Rick Pitino Rumors

The 1988-89 Knicks, under coach Rick Pitino, attempted 1,147 3-pointers, up by more than 400 from the previous league high, and made 386, to shatter the former 271 standard. Saturday, as part of the Knicks’ 70th anniversary season, “The Bomb Squad” of Mark Jackson, Johnny Newman, Rod Strickland, Trent Tucker and Gerald Wilkins staged a Garden reunion and were honored in a ceremony. The group sat for an interview session before individual pictures as well as the club’s iconic Bomb Squad promo poster. “Congratulations, Bombinos. It was great watching all those 3-point shots,” Pitino said in a taped greeting.
“I didn’t [do anything wrong in Boston] and I really wanted that to work out,” he said. “I wanted that Boston thing to work out. You’re the third pick in the [1997] draft and you come and you think you’re going to be there for a long time, and most guys that get picked that high are. It didn’t work out and it was tough. “But the one thing that I will say is when I did get traded and I didn’t know any different at the time, at least when Rick came to be, he was honest with me. He told me, ‘Chaunce, look, I still think you’re going to be a great player in the league. There’s a lot of pressure on me to make the playoffs and I need a veteran point guard. I’ve really always been a big fan of Kenny Anderson.’ ”