With a record of 23-21 the Knicks are currently in 6th place in the Eastern Conference and 6 wins away from equaling their win total from a year ago. Landry Fields (#6) and their #6 pick in the 2008 NBA Draft, Danilo Gallinari, have played a major role in their resurgence along with Amar’e Stoudemire, (#1) Raymond Felton, (#2) and Wilson Chandler. (#21) If you add up the digits in the last 3 players’ numbers you come up with a sum of, you guessed it, 6. (1+2+2+1=6)
What does this all mean? I was hashing out this article in my head on my way to the gym. When I got there I felt compelled to hang my keys on the #33. I immediately thought of Larry Bird but perhaps my mind should have been on Patrick Ewing. When I was leaving the gym another coincidence had me feeling like Jim Carrey in 23. No, not like I was a funny comedian trying really hard to be respected as a serious actor. More like this number 6 was haunting me, warning me of things to come. Could it be another 6 game losing streak? The Knicks have already had 2 of those. The Detroit Pistons are on the schedule for Sunday so it couldn’t be that. So why did I also hang my jacket up in locker #33?
Let’s see, Carmelo Anthony’s number is 15. 1+5=6. Now I’m either a certifiable basketball nut, a conspiracy theorist, or I’m on the verge of arithmophobia. Maybe a little bit of all of them. Could I be fearful of Anthony’s arrival in New York? I suppose that could be it. Gutting the roster to acquire Melo has been one of my biggest worries and as one GM supposedly has said, Anthony playing in New York is inevitable now that the Nets are out of the running. Even still, this nightmare seemed more urgent. Something was going to happen and it was going to happen soon. Oh wait how did I not think of it?! It’s that guy.
Damn You #6! Get Out Of My Head!
He's coming!More twigs on the fire.Here's something from a voice from the past, Ha Ha Hahn.
"Kurt Helin, ProBasketballTalk: “I have no doubt that ‘a person with knowledge of the Nuggets’ thinking’ told the respectable Alan Hahn of Newsday this latest tidbit — that the Nuggets may ask for Anthony Randolph in a trade. Hahn did not make that up, someone he knows and trusts enough to print it told him that. That doesn’t mean it makes any sense. What you would need to believe is that what the Nuggets — who rejected a deal involving Wilson Chandler, Landry Fields and the expiring contract of Eddy Curry — really want is a guy who Don Nelson found frustrating and who can’t get off the bench for Mike D’Antoni. Honestly, I could see the Nuggets taking the talented Randolph in a deal just as a flyer, but he is not a deal changer.”
Luckily, this is not a strong year for big men in college.At least it doesn't appear to be.There is always a suckaGM who thinks he has the answer to a particular player, see IT, Marbury, Curry, etc.Look at Curry and the careers of those who believed in him he's ruined.And you know there is always another one waiting in the wings once his contract is done, see Pat Riley and the Miami Heat, Portland, Okla, G.S. etc. etc..Riles would enjoy resurrecting Curry for multiple reasons, see desperate desire to stick it to NYC.He also needs size to play LA.The Nuggets are more desperate daily and will look for a golden lining wherever they can find it.Randolph has Curryesque talent, hopefully he is just very young in-between the ears.He's worth a shot in a weak draft.Good break for us.D'opi doesn't develop guys so he is Garden wallpaper.Get'er done Donnie!
Is any combo of Chandler, Gallo, Curry , really gutting our roster???????
Is Frank Layden going to return to the Knicks?
Cap crushing the Knicks NEW YORK — Hey, the Knicks just needed a few prosperous bounces before — voila — everything changed in a New York minute, or the time it took for the Lee Nailon Era to open on Broadway. Seize the moment, fans of the city game, and savor the exorcism of an 0-82 haunt that shadowed the Knicks like the giant scoreboard above. Celebrate that wild Shandon Anderson dunk, that frown on Chris Webber's face, that mass exodus of road-weary Kings. The Knicks put on an exciting show of basketball and it might have to hold your for a good, long while. These kind of charged, big-city nights might not return in bunches until the start of the 2007-08 season, so here's a little advice: Assign your dreams to a high school gym in Ohio and keep your eyes off a balance sheet that suggests LeBron James will cash pension checks before the Knicks scale their man-made mountain of unnecessary debt.Payroll represented the only size on the home team's end Wednesday night, no matter what the final score said. These Kings might just wake up in time to win it all, something the Knicks haven't done since 1973 and won't do for at least the next four seasons unless their overmatched elders experience a sudden attack of creative thought. Earth to Scott Layden: Shawn Bradley won't quite cut it.For anyone believing Layden is the suit to weave the Knicks through this perilous maze, well, to quote a sage named Sprewell, "Look at Scott's track record." Cablevision is paying $94 million this year, not counting $40 million in luxury taxes, for the right to go 27-55 before playing ping-pong poker with that cool, lottery hand it foolishly ignored last spring.Jerry West was available, and a front-row seat next to Elvis' ghost goes to the first caller who explains why Jim Dolan never once inquired about West's services before Memphis signed him up. If Dave Checketts could court Phil Jackson with Jeff Van Gundy under contract — Checketts' only mistake was lying about it — Dolan could've chased West with Layden under contract and explained he was only doing what big-boy basketball people have to do. Not that West could've dribbled his way out of this mess, but Knicks fans would've liked his chances a whole lot better than they like Layden's. Cablevision just scored $1.25 billion in its sale of Bravo to NBC, but that money isn't any good under David Stern's equal-opportunity, collectively-bargained law. The Knicks have salary-capped themselves into Spike Lee's worst nightmare. Between now and 2007, the cap will likely range from $42-52 million. Now read these figures and weep those lost cause tears: The Knicks are already down for $82 million next season. They're down for $62 million in 2004-05. For the year after that, they're already scheduled to pay $42 million for five players. For 2006-07, they're committed to $36.5 million for Allan Houston, Howard Eisley and Anderson alone."They're dead in the water for a long time," said one high-ranking league official. "If they can't trade Houston and the rest of his $100 million contract — and they can't because that's a disastrous contract — they're absolutely stuck. The Patrick Ewing trade is still killing them; they ended up with Travis Knight, Luc Longley and, because they traded Glen Rice, Anderson and Eisley. They have four players nobody wants when they should've just kept Ewing and let him walk off the books."Nobody from this undersized, overpaid roster is walking off the books any time soon, rendering moot Dolan's mandate on fiscal responsibility. In Anderson, Eisley and Clarence Weatherspoon, the Knicks invested more than $100 million in spare parts. They overpaid Houston by at least $30 million even though he wasn't even the team's best player at his position."He's a two-guard," said Webber of his friend, Sprewell, whom the Knicks might ship to Portland or Dallas. "I hate seeing him go up against threes in this league because he's always undersized. If he's in a position to be a two-guard on a great team, I know he can make an impact....To me, I know he's playing out of position."Precisely why the Knicks wanted to move Sprewell for Glenn Robinson and Ervin Johnson before the deal died a painful death. So much for size and balance. As for salary-cap flexibility, Layden's only hope is to trade for an exorbitant, expiring contract — Juwan Howard at $20 million?...Scottie Pippen at $19 million?...Karl Malone at $17 million? — and then dump it like he should've dumped Ewing's."But how likely is that?" the high-ranking league official asked. "Those teams want to keep those salaries for the same reasons. I mean, people keep talking about the Knicks needing to make one trade to turn it around like the Nets did, and they're forgetting one thing: In Stephon Marbury Rod Thorn had a hell of an asset to trade. What asset does Scott Layden have?"Sprewell's no spring chicken anymore and teams will be worried about his attitude. Houston will turn 36 at the end of his contract and they're paying him $21 million that last year, so he's not going anywhere. The one asset Layden had — the first-round pick — he traded for Antonio McDyess, and that gamble didn't pay off. McDyess would've made a big difference, but now he's had three injuries to the same knee. What happens if he comes back next year and has a big year and his contract ends? Do you give him big money, hope his knee holds up, and make your cap situation even worse than it already is?"Layden is being paid big money himself to answer these questions, part of the reason why the Steve Mills Across America Media Tour was designed to spread this message: Buy tickets now, pray for divine intervention later.This doesn't appear to be going anywhere good. Don Chaney is another nice guy doomed to finish last, which is why he sounded like the bar owner in Casablanca responding to gambling charges — "I'm shocked, shocked" — when Dolan granted him yet another contract extension.If tomorrow's program is supposed to be built around the hopes of landing James, the Ohio phenom, someone should ask Rick Pitino how everything worked out in Boston when he didn't get Tim Duncan. Someone should also remind Knicks fans that Kobe Bryant spend his first three seasons heaving up airballs in playoff games and passing the ball to himself in the All-Star Game.It takes time, and the Knicks are already working on 30 years of parade-free time. So if the Lee Nailon Era looked fine and dandy last night, don't bank on it looking so pretty in 2007.
gut the roster? chandler cannot shoot, gallo is middling & inconsistent at both ends, fields is not a good contender.....and randolph is a complete chump with zero clue how to ball.
the only one gutting the roster is eddy curry. our collection of chumps & halfsteppers on the wing dont approach melo's stature.
@LFJeremy Thank you sir!
@Tman Did I say I was happy to see the comment counter on the front page back. Do you folks think the comments should be reversed with the latest on the bottom?
@Tman T you're right but perhaps we are too impatient with big guys which is why they fail so gigantically, You know they say the PG has the hardest learning curve, but it takes the big man longer to get around the NBA bend. This truism appears to be panning out in Charlotte where Kwame Brown is under the tutelage of Charles Oakley and is starting to transformhis game into a rebounder first and a scorer second. The second coming of Jordan's big bust is starting to run a couple double doubles years, I mean years, after he was the big hot thang outta high school. None of that is to say that Curry was the right choice, but for a minute there it looked like he could be developed into something more, much more, than what he is now. If he goes to Riley, I'd bet on Riles doing what is necessary to milk a few championship minutes per game outta Curry.
@Peaceman Steady is right. Damn that's really good. Who wrote that. Can we put it in the penthouse , as a nostalgia piece. Nice.
And Hurray, the comment counter is back. Cool. Now I know where to return to and when.
@Peaceman The Resident Archivist strikes again! Where do you find these gems and mementos? This author reads like the Archbishop of Scriptology on his way to Cardinal.
@Orange_and_Blue @AaronHodges @MinkCherub Hey Moderators, you are hereby authorized to issue the Blogga Cherub a Just Bloguin! Seems like the cloak of Hypocrates is in Mink but a cloak nevertheless. Not sure what lenses you are wearing MC Bater--Chandler hung 25 on the Wizards and held his man to 7 points. After checking out that Schoolhouse Steady joint posted above by the Admin, simply type Anthony Randolph in the search toggle and press enter. Enjoy!
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@AaronHodges @MinkCherub I co sign with A Dub. Those boys collectively may not be a certifiably productive as Melo but all of them are emerging, some are further along than others. Others have nearly reached their ceilings, and those who haven't have room to grow. They would make a great supporting cast around Melo, STAT and Felton. That's more than what Wade, James and Bosh seem to have in Miami. The difference would only be that the Knicks need more of a defensive orientation from their coaching staff.
Nice theme hook and article!
@MinkCherub But they do make excellent players to compliment Carmelo. Love the one you're with Mink!