By Nick Ranieri, Knicks Fan Since '80
The New York Knicks family celebrated a special birthday over the weekend because Kenny “Sky” Walker turned 49 on Sunday. Walker started his career with the Knicks when he was selected with the 5th overall pick during the 1986 draft. Although Walker only played on the Knicks for a total of five seasons, he certainly had his share of memorable moments. None were bigger than winning the 1989 NBA Slam Dunk Contest after defeating Clyde Drexler to close out the final round. Watch highlights from the 1989 dunk contest here.
Knicks Head Coach Mike Woodson spent some time with kids from the Garden of Dreams Foundation, showing them around the MSG Training Center as part of "Dream Week." Since its inception in September 2006, Garden of Dreams has created thousands of once-in-a-lifetime experiences that have brought joy and happiness to more than 225,000 children and their families. Watch the video here.
It looks like Metta World Peace might actually be changing his name after all. After proclaiming last week that he would not be going through with the change, World Peace tweeted on Saturday:
I'm changing my name to AKA Diploma AKA Diploma for threeeee!!!— Metta World Peace (@MettaWorldPeace) August 17, 2013
I'm gonna have actual diploma on the back of my jersey instead of the last name. When I commit a foul the refs will play sha-rades— Metta World Peace (@MettaWorldPeace) August 17, 2013
Raymond Felton spent some time with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of NYC organization on Sunday at St. Johns University. Felton teamed up with 50 big and little matches to share some ball handling drills during their basketball camp.
Hanging with 50 big and little Matches at St. John's for a basketball camp with @BBBSNYC. They are doing my ball handling drills now.— Raymond Felton (@RFeltonGBMS) August 18, 2013
During the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas this year, Jeremy Tyler certainly made a huge impact on both ends of the floor to earn a contract with the Knicks. Tyler previously played for San Diego High School and was the first American-born player to leave high school early to play professionally overseas. After bouncing around for a few years overseas, Tyler made his way into the NBA getting drafted by the Charlotte Bobcats in the 2011 NBA Draft. The Bobcats traded Tyler to the Golden State Warriors on draft night, but he only appeared in 42 games before hitting the open market. Tyler tweeted a video titled, “Jeremy Tyler Sail” which gives us a peak into his journey that led him to where he is today.
J.R. Smith spent some time with his daughter on Sunday and shared this adorable picture on his Instagram account: