"For me, I'm a winner, I just want to win. "I have yet to play for a team that doesn't like defense in my career. It's not about the team, it's about individuals. Individuals have to take the responsibility to guard the guy in front of them." -- LeBron James
"We kind of gave up.Obviously, they are a little bit better team than we are. . . .We just can't guard them, they're just a little too big, too fast. LeBron is the best." -- Mike D'Antoni
"God just said I'm going to make you the perfect basketball player, perfect body and everything. He ought to be on his knees every night thanking the Lord because he has a gift. Seriously, no bull." -- Tracy McGrady
There is really not a heckuva lot one can say about a blowout where nothing can be seen outside the warped perspective of a Class-A ass whuppin'. Even the positive revelations from Bill Walker's 25 point, 5 rebound, 1 block, 1 assist game can't be judged in the context of a real professional basketball game. We can say he looked athletic which is more than we could say for most of the Knicks being washed away by waves of Cavaliers as they beat them down the court time and time again. Besides a total absence of collective mental toughness, the Knicks weaknesses are exactly the same as they were at the beginning of the season -- transition and interior defense.
We could be happy that Danilo finally showed a bit of aggression in scoring 17 points off of 5 for 13 shooting. but his four rebounds and 1 assist in 36 minutes make you want to cry, "WHYYYYY!!!"
We can blame D'Antoni and Walsh for the foundation, as well we should, but what do you expect when your so-called star is practically physically disabled and basically using this opportunity as his personal NBA rehab regimen. No way does the affable, articulate and admirable Tracy McGrady belong on an NBA floor for other than shootarounds and chit-chat. He looks as invisible as Gallo on the floor.
Not really much to say, so I won't say it. But, August 2010 can't come fast enough.