YEP. IT'S GETTING HOT LINKS IN HERE
It may be HotLinks in here, but things have been getting kinda spooky around the Knicks. Although our heroes did not shine in the recent thrashing by Kevin Durant and the Oak City Thunder Gods, our heroes got a bit of "The Shining," in their haunted Oklahoma City hotel which forced a spooked Eddie Curry to hang out in Nate Robinson's room most of the night. New Yorker Mahatma at Straight Up Sports takes this very seriously and asks Who are the Knicks going to call? We also ask who are they going to call -- the Ghost of Knicks-miss future --LeBron James -- a few good defenders or the Ghost Busters -- to make sure they don't have Casper's evil cousin as an excuse for losing another game.
Despite Curry's encounter with hotel ghouls, no one seems to be as spooked as Darko who is ready to go back to Europe and put the NBA in the past. Do you feel like Darko has been cheated or that he has cheated the game? Here's New York Vinnie's take at Nothing But Lies; The Sad Story Of Darko Milicic's NBA Career.
The Ghost of Knicks-miss future?: Perhaps the most important fabricated question to be answered in 2010 is "Will LeBron James Come To New York?" A simple yes by LeBron can be the crowning achievement of Donnie Walsh's career and could send Knicks fans into a perpetual frenzy of excitement and expectation. But for the moment, the debate "Will he or will he not?" continues to rage on and LeBron James is milking the situation to the max as he sends mixed and mixed-up messages to basketball fans everywhere. Although he has decided not to talk much anymore about the free agency summer, since it is a distraction to Cleveland and the Knicks, he is now sending messages in other ways. Recently he did the Maxwell Smart ("Get Smart") thing and talked to us through his shoes.
Must we ask? Will Lebron give New York a very good show or a shoe? Is the above pic, courtesy of With Malice evidence that LeBron loves New York or intends to plaster his logo all over (and take over) New York? You tell me. I will say, though, that he can sell some shoes in New York.
"It wasn't that I was trying to go out there and prove a point. I just love to play the game of basketball. This is the only way I know how to play it, which is at my speed." -- Nate Robinson
"Pretty unbelievable. He singlehandedly won us the game down the stretch. I got nothing but happiness for him. And it goes to show what kind of character he has and what he's capable of doing when given the chance." -- David Lee
"I can't see what would have happened if I didn't do it. When I did it we were struggling. And then we had the best month we've had here in eight years, so would we have had a better month? I don't know that. But we're going forward. There's no use looking back now." --Mike D'Antoni
Finally. Coach Mike D'Antoni allowed Nate Robinson, who possessed a month of pent-up b-ball energy, into the rotation after holding him out for 14 games. In response, and perhaps retaliation, Nate let loose for 41 points as he controlled the pace of the game down the stretch and led the Knicks to a fantastic win. N8Gr8, who usually has an overabundance of energy, was supercharged last night as he added 6 rebounds, 8 assists, 1 steal and some unstoppable juking, jiving and driving to help the Knicks overcome a 13 point deficit to take the game into overtime.
Courtesy of Peaceman
"Yesterday was an emotional win and we came back today and the circumstances - we didn't come out with the necessary toughness defensively."-- Mike D'Antoni
"It's a tough game for us. New Jersey's got the talent, that if they put it all together they can play a good game. They started out hitting a lot of jumpshots. Lopez played well as he always does. They just outplayed us." -- David Lee
"Like I've said before, we just need to make shots. David was obviously getting good looks tonight and knocking them down, but we really got the same shots we got against Miami and San Antonio. We didn't knock those shots down. Tonight, we did." -- Mike D'Antoni
"We just played aggressive. We didn't let up and we made everything tough on them. It wasn't just one guy tonight -- it was a team effort, and when we have games like that it is very special." -- Wilson Chandler
HAPPY NEW YEAR.
This is our first Fanatics contest testing the analytical and prognostication skills of our Fanatics family. The prize is an autographed copy of New York Times Bestseller The Greatest Moments In Sports by Len Berman. Anyone can enter, but in order to be a winner you must register with Knicks Fanatics or Bloguin.
The contest winner will be first person, according to these rules, who can guess the Knicks' winning record for the ten games beginning January 1, 2010 against the Atlanta Hawks to January 22, against the Lakers and come closest to the total point differential during those ten games.
For example, your guess might be that the Knicks will go 10-0 and the difference between the Knicks' points scored and the opponents' points scored during those ten games will be 100. Unlikely?
To make it even more interesting, every entrant will have two opportunities to predict the win-loss record and point differential. However, the winner will be the first one to guess it on the first guess or the first one to guess on their second guess. No one's second guess can beat anyone's first guess. And each guess must be made in a separate comment. Any comment that includes two guesses will be disqualified.
All predictions must be posted by mid-night January 1, 2010 est.
You can find the ten games referred to on the Knicks Game Schedule on the right sidebar or go to the Knicks schedule on this website.