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Ladies and Gentlemen: The Gloritorium

Phil Jackson: "“It isn't ideal,” Jackson said, referring to the alternating monthly visits with Buss. “It was not something I would necessarily bargain to do, to live away from the companion I've had for 15 years. But she said, ‘We’ll be fine.’ And there is something about being fruitful, purposeful in life.”" - Harvey Araton, NYTimes - 02/03/15


Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Knicks Lose Big to Sacto

The tank is back in action.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Two in a Row, Bargnani's Knicks Beat Toronto

Very, very entertaining game.

Team effort, team work.  Everyone shined in their own special way.

Now, hopefully back to the work of losing.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

CAA Intimidation and Muzzling of the Press

Jeff Van Gundy, a ESPN commentator and critic of Chicago Bulls management has disclosed some disturbing and ominous accounts of what can only be described as strong-arm agent and organization behavior to silence his critiques.

See: http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/columnists/ct-sherman-sports-media-spt-0227-20150226-column.html

"I've been asked by (LeonRose of CAA, the firm that represents Thibodeau) to tone it down a bit," Van Gundy said this week.
In the wake of Derrick Rose's latest injury, the coach's future likely will be brought up during ABC's telecast of the Clippers-Bulls game Sunday. Mike Breen, Van Gundy, Mark Johnson and Doris Burke will be on the call. Everything seems to be on the table for a franchise that Van Gundy says "feels snake-bit."
Previously, speculation about Thibodeau's status provoked Van Gundy to rail about Bulls management during an ESPN telecast of a January game in Dallas. He alleged the Bulls were leaking stories "to undermine" Thibodeau.
The Bulls quickly fired back. Van Gundy said Bulls general manager Gar Forman, who was at the game, confronted him at halftime. "He called me a bunch of names," Van Gundy said. 
Two days later, John Paxson, the Bulls' executive vice president of basketball operations, told the Tribune the remarks were "pathetic" and alleged that Van Gundy "was trying to protect his friend."
Van Gundy said the incident resulted in him receiving a call from Thibodeau's agent.
"He asked that I not say anything bad about (Thibodeau's relationship with the Bulls). It was getting people upset," Van Gundy said. "I told him I have a job to do, but at the same time, I don't want to do anything to hurt Tom."
ESPN and the NBA operatives have become so incestuous that it is unlikely anyone will make a fuss about this but for a sport that wants to legalize gambling, incidents like these should be taken far more seriously than something like Phil Jackson saying that a college player is playing well and calling it tampering.

Intimidation tampers with the integrity of the game and the integrity of the relationship between media and fan to something that resembles authentic truthful analysis.

Suffocating Defense - Knicks Beat Detroit

In the second best game of the year for the Knicks...

Detroit had Jackson, Monroe, Drummond, Tolliver, and a full bench...

The Knicks had...

No Carmelo Anthony, no Jose Calderon, no good reason to win the game, and according to pundits no chance of beating a surging Detroit Piston team.

So what did they do?

Well Langston Galloway took one more step in securing the PG position going forward.  His clutch three pointer that tied the game at the end of regulation sent a loud and clear message that he's here to stay.  Secondly, and this is note-worthy, he established himself as a potential clutch shooter when shots count.  What this does is relieve Melo from being the only go-to player at the end of quarters and games that Fisher can call on.

As for Lou Amundson whose tip-in tied the game at the end of the first time-out, he too has clearly staked out a claim for next year's roster. An effusive Walt Frazier was ecstatic with praise for the toughness and effort that Amundson played with.

The enigmatic Andreas Bargnani also stepped up mightily throughout the game.  He can certainly cobble out a case that he should be resigned next year.  Now that he's healthy, he is demonstrating his worth running Fisher/Jackson's system.

Jason Smith played a strong game and continues to show progress.

Larking and THJ, warts and all, played well enough to seal the victory.  Both are maddeningly inconsistent but that was minimized last night.

Shved and Early showed some promise. Wear looked great on defense.

Biggest news of the game though was the brilliant and relentless teamwork that went into the victory.  The defense, as Walt Frazier repeated like a mantra throughout the game, WAS SUFFOCATING!  The offensive sets were largely a thing of beauty.

Also notable was the disappointing play of both Monroe and Jackson, two coveted free agents whose play raised more questions than excitement.  Galloway outplayed Jackson.  Monroe (even teamed with Drummond) was not MAX-contract effective. In this fan's opinion, the Knicks should pass on both.


Friday, February 27, 2015

The Sound of One Hand Bashing

Phil Jackson is being lambasted by the media, pundits, and talking heads who often aren't very knowledgeable.

The criticisms range from complaints about the -cough- "value" of trade assets could-have, should-have, would-have been.  In hindsight, everything is much easier to process than in the moment.

Fact of the matter is that Dallas seemed to be the only team willing to trade for Chandler AND Felton for what Jackson legitimately hoped would be value.  Calderon has been a disappointment thus far, Dalembert is long gone but the real prizes; second-round picks Early and Tenacious won't begin to realize their potential until next season.  The short-sighted fan view is that the Knicks were short-changed in this trade.  By next year, the opposite may likely be realized.

The trading of Shumpert and Smith also draws the ire of certain disgruntled fans.  Shumpert and Smith are a better fit in Cleveland than the were here.  Critics assume Amundson and Lance Thomas are inadequate compensation, yet both look to be long-term investments for a solid bench.  The additional cap space will come in handy and the second-round pick is yet to be exercised.  JR is a mercurial talent whose dark side troubled potential trading partners and Shumpert was not being resigned nor was there a eager market for him.

In retrospect many, many things coulda, shoulda, woulda been different.  But the fact of the matter is that Jackson and his staff knew they were heading for a summer of housecleaning and signing of free agents.  Whether or not Jackson had planned on competing is irrelevant.  He's no fool and could see early in the season that this team may as well play to secure as good a draft position as is possible.

Fans and pundits who ridicule Fisher are equally wrong-headed.  Fisher has been a breath of fresh air when he's interviewed and he has conditioned his players to keep their eye on the bigger picture - be professionals, keep your head up, play hard - the losing is not about you.

Finally, the miserable commentators on ESPN and TNT are a bunch of grade A bastards.  They ridicule the players we have and treat them like dirt.  There is no end to their disrespect or cruelty - after all this is NY and anything goes.

In a few years when the Knicks are winning, these same assholes will be telling their audiences that they knew all along that Jackson would succeed, that Fisher was a much better coach than those first years indicated and that many of the players who they bashed so mercilessly were in fact ballers whose trial by fire made them special.

Anyone who buys into the idea that the roster cannot win games is a fool.  They can and if they did so would prove nothing.  Having a mediocre record or even a respectable record is more meaningless than being called incompetent, a terrible coach ora D-Leaguer.

The current Knicks organization gets this, Anthony gets this, and the players get this.  This is called the school of hard knocks.  It won't be long.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Knicks Lose to Celts

One loss closer to the Lottery.

Thoughts on the Summer of 2015

I like the moves Phil Jackson has made.  Goodwill moves like letting Stoudamire  pursue winning a ring elsewhere and the trading of Prigioni to a contender all build goodwill amongst the ranks of the players.  They know Phil will do what's right.  This is a very good thing.

I think too many Knicks fans mistake our won - loss record with the quality of the team that Jackson and company are assembling.  Taken as a whole there is a strong emphasis on team, passing the ball, defense, and selfless play (despite THJ's tone deafness to this message).

All of the trading activity has actually helped the Knicks considerably.  Many teams are now locked into expensive lineups and commitments which will take them out of the free-agency bidding as well as make them think twice about resigning their own players who may get over-the-top offers.  The Jeremy Lin maneuver that Houston executed a few years ago opened a Pandora's box of nasty consequences.

So what might we look for this summer?  Position by position let's take a look.

LG - Langston Galloway has been a game-changer in terms of alleviating the Knicks from needing to gamble too much on expensive PG candidates. gDragic would have been a wonderful catch had the Knicks trade proposal been accepted but it's not the end of the world.  With gDragic, Reggie Jackson, and a few others now locked into new teams, the Knicks could either draft a PG, identify a D-Leaguer,  or pursue Corry Joseph and Patrick Beverly.  Both would be a much more economical buy than Dragic or Jackson.

The good news is that Galloway and Calderon are a perfectly adequate tag team.  Galloway will get much better with playing time and Calderon is a better player than he's shown much of this season.

The dark horse is Alexey Shved who has some potential to get resigned inexpensively should he look as if he could earn his keep.

SG - Should Jackson sign a first or second string PG candidate, Calderon is likely to see more time at the two spot.  Secondly Cleanthony Early may see some time there as well.  However, one of the most interesting team chemistries to watch will be the Trailblazers.  Their trade for Afflalo may be the push Wes Matthews needs to move on.

Matthews is a Phil kinda player. IMO, Mathews will be the #1 Knicks target this summer aside from the draft pick.  He's a great fit.

Danny Green will be another option though probably less likely.

SF - Chances are that Tenacious and Early will lock down long minutes here.  I think Phil is serious about the youth movement and I doubt a free agent will be signed for SF based on what we know today.

AT PF, we fully expect Anthony to play major minutes.  Jason Smith and Lance Thomas will likely be resigned to back him.

At Center, the Knicks will likely draft a highly touted prospect whoever that may be.  Expect Aldrich and Amundson to return.

The Derrick Rose Slow Motion Train Wreck

Rose is hurt yet again.  Must be time for a new sneaker endorsement.

We all saw this coming a mile away.

Over a week and a half ago I suggested a Chicago trade;
"Chicago, however, is playing to win it all.  For Thibodeau whose legacy so far has been that he can deliver wins and a playoff round or two is under increasing pressure to deliver rings.  If not this year, when?  Chicago has had its share of injuries and its bench is weak.  Before the trade deadline they need to shore up their depth in more than one place and the cupboard is relatively bare.  They don't need starters but they do need bench. 
Nikola Mirotic has been a disappointment and represents a weak link.  One has to wonder whether or not Chicago might entertain a swap of Mirotic and say, Nazr Mohammed for a combination of Shane Larkin, Jason Smith, and Quincy Acy.  The trade gives Thibodeau bench strength he currently doesn't enjoy.  These are generally speaking high-energy, young and hungry second-stringers who could propel Chicago farther than a first or second round elimination. There's no long term commitment and to a large extent this would be a win now impulse - Chicago still would have their #1 pick to replace Mirotic this summer.
Mirotic is a project and a risk whose long-term upside suits the Knicks rebuilding plans,  Nazr can play out the year backing Amundson and Aldrich.  Mirotic is signed longer term so this would represent an early building block going forward."
Chicago was one of the few teams who needed to make a move and didn't.  While maybe this trade wasn't palatable, it's hard to imagine they had no interest in Prigioni either.

The Rose injury all but assures Chicago of a disappointing finish.  Welcome Chicago to NBA major market rebuilding hell.  Today their team just aged another year.

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Rose isn't the only guy who was likely to go down hard.  STAT, Shump, Chandler, all have that kind of potential as well.  Dallas and Cleveland have deep benches though.

Knicks Lost to Cavs

Big surprise.  BFD.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Loss to Miami

Spoelstra and Miami treated it like a playoff game.  It wasn't.

One game closer to the Lottery.

Necessities

Ye Newe Glory-torium

Here, dear readers, is the final resting place of all weary Knicks fans. Yes, here is where one comes when the Triangle refuses to have three sides, when biting one's lip from losing to win later is one loss too far,or when said fan simply hits 'rock' bottom. In short, "the ship be" eternally "sinking" here. Welcome aboard, rearrange the deck chairs as you please.