Knicks book club: Learn your history

January, 3, 2013
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Are you a young Knick fan looking to learn about the team's history?

Or have you recently reconnected with the team after turning a blind eye to the rough years in the 2000s?

Either way, there's an easy way to learn, or catch up.

MSG analyst and former Knicks beat writer Alan Hahn has penned two insightful books full of anecdotes and interesting facts about the team's past and present.

In the first book, “100 Things Knicks Fans Must Know and Do Before They Die,’’ Hahn provides new details on some of the biggest events in the team's history.

He talked to former coach Pat Riley, who led the Knicks to the 1994 Finals before bolting for Miami.

In the book, Riley talks to Hahn about falling short of his ultimate goal in New York.

"He discusses the lament he had for 1994 and the fact that he couldn't deliver a championship. He calls it his greatest disappointment," Hahn says. "He even said to this day, it still bothers him that he couldn't get it done there."

The book also dissects the classic fan song that started in the early 1990s, "Go New York, Go New York, Go" and the impact that ex-Knick Nat "Sweetwater" Clifton -- one of the first African Americans in the NBA -- had on the franchise and the NBA as a whole.

In the second book -- “The New York Knicks: The Complete Illustrated History,’’ -- Hahn provides a thorough reference for anyone interested in the team's past.

The way Hahn puts it, if you were teaching a history class on the Knicks, you'd use his tome as a textbook.

"It takes you from the beginnings of basketball in New York to the current era," he says. "If it happened in franchise history, it's in that book."

Ian Begley

ESPN New York Writer

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