Top Ten Reasons Lebron James,... or some other Impact Free Agent, will sign with the Knicks... Eventually
By Orange and Blue
April 23, 2010
After channeling my inner gullible fanatic to find a reason to hope for a change in fortunes next season,... I fell asleep and had a vision of Gullible Fanatic bearing a huge table sort of like the tablet from the movie "The Ten Commandments," which Charleton Heston presented to the Isrealites.
This IMO, should be our first pick. Considering the 2ND round is always LOW RISK- HIGH REWARD. This Native New Yorker at Six foot Six, has unlimited potential. Playing for the knicks is virtually every high school baller's dream who has grown up in this City. This move for someone with Lance's natural ability and size for his position has no Grey area. He will either go the path of Stardom or Bust. No in between. Keep in mind in an earlier post where I showed a video where he gave DeMarcus Cousins a Facial Slam in the McDonald's All American game.
Moreover, a repeat of the Bleacher Report stated:
Stephenson was the best player on a 18-15 team that returned all of its important players except for guard Deonta Vaughn. Stephenson is widely considered a second-round pick. He was named the Big East's Freshman of the Year after averaging 12.4 PPG, 5.4 RPG and 2.5 APG this season. The 6'5 guard from New York needs to work on taking care of the ball, his decision-making and shooting. His assist to turnover ratio was only 84 to 81, and his shooting percentages were mostly abysmal. He shot 44 percent from the field, 66.6 percent from the line and made just 21.9 percent of his three-point field goals. In his first season in college, Stephenson needed to be more assertive. If he had elected to stay a second season in the Queen City, Stephenson would have likely been one of the biggest stars in the Big East. Depending on how successful his 2010-11 season would have gone, Stephenson might have played himself into a lottery pick. By leaving now, he would be fortunate to be picked in the first round. ( This decision may turn out to be one of pure luck and timing if this Kid lives up to his "Born Ready" Potential.
Basketball is a team sport in which two teams of 5 players try to score points against one another by placing a ball through a 10 foot (3.048 m) high hoop (the goal) under organized rules. A regulation NBA basketball court is 94' long (28.6512 m) by 50' wide (15.24 m). Basketball is one of the most popular and widely viewed sports in the world.
Points are scored by throwing (shooting) the ball through the basket from above. The team with more points at the end of the game wins, but additional time (overtime) may be issued when the scores of both teams are the same. The ball can be advanced on the court by bouncing it (dribbling) or passing it between teammates. Disruptive physical contact (foul) is penalized, and free throws will be issued if an offensive player is fouled while shooting the ball. (violations).
Through time, basketball has developed to involve many common techniques of shooting, passing and dribbling, as well as players' positions, and offensive and defensive structures. Typically, the tallest members of a team will play center or one of two forward positions, while shorter players or those who possess the best ball handling skills and speed, play the guard positions. While competitive basketball is carefully regulated, numerous variations of basketball have developed for casual play. In some countries, basketball is also a popular spectator sport.
While competitive basketball is primarily an indoor sport, played on a basketball court, less regulated variations played in the outdoors have become increasingly popular among both inner city and rural groups.The above pictures are the two players the New York Knicks need to obtain with the CAP NAZI'S money saved by making the Knicks unwatchable for the average Fan. However, it may be noted that there are undergroundgroups like the Knicksfanaticsblog.com that despite the endured torture of the past few years, actually watch the Fucking team! Can you believe it? No, me either! Bottom line is by 2011, the above two players are Mandated to play for the New York Knicks and win a Championship in the 2011-12 season.
(The following is a running thread of the actual, for real exit interviews that occurred at MSG on Thursday, April 15, 2010. Excerpts of the transcript will be revealed incrementally as they are revealed to me and my spirit until Wednesday, April 21, 2010. Feel free to check in from time to time to catch up on the latest updates and revisions).
Every year at the end of the season, Knicks management conducts its exit interviews with the players. As players clear their lockers, exchange pleasantries with teammates, or likely former-teammates and staff, players by turn visit Donnie Walsh in his smallish office to say their goodbyes. In some cases, Mr. Walsh and Mike D’Antoni give the players suggestions on what they should work on during the off-season; in other cases they simply listen to the players talk about their experience during the past season. This year the interviews were particularly awkward since the Knicks don’t know who is coming back because they don’t know who they will pick up from free agency this summer and how much money they will have to build a team around their core contracts.
The exit interviews were very awkward, but Donnie Walsh always handles them like a pro.
It was early Thursday morning and the building seemed to be recovering from a huge collective sigh of relief. The latest horrible season was now the past and everyone could begin to focus on the promises of the future. It was both a blessing and a curse for Mr. Walsh who sat in his room with Mike D’Antoni leaning against the credenza behind him and a writer for a local blog in a chair to the far left, supposedly, with his symmetrically shaped bald head, trying to blend into the background. The blessing was that there would be no more games with this collection of players Mr. Walsh brought together. The curse was that the time to prove that his plans to rebuild the Knicks would ultimately benefit the team was almost two months away.
He was on the clock. Today his goal was to clear his office faster than he cleared salary cap.
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The local blogger sat relaxed in his seat as he played with his pen in anticipation of the first interviewee. Mr. Walsh turns to him and asks,”Tommy you seem a little nervous. Would you like a Coke or something else to drink?”
“No, Mr. Walsh. I’m fine,” responds Tommy, “I am just so grateful to you Mr. Walsh and Mr. D’Antoni for allowing me to sit in on these exit interviews. This is just fabulous and I am a bit excited. I haven’t felt this great since I was player-coach of my first grade team.”
“Our pleasure Tommy. We think you are one of the best writers on the Knicks out there. You are fair, intelligent and you never criticize a thing we do which is important for this type of access. You’re just the absolute smartest fan out there,” said Mr. Walsh
D’Antoni added with snark on his breath and venom in his heart, “I appreciate the fact that you’ve coached before and that you’re closer to being my peer than Frank Assola, Bitch Lawrence and Marc Vermin. You know basketball. You understand how difficult it is to get players to play defense. You understand that players need to shut the hell up when they aren’t playing and be ready when they are called upon. I don’t owe them an explanation for not playing them. Obviously, they don’t play because they suck or some other excellent reason I have. You understand not just the game but the game in the game of the game which is why I agreed to let you in on these meetings.
Pleased with the compliment, Tommy’s smile now shined as brightly as his dome. “Thank you, I keep trying to tell my readers and the beat writers how much smarter and more knowledgeable I am than they are. They just don’t understand how much more I know than them simply because I talk to you guys directly. Still, I love our fans and I want them to feel like they are here with me. I want them to feel like they can grow from my real smart smartness. It is my service to the world,” he said.
Mr Walsh responded, “Well, I think they can learn a lot from you. And for your loyalty, during these exit interviews I am going to give you a sneak preview of plans B through Z. So all you need to do is sit in the corner and take notes.”
A tall black man, oddly dressed in his Knicks uni with dress shoes on, stood in the doorway and knocked on the door jamb.
The headline says it all for one and all. It is time to select our honorees for this year's post season awards. It doesn't matter what anyone else (ESPN, NBA, FBI) thinks, because Fanatics are the most knowledgeable basketball fans in the blogiverse. Anyone who considers him- herself a Fanatic (NBA, Knicks, basketball) may vote. The voting will stay open until we close it, which will be at some arbitrary point prior to the announcement of the NBA version of most of these awards. So just ROCK THE VOTE!!!
The Bloguin Choice has been made; the "Chosen One" has been chosen. As expected the Bloguin family of basketball blogs paid homage to LeBron James in its final vote for NBA Most Valuable Player. LeBron received 138 of a possible 140 points, which means the selection was unanimous. Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant, who both had exceptional seasons, received one first place vote each. Nevertheless, LeBron was the runaway favorite. Kevin Durant was the second favorite among the Bloguin crew with 119 votes.
Voters were asked to rank their top ten MVP selections. In all, 22 players received at least one vote which seems to speak well of the quality of individual balling this past regular season. Among those who did not make the final 10 cut were Amare Stoudimire, Joe Johnson, Manu Ginobli, Tim Duncan and Chauncey Billups. Those who received a single vote at the final spot on a bloggers list included Rajon Rondo, Derrick Rose and Carlos Boozer.
The most interesting ballot amongst the bloggers was that of scholar Mookie of A Stern Warning. He identified several ballers not recognized by most other voters. After selecting Kobe Bryant over LeKing as the MVP for 2010, Mookie selected Manu Ginobli, who had a stellar year, at the 6th spot followed by Chauncey Billups (7th), and Andrew Bogut (8th) above Steve Nash (9th) and Deron Williams (10th).
Only LeBron, Kobe and Durant graced all of the ballots. Tim Duncan made three ballots and Zach Randolph received 10th place votes on two of them.
At the end of the day, or the season, it was clear that the LeBron James was the most valuable player in the NBA. He was a statistical phenom averaging 32 points per game (2d best in the league), 7.3 rebounds per game and 6.5 assist per game (Ranks 6th in NBA). He was also 2nd n free throws made, 1st in field goals made and 10th in steals. His play was spectacular and he capably ran the point position when the team was shorthanded while leading the Cavs to the best record in the league.
Congratulations and thanks to LeBron for an enjoyable season.
Undoubtedly the best player in the NBA all season long. Unstoppable offensively, timely and focused defensively, .and he lead his team to 61 wins and the best record for the second straight season. (Kirk Lammers, Curse of Cleveland)
Yes, I'm a Lakers fan. But that doesn't make me blind to the body of work LeBron's put in this season. But would I prefer him in my team for the playoffs? No. (Don, With Malice)
What do Jamal Crawford, Channing Frye, Nate Robinson, and Renaldo Balkman have in common? Besides having played on the Knicks for a period of time in the past 3 years, they're all participating in this years' NBA Playoffs. While it's unfair to say that Robinson put the Celtics over the top in such a short period of time, you could make the argument that Crawford, and Frye have done just that, while Balkman has found a role on a young and thriving Denver squad.
When considering the impact that Trevor Ariza had on the Lakers playoff run last year, it's apparent that the Knicks have had a collection of good players but never found the right mix.
It'll be interesting to see how the former players perform this year.
Another season of losing is thankfully over, and I have been looking for reasons to be optimistic about next season. I, as many fanatics already know, am not one of the many Knicks fans punch drunk on the 2010 koolaid. I'm also not convinced of the viability of the excuses,... err plans B, C, D etc., - dubbed by moi as the 2011 backpeddle, the 2012 backslide, 2013 fallback and what ever other forms of retreat that can be dubbed as back up plans by the Knicks' current lame trust. I've tried long and hard,... so in my best impersonation of Gullible Fanatic I will try to look for a silver lining to the grey clouds I perceive will likely continue to ensue for my beloved, yet clueless Knicks franchise.
It is fitting however that Unsung Player Day falls on the last day of this putrid season for the Knicks. It is also fitting that given how Coach D'Antoni has shuffled his players this season and how Donnie Walsh has shuffled and spent his expiring contracts, it was extremely difficult to select someone worthy of Unsung Player of the season for the Knicks based on Don's definition. An unsung player is "A role player who gives his all in the 2-5 minutes he gets per game (try to be definitely under 10 minutes). Someone who doesn't get a lot of recognition."
Bizarre, but there are only three players who averaged under 10 minutes per game this season and none of them play for the Knicks now: Darko Milicic (dancing with the Wolves), Marcus Landry (swimming with the fishes after being waived by the Celts on April 9th) and Eddie Curry (hanging out at Men's Warehouse looking for a body bag that fits). Jordan Hill, the lottery rookie, played a little more than ten but he is doing some personal development with the Rockets now. Otherwise the closest we come to someone still on the team with more than 10 games under his shorts is Jonathan Bender who was a roster-filler plucked out of retirement by his bud Donnie Walsh to play in 25 games one of which was a very energized debut game.