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I just got the word that former NBA player Mark Jackson is a finalist for next year’s Basketball Hall of Fame. Jackson was drafted 18th by the New York Knicks in 1987 and gave his heart and soul to our city for the first five years of his NBA career. He is one of three Knicks, along with Willis Reed and Patrick Ewing, to win Rookie of the Year.

On Sept. 2, 1992, the Knicks traded Mark to the Clippers for Doc Rivers and the greatest choke in NYC history, Charles Smith, who got pinned four times in the 1993 Eastern Conference Finals as you can see in the video below.

Mark went on to lead the Clippers to two playoff appearances in two years and then was traded to the enemy, the Indiana Pacers, adding even more fuel to the rivalry. The Knicks went on to beat the Pacers in seven games at the 1994 Eastern Conference Finals, but in the second round of the 1995 playoffs, Mark and Reggie Miller would get their revenge by beating the Knicks in the second round in seven games. Read More »