New York State of Mind

You know, I have to admit, I thought it would work out for the Knicks this year. I thought Isaiah Thomas had a shot at Coach of the Year. I thought New York had a chance at winning not only the Atlantic division, but the whole Eastern conference. I saw visions of Spike Lee awkwardly clapping and annoying celebrities showing up en masse to make the sound of approval emanate from Madison Square Garden.

How, before you call the loony bin, hear me out. We all know the East was weak. Sure Boston had three perennial All-Stars, but I thought it would take a while for them to gel (umm…notsomuch). The Cavs didn’t add anyone of note, the Pistons have trouble with offense and the Heat – yikes!
New York pulled a brilliant move in trading has-been (never-was?) Steve Francis and his massive contract along with Channing Frye, who had failed to grow as a player after his great season two years back. In return they got Zach Randolph – an absolute beast who for his career has averaged a double-double. He’s a pure post player, but can also step out and drain a 16-footer in your face.

Add him to guys like:
G Stephon Marbury – say what you will about his shooting, but he’s got a great handle and has a competitive streak second to none.

G Jamal Crawford – In my opinion one of the most underrated players in the league. The guy is an absolute assassin. There’s no one – including Kobe and Carmelo – I’d rather have the ball with 1.2 seconds left (yeah, yeah, he missed that buzzer beater Wednesday night – but did you see how close the shot was considering how far out he was?)

G Nasty Nate Robinson – Call it Little-man syndrome, I call it the “Steven Jackson medal of insanity”. He can shoot, rebound, steal, actually guard bigger players who post him up and oh yeah he blocked Yao. He’s 5’7”.
F David Lee – Underrated as well. Can rebound with the best of them and gets tons of garbage points – which coaches love. Kind of like Anderson Verajao minus the mental retardation.

C Eddy Curry – When he gets in the low-post, he’s unblockable. He uses that huge rump to back everyone down. Everyone.

So you can understand how with the prospect of a healthy Crawford, no shot-hogging Francis and the biggest front court in the league with Curry and Randolph I was optimistic for their chances. One thing I forgot however – Isaiah Thomas is the worst thing to happen to the NBA since short-shorts.


It defies logic how the biggest Knicks story in the off-season wasn’t renewed hopes for a championship, but Mr. Thomas’s sexual harassment suit in which all sorts of embarrassing secrets were uncovered – from Isaiah calling her a “black bitch” which he defended as saying that while he has problems with a white person calling a black woman bitch, in terms of a black man saying that “not as much”. There was Isaiah’s expletive filled rant in which he said he didn’t care about the ticket-holders or any of those “G****mn White people”. One website even sold T-shirts saying “I got Sexually Harassed by Isaiah Thomas and all I got was this 6-year/ $150 Million contract”

Add that to the fact that fans were ALREADY booing him last year for the team’s uninspired play.
Considering how this year’s slow start has been polarized by the Marbury – Thomas feud, with Marbury reportedly shouting on the team’s plane ride upon hearing that Isaiah was going to start second-year player Mardy Collins over the 20$ Million dollar man in question:

“Isiah has to start me,” Marbury fumed, according to the source. “I’ve got so much (stuff) on Isiah and he knows it. He thinks he can (get) me. But I’ll (get) him first. You have no idea what I know.”

Now, Marbury re-joined the team Wednesday night, the two shook hands. All was good in Gotham right?

Thomas’s response to the whole ordeal:

Thomas, asked about playing Marbury instead of suspending him, said, “I’ve played with people I don’t like and I’ve won with people I don’t like. We’re a professional basketball team and my job is trying to win a game.

Now, it seems like Marbury could be traded, due to a “this town isn’t big enough for the two of us” mentality, while Knicks owner/ professional pouting chubby guy James Dolan has cast his lot with Isaiah Thomas and will at least give him this season as head coach. What a waste. It seems the only thing that will now resonate in the halls of MSG are more boos and the sound of the buzzer after another Knicks loss.

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1 Response to “New York State of Mind”

  1. 1 crowsonblog
    November 16, 2007 at 9:29 pm

    Good points, all. I think that the Knicks will make a push once, or if, Starbury gets his head on straight. Curry is a force inside and if they can utilize David Lee and Nate Robinson, as well as their bench, the Knicks could battle for the 7-8 seeds.

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