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So… I bumped into a Knick today

November 10, 2009

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As I made my way to the D train through Herald Square after just running into Russell Simmons at a previous appointment, low and behold, who do I bump into?

That’s right peeps, our New York Knicks rookie player Marcus Landry. After a quick pound and me ranting that Toney Douglas needs to start, Marcus and I went our seperate ways. Being that we just started this blog and that were sorta rookies too I thought it would be interesting to talk about Mr. Landry’s not so normal journey to the NBA.

At the start of a season already filled with tough losses, the Marcus Landry story is a feel good tale fit for a movie theater. Marcus did not have a contract with the Knicks at the start of training camp or any other team and  went undrafted out of Wisconsin in this past July’s draft. Landry, who stands at 6″7′,  has the ability to play both forward positions. He attended the University of Wisconsin and averaged 9.2 ppg and 4.2 rpg over the course of four seasons. A native of Wisconsin, he averaged 12.7 ppg his senior year and led the Badgers to a 2nd round NCAA tournament appearance. He is also the younger brother of Carl Landry of the Houston Rockets.

The Knicks in need of a scrappy hard working player invited Marcus to try out  this past off season after seeing him perform during the Las Vegas Summer League with the Sacramento Kings. He paid his own plane fare to New York alongside his $80 a night hotel stay. Needless to say, he was a longshot to make the team. Undeterred, Marcus set a goal to make the Knick roster and reached that goal by impressing the  coaching staff with persistency and a mental toughness that the team lacks. Knicks president of basketball operations announced on September 25 that Marcus would be signed to fill the last roster spot on the team. Mr. Walsh also went as far to say that Marcus is the kind of player the Knicks need.

OK, maybe not fit for a movie screen but interesting no? Anyway, let’s all welcome Marcus to New York and if you bump into him in the street, make sure to tell him that Toney Douglas needs to start. No animals or NBA players were injured while writing this post.

Peace

– Jedi

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