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By Peter Finney Jr. and Peter Finney Jr.,New York Daily News | May 31, 1991
NEW YORK -- Pat Riley, the wet-between-the-ears legend who will be expected to produce slick miracles, could be named New York Knicks coach as early as today by team president Dave Checketts.Sounding even more upbeat than normal, Checketts said yesterday that all but the finishing touches had been put on a five-year deal that would make the former Lakers coach by far the highest-paid coach in professional sports."I don't believe a deal is a deal until it's done, but I'm optimistic," Checketts said.
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By Clifton Brown and Clifton Brown,New York Times News Service | June 16, 1995
NEW YORK -- In a move that was shocking despite rumors it might happen, Pat Riley resigned yesterday after four years as coach of the New York Knicks.Riley left with one year remaining on his contract and with a five-year, $15 million contract extension offer on the table. Through a statement issued by his public relations firm, Riley said that his resignation had "absolutely nothing to do with money," but that philosophical differences with management, and management's refusal to give him more control over basketball matters, had led to his decision.
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By Neil Best and Neil Best,Newsday | June 16, 1995
NEW YORK -- After four seasons during which he led the New York Knicks from mediocrity to the brink of an NBA championship, Pat Riley resigned yesterday as the team's coach, citing philosophical differences with management over the scope of his power.Madison Square Garden president Dave Checketts said he was surprised by the reasons Riley gave, calling them "unfair" and "not factual."It was a sudden, confusing conclusion to one of the most successful eras in Knicks history."While the decision was extremely difficult and was made with great soul-searching and sadness, I am convinced that this is in the best interest of both parties," Riley said in a statement released by a public relations firm.
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By Neil Best and Neil Best,Newsday | June 16, 1995
NEW YORK -- After four seasons during which he led the New York Knicks from mediocrity to the brink of an NBA championship, Pat Riley resigned yesterday as the team's coach, citing philosophical differences with management over the scope of his power.Madison Square Garden president Dave Checketts said he was surprised by the reasons Riley gave, calling them "unfair" and "not factual."It was a sudden, confusing conclusion to one of the most successful eras in Knicks history."While the decision was extremely difficult and was made with great soul-searching and sadness, I am convinced that this is in the best interest of both parties," Riley said in a statement released by a public relations firm.
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By Peter Finney Jr. and Peter Finney Jr.,New York Daily News | June 18, 1992
NEW YORK -- New York Knicks president Dave Checketts remembers exactly how he spent his summer vacation last year.On his knees.Checketts exhausted most of the summer trying to convince Patrick Ewing that the Knicks had fundamentally changed their style of doing business. With Ewing happy, the Knicks went on to extend the world champion Chicago Bulls to seven games in the second round of the NBA playoffs.So how will Checketts spend his summer vacation this year?On his toes.Checketts said yesterday the Knicks will be about $3 million under the NBA's $14 million salary cap, allowing them the flexibility to work a deal for a top-flight shooting guard with a team that might have to unload a big salary.
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By Peter Finney Jr. and Peter Finney Jr.,New York Daily News | July 30, 1991
NEW YORK -- Dave Checketts either was too polite or too uncertain about Patrick Ewing's future as a New York Knick to describe the club's arbitration victory yesterday as a slam dunk registering 10.0 on the Richter scale.But make no mistake. The judicial facial administered to Ewing yesterday by New York University law professor Daniel Collins -- the NBA's independent arbitrator -- could change the face of the Knicks very soon. Checketts, the Knicks president, realizes he may have won the battle by retaining Ewing's rights for the next four years but may have witnessed the outbreak of a cold war should Ewing demand a trade.
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By Sam Goldaper and Sam Goldaper,New York Times News Service | May 31, 1991
NEW YORK -- The Riley watch is over. The long negotiations are nearing an end, and the New York Knicks are expected to introduce Pat Riley as their new coach at a news conference today."
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August 23, 1991
For the first time since last June, when Patrick Ewing challenged the New York Knicks in arbitration in a salary dispute, the Knicks said publicly yesterday that they are considering trading their All-Star center."
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By Gary Binford and Gary Binford,New York Daily News | April 21, 1991
There are those who believe the New York Knicks shoul trade Patrick Ewing for a bushel of players and draft choices and start over.Be advised that David Checketts is not among you. In fact, Ewing's presence, and the challenge of appeasing the Knick center's lofty salary demands -- while finally getting the club under the salary cap at the same time -- appealed greatly to a person looking for higher mountains to climb."
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By Alan Goldstein | March 5, 1991
In keeping with their perplexing season, it seemed only fitting that the New York Knicks chose to fire general manager Al Bianchi after winning four in a row.The timing may have been bad, but the moguls at Madison Square Garden had already accumulated a rap sheet against Bianchi that guaranteed he would not finish the season. The principal charges were:* Electing not to re-sign Bernard King in 1987.* His running feud with coach Rick Pitino, which caused Pitino to flee to Kentucky after winning 52 games with the Knicks in the 1988-89 season.
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,Sun Staff Writer | June 7, 1994
NEW YORK -- There are times when New York Knicks center Patrick Ewing relies too much on his baseline fadeaway jumper. And that off-balance move resulting in a shot off the wrong foot. And a lack of aggressiveness on the boards, a sin for a player 7 feet tall.But whatever criticisms Ewing may face, there's one thing that can not be questioned after his performance in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals: his heart.There have been games where Ewing has scored more, rebounded more, passed more and had more blocks.
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By Peter Finney Jr. and Peter Finney Jr.,New York Daily News | June 18, 1992
NEW YORK -- New York Knicks president Dave Checketts remembers exactly how he spent his summer vacation last year.On his knees.Checketts exhausted most of the summer trying to convince Patrick Ewing that the Knicks had fundamentally changed their style of doing business. With Ewing happy, the Knicks went on to extend the world champion Chicago Bulls to seven games in the second round of the NBA playoffs.So how will Checketts spend his summer vacation this year?On his toes.Checketts said yesterday the Knicks will be about $3 million under the NBA's $14 million salary cap, allowing them the flexibility to work a deal for a top-flight shooting guard with a team that might have to unload a big salary.
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August 23, 1991
For the first time since last June, when Patrick Ewing challenged the New York Knicks in arbitration in a salary dispute, the Knicks said publicly yesterday that they are considering trading their All-Star center."
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By Sam Goldaper and Sam Goldaper,New York Times News Service | July 30, 1991
NEW YORK -- The New York Knicks won their arbitration battle with Patrick Ewing yesterday, but it was still unclear whether the All-Star center would be a Knick when the team opens its season in November.Several hours after the arbitrator, Daniel Collins, ruled against Ewing in his bid to become a free agent, Dave Checketts, the club president, said he would be willing to trade Ewing if the player told him he wanted to leave New York. "I would make every attempt to accommodate him," he said.
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By Peter Finney Jr. and Peter Finney Jr.,New York Daily News | July 30, 1991
NEW YORK -- Dave Checketts either was too polite or too uncertain about Patrick Ewing's future as a New York Knick to describe the club's arbitration victory yesterday as a slam dunk registering 10.0 on the Richter scale.But make no mistake. The judicial facial administered to Ewing yesterday by New York University law professor Daniel Collins -- the NBA's independent arbitrator -- could change the face of the Knicks very soon. Checketts, the Knicks president, realizes he may have won the battle by retaining Ewing's rights for the next four years but may have witnessed the outbreak of a cold war should Ewing demand a trade.
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By Sam Goldaper and Sam Goldaper,New York Times News Service | May 31, 1991
NEW YORK -- The Riley watch is over. The long negotiations are nearing an end, and the New York Knicks are expected to introduce Pat Riley as their new coach at a news conference today."
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By Peter Finney Jr. and Peter Finney Jr.,New York Daily News | May 23, 1991
NEW YORK -- As secrets go, this was less confidential than a wiretapped phone call.Megaphone, anyone?The New York Knicks yesterday made their Pat Riley intentions official by formally offering their head coaching position to the former Los Angeles Lakers coach. Knicks president Dave Checketts said Riley, who won four NBA titles in the 1980s, would be given a "reasonable amount of time" to decide if he wants to accept the long-term offer."Pat Riley is the choice," Checketts said. "We are going to offer him the job. There is no time frame, but we are going to give him a reasonable amount of time to make his decision."
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By Sam Goldaper and Sam Goldaper,New York Times News Service | July 30, 1991
NEW YORK -- The New York Knicks won their arbitration battle with Patrick Ewing yesterday, but it was still unclear whether the All-Star center would be a Knick when the team opens its season in November.Several hours after the arbitrator, Daniel Collins, ruled against Ewing in his bid to become a free agent, Dave Checketts, the club president, said he would be willing to trade Ewing if the player told him he wanted to leave New York. "I would make every attempt to accommodate him," he said.
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By Peter Finney Jr. and Peter Finney Jr.,New York Daily News | May 31, 1991
NEW YORK -- Pat Riley, the wet-between-the-ears legend who will be expected to produce slick miracles, could be named New York Knicks coach as early as today by team president Dave Checketts.Sounding even more upbeat than normal, Checketts said yesterday that all but the finishing touches had been put on a five-year deal that would make the former Lakers coach by far the highest-paid coach in professional sports."I don't believe a deal is a deal until it's done, but I'm optimistic," Checketts said.
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By Peter Finney Jr. and Peter Finney Jr.,New York Daily News | May 23, 1991
NEW YORK -- As secrets go, this was less confidential than a wiretapped phone call.Megaphone, anyone?The New York Knicks yesterday made their Pat Riley intentions official by formally offering their head coaching position to the former Los Angeles Lakers coach. Knicks president Dave Checketts said Riley, who won four NBA titles in the 1980s, would be given a "reasonable amount of time" to decide if he wants to accept the long-term offer."Pat Riley is the choice," Checketts said. "We are going to offer him the job. There is no time frame, but we are going to give him a reasonable amount of time to make his decision."
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