John Schmeelk

Jahlil Okafor #15 of the Duke Blue Devils cuts down the net after defeating the Wisconsin Badgers during the NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 6, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Schmeelk: After NCAA Tournament, Big Men Should Still Sit Atop Draft Boards

The college basketball season is over, and the very top of most NBA draft boards should look the same in 77 days as they did five month ago: Karl-Anthony Towns and Jahlil Okafor, and then everyone else.

04/08/2015

Phil Jackson

Schmeelk: Phil Jackson Understands What The Knicks Need In Today’s NBA

Knicks fans should still believe in Jackson, despite the team’s failures this season. He has the chance to build this team from scratch, and everyone needs to give him a chance to do it.

04/03/2015

Derek Fisher (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Pure Torture — The Knicks’ Season Can’t End Soon Enough

Once the Knicks are put out of their misery in the next two weeks, attention will finally completely shift to the players the Knicks can get in the draft and in free agency.

04/01/2015

Anthony Mason back in 1996 (Photo by Brad Mangin/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Mase Was Always In Your Face — On The Court and Off

Written eulogies and memories of Mason have flooded the Internet the last couple of days, because he was a man that was far from the perfect player but was someone Knicks fans loved.

03/02/2015

DeMarcus Cousins (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Schmeelk: 5 Interesting Knicks Notes As Nightmarish Season Rolls On

With all Knicks games more or less meaningless at this point, all there is left to discuss is next season, and other amusing or infuriating side issues.

02/27/2015

Brian Cashman (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Yankees Made Big Mistake By Not Signing Yoan Moncada

Brian Cashman made a mistake on Monday, one that he might regret in a big way in a few years. Or Moncada might not pan out, and Cashman will look smart. But this was a risk worth taking.

02/24/2015

Amar'e Stoudemire (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Amar’e Stoudemire Helped Put Knicks Right Back Where They Started

In the end, Stoudemire was right when he said “The Knicks Are Back.” Right back where they started, thanks in large part to Stoudemire.

02/17/2015

dolan latter to fan

Schmeelk: James Dolan Has Confirmed Everything You Thought About Him

All this email exchange does is confirm exactly what everyone thinks of Dolan. He is overly sensitive. He overreacts to criticism. He is mean and rather nasty. Could you imagine working for someone like this?

02/09/2015

Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks smiles during the game against the Boston Celtics on Feb. 3, 2015 at Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Analyzing The Knicks’ Delicate-But-Doable Rebuilding Process

Parsing the words of Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher over past week, it’s abundantly clear that they are being pulled in two different directions as they embark upon the Knicks’ rebuilding process over the next couple of years.

02/04/2015

Derek Fisher (R) and Tim Hardaway Jr. (Photo by Randy Belice/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Maybe Derek Fisher Can Coach After All

While winning some games might cost the Knicks some ping-pong balls come draft time, it proves their coach might just be able to become a winner in the long-term.

01/29/2015

Duke's Jahlil Okafor at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Dec. 15, 2014 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Duke Center Jahlil Okafor Is The Knicks’ Answer

He’s unique. A truly polished post player hasn’t come out of the college ranks in more than a decade, and some think he is better than Tim Duncan was when he was a freshman.

01/27/2015

Knicks fans wear bags over their heads during a loss to the Rockets at Madison Square Garden on January 8, 2015. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Why Are Fans So Angry? Knicks Are FINALLY Building The Right Way

The Knicks are actually operating in a logical way for the first time in a long time. Knicks fans should show some appreciation for that.

01/09/2015

Phil Jackson (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Knicks Orchestrating The Great Tank Of 2015

This is not Team Titanic or Tritanic. The ship isn’t sinking. It is being scuttled. The Knicks are tanking, and tanking the old-fashioned way: with gross incompetence.

01/07/2015

Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith inactive against the Sacramento Kings on December 27, 2014 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Knicks’ Cleansing Continues In Trade They Had To Make

The Knicks now have millions more in cap space. Phil Jackson could screw it all up by signing the wrong players, but he is giving himself the opportunity to build a team the way he wants.

01/06/2015

The New York Knicks during the game against the Phoenix Suns on December 20, 2014 at Madison Square Garden (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)

Santa Schmeelk Hands Out His Annual Christmas Gifts To The Knicks

As the annual tradition goes, Santa Schmeelk is coming to town and presenting the Knicks with some gifts to help them get through this usually joyous, but now painful time of year.

12/24/2014

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