Friday, September 21, 2007
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Anyway, I'm sure everyone knows the draft scenarios at this point, but I'm going to put up my Draft Board tonight for the Knicks. Now, these are the players I feel like we have a realistic chance of grabbing at the #23 spot. Let me start by saying I am NOT putting Sean Williams on my board because I don't even think we should bother with that waste of life. Odds are Isiah drafts him if he's there, and there's a chance he can produce...but I'm not even putting that joker on my board due to his off the court issues. So here we go, my draft board:
Marco Belinelli - SG - Italy: I love this kid. Check out some of his YouTube vids, you'll love him too. You'll see the trend that is developing for me with my next few picks, but I think we need to grab a shooting SG that has a high basketball IQ. His stock has been rising, so he might not even be there for us.
Daequan Cook - SG - Ohio St. : Taking a risk here. An immense talent that probably left OSU because Oden and Conley are taking off. Definitely won't do anything right away, but could pay off big time down the road.
Wilson Chandler - SF - DePaul: Could end up filling in the SG position...intriguing talent for sure. Still very young, and has a huge upside. His stock has risen big time over the past week. I'm just not sure if we need another athletic/rebounding forward on this team a la Lee/Balkman. I think this is the man we will end up taking though, as reports have said Isiah is basically in love with the dude.
Morris Almond - SG - Rice: For the last couple months this seemed like the no brainer for the Knicks. Lights out shooter, really reminds me of a young Allan Houston. Seems like the shooter we need, but his stock has dropped big time lately. I would still be satisfied with Almond...he may just be the missing piece.
Kobe Bryant - SG - LA Lakers: Oh wait...Who knows...it could happen, and if it does, who cares about the draft. But if the Knicks pick up one free agent this year it'll probably be Rashard Lewis, albeit giving him way too much money.
Hey, the draft should be interesting. I bet Isiah takes Sean Williams, even though we definitely don't need another forward, especially with all the other talent on the board, and considering the man is a criminal. WE NEED A SHOOTER!!!!
Anyway, first post in a while. But GOOD NEWS --- After the draft tomorrow...the offseason will be in official full swing, and there will be more posts - probably a few a week. ALSO, I'm adding two new members to the staff this coming season, but you won't see them till the fall (unless they get ambitious, ahem...guys...) until then...welcome back and...
GO NY GO NY GO
Thursday, April 5, 2007
I don't even know what to write about anymore, the season is pretty much over. The team doesn't care, and injuries have been too much. Each game is starting to play out like a broken record.
On another note, the Mets just swept the World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals in the opening series, out scoring them 20-2 in 3 games.
Can you tell what mode I'm in?
I'll be back soon, especially if the Knicks manage to win a game.
Tuesday, April 3, 2007
Like I mentioned before, 2-8 in their last 10 games. It is so cliche to look back and say "what if," but if they went 5-5, they would be sitting confortably in the 8th spot right now. New Jersey, Orlando, and Miami have all been playing .500 ball lately, and they are most likely on their way to the playoffs. To make up some ground, the Knicks would need to go at least 6-3 down the stretch, and rely on some help. This doesn't seem likely. The next 3 games (Philly and Minny at home, and then away at the Bucks) would be a good time to start winning.
What Could Have Been
Before James Dolan made the biggest bonehead move of the year in signing Isiah Thomas to an extension when his team didn't even possess a winning record, fans began to speculate who could come in to coach the team. The consensus seemed to be that the inflated egos on this team would not receive a coaching change very well (with Eddy Curry saying so himself), and that Thomas would seem to be the only choice.
The only other name that constantly came up was Billy Donovan, coach of the (as of last night) BACK TO BACK NATIONAL CHAMPION Florida Gators. Yes, a coach who knows how to win and has coached NBA players, especially with his current roster of possibly 4 first round draft picks. The only problem would be if Donovan would want to step into a mess like the Knicks. Sure, they have made progress over the past year, but it might be too much too fast for a first time NBA coach.
However, Donovan is a consummate professional and loves challenges. He obviously is a players' coach, since 4 potential first round draft picks decided to go back to school with the chance to repeat a championship. Not only did they have a stellar season, but Donovan coached them back to the title. But why New York? Donovan was born on Long Island. He learned basketball from coach Rick Pitino while attending Boston College, and then he was awarded with a one year deal from Pitino's new team, that's right, the NEW YORK KNICKS. Sure, he only played 44 games, eventually not performing well enough to last in the pros. Learning from Pitino, he eventually went on to coach Florida, completely rejuvinating the program. He even coached David Lee, and now 4 other players who will land somewhere in the NBA.
Perfect for New York, right? Well it's too late, the Knicks are stuck with Isiah at least through next season, barring some sort of disaster. No chance Dolan buys him out, he's too scared to run the organization himself, since he has layed everything on Thomas since day one. Personally, I would like to see Isiah hire Billy Donovan, and step back up to the front office. I know many people don't like some of his decisions from the GM position, but the man can draft, and he has brought some good talent in here. With a coach like Donovan to mold that talent, they would be set. Plus, Isiah has learned from his mistakes. Even he realizes that max contracts and trading away key draft picks are bad decisions.
It's all just a pipe dream though. If only we didn't have a coward as the owner of the Knicks, some prestige could have been brought back to the organization.
Friday, March 30, 2007
- School is winding down. With the end of the semester in sight, I have been turning a good amount of focus to my classwork, and this has led to missing a couple games. It has been hard to manage my time between the two.
- Playoffs seem out of the picture at this point. Call me a pessimist, but this team is too decimated by injury to limp into the playoffs. With the talent that was on the roster 3 weeks ago, I would have thought the Knicks could stick it out. Marbury has been carrying the team, but he is wearing down, just like half the team...more on this later.
- NO ONE reads my blog. I know off hand of less than 10 CASUAL readers of my blog. I have attempted to register it with many sites, but it has been constantly denied. Why this happens, I am noot sure, but I have an idea. I don't have enough content on the site. I have attempted to reach out to other Knicks fans for help, but no one has seemed up to the task so far. I have a good system going here, with articles, links, and video. This summer I am looking to take the site even higher, hopefully with some help.
I said it once I will say it again, this is a young site with a lot of potential. Anyone that has clicked the link on the right to visit Matthew Cerrone's MetsBlog knows what I mean. Three years ago MetsBlog has a weaker interface than I currently have, but Matt brought on some good people to help him along, and now it is one of the top five baseball blogs on the internet. My goal is nothing less.
SO WHO CARES ABOUT THAT, WHAT IS UP WITH THE KNICKS???
The New York Knicks have went 2-6 since giving Isiah Thomas a multi year extension. Yes, they are riding a nice win courtesy of the Cavs, but this team has been decimated by injury. A few key points:
- Crawford's absence has killed Eddy Curry. The man that had a knack for finding Eddy in the low post probably won't get a chance to hit the court again this year (barring an amazing playoff appearance. To make matters worse, Curry is beginning to feel the burn of a full, solid season. He isn't used to surviving this deep into the season with this many minutes each game. He is visibly tired and has been complaining about calls to try to get some help from the zebras. It's not going to happen. Curry has taken a huge step forward this season, but he still won't be treated like a veteran. I hate to look to next year, but hopefully he has learned some key lessons to go into a monster year next year. P.S. Eddy - Drop 15-20 more pounds again, don't be lazy and slack off in the offseason.
- Q-Rich won't play again this season. Normally this would be bad news, but it's not. Richardson's back has been a sore subject for all Knicks fans. He sits out games periodically, and when he is on the court, he can't post up due to soreness. Finally, the problem that has plagued him for 2+ years will be addressed. Hopefully Q can have his surgery, go through rehab, and come back next year 100%, with the same fire that he jumped out of the gate with this year.
- Steve Francis is a cancer. It's obvious he doesn't want to be here, so the countdown has begun to the offseason. Francis will most likely end up being the biggest embarassment of Isiah Thomas' time as Knicks GM (yes, more than Jerome James). He was brought it to appease Larry Brown at the trade deadline last year, but has only shown flashes of his All Star years. He has complained about playing time (obviously jealous of Marbury), and miraculously returned to play just two days after declaring he would miss the season about a month ago. The sad part is, the entire league knows he will be bought out, so the Knicks won't be able to get ANYTHING for him. Maybe Kevin McHale in Minnesota would bite on something, but he will most likely be bought out...a complete waste of a year and a half.
- You have been invited to Renaldo Balkman's coming out party. The Incredible Balk has been playing great lately in the absence of Q-Rich and David Lee. Hopefully he works on a jump shot this summer and then we'll talk. If you're like me, you tend to tune into some Knicks Summer League games in Vegas. It should be fun watching Balk lead the Knicks young guns (including Mardy Collins and new acquisition Randolph Morris, more later).
- Speaking of David Lee, the Knicks free spirit is still rocking the suit on the bench. How much do you miss him?
- Randolph Morris. Yeah, we signed him fresh off an NCAA Tourney loss. It'll be interesting to see if he gets any significant minutes for the rest of the season. He saw 7 mins. against the Cavs and hit a FT. I'm only going to view it as an early draft pick...talk to me next season.
- Speaking of a Free Throw, can anyone on this team hit one?
OK, 11 GAMES LEFT...
After a nice win, the Knicks get rewarded tonight with a virtual automatic loss to the Dallas Mavericks. The only slight hope will be if Dirk's injured ankle slows him down. Speaking of ankles, Steve Francis is nursing an ankle injury as well, and most likely won't play tonight. You know what, he most likely won't play in a Knick uniform ever again. I can't even express how much of a disgrace he is. That leaves the guard rotation at Marbury, Robinson, and Collins. You will have to shield your eyes when Jared Jeffries is forced to play at the 2.
After tonight, next three games:
All winnable, all must win if we're serious about the playoffs.
We are 31-40, One and a half out of the 8 spot. It's now or never.
I'll be back soon, I promise (and by soon I mean Sunday/Monday)
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
- Not only did the Knicks lose, but the Post is reporting that Frye's poke to the eye could be somewhat serious, and Marbury's shoulder injury might slow him down.
- The Daily News is starting to hurt watching all these losses, and Mark Cuban is surprised that the fans in NY put up with the Knicks' management.
- Mark Cuban really likes the Starbury shoes...so much in fact that he claims they were one of the best business ideas of 2006.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
- The event I have always wanted to attend, Knicks Bowl, looks like it was another big success at helping charity in it's 8th installment.
- The New York Times tries to make it sound like Channing Frye was forced out of the offense. We all know I feel the opposite way, but...to each his own.
- Over at the Post, Isiah Thomas is already making excuses about tonight's game vs. Dallas. A Must read, especially if you are anti-IT.
- There's a great article over at Newsday, citing the fact that the Knicks have given up on European players since the Fredric Weis catastrophe. There's also an interesting list of foreign players that the Knicks have passed on in the draft.
- The Daily News caught up with Dirk Nowitzki during practice at Columbia yesterday. Some good quotes from a classy player.
With that said, what's been going on with the Knicks?
This team has continued their up and down ways, losing to the Raptors and the Hornets (pathetic), only to come back and beat the Raptors by 20 on Sunday afternoon. Now the best team in the NBA, the Dallas Mavericks, come into the Garden looking to avenge their humiliating loss to the Knicks last season. New York has improved since then, but so have the Mavs. So let's look ahead to the game that could turn out to be a real smackdown, with hopes that the Knicks have another miracle in store.
No D-Lee and no Q-Rich still. Q's back problems have become a real pain in the rear for Knicks fans lately. Not only have other teams figured out he can no longer post up like he used to, but his own team isn't even sure when he'll be able to play. On another note, I am really starting to miss David Lee. If it wasn't for Stephon Marbury stepping it up and putting this team on his back, the Knicks would be dead in the water without Lee's energy.
Steve Francis was starting to grow on me a bit, but then I remembered how much I despise him. Despite contributing some nice assists, Francis still makes decisions with the ball that make Jamal Crawford look like Steve Nash. Passing into traffic, jacking up bad jumpers, and whining on the court are just a few of the things I will not miss from Stevie after he is bought out in the offseason. Here's to hoping he can continue to at least do minimal things to help this team down the stretch.
My main man Balkman is coming off a sick 15 and 12 against Toronto, and his confidence continues to rise. I still remember draft day when every analyst called Isiah an idiot for drafting him. I bet every GM out there wishes they would have gave him a look. Balkman will be key tonight on the defensive end, hopefully shutting Josh Howard down. Big task for the rookie...
Speaking of defense, Jared Jeffries needs to have the game of his life tonight, most likely guarding Dirk Nowitzki. Jeffries has shown some nice snapshots of play on the defensive end, but he'll need to dig as deep as he can to at least hold Dirk under 20.
I'm not stressed out about tonight's game. I have forced myself to look at it like a loss, that way a win would be the most exciting thing ever, if that makes any sense. With that in mind, this is one game where I really miss Jamal Crawford. It's the type of showdown where you expect him to take bad shots, maybe go 6-18 from the field, only to hit the game winning jumper as the 4th quarter expires. Maybe Marbury can have this superstar type of game tonight.
The Knicks are only a half game out of the 8 spot, with positions 7-10 currently all separated by a half game or less. The upcoming six games are ugly:
Tonight vs. Dallas
Thursday vs. Portland
Friday @ Cleveland
Monday 26th vs. Orlando
Wednesday 28th vs. Cleveland
Friday 30th @ Dallas
With the exception of Portland, those are all quality teams. The Knicks are going to need to prove their talent in this stretch, or else they could easily go 1-5 in the next six. You have to figure they need to go .500 for the rest of the season to at least have a shot, so this could be the beginning of the end for this team. I sure hope not.
Have fun watching tonight, and I'll leave you with this unselfish quote from Renaldo Balkman, courtesy ESPN.com,
"I get the guys going and that's what I want to do," Balkman said. "I might go out there and get one rebound or I might not even score a basket."