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The definitive history of the 1990s New York Knicks, illustrating how Pat Riley, Patrick Ewing, John Starks, Charles Oakley, and Anthony Mason resurrected the iconic franchise through oppressive physicality and unmatched grit.

For nearly an entire generation, the New York Knicks have been a laughingstock franchise. Since 2001, they’ve spent more money, lost more games, and won fewer playoff series than any other NBA team.

But during the preceding era, the Big Apple had a club it was madly in love with - one that earned respect not only by winning, but through brute force. The Knicks were always looking for fights, often at the encouragement of Pat Riley. They fought opposing players. They fought each other. Hell, they even occasionally fought their own coaches.  

The NBA didn’t take kindly to their fighting spirit. Within two years, league officials moved to alter several rules to stop New York from turning its basketball games into bloody mudwrestling matches. Nevertheless, as the 1990s progressed, the Knicks endeared themselves to millions of fans; not for how much they won, but for their colorful cast of characters and their hardworking mentality.

Now, through his original reporting and interviews with more than 200 people, author Chris Herring delves into the origin, evolution, and eventual demise of the iconic club. He takes us inside the locker room, executive boardrooms, and onto the court for the key moments that lifted the club to new heights, and the ones that threatened to send everything crashing down in spectacular fashion.

Blood in the Garden is a portrait filled with eye-opening details that have never been shared before, revealing the full story of the franchise in the midst of the NBA’s golden era. And rest assured, no punches will be pulled. Which is just how those rough-and-tumble Knicks would like it.

©2022 Chris Herring. All rights reserved. (P)2022 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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For hoop fans

Very well written and researched a must read for hoop heads. Pat Riley is a trip and the stories of some of the players rise to the NBA are just amazing. I am not a Kicks fan but this book was about the things you might not ever heard about and some you did but couldn't believe. I really enjoyed this book.

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Must read for any Knicks fan

Awesome book!! Must read for any Knicks fan or fan of the 90s NBA. Different era of basketball and competition. Narrator needs to mix up his voices a little bit, dude has the same cadence for every man or woman. But great book!

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Must reas or hear if a Knicks fan .

Amazing book on the history of the 90s knicks . If you weren't around this explains it all.

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Amazing!!

love this book!! alot of behind the scenes stories. This was my team growing up.

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A great book held back by a poor narration cadence

Chris Herring's history of the 90s Knicks is wonderfully written, and showcases the team for the hardnosed, smash mouthed players they are. It is let down by the narration of Brian Hutchinson though, who's cadence is often strange. It is like Hutchison did this in one take, not bothering to understand the sentence structures quite often. Don't let that deter you from this story. Herring did an incredible job.

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Great storytelling

it was great to go back to the nineties and get all the stories about them Knicks. Great storytelling. For me, it was very nostalgic. If you don't know the stories, you will be amazed

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Absolute gold!

Effortful dialogue collection, beautiful storytelling, and perfect narration. A must-read for any Knicks fan who didn’t experience the era like myself. Herring captures everything start to finish and gives justice to those who badly deserve it.

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Delivered as promised

Strongly recommend. Deep insight into Pat Riley and Jeff Van Gundy and key players of 90s.

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Thumbs up!!

I loved the history from one of the best periods of basketball. I wished they would've won in 93-94.

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A love letter to Basket ball for old heads

If you love Basketball and are of a certain age you will Love this story.