Monday, November 14, 2005


The Knicks' worst start in 18 years spinned for the better Sunday. The Knicks raced to a big lead and held off struggling Sacramento 105-95 the first victory of the Larry Brown era. Though Larry Brown had already anticipated that his first win with the New York Knicks would come eventually, but it was a surprise that the victory came in what used to be one of the NBA's most daunting road arenas. Brown won for the first time in six games as New York's coach, with rookie Channing Frye scoring 19 points in a 105-95 win over the struggling Sacramento Kings on Sunday night. The Kings has enormous problems of their own. The Knicks in each of their last three games, build a double-digit advantage, only to dissipate it with poor execution down the stretch. Brown's teams indeed started very slowly -- a combined two wins and 18 losses. On three other occasions, Brown took teams that had been below .500 the previous year and started spectacularly. On two other occasions, Brown had a middling start with his new team One of these teams finished 21-61. The other won the NBA championship leading to a conclusion that under Brown you will get a winning team and if you start slowly, you will improve. The Knicks fans have a reason to feel happy since Brown has a very strong track record of taking teams. Brown hasn't put great trust in young players, but his youthful Knicks might win him over eventually particularly if they keep playing this way.


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