Here is where I must give Donnie Walsh a compliment, albeit with my backhand side. Finally, someone has taken it upon himself to make sure that Eddie Curry gets into shape. Given the recent trauma in Eddie's life (is much worse than losing a child?), coupled with his previously apparent lack of motivation, that could not have been an easy task. Leaving Eddie to his own devices those previous summers obviously did not work well. Remember the picture of Eddie's locker a couple of years ago where he was discussing his diet and regimen with a candy bar at the bottom of the locker. That's the Eddie we remember. This new Eddie, who came to training camp at 317 pounds and worked hard to lose even more weight, should be applauded for what has to be a new mindset. And Donnie must be applauded for forcing it to happen, finally.
However, it is slightly, and only slightly, curious that fans are expecting anything from Curry's return anytime soon. This man has not played NBA speed ball (or real practice ball) in over a year. He is not in basketball shape. While different folks develop at different speeds, it is no secret that the regular season schedule prohibits using practices to get into shape quickly. Eddie must be on the floor and he is not likely to look good from the beginning. But, if he blocks one shot in his first five minutes, like we know he can and saw him do when he was HUGE, in the Big Mac sense, there will be hope. If he is really good, maybe we'll keep him. But the reality is that Walsh needs him to be really good in order to trade him. So watch ECity come along slowly so that he does not hurt himself and the team's chances of dumping the contract on an anxious buyer.
Another transformation we expect to see is that of the much-maligned Jamal Crawford who has finally joined a group of players capable of playing playoff basketball. The Hawks enter the Mecca with a 5-2 record and Jamal is thriving as their sixth man, a lethal scoring threat and three point option. In the Hawks last victory, Jamal played starter minutes (38) off the bench and produced 25 points (8-15 shooting, 8-8 ft), four boards, four assists. Crawford, who is averaging 18 points on 49% shooting (only 27% from tre-land), 3 assists and 2 boards in 30 minutes per game, has been loving Atlanta where he gets to spend more time during the season with his son. He also has been receiving much Crawsome love from the community and his new coach.
Donnie Walsh to Knicks Fans: "I thought we would have more time."
It appears that "2012" is a disaster movie which has stolen scenes from the script of "2010-An Unmitigated Disaster Film." Can you help but wonder if the Knicks will make it to 2010, let alone 2012? LeBron reportedly implied that winning is more important to him than money. He knows that wherever he goes a max contract is waiting -- but where can he find the golden ring. Clearly, not in New York. Not now. We need another Happy Happy Week or just some more spiked Koolaid.
Donnie Walsh To Knicks Players: "No matter what happens, we'll all stay together.
Is that picture below a block or a foul? Does Chris Paul palm the ball or is that just a cool hesitation dribble? As fans, sometimes we think we know better than the refs even if we don't know what they know. Well, now the NBA has decided to let the fans and the media in on exactly what the zebra stripes, in their finite wisdom, should be calling as violations. Everything you wanted to know about fouls, moving violations and technical fouls can be found in the new NBA Video Rule Book. In 150 video clips, the NBA provides the technical information taught to its referees. According to the league,
The NBA Video Rulebook website is intended to help explain the Rules of the NBA game to all interested parties - our teams, the media, and our fans.
The videos in each section illustrate examples of different kinds of fouls and violations, with detailed descriptions and explanations of each play. To find a specific type of play, hover your mouse cursor over the tabs at the top of the page and the drop down menus will take you to whichever play category you are seeking ! The site will be continually updated as we add new video examples, so please check back often to see what new plays have been added.This fantastic site may help cut down on bar room arguments or technical fouls assessed to fans. The information is well-organized and priceless. Not only is it good for the novice, but it should be enlightening to the most die hard and long standing fans. Check it out.
"I thought [Toney Douglas'] speed, athleticism and tenacity on defense really picked us up. He kind of broke the dam and everybody else was following him. Toney gave us a nice spark."-- Mike D'Antoni
"Third quarter was a better quarter for me but we had a group that had it going, by all means stay with that group to see if they can pull it off." --Chris Duhon
"Put a young guy in that position, he tried to make a play. You can't fault him for anything. The play was still developing. There's a chance I could've come out open, but he made a read and got off a shot."-- Larry Hughes
"You need to have energy when you get out there. And you need to be willing to learn. He does both things. He'll have games this year like tonight and games this year he has no idea what's going on. That's part of being a rookie. Tonight he had an unbelievable game, but he has to go back to practice focused." -- David Lee
(Good evening Fanatics, it looks like it may be a long season. However, we intend to do more than bitch and moan about how putrid our home team is. We know they are bad, but what distinguishes us from many other fans is that we are proactive and have no problem providing solutions to help make our team better. Of course, we can't force the Knicks, management or players, to heed our suggestions, but we will still provide options and solutions for their consideration. So we begin our focus on solutions with a discussion on leadership launched by this recent article by championship coach Roy Williams. Enjoy).
UNC Basketball Coach Roy Williams: Be Led By Your Dreams
Hansbrough, Lawson, Ginyard, and Hinrich were all leaders on the court
By Roy Williams Posted November 5, 2009 at US News And World Report
One thing that makes college basketball so enjoyable, yet at the same time so challenging, is that each year the team is different. There are new players, and you may ask the student-athletes who return from the previous season to play new roles. Team chemistry changes, and the attitudes and relationships that ebb and flow from wins and losses always take on a new life.
The constant is a need for outstanding leadership. It's important to identify leaders, then nurture, guide, and encourage leadership on and off the court. Some years, the best leaders are your most gifted players. However, sometimes the most effective leaders may not be the best scorers or rebounders but players who set great examples by their work ethic, or by being vocal, or by carrying out less glamorous roles that coaches know are critical to a team's success.
"I think we were all stunned. I've taken a licking before, but I don't know what's worse that that." -- Mike D'Antoni
"They kept giving us a lot of open shots. They were giving us so many easy shots." -- Brandon Jennings
“He had every right to take me out. That’s an easy play that I’m supposed to make and I didn’t make the effort.” --Chris Duhon
It is extremely difficult to analyze the obvious. In the Knicks' case the obvious is the analysis. The Knicks suck and they allowed the Bucks to show us how much.
Via Taz a/k/a Peaceman,
Fatal Staples Center Collapse Brings Merciful Early End To Clippers Game
"It's this building. This building's very special."-- LeBron James
This was not so much a recruiting trip for James as it was a bad mental trip for the Knicks, whose next destination might be a psychiatrist's couch.-- Howard Beck, NYT
"We know what the fans want, and he knows that, too. So he came in and put on a show for them. And I guess we'll wait to see what happens next summer." -- Al Harrington
"Honestly? All the press and all the hoopla about free agency that comes in July is starting to bother me. Because there's an innuendo I don't care about the players on this team. And that's simply not true. And this is not a throwaway season, and I never said it was. So no, I don't like it." -- Donnie Walsh
No one, not the MSM, not the Blogs, not the Yankees, wanted to talk about the New York Knicks' performance last night. No one really wanted to admit there was a basketball competition, because many considered it a celebration and audition -- the celebration was for the Yankees and the possibility that LeBron James might choose to play for the Knicks. The audition was the Knicks' fans and celebrities auditioning for James in an