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Latrell Sprewell

A New Start In New York

Cleared to return to the court for the 1998-99 season, Sprewell remained sidelined by a players' strike that lasted until January 1999, at which time he was traded from the Warriors to the New York Knicks. Joining the Knicks gave Sprewell a much-needed chance to redeem himself and his career. In his first game in a Knicks uniform, Sprewell scored a game-high twenty-four points. As the Knicks continued to win, memories of Sprewell's past altercations began to fade from the public mind. He became a popular player in New York and the team's emotional leader, helping his team reach the 1999 NBA championship series, which the Knicks lost to the San Antonio Spurs.

During the next three seasons, Sprewell averaged 18.6 points per game for the Knicks, despite the team's downward spiral in the league standings. Although he continues to incur occasional fines for being late or absent from required team functions, Sprewell quietly pays his fines. The final chapter of his career has yet to be written. Whether history will judge him as a misunderstood nice guy who tries to mind his own business for the most part or yet one more overpaid egomaniacal professional athlete remains to be seen.

Career Statistics

GS: Golden State Warriors; NY: New York Knicks.
Yr Team GP PTS P/G FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG TO
1993 GS 77 1182 15.4 .464 .369 .746 3.5 3.8 1.6 203
1994 GS 82 1720 21.0 .433 .361 .774 4.9 4.7 2.2 226
1995 GS 69 1420 20.6 .418 .276 .781 3.7 4.0 1.6 230
1996 GS 78 1473 18.9 .428 .323 .789 4.9 4.2 1.6 222
1997 GS 80 1938 24.2 .449 .354 .843 4.6 6.3 1.7 322
1998 GS 14 299 21.4 .397 .188 .745 3.6 4.9 1.4 44
1999 GS 37 606 16.4 .415 .273 .812 4.2 2.5 1.2 79
2000 NY 82 1524 18.6 .435 .346 .866 4.3 4.0 1.3 226
2001 NY 77 1364 17.7 .430 .304 .783 4.5 3.5 1.4 218
2002 NY 81 1575 19.4 .404 .360 .821 3.7 3.9 1.2 223
TOTAL 677 13101 19.4 .430 .333 .810 4.2 4.2 1.6 1993

Awards and Accomplishments

1992 Named All Southeastern Conference; twenty-fourth overall pick in the National Basketball Association (NBA) draft by the Golden State Warriors
1993 Named NBA All Rookie Second Team
1994 Named All NBA First Team and All Defensive Second Team
1994-95, 1997 Named NBA All Star

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