/On Pro Basketball: New-Look Knicks Try On Hard Hats

On Pro Basketball: New-Look Knicks Try On Hard Hats


Kyle O’Quinn (9) had 11 rebounds for the Knicks in the season opener against the Bucks.

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MILWAUKEE — Kyle O’Quinn grew up in Queens, presumably too late to fully appreciate what the 1990s were all about for the Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

He was born in 1990, which means he was just developing a sense of professional basketball after the hard-hat Knicks of that decade had hit their prime.

Charles Oakley — name mean anything to you?

It turns out O’Quinn is an astute historian but not in the most predictable way. Of Oakley, the sturdy enforcer who typically had Patrick Ewing’s back, he said: “He went to a historically black college — you know what I’m saying?”

He went on to say that with players like Oakley and Ben Wallace, both products of Virginia Union, “you always look to guys like them and how they stayed in the league – if they could do it, I can do it. You never played at a black…

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