Man, for a moment Adrian Wojnarowski's column and a NY Magazine column covering it had me in shambles, Walsh was on a hot seat. Or better yet, a "Not Seat!" As in not being given an extension that is still on the table for James Dolan to extend Walsh by an April 30th deadline. Wojo's article rattled the saber of the potential loss of draft picks because of the whole illegal workout scandal all over again.
Articles declaring that the sky is falling or could be yet again. Obviously drawing caricatures of an all influential boogeyman and a powerless ineffectual lame duck. Making some figures appear larger than they should appear now that they fade in the distance of the organization's rearview mirror. Meanwhile father time's gift to the Garden is diminished despite the irrefutable strength of his body of work.
Then, all of a sudden the sword of Damocles dissappeared. The one drawn up over the Knicks head by a columnist with a flair for high drama and drawing cheap hits. Disappeared, when it was announced that the NY Knicks had only to pay a $200,000.00 fine for the pre draft work out scandal. Making it evident that the Old Shark would not be defanged his array of current or obtainable draft picks.
Picks Walsh could surely lines up for the ultimate game of poker and chicken with the franchise's legacy and future on the line. And then the seemingly powerless lame duck was given a voice by a reporter who simply dared to listen and let those words write themselves. A columnist with an agenda for hits or drama would not have the last word on Walsh's virility, dignity and presence as the beacon and good steward in the Garden! For once, the sky's not falling in the Garden!
Moving on to more "serious" matters . . . hahaha!
Today the Knicks face the 76ers in the first of a home and home set that should simulate the atmosphere of playoff basketball. With the 76ers 3 games out of the 7th seed in the east and currently at the 6th seed there will be alot riding for them. The same goes for the 7th seeded Knicks, who should look to continue forward momentum towards the playoffs against the hard charging 76ers.
Given that including this home and home set, the Knicks and 76ers are scheduled to face off 4 times this year. Making the home and home especially important for the Knicks as they have already dropped a home game their Philladelphia rivals. The Knicks will at the very least need to split this home and home. They should aim to sweep to tie the home and home if they hope to avoid a sweep of the season series. Given that the Knicks playoff positioning isn't guaranteed with 34 games to go and a bevy of teams like Charlotte, Indiana and Milwaukee looking to enter the playoff race, futher entrenching themselves into their current playoff position should be the Knicks goal this weekend.
At times the Knicks have gotten the better of the Knicks as with their series of two or three seasons ago. Last year the Knicks took the season series 3-4 in a bad year for 76er basketball. The 76ers this time out will enter tonights game in Philly winners of 7 of their last ten games and having come off two game win streak punctuated by their double digit victory over the cross Hudson New Jersey Nets. The 76ers point guard power forward combo (that should be an entertaining view against Felton and STAT) are surging and resurging. With Holiday's production increasing from that of his rookie season last year and Brand having his best prodcution in 3 years since an achilles tear ended Brands 2008-09 season.
Last time out the Knicks lost to the 76ers by a late Sixers rally that erased 92-90 Knicks lead and resulted in a 106-96 loss for the Knicks. The game saw solid performances from the 76ers Jrue Holiday (19pts 8asts, 5rbds), Elton Brand (20pts, 7rbds, 2blks), Evan Turner (14pts 10 rbds) and Lou Williams (19pts many on the free throw line 12-14). Williams head and pump faked his way to that performance on overzealous Knicks defenders. Also the 76ers were able to stay in the game with the 3rd quarter contributions of big men Toney Battie and Guards Maurice Speights and Jodie Meeks. who helped cut down a 9 point Knicks' lead in the 3rd quarter.
Statistically the Knicks faired well against the 76ers, edging the 7sers on the boards and matching them at the free throw line and in the assists category. The Knicks cold shooting from deep hurt them when compared to the 76ers better performance from deep.
Check out the links for more on the prior matchup. Let's go Knicks!
Donnie Walsh ..falls...
@Peaceman ROFLMAODying!!!!!!!! Not that's not a nice way to treat the eldery. Is it? Well, since you started it. I'll provide you footage to one up you.
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