On this date in 1971, the Knicks sent Mike Riordan, Dave Stallworth, and cash to the rival Bullets for Earl Monroe. The trade shocked the basketball world as The Pearl was a thorn in the Knicks' side in six consecutive postseason showdowns from 1969 through 1974. The trade put Monroe and Walt Frazier in the same starting lineup, giving the Knicks one of the most exciting and potent backcourts of all-time. With Monroe in the fold, the Knicks beat the Lakers in five games to capture the 1973 NBA Championship.
If you have a great blog piece that you think we should feature in Hoops Links, then send it to me at HoopsLinks@gmail.com. Here's this week's look around the blogosphere..
- Blog A Bull is happy with the way Coach Tom Thibodeau is managing the rotation.
- Red 94 looks at how James Harden is doing early on with the Rockets.
- Hardwood Paroxysm feels for the Pacers in the wake of Danny Granger's injury.
- Bullets Forever looks at the Wizards' $43MM problem.
- The NBA Geek wants to know why John Bryant isn't in the Association.
- HoopTalent looks at the Italian players in the NBA.
- Bobcats Baseline predicts next year's Charlotte preview from ESPN's John Hollinger.
- SLC Dunk has ten reasons to be happy in Utah.
- The Basketball Post is waiting for the Kings to do a 180.
- Stepien Rules is excited after the Cavs' win over the Clippers.
- Bucksketball is high on Mike Dunleavy.
- NBA 24 7 365 puts the spotlight on Shannon Brown.
- Celtics Green is glad to see Keyon Dooling stay in the Celtics organization.
- 82 Games looks at the least successful teams in the postseason across the last ten years.
- Ball Or Nuthin wants the Lakers to let Steve Nash do his thing.
- Pounding The Rock wants you to know that the Spurs are more than a regular season team.
- Celtics Life talks about Rajon Rondo's quest for leadership.
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