Elster's World

Monday, June 26, 2006

Knick Knuckleheads

Ok, so I have lost the ability to write about anything other than sports. I'm sure that will pass.

In the meantime, the saga with the New York Knicks continues to boil my blood. Honestly, I can't understand why I care. It's been three or four years since I have followed basketball - mostly because the Knicks have been so bloody awful during that time that basketball has simply become unwatchable.

What kills me is that, according to people who still know things about the sport, basketball has been reborn the last few seasons - as players like Chris Paul, Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, 'Melo Anthony and Steve Nash are making things more exciting again - a push from the Pat Riley Knick and Heat teams of the 90's who clutched and grabbed their way to prominence (and yes, I AM aware that Riley's Heat just won the NBA championship, but still). I wouldn't know as I have stopped watching basketball altogether (thank you Knicks).

As basketball returns to a more enjoyable style of play, the Knicks continue to be the joke of the league. The Larry Brown fiasco, the ineptitude of Jimmy Dolan (to the point where his father, Cable giant Charles Dolan, was forced to write a letter to the New York Times in response to Selena Roberts' fantastic rip job last week - in which he mentions how proud he is of Jimmy and what a fine job he's doing) and last and certainly least, that the controls to the organization are now completely in the hands of Isaiah Thomas, the worse executive in sports.

Thomas will take his horrible roster and try to turn them into the Phoenix Suns. They will run at every opportunity, they will not play defense and they will try to outscore (instead of stop) their opponents. The problem (of which there are many) is that Phoenix' attach is predicated on certain parts:

1. Having a pass first facilitator at point guard (Steve Nash) who looks to get his teammates actively involved first and only tries to score/take over the game if absolutely necessary. The Knicks have 4 "point guards" on the roster (Jamaal Crawford, Stephon Marbury, Stevie Francis and Nate Robinson) all of whom would rather score first and pass later.

2. Having wing players (Diaw, Barbarosa, The Matrix, etc.) who can all stroke the open three and finish around the rim. Um...Anyone? Hello? Tumbleweeds blowing. The Knicks have slasher Jalen Rose (past his prime, poor shooter), Quentin Richardson (who thrived in this system in Phoenix but word on the street is that Thomas is trying to get rid of him because he was a vocal Larry Brown supporter), David Lee (undersized power forward/rebounding machine who is worthless from outside of 16 or 18 feet) and a host of undersized twos who don't shoot particularly well from downtown (see Number 1 for a list).

The fact that the Knicks will be playing this style means they will probably win more games than last years' debacle of a season. It's almost impossible for them not to. But the parts they have will eventually tune out Isaiah as well. This roster is just filled with too many overpaid malcontents. If nothing else, Thomas needs to identify which of his younger players will be around to help the team when it is finally ready to escape salary cap hell and turn around.

In the meantime, I will continue to not watch the Knicks but allow them to burn me up. Why? Because being a diehard sports guy isn't easy. It means suffering with your team even as you can't seem to let them go. It means following them from a long distance, even when Isaiah Thomas is running the team. In other words, sometimes it just sucks.


  • A cheerful fellow you are not.

    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 5:13 PM  

  • I'm having a bad day. I hate that this team even takes up 5 minutes on my thought processes, let alonme several minutes. Or hours.

    By Blogger Elster, at 5:16 PM  

  • Oh and thanks to your and your Elster's Curse theory, I have become absolutely terrified about posting about the Mets during runs. Thanks alot.

    By Blogger Elster, at 5:18 PM  

  • I thought it was established that there is no Elster curse because despite your last Mets post they went on to win 3 from the Phills.

    Great last paragraph. Being a sports fan can be extremely rewarding and/or devestating depending on the moment.

    By Blogger bellanny, at 5:46 PM  

  • You are really a terrible sports fan. Going through years of ineptitude of part of being a real sports fan. If you don't like it, become a Yankees fan like Bellanny.

    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 10:08 AM  

  • Wait, going through years of ineptitude makes me a terrible sports fan? Or is it the griping abuot it I'm confused.

    By Blogger Elster, at 11:18 AM  

  • The threat to no longer follow the team is what I refer to.

    By Blogger Joe Schick, at 11:37 AM  

  • I follow - I just can't watch what has become a trainwreck.

    By Blogger Elster, at 11:41 AM  

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