NY Knicks: An interview with former Knick Renaldo Balkman

What a pleasure it was to sit down with a former NY Knicks legend to talk all things Knicks as well as about his NFT line that’s dropping in the states next week.

“Once a Knick, Always a Knick” was the first thing Renaldo Balkman proclaimed during our sit down the other day for my podcast.

You can find the link for Spotify here, and the link for Apple podcasts here.

Balkman dropped an NFT line called Balkmania Worldwide as a way to interact with his fanbase more directly.

He’s got such a strong relationship with his fanbase here in the US as well as in the Philippines and Puerto Rico, he needed to find a way to both give back to them while finding more efficient ways to keep in touch while he’s busy playing basketball all around the world.

In 2021, it’s imperative for athletes to stay connected to their fans while enhancing their own digital image, and there are not many better ways than getting involved with an NFT project.

An interview with NY Knicks legend Renaldo Balkman

In a day and age where Sports Memorabilia collecting is at an all-time high, Balkmania Worldwide allows Knicks fans to share a part of Renaldo’s career with him.

The NFT is utilizing the Ethereum blockchain as well as Solana and can be found on both OpenSea and SolSea amongst many others.

Now, as far as his two stints with the Knicks, Balk had a lot of interesting little tidbits to share with us.

As we know, the Knicks having a solid core of weapons off the bench has been one of their calling cards for the past two seasons.

Balk knows exactly how important having a strong bench is considering he spent most of his time on both the Knicks and Nuggets as one of the primary reserves and a defensive specialist brought in to lock down an opposing team’s offensive threats.

When discussing Coach Tom Thibodeau’s fit with the team, Balk said that because Thibs has brought several teams to the playoffs, he knows what it’s like to have to compete at the highest level on a nightly basis.

“A hard-nosed coach and great guy…someone who’s had success in the league before” is what Balk had to say when asked about his thoughts on Thibs.

He also had a lot of great things to say regarding the team’s President, Leon Rose as Balkman employed CAA for quite a while throughout his NBA days.

When asked who some of the hardest players he had to guard during his time in the league, the two names mentioned were Carmel Anthony and Dirk Nowitzki.

“Melo’s release was just so fast, you can’t get to it and Dirk being so tall and shooting from behind his head, it was impossible to stop”.

All in all, I had a lot of fun getting to pick Balk’s brain a bit while also discussing his interest in the NFT wave.

You can find more information on his Twitter and Instagram profiles.

“Once a Knick, Always a Knick”