There is considerable pride in that team heritage, but pain in the present, which helps explain how that Knicks joke ended up in Soul. Kemp Powers, who wrote and directed the animated film, released in December, is a Brooklyn-raised Knicks fan who was born in 1973, the same year as his team’s last title. “I’ve literally got to live in a world, my entire life, in which the Knicks have never been champions,” says Kemp, who now lives in Los Angeles, surrounded by preening Lakers fans. “The Ewing years were great for me. Enjoyed the Pat Riley era. Enjoyed Allan Houston’s shot to knock the Heat out [in 1999]. But for the past 20 years, it has been an embarrassing team to be devoted to.”
September 28, 2021 | 2:47 pm EDT Update
Dwain Price: Both Jason Kidd and Tyson Chandler joked today about Tyson possibly signing a 10-day contract with the #Mavs. Tyson said: “I’ve learned in life I don’t rule anything out. But that’s not mentally where I’m at.” Tyson and Kidd were teammates when the Mavs won the 2011 NBA title.
KC Johnson: Patrick Williams is getting up shots as Bulls practice ends. Billy Donovan said yesterday this is a “big week” for Williams, who could start running for his recovery from a severely sprained left ankle on Sept. 15.
Christian Clark: Mike D’Antoni was at practice. “With Mike, I thought it was special how he went to Houston and it was totally opposite of how his teams played in the past,” Willie Green said. “He played to the strength of his best player, which was James. They were one win away from the Finals.”
Ahead of the 2021-22 NBA season, the Drake-owned clothing brand October’s Very Own (OVO) is partnering with the NBA to release an “exclusive capsule collection celebrating six iconic World Champion franchises.” The Toronto Raptors, Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls, Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, and New York Knicks have been picked as the NBA teams that will be available in the newest OVO gear. The collection drops Wednesday, September 29 on OctobersVeryOwn.com.