8.15.2005

Worst.Franchise.Ever.



(artwork courtesy of some kid in Japan, presumably done during better times)

They could have saved forty mill by dropping Houston (though not necessarily helped their cap situation). Instead, they let go of one of the few players on their roster with the slightest bit of heart, grit, or hustle, and opt to save twenty million less. I don't usually think in these terms when it comes to sports, but think what that money could do for a squalid patch of refugees in some far-flung corner of the world? Dolan may think he owes Houston some good will, but don't the truly unfortunate of this world deserve his largesse more than a washed-up anti-Semite?

shoefly proposed earlier this summer that, after twenty-plus years of obsessive Knick fandom, he's earned the right to walk away at this point if he so wishes. He's more than held up his end of the deal, through thick and thin; the Knicks, never more so than today, are simply not deserving of your love anymore.



Larry Brown or no Larry Brown, this is not a real NBA franchise. They've fallen below the Clippers or the Baby Blazers in terms of credibility and organizational acumen, and at least the Hawks have a viable roster and some players we're interested in watching. I've got a soft spot for Jamal Crawford, but he belongs with Darius Miles on the All-Profligate team. And Marbury long ago set the template for "game like what, but secretly not all that interesting" that I've been fruitlessly trying to foist upon Wade since I burned out on him in the playoffs.

This Nate Robinson era had better be good. I'm praying and praying that's the parallels between



and



are merely incidental.

P.S. Man, I'm really feeling that Jefferson/Marion Nike commercial. Nothing fancy, just good natured jawing and some reasonably unvarnished close angle action from two of the Association's two most affable, entertaining, and low-profile All-Stars. Instead of superhumanity, it's on some "that's how they do it" shit that's a breath of fresh air, especially when you're dealing with freakish players that it would be easy to fetishize.

15 Comments:

At 8/15/2005 6:23 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

a slightly rosier knicks note: sportscenter just informed me that bill bradley and dave cowens were among the seventies nba stars that began bringing their game to the rucker in the summer. um, okay.

 
At 8/15/2005 10:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

knicks will be very bad this year, even with that guy coaching

the whole division is pretty weak, but i still think the knicks are the worst of it

 
At 8/16/2005 9:18 AM, Blogger Dr. Lawyer IndianChief said...

i was thinking about this the other day, and i have to attribute most of the knicks' situation to incredibly horrible luck. allan houston's injury, camby's injury, mcdyess' injury (while he was there). plus, so much of the franchise's problems were pre-isaiah.

 
At 8/16/2005 11:51 AM, Anonymous hugeupside said...

Luck? Luck?!@ Luck didn't draft Frederic "Vince's Saddle" Weis over hometown boy Ron Artest. Luck didn't sign Allan Houston to a criminal contract, nor trade FOR Penny Hardaway's millstone of a deal, nor deal fragile-yet-full-of-heart Camby and the potentially huge Nene for McDyess and a microfracture surgery to be named later.

Layden's obsession with anything Utah (hello, Van Horn, Shandon, Eisley) and the NYC community's constant need to win caused this abortion of a team, and the same situation on the ice for the Rangers.

Name stars instead of taking your lumps. Crap trades to try to win now rather than develop people... and now they keep Allan Houston's corpse on the roster -- who will probably take away from Trevor Ariza's minutes -- rather than keeping JYD, the -only- Knick with any heart?

Awful. AWFUL.

 
At 8/16/2005 12:44 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

i agree 100%. this goes back to the glory days of layden (which, remember, isiah was supposed to save the team from). the houston contract was a terrible idea even by the standard of that era's inflated contracts. people say that kg's deal delivered the cap, but he deserves every penny of that. truth be told, it was houston's.

also, i'm disappointed that no one called me on the fact that i claimed skita was part of the mcdyess/nene deal. i mean, i guess in some way he was, and i appreciate the courtesy of not disrputing the high feelings circulating 'round here after that euro post triumph, but that's just sloppy on my part. i may not understand that game, but i do know transactions!!!!

 
At 8/16/2005 12:55 PM, Blogger Dr. Lawyer IndianChief said...

quick note, i dont really know what the fuck i'm talking about, but i do believe that allan houston's injury is the most responsible factor for the state of things.

 
At 8/16/2005 4:15 PM, Blogger elandfried said...

Right, cause a jump shooter who can do nothing else would've been the difference between the purgatory (or is it hell?) that the Knicks are currently going through and an NBA championship.

Their payroll is simply one of the most amazing things I've ever seen. I've looked at it on like 8 separate occasions (mostly to shoot down any "let's give Isiah more time to complete his plan" bullshit...that's like saying we should give W more time to complete his plan of making even more people hate our guts...just because someone has a plan doesn't mean it's a good plan). Here it is if you haven't seen it:

http://www.hoopshype.com/salaries/new_york.htm

 
At 8/16/2005 6:09 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

not that any of you should care about this, but i've complete redone my entry for Skita in the EuroDigest, and it is quite funny.

it also once and for all erases all public evidence of just how hard i blanked on the exact nature of that mcdyess deal, wherein the knicks gave up a borderline all-star and a promising young big man for an athleticism-based player whose body had passed him by. i could give a fuck less about the knicks but i think i blocked out the exact nature of it all so as to save myself the trauma.

like i said, worst franchise ever. based on last season, who wouldn't want camby? that nene guy--you like his potential? sure, we'll throw him in, too. what do we have to give up? nothing? sounds good to me.

actually, i guess mcdyess's contract played some role in acquiring marbury. which really just means it played some role in allowing the suns to become the juggernaut they are at present, whether or not the knicks got a hotshot local hero out of it.

 
At 8/17/2005 3:53 PM, Anonymous hugeupside said...

Don't forget, they DID get Frank Williams in the McDyess deal too -- can't have enough PGs-that-suck on that team... like the inexplicable attachment to Charlie Ward.

 
At 8/17/2005 6:30 PM, Blogger Brown Recluse, Esq. said...

since frank williams was supposed to be the best point guard out of illinois since isiah, i think he has a special place in his heart.

 
At 8/18/2005 10:54 AM, Anonymous hugeupside said...

Didn't love him enough to not jettison him in the ill-fated Jamal Crawford deal... Crawford and Jerome Williams for Harrington, Mutombo's contract, Trybanski and Frank Williams...

 
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At 11/22/2005 3:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey i was in that nike commericial. Jefferson and Marion are both pretty cool. i sat on the bench in a white uniform but didn't get a copy of it. if you can get a copy of it please email me at swespat@iit.edu. thanks.

 
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