Friday, July 29, 2011

News and Notes: Friday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Friday...
  • Incredibly, Cornell still has nine players on its 2011-2012 roster that were members of Cornell's 2009-2010 Sweet Sixteen team.
  • Cornell is mentioned in a pair of western Pennsylvania media articles in reference to the Big Red's recruitment of Nolan Cressler (Plum HS) Plum, PA, 6-5, G. See the Pittsburgh Tribune and the Plum Advance Leader for the stories.
  • Below, the stats for Jeff Aubry ('99) in his first three games of the BSN Finals in Puerto Rico. Aubry and his Arecibo Capitanes lead the series over Quebradillas 2 games to 1.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

News and Notes: Thursday Edition (UPDATED)

Above, Cornell's starting five from the No. 17 nationally ranked Sweet 16 team of 2010. Below, some news and notes for Thursday....

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Cornell Basketball in the News: Steve Donahue to Hire Izzi Metz

The Boston Globe reports:
Boston College basketball coach Steve Donahue is in Florida on a recruiting mission, but apparently he is ready to fill the opening on his staff created when associate head coach Joe Jones left the Eagles last month to take over as the head coach at Boston University.
According to BC and Ivy League sources, Donahue is going to dip into the Ivy League pool once again and hire Hobart coach Izzi Metz. Metz spent five years at Cornell as Donahue's assistant before taking over the head job at Hobart in 2006.
Although nothing is official, Donahue will probably shuffle the priorities on his staff and move Nat Graham into an associate head coach's role and then slide Metz into a position, perhaps as Director of Basketball Operations.
Pictured above, Izzi Metz (right), Steve Donahue (center), former Cornell assistant and current Army head coach, Zach Spiker (left).

News and Notes: Wednesday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Wednesday...
  • First, some schedule notes. With The Cornell Basketball Blog's announcement of Cornell's games this season against Illinois and Penn State (both of which are projected televised games on the Big Ten Network), only three additional non-conference opponents remain unrevealed to the general public. Below is a listing of the games already publicly announced or which are commonly known "return" games from a year ago.
11/22/11 at Delaware
12/19/11 at Illinois
12/21/11 at Penn State
12/31/11 at Bucknell
at St. Bonaventure
at Stony Brook
at Buffalo
vs Boston U.
vs Lehigh
vs Albany
vs Binghamton
Above, Cornell vs. Penn State in 1972 at Barton Hall.
  • The Cornell Daily Sun points out on Twitter that several basketball teams are copying the Sun's promotional cover idea (above), which the Sun published last fall after Cornell earned a trip to the 2010 Sweet Sixteen. Pictured, the Big Red's Chris Wroblewski.
  • CNNSI.com once again lists former Cornell head coach, Scott Thompson, as among those coaches cheated out of thousands of dollars by Houston-area money manager and AAU operator David Salinas.
  • A Cornell alumnus of the School of Industrial & Labor Relations published a piece in the New York Times on how the NBA and NFL could avoid future work stoppages.
  • The official Goettingen website of the German premier league club (BBK Bundesliga) announced that training camp for Louis Dale ('10) and his teammates begins on August 22. This season Goettingen will open with a brand new arena and was invited to particpate in Europe's third most prestigious tournament, the Euro Challenge, which is generally considered below the Euro League and the Euro Cup.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Schedule Update: Cornell at PSU

Penn State has announced its 2011-2012 schedule which includes a December 21 game against the Cornell Big Red in State College, PA. PSU Athletics notes, "Penn State will wrap-up the non-conference slate at home with ... a match-up with Cornell on Wed., Dec. 21. The Lions ...will face Cornell for the first time since 2005. "

While we are still unable to release Cornell's full nonconference schedule, below is a listing of the games already publicly announced or which are commonly known "return" games from a year ago.
11/22/11 at Delaware
12/19/11 at Illinois
12/21/11 at Penn State
12/31/11 at Bucknell
at St. Bonaventure
at Stony Brook
at Buffalo
vs Boston U.
vs Lehigh
vs Albany
vs Binghamton

Cornell owns a 5-4 lead in a series against Penn State dating back to February 16, 1900 when the teams first met in State College, Pa., just Cornell's second season of program existence. PSU won the first meeting between the programs 18-5 as the February 23, 1900 issue of the Cornell Daily Sun recaps the game above (which also accuses the Penn State spectators of interfering in the outcome). The teams also met in 1910, 1923, 1941, 1970, 1971, 1972, and 2005. In the December 5, 1972, meeting, Cornell defeated Penn State in Ithaca, 74-65.

News and Notes: Tuesday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Tuesday...
  • In reference to the RPIs of Illinois' 2011-2012 opponents, the Peoria Journal Star writes, "the Illini also have time to grow up — the season opener on Nov. 11 against Loyola (197), plus games against Chicago State (339), Southern Illinois-Edwardsville (328), Coppin State (246) and Cornell (210). The Illini may also play Illinois State (255) in Cancun."
  • UWBadgers.com writes of Wisconsin assistant coach, Gary Close, "Close has interviewed for head coaching positions at Drake and Cornell. He felt like he was the perfect fit for Drake. So did many others. But he didn’t get the job. He thought Cornell would be ideal, too, especially since his dad went to school there. But that didn’t work out, either."
  • With the recent announcement of Brown's incoming recruiting class, we have updated our most recent Roster Report post with revised roster totals for each Ivy League program.

Monday, July 25, 2011

A Date in Cornell Basketball History: Cornell at Illinois

A December 19, 2011 trip to Illinois as a tribute return home game for Cornell senior, Chris Wroblewski (Highland Park, IL) is among the highlights for Cornell's 2011-2012 schedule. The two teams do have some history, facing each other in 1932, 1939, 1948 and 1961. The last game was certainly the most memorable for Cornell. During the 1961-1962 season, the Big Red raced out to a 14-2 start, which included a 72-60 win at Illinois on December 23, 1961. The win made headlines in the national wire services. Cornell finished the season 18-7 under head coach Sam MacNeil. The Cornell Daily Sun (below) published the news of Cornell's big Illinois win in the first issue following the winter break for students.

Schedule Update: Cornell at Illinois

The University of Illinois has announced its 2011-2012 schedule which includes a December 19 homecoming game for Chris Wroblewski (Highland Park, IL) and the Cornell Big Red.

While we are still unable to release Cornell's full nonconference schedule, below is a listing of the games already publicly announced or which are commonly known "return" games from a year ago.
11/22/11 at Delaware
12/19/11 at Illinois
12/31/11 at Bucknell
at St. Bonaventure
at Stony Brook
at Buffalo
vs Boston U.
vs Lehigh
vs Albany
vs Binghamton

News and Notes: Monday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Monday...

Saturday, July 23, 2011

News and Notes: Saturday Edition

Below, news and notes for Saturday....
  • A year ago Jamal Cherry walked onto the 2010-2011 Cornell roster following an MCL injury which sidelined Dominick Scelfo. The Florida Courier provides an update on Cherry:
TAMPA PREP DUO TOGETHER AGAIN

Tampa college basketball players heating things up in the City of Orlando/Midnight Basketball Pro-Am Summer League at Dr. J.R. Smith Neighborhood Center where NBA players, College Players and Neighborhood Streetball Legends compete.

Jay Bowie (Marist) and Jamal Cherry (Cornell) both 2010 graduates of Tampa Prep and top scorers who led their high school team to the 2010 State Championship Game are back together again with the Brandon Bolts ProAm Team. Jay is averaging 12.3 points per game and Jamal 12.6 points per game. I had the chance to watch the duo play against the "A Team” which just happens to be the team of NBA twin players Joey and Stephen Graham. While the Brandon Bolts lost the game (not by much), it was clear that both Jay and Jamal have developed this past year into true collegiate players not intimidated by the speed and size of the Pro-Am level of play. Jay Bowie had a great season with Marist seeing lots of playing time and is expected to have a major role next year. In speaking with Jamal Cherry, he indicated that he walked on to the Cornell team and did not see much playing time this past year, but has been putting in "work” this summer and is determined to compete hard this upcoming year and help the team in anyway he can. He shared, "I am going back much more stronger and confident than last year”. From what I saw in this game, Jamal had 16 points and played lock down defense, he is definitely ready for the challenge back at Cornell. Both young men are looking forward to returning to their respective teams.
  • Below, some historical game action photos for Cornell vs. the Big Ten from the last 15 years:
November 24, 2000-Ka'ron Barnes and Greg Barratt against Michigan State.

November 19, 2005-Ryan Rourke at Penn State.

November 10, 2006-Adam Gore vs. Northwestern.

December 30, 2006-Andrew Naeve faces Iowa.

November 30, 2008-Jeff Foote against Indiana.

December 6, 2008-Ryan Wittman takes on Minnesota.

March 21, 2010-Alex Tyler, Louis Dale and Chris Wroblewski scramble for a loose ball against Wisconsin, NCAA Tournament, round of 32.

Friday, July 22, 2011

News and Notes: Friday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Friday...
  • In summer league action, Cornell freshman Ned Tomic is averaging 13 points and 5.5 rebounds per game for his Allan's Wolfpack team in the Cleveland Pro Am. Jake Matthews' SPK Law team fell this week to PBC in the Pittsburgh Basketball Club Pro Am championship game, 86-79. Josh Figini is playing for the Pat Madison Magic in the Howard Pulley Summer Pro League in Minneapolis/St. Paul. Among his teammates are the Timberwolves' Michael Beasley.
  • Delaware has released its schedule and we can now announce that the Big Red will serve as the Blue Hens' home opener on November 22. Note that this game is not the season opener for Cornell. While we are still unable to release Cornell's full nonconference schedule, it is common knowledge that Cornell owes nine (9) "return" games as part of the team's home-and-away series arrangements from a year ago. Five (5) additional games will round out the nonconference slate, three (3) of which will be against BCS conference opponents. Below are the expected series return games this upcoming season.
11/22/11 at Delaware
12/31/11 at Bucknell
at St. Bonaventure
at Stony Brook
at Buffalo
vs Boston U.
vs Lehigh
vs Albany
vs Binghamton

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Recruiting News

In this post, some recruiting updates from around the Ivy League.


News and Notes: Thursday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Thursday...
  • The Hoops Report ranks Princeton No. 59 in the country in the site's top 68 teams for 2011-2012. Harvard is also expected to crack the rankings.
  • In Cornell roster report news, we have learned that Cornell red-shirt sophomore, Dominick Scelfo is in good health and should be on schedule to return to action on time for the 2011-2012 season. Scelfo, a 6'1" true point guard from New Orleans (Jesuit HS), missed his entire freshman year and most of his senior year of high school due to a torn MCL. Scelfo was highly recruited coming out of high school and passed up early verified scholarship offers from Saint Louis, Tulane, Samford, Texas-San Antonio, Louisiana-Lafayette, Army and New Orleans. Ironically, Scelfo's initial MCL tear occurred during an October 2009 pick-up basketball game while he was on a recruiting visit to Rick Majerus' Saint Louis program of the A-10. Scelfo was Cornell's first committed recruit for the class of 2010 and the Big Red's top guard target throughout the spring and summer of 2009, recruited primarily by former Cornell assistant and current Army head coach, Zach Spiker. Scelfo's fellow sophomore Cornell teammate, Dwight Tarwater also preserved an entire year of eligibility with a red-shirt season during 2011-2012.
  • Cornell is still fully engaged in the assistant coach search. The Big Red are seeking a replacement for third assistant, Ricky Yahn who left Cornell last month to take a position at Longwood.
  • Cornell's 2011-2012 schedule is complete in all material respects. However, two opponent contracts remain unsigned while the teams negotiate final dates. While Cornell will face several major conference opponents this year, the Big Red will not continue its series with Syracuse this season. The teams could resume the series in 2012-2013.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Cornell Basketball in the News:The Pilot Reports on Adam Wire


By Charlie Bergmann
The Pilot
July 20, 2011

Former Pinecrest and Cornell University basketball player Adam Wire has signed a contract to play ­professional basketball in Denmark.

The 6-foot-5 forward will report to the Vaerlose team in Copenhagen in September. Vaerlose is a member of the 10-team Ligaen BBK of Denmark, the country’s premier league.

A May graduate from Cornell with a degree in business, Wire and Cornell teammate Aaron Osgood-Richardson will be the only Americans on the Vaerlose squad. His eight-month ­contract includes working with youth basketball programs in Copenhagen.

Wire was a member of three Ivy League champion Big Red teams that made it to the NCAA tournament, including the 2010 edition that finished 29-5 after a loss to Kentucky in the Sweet 16.

A versatile and hardnosed player, he was among the team leaders in rebounds and steals throughout his Big Red career. As a senior at Pinecrest, he averaged 13 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and three steals per game, earning all-conference honors.

Wire’s parents, Mike and Cheryl Wire, currently live in Memphis, Tenn., but still own property locally. Reached by phone while visiting in Greensboro this week, Cheryl said that she and her husband are looking forward to making a trip to Denmark.

She also indicated that Adam plans to make a trip to Norwich, Conn., in 10 days to see former Pinecrest basketball and baseball teammate Seth Maness. Drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in June, Maness pitches for the Batavia Muckdogs team of the New York Penn League that will be meeting the Connecticut Tigers.

News and Notes: Wednesday Edition

Above, a promotional poster we found from the 2010 NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16. Lou Dale ('10) makes the cut. Below, news and notes for Wednesday...

  • Sports Illustrated notes that former Cornell basketball head coach, Scott Thompson, who coached the Big Red between the 1996-1997 and 1999-2000 seasons, was the victim of a ponzi scheme which cost him $65,000 in investments with the late Houston-area businessman and AAU basketball operator J. David Salinas. Numerous other high profile college basketball coaches were also victims. "I'm shocked and surprised like everyone else, and trying to figure it all out," Thompson told SI.com. "I think David befriended many people, and many coaching friends, and I invested with him like many other people did." Thompson, who was Steve Donahue's predecessor, was forced to step down from his position at Cornell due to a battle with cancer.
  • LEB Gold league team (Spain's 2nd Division), Ourense, formally announced the signing of Cody Toppert ('05). Jeff Foote ('10) played in the LEB Gold last season with Melilla.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Rush The Court on the Ivy League

RushTheCourt.net checks in on the Ivy League below...

News and Notes: Tuesday Edition

Below, news and notes for Tuesday...
  • Courtney's son, Billy, was a member of the 5th grade Ithaca travel basketball team which won the USA Nationals tournament in Erie, PA during 4th of July weekend. The younger Courtney was the only 4th grader on the Ithaca team. Do not laugh, but several major basketball recruiting services actually begin to nationally rank kids as early as the 6th grade and several Division I programs have been known to make scholarship offers to kids in just the 8th grade.
  • As we head into the 2011-2012 Ivy League season, we look back at an article from the Daily Pennsylvanian from March of 2010 which argues that the bar for Ivy League teams is now higher than just making the NCAA Tournament and even winning just one game in the first round. The DP article notes:
1980 marked the beginning of the modern NCAA Tournament. Since then, no Ivy League team has made it past the second round. Until now.

With this weekend’s victories over Temple and Wisconsin, Cornell became the first Ivy squad to reach the Sweet 16 in the modern era. But the accomplishment transcends coach Steve Donahue’s squad; the 2010 Big Red may have changed the Ivy League forever.

Gone are the assumptions that the Ivy League can no longer compete on the national stage. Gone are the arguments that athletic scholarships are necessary to beat major conference teams, and gone is a great deal of the League’s basketball obscurity.

...Even more impressive than the Big Red’s presence in the Tournament’s second weekend is how they did it. They didn’t squeeze past No. 5 Temple and No. 4 Wisconsin; they dominated them.

From the opening whistle to the final buzzer in each game, they played less like a Cinderella squad and more like the No. 4 seed that Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said they deserved after his team narrowly won over the Big Red.

“They didn’t just beat Wisconsin, they beat them by 20 points,” [Penn's Zach] Rosen said. “It wasn’t even a game. What they’re doing now is proving … that it’s the guys that are playing together and playing hard that are going to win.”

...Cornell’s success will raise the bar for every other team in the conference

Monday, July 18, 2011

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Osgood ('11) and Wire ('11) Sign Pro Contracts

Danish basketball club, Vaerlose announced the signing of two Cornell players, both Aaron Osgood ('11) and Adam Wire ('11). Vaerlose finished 8-19 a year ago and in 8th place in the 1o-team Ligaen BBK of Denmark, the country's premier league.

Last year, eight (8) Cornell alumni were playing professional basketball across the globe, more active pro players than any other Ivy League program.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Ivy League Roster Report

Below is an updated look at the projected roster sizes for the Ivy League teams.

Roster Sizes for the 2011-2012 Season

-Cornell (21 projected players including 4 seniors, 6 freshmen)
-Harvard (19 projected players including 3 seniors, 7 freshman)
-Columbia (18 projected players including 5 seniors, 6 freshmen)
-Penn (17 projected players including 5 seniors, 6 freshmen)
-Princeton (17 projected players including 3 seniors, 4 freshmen)
-Yale (17 projected players including 4 seniors, 5 freshmen)
-Brown (16 projected players including 1 senior, 5 freshmen)
-Dartmouth (13 projected players, including 3 seniors, 6 freshmen)


Projected Rosters for the 2012-2013 Season

-Cornell (21 projected players including 6 seniors, 4 freshmen)
-Harvard (18 projected players including 5 seniors, 4 freshmen)
-Penn (17 projected players including 1 senior, 4 freshmen)
-Princeton (17 projected players including 4 seniors, 4 freshmen)
-Columbia (17 projected players including 4 seniors, 5 freshmen, 1 transfer)
-Dartmouth (16 projected players including 2 seniors, 6 freshmen)
-Brown (16 projected players including 6 seniors, 1 freshman)
-Yale (16 projected players including 3 seniors, 3 freshmen)


A listing of the Ivy League's incoming freshmen may be found by clicking here. Additionally, below is also a list of players who were on Ivy League rosters, but left their respective programs since the 2008-2009 season due to reasons other than graduation and/or exhaustion of NCAA eligibility. This list could be considered as an indicator of Ivy League players' satisfaction with their respective programs or evidence of coaching staffs that force out and cut players from the program.

Ivy League Roster Departures

BROWN
Hakeem Harris (left during '10-'11)
Colin Aldridge (left during '09-'10)
Sean Kane (left during '09-'10)
Stefan Kaluz (left during '09-'10)
Jean Herbert Harris (left during '09-'10)
Noel Hollingsworth (left during '08-'09)
Morgan Kelly (left during '08-'09)

COLUMBIA
Van Green (left during '11-'12)
Samer Ozeir (left during '11-'12)
Darrius Stevens (left during '11-'12)
Dyami Starks (left during '11-'12)
Dan Feldmann (left during '11-'12)
Sandeep Dhaliwal (left during '10-'11)
Tom Piscina (left during '10-'11)
Issa Masse (left during '10-'11)

CORNELL
Alex Hill (left during '09-'10)
Marc Van Burck (left during '09-'10)

DARTMOUTH
Nick Jackson (left during '11-'12)
Jenieri Cyrus (left during '11-'12)
Gediminas Bertasius (left during '11-'12)
James Herring ((left during '11-'12)
Kevin Mulquin (left during '11-'12)
Mbiyimoh Ghogomu (left during '11-'12)
David Eads (left during '10-'11)
Josh Riddle (left during '10-'11)
Herve Kouna (left during '10-'11)
Josef Brown (left during '10-'11)
Garrett Brown (left during '09-'10)
Marlon Sanders (left during '09-'10)
Brandon Ware (left during '09-'10)
Elgin Fitzgerald (left during '09-'10)
Jarrett Mathis (left during '09-'10)

HARVARD
Max Hooper (left during '11-'12)
Jamie Moore (left during '11-'12)
Ernest Rouse (left during '11-'12)
Max Kenyi (left during '11-'12)
Pete Edelson (left during '10-'11)
Spencer de Mars (left during '10-'11)

Hugh Martin (left during '09-'10)
Peter Boehm (left during '09-'10)
Peter Swiatek (left during '09-'10)
Eric Groszyk (left during '08-'09)
T.J. Carey (left during '08-'09)
Kyle Fitzgerald (left during '08-'09)
Adam Demuyakor (left during '08-'09)
Ndu Okereke (left during '08-'09)
Darryl Finkton (left during '08-'09)
Cem Dinc (left during '08-'09)
Alex Blankenau (left during '08-'09)

PENN
Casey James (left during '11-'12)
Tommy Eggleston (left during '10-'11)

Sean Mullan (left during '10-'11)
Malcom Washington (left during '10-'11)
Carson Sullivan (left during '09-'10)
Brian Fitzpatrick (left during '09-'10)
Tommy McMahon (left during '08-'09)
Harrison Gaines (left during '08-'09)
Remy Cofield (left during '08-'09)
Garvin Hunt (left during '08-'09)

PRINCETON
Zane Ma (left during '09-'10)
Max Huc (left during '09-'10)
Gus Gabel (left during '09-'10)

YALE
Michael Sands (left during '10-'11)
Garrett Fiddler (left during '09-'10)


(Updated 4.15.12)

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Schedule Update: Battle of the 'Nells Resumes

Bucknell announced the program's season ticket sales and disclosed a December 31, 2011 game against Cornell in Lewsiberg, PA.

While we are still unable to release Cornell's nonconference schedule details, it is common knowledge that Cornell owes nine (9) "return" games as part of the team's home-and-away series arrangements from a year ago. Five (5) additional games will round out the nonconference slate. Below are the expected series return games this upcoming season.
at St. Bonaventure
at Delaware
at Stony Brook
12/31/11 at Bucknell
at Buffalo
vs Boston U.
vs Lehigh
vs Albany
vs Binghamton

News and Notes: Wednesday Edition

Immediately above, the basketball team page from the 1905-1906 edition of The Cornellian, Cornell's annual student yearbook. Featured in the photo is former Big Red team captain, Horace Brinkerhoff. Below, some news and notes for Wednesday...
  • Cornell is still officially short an assistant coach with Ricky Yahn vacating his 3rd assistant role and departing last month for Longwood.
  • Above, a look back at the final season stats of the Big Red for the 2001-2002 season, Steve Donahue's second season at Cornell. Highlighted in red are the eight '01-'02 freshmen, Donahue's first recruits. Seven of these freshmen earned at least three starts during their rookie season. Much like the 2001-2002 season, Bill Courtney heads into 2011-2012, his second season, in a rebuilding year with six freshmen on the roster.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

A Date in Cornell Basketball History: The Bob Deluca Recruiting Story

From our regular series, A Date in Cornell Basketball History, below an A.P. story from 1962 describes the "scandal" involved in West Point's recruitment of Bob DeLuca (Cornell '66). DeLuca ultimately pulled his commitment from Army and instead opted to attend Cornell. While Deluca never won an Ivy League title at Cornell, he was a multi-year all Ivy League selection and an All American.

Deluca ultimately graduated Cornell in '66 and is now a member of the Big Red's Hall of Fame. His profile in the Cornell Hall of Fame states:
He was a two-time All-Ivy first-team selection as a guard on the men's basketball team, earning the honor in both 1965 and 1966. He also received honorable mention on the Converse All-America team in 1966. DeLuca is one of only three Cornell basketball players to earn All-Ivy basketball first-team honors more than once. He was captain of the 1966 team that went 15-9 and finished second in the Ivy League for the second consecutive season. He graduated ranked eighth on the all-time career points list (956). He had 20 games in which he scored 20 or more points. His best game in a Cornell jersey was in 1966 when he scored 30 points in an 86-77 win over defending Ivy champ Princeton, the Big Red's first win over the Tigers in eight years. DeLuca also scored in double figures in 49 of the 72 games in which he played over his career. He was invited to try out with the Baltimore Bullets of the NBA following his senior season. The former Schenectady, N.Y., resident graduated from Schenectady High School (formerly Linton HS), and he makes his home in Okatie, S.C.

News and Notes: Tuesday Edition

Below, some news and notes for Tuesday...
  • On the national front, a Northwestern player told The Dagger of YahooSports that his career would be a failure if the Wildcats don't make the tournament. Back in the Ivy League, senior stars such as Keith Wright (Harvard), Zach Rosen (Penn), Greg Mangano (Yale) and Noruwa Agho (Columbia), must be feeling similar pressures after highly decorated individual careers. For each of them, it is their last chance to dance.
An autographed ball and banner by Nat Militzok and other members of the first Knicks team.