Tuesday, July 03, 2007


Zach Randolph, eh?

I've got mixed feelings about this trade.

I like the swap in talent - no question there. Randolph and Fred Jones are worth it to get rid of Steve Francis and Channing Frye. All Frye did was shoot jumpers. I know Jones can finish I hear he plays some defense. And Dan Dickau at least has a small expiring contract, so if he needs to just go away, it won't be expensive.

However, Randolph's contract is 4 years of badness, as compared to just 2 years of badness (Francis'). So that will keep the Knicks expensive for a while longer yet, as my dream of LeBron in Orange and Blue moves a bit further out into the unlikely future.

And how the Knicks play on defense with Eddy Curry and Randolph on the court at the same time remains to be seen. Neither is a shot blocker and neither plays very good defense at all. I guess they're going to be counted on to score 50 every game.

We'll see. I don't think Isiah is done. He has 17 players and that is 2 too many.

Monday, May 28, 2007


It has been a long time.

I spent last year focusing on watching the team, trying to figure out what the hell is going on.

But a crisis looms. The Knicks acquiring Vince Carter would be what we call a "Catastrophic Mistake".

Please, no.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006


The Sonics are Leaving, Will Anyone Notice?

A group of investors from Oklahoma bought the Sonics today. How did Seattle residents react to the prospect of its only pro team to win a championship moving to Oklahoma City?

In the parking lot outside the conference, two annoyed teenagers stood in Sonics jerseys, holding cardboard signs reading “Don’t sell my childhood to OK City!” and “39 years out the window!” I asked if they felt lonely in Seattle, still supporting the Sonics. Nope, one said, “Everyone loves the Sonics!”
I've lived in Seattle for 9 years, and I can count on one hand the number of people I know who will be upset by this.

Monday, July 10, 2006


Knicks Draft

One quick thing about the draft:

Everybody is great. Everybody has tremendous upside. Everybody is the second coming of the Commerical Guy Who Ruined the NBA, Moses Malone or Dirk Nowitzki.

Everyone that is until the Knicks picked. Then it was if they had drafted me.

F**K the non-believers and the Knicks-haters. This is what it must be like to have been a Clippers fan.

Not that I love Isiah, but the draft is the one thing he hasn't messed up (Damon Stoudamire, Marcus Camby, Tracy McGrady, Channing Frye, David Lee - shoot even Trevor Ariza at 43rd overall was pretty good.)


I've watched one Vegas Summer League game so far and I am trying to stay awake for tonite's. That said, here's the early progress report on the Knicks:

David Lee: is a legit NBA player. Can play the 3 or 4.
Channing Frye: will be great if he can stay healthy
Nate Robinson: hasn't appeared to progress since last year. I am beginning to be concerned that Nate is nothing more than a situational 3 point shooter and defensive pest. Not even a back-up PG. We'll see.

Knicks Draft picks:

Renaldo "Reverse-Nah" Balkman: athletic, hustles for rebounds and loose balls and plays defense - just what the Knicks need.

Mardy Collins - I was genuinely surprised by how big this kid is. He has basketball IQ and can actually initiate the offense. Will be able to guard the point and against most SG in the league.

Friday, June 30, 2006


More Draft Silliness

Heckling Stephen A. Smith

Thursday, June 29, 2006


Bill Simmons

From the 2006 Draft Diary:

9:36 -- There are those moments in sports when you expect something great, and then it actually happens. And then there are those rare moments in sports when you expect something great, and something even greater happens. This was one of those moments: The Knicks on the clock, the crowd pushing for Marcus Williams, and then ...

--Stern: "With the 20th pick, the New York Knicks select ... Renaldo Balkman."

(Crowd explodes in horror.)

--Stern (over the boos): "Renaldo is not here."

--Patrick (without missing a beat): "And it's probably a good thing."

(Shot of a beaten-down Spike Lee laughing hysterically.)

9:36 -- That was fantastic. Everyone kept e-mailing me to write about Isiah and the Knicks last week ... what else was there to say? OF COURSE Isiah was meant to coach this team as his final job in the NBA before retiring to a life of greeting people at casinos and doing informercials. If somebody clogs your toilet, you ask him to clean up the mess. That's just the way life works. I'm telling you, we're going to remember the Isiah/Knicks Era the same way we remember things like Enron, the Hindenberg and the Bay of Pigs. It's reached that level. I don't know what else to say. Honestly. I have Knicks fans e-mailing me every day asking me if it's OK to root against their own team. What else can you say at this point?

(Wait, I know ... Renaldo Balkman!)

Monday, June 12, 2006


Oh dear god, no....

I've heard rumors that Larry Brown was locked out of a secret workout that was run by Gerald Wilkins. What is he going to teach anyone? How to get to the basket and then hit the underside of the rim on a lay-up? How to miss an easy dunk?


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