Loss #8. This was a tough one because the fans let the team down. These guys don't need to be kicked any more nor does Isiah deserve the pure hate being rained upon him for coaching the team as he sees fit.
I am as upset and sickened by the losing as the next fan but the team must not be treated like dirt. Isiah has assembled a lot of quality pieces that are not yet meshing and bad games - real bad games - don't reveal bad players.
Character is who you are when you're not winning and New Yorkers should keep this in mind. Marbury and Randolph are playing with heavy hearts - would you want to be treated as badly as they when your time comes around?
I think changes are needed, yes I do. And the problem I have and had with the Larry Brown fiasco is that Isiah cannot be objective about the quality of these players. LB saw this team for what it was and he deserves an apology and a second chance to finish the job.
Quite frankly, Curry and Crawford have to go. My guess is that Detroit wouldn't mind losing Rasheed Wallace's salary and the Knicks could afford to take the chance. Curry and Jones for Wallace is fair and makes economic sense for both teams.
The Knicks can let Wallace's contract expire in a few years, Detroit gains fiscal stability and a 7' project. The Knicks needed Curry to be the star while Detroit simply needs Curry to do what he can. On Detroit, Curry could be very effective - in NY, he will never live up to the exaggerated expectations of the fans.
And Andre Miller is another player Grunwald should make a high bid for, say Crawford and change. We need a point who can and will distribute.
Isiah shouldn't quit or get fired but he must let go of wishful thinking about certain players.
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