Knicks, Cuts and Bruises

First of all, I was surprised how much I missed basketball. When the season started, I couldn’t be puled away from keeping track of the Knicks via League Pass. Whenever I got the opportunity, I would take advantage of the NBA League Pass two week free trial to watch the new Knicks. Before the season started, I had all but decided to purchase League Pass but something happened during that free trial.

The Knicks sucked.

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Dear Bill Walker

Dear Bill Walker,

It’s bad enough that beyond Tyson Chandler, Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Antony, the Knicks’ roster look like a bunch of community center castoffs – always calling “next.” It’s bad enough that Mike D’Antoni’s offensive strategy appears to be shoot as many three pointers as possible (the earlier in the shot clock, the better) and when that doesn’t work, pass the ball to Will…I mean Carmelo and hope he can bail the team out (‘Melo will be dead by the All-Star break). No, Bill.  You apparently traveled back in time to the 90’s, got twists put in your hair and made it back in time for the season.

What were you thinking?

You look like one of the Kris Kross‘ kids grown up.

You look like an extra in a Geto Boys video.

You look like Prop Joe‘s illegitmate son.

Every time you step on the court, I groan.

I blame your friends and family.  If someone loved you, they’d cut your hair while you slept.

I imagine you can’t go into a barbershop because they might actually die of laughter, so you need to shave it all off and start over.

Please.

Sincerely,
A loyal but troubled Knicks fan

Caring Is Creepy

Wednesday night, the Knicks got blown out by the Dallas Mavericks.  They were only down by six at halftime but then Dallas destroyed them in the third quarter.  I was really disappointed because I thought they could pull it off.  They had beaten the Spurs and, most recently, the Heat.  It’s weird caring about the Knicks again.

When the Knicks were great in the 90’s, they, along with the Yankees, were my life.  I spent almost every Sunday watching the NBA on NBC looking for the next matchup versus the hated Chicago Bulls or Miami Heat.  The only time I ever cried over a sporting event was when the Houston Rockets beat the Knicks in game seven of the 1994 NBA Finals (Why wouldn’t Riley put in Hubert Davis when John Starks was 2-18? WHY!?!?).  As the years went on, the Knicks got worse but were still competitive.  The Allan Houston years weren’t as horrible as everyone makes them out to be.  He did get us to back to the Finals (taking full advantage of the strike-shortened season).  But then the scourge known as Isiah Thomas and his harbinger of doom, Stephon Marbury, came to town and destroyed everything I loved about the Knicks for about a decade.  At least I had the Yankees.

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Better Than Nothing?

Sure he has a bad knee and eyes and he has a five year, $100 million contract (all five years guaranteed) but if the Knicks had left this free agency season empty-handed or overpaying for a low-tier player because they had to (which still might happen), I would have been more disappointed.

David’s Last Summer?

Last night was the final game at Madison Square Garden for a lot of Knicks and what will hopefully be known as the pre-Lebron years.  Of the 12 man roster, ony two Knicks are signed for next season (Danilo Gallinari and Toney Douglas).  While most Knicks fans can’t wait to see a completely new roster, there is one Knick in particular that I am going to miss.

David Lee was the 30th pick in the 2005 NBA draft (they had picked Channing Frye and Nate Robinson with earlier picks).  As horrible as Isiah Thomas was a coach, general manager and sexual harasser of women, he did have a good eye for young talent.  Of course, it’s a shame he traded away all of our would be high draft picks for old expensive talent but I digress.  Over the past five seasons, David Lee quietly became the best player on a shitty team.  It took awhile for me to notice that Lee was racking up double-doubles in his rookie season and his scoring average slowly got higher and higher.

With all the drama surrounding management and particular players, you never heard a bad story about David Lee.  Never complaining about the direction of the team.  Never clamoring for more playing time.  Never begging to be traded.  He just went out there and did his thing and I’ve always appreciated him for that. I was surprisingly happy that he finally got to play in the All-Star this season as a Knick.

There’s a chance the Knicks could resign him this offseason but I imagine that a lot of teams are going to try to pick him up (although he garnered no interest last summer).  I make this promise now.  The last Knicks jersey I purchased was Charles Oakley way back in high school.  Unless the Knicks sign Lebron James, if the Knicks resign David Lee to a multi-year deal, I will buy Lee’s jersey and be rocking #42 in Los Angeles next season.