I don't know about anybody else but when I think of this year's reconstituted Knicks' team and the coach and executive who were and are charged with putting out the best possible product on the floor, I can't help but think about this past summer's police detective comedy, "The Other Guys." When I think of Donnie Walsh, Mike D'Antoni and the Knicks in contrast to the star power, mass appeal and projected level of success of the Miami Heat, I can't help but think the Knicks once again are getting sideshow billing while playing on Broadway's biggest stage.
So how are the Knicks "The Other Guys?" Check this blurb out:
Detectives Christopher Danson and P.K. Highsmith (Dwayne Johnson and Samuel L. Jackson) are the baddest and most beloved cops [ ]. They don't get tattoos - other men get tattoos of them. Two desks over and one back, sit Detectives Allen Gamble (Will Ferrell) and Terry Hoitz (Mark Wahlberg). You've seen them in the background of photos of Danson and Highsmith, out of focus and eyes closed. They're not heroes - they're "the Other Guys." But every cop has his or her day and soon Gamble and Hoitz stumble into a seemingly innocuous case no other detective wants to touch that could turn into [the] City's biggest crime. It's the opportunity of their lives, but do these guys have the right stuff?
Which teams executive, head coach and talent remind you of Danson and Highsmith, which team reminds you of Gambel and Holz? Weren't the Knicks "the city's biggest crime?" A case no one save either the very brave or stupid "would want to touch?" Doesn't Walsh remind you of Gamble the hesitant, overly cautious forensic account (with a once kick ass past - Walsh's was in Indiana's) too tepid to take any decisive action? Doesn't D'Antoni remind you of Holz overly caffeinated, highly charged looking for some good action (in D'Antoni's case it's when he gets the sort of players he likes on his roster)? Come on Come on Come on! Let's go Let's go Let's go! Haven't both Walsh and D'Antoni tallied around wooden training guns just waiting for the day they could get their hands on some real weaponry. Problem is most of their new toys aren't yet wholly field tested and they may be going into battle with a be-be gun discharging plastic pellets.
Whether you'd like to admit it or not the Heat are the lead guys with their Star Studded triumvirate. The coup orchestrated by Heat GM, Pat Riley, (some would add super friend collusion) stole the Knicks and Donnie Walsh's thunder. At one time the Knicks were hyped up as being the team most likely to reload and resurrect their fortunes during the fateful summer of 2010. The Heat now get all the spotlight and are projected by many to secure the East's top seeding and are viewed as the likely conference candidate to go the NBA Finals. Miami now get's all the big time network coverage. With stations like ESPN geared toward covering the South Beach Stars with the HEAT Index and TNT picking up their coverage of the Heat.
Unlike the shear star power at key positions on the court that the Heat present the Knicks will tout only Amare' Stoudemire's star to shine on the Garden stage. A sole star who wasn't even the Franchise's first choice, especially given the concerns about his long term durability and the uninsurability of his contract. Nevertheless, Stoudemire is to be commended for taking on the responsibilities and NY styled media criticism along with the challenge of turning the tide on the Knicks absence from the post season.
In Addition to Stoudemire, the summer of 2010 via the draft and free agency also brought to the Garden a cast of young players with an interesting mix of athleticism, upside, hunger and question marks. The mostly newly minted cast surrounding Stoudemire will need to gel and answer allot of the questions posed of them in the affirmative to insure that Amare's show does not devolve into a solo act, heading towards Off Broadway anonymity. Still given the cap space flexibility provided by the current Knicks contracts/roster, there's the option of pulling the hook on the current show should it falter.
What remains of the spotlights casted on the Knicks are ones that are loaded with more questions than answers. Not all analyst are in agreement as to whether the Knicks will make the playoff's this season. If all the world is a stage, with the Mecca being one of the biggest in NY City with the NBA being just "Nothing But Actors" could Aamare' draw of the superstar whistle, the respect for the game rule and advanced scripto planning secure the Knicks a playoff berth? I's there an inspiring Hollywood ending out there for "the other guy" Knicks or is the magic of the silver screen just limited to feel good movies?