When Larry Brown was coaching this team and they were losing game after game the criticism was that "the game had passed him by".
Now, with Isiah, walking the same walk down lonely road, he is accused of "losing the team."
We should all be so lucky. By NBA rules you can't lose a team without taking back something of equal cost (more or less). That simple fact and the dross talent pool that Isiah started with is why I cannot condemn Isiah as so many others do.
In art there are many different ways to affect a medium. You can add or subtract material (usually the case). But thirdly, you can transform the existing stuff. Isiah's job as GM is the additive/subtractive process - a GM cannot transform players - that's the coach's job.
The Knicks coach cannot transform what he has without some help from his GM. many of the Knick players are dormant stars awaiting players who complement and supplement their own strengths. These players don't have to be superstars, they just need to do the little things that spark creative play.
By not making moves, the Knicks remain stagnant. Even seemingly lateral moves can help.
With no further ado, today's rumination on resurrecting the Knicks.
Chandler Wilson and Fred Jones for Pietrus and Hudson.
Knicks get a viable SF candidate. The Knicks buyout the injured Hudson's contract saving SF some cash. Knicks open up a roster spot.
GS gets a decent prospect in Chandler Wilson.
GS needs a PG candidate and gets the expiring Jones in return.
Added bonus (Knicks); Pietrus tells Freddie Weis back-in-the-jour jokes and ignites a Jerry Lewis appreciation revival in NY.
Added bonus; (GS) inexpensive, talented replacement parts that don't break the bank!
Monday, December 31, 2007
Ye Newe Glory-torium
Here, dear readers, is the final resting place of all weary Knicks fans. Yes, here is where one comes when James Dolan extends yet another contract, when the Knicks trade for yet another ambulatory star, 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.