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
368
Pages
PUBLISHER
Atria Books
SELLER
Simon & Schuster Digital Sales LLC
SIZE
28.4
MB

Customer Reviews

manofthepeople1169 ,

Must Read For Knicks Fans

This book pulled me back to the glory years of my beloved NY Knicks. The Riley/Van Gundy Knicks were the toughest teams on the court and this book did an amazing job of documenting their impact in the league. LOVE THIS BOOK!

knickfanatic ,

A great book for strong readers!

This book provides great intel and behind the scenes action from the rough and ready 1990s New York Knicks!

Sal Paisley ,

Subject is a waste of time

Though this team had some admirable players—Charles Oakley comes to mind, for example—I don’t see what was so special about them, in the long run, compared to fellow middle-of-the-pack playoff teams of the time like the Cavs, the Hawks, or the Warriors, other than the fact that they’re from NYC. I also think we’ve all heard more than our fill both of underachieving Knick teams and of Pat Riley. Telander’s “Heaven Is a Playground” and Araton’s “When the Garden Was Eden” are more worthy NYC basketball subjects. I guess if you’re feeling sentimental (and probably depressed) about overhyped and ultimately unremarkable basketball teams like the “Michigan Fab Five” and you also have a lot of free time, then this is the book for you.

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