The Knicks are finally fun again! It’s been for the most part a tumultuous two decades for this franchise, outside of a few seasons with Carmelo Anthony. There’s been a ton of losing, off-the-court drama, dysfunction and everything in between. That’s changed with Tom Thibodeau’s squad this season. You have to mark on your calendar every time the Knicks play. They’re appointment television.
A three-game winning streak, sixth place in the East and a 44-point game from Julius Randle? What better time for a brand spankin’ new episode of the “Big Apple Buckets” podcast with Sal Licata and Jerome “The Junk Yard Dog” Williams, featuring The Post’s Peter Botte and a hot Knicks rap.
Big Apple Buckets Podcast with Sal & The Junk Yard Dog:
- Knicks are fun to watch! Randle drops 44. He’s been a true leader doing it all for this team. He needs to be in the All-Star Game. Team is taking on the identity of its coach on both sides of the ball.
- The Derrick Rose-Immanuel Quickley combo off the bench is terrific. They are feeding off each other well and making each other better. This team has depth and two legit units. Getting contributions from everyone. RJ Barrett stepping up. Nerlens Noel filling the void with Taj Gibson for Mitchell Robinson.
- Do the Knicks need to make a big trade for Bradley Beal? Andre Drummond? Should they add pieces or stand pat?
- Fans returning to the Garden next Tuesday. Having 2,000 fans there and the energy will make a difference.
- This date in Knicks history: Which three Knicks had double-doubles in a win over the Spurs in 2009?
J-Swizzy Rap: I drop a Knicks-themed rap that leaves Sal and JYD impressed.
Peter Botte Interview:
NY Post sportswriter, Author
- Been a long 20 years, nice to cover a team that wins games. Easy to root for. Thibs is changing the culture and pressing all the right buttons.
- Rose and Quickley bring a spark off the bench that this team needs.
- What should the next Knicks move be? Any need to make a trade? Does it make any sense to trade assets that they compiled?
- Currently the No. 6 seed. Does a trade turn them into a major contender? A potential Knicks-Nets playoff series would be spicy, but not what Sal wants.
Inside The Dog House: In honor of Episode 33, The Junk Yard Dog tells a great story of going up against Patrick Ewing at Georgetown when Williams played there in the 1990s, dunking on him and what Ewing’s reaction was.
Catch up on all episodes of “Big Apple Buckets,” a New York Knicks podcast, by subscribing to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. Follow the crew on Twitter @sal_licata, @JunkYardDogJW and @JakeBrownRadio. New episodes of the show drop Tuesday afternoons.