Redsarmy.com advises us that "Life Isn't All Bad For David Lee," by showcasing his girlfriend Sabina Gadecki (see SabinaGadecki.com), host of World Poker Tour. Now I bet you Mr. Lee doesn't play matador defense when somebody steps up to try to score on his honey. Then again, he doesn't have to rely on team defense to keep this bonus. I don't feel so bad for the brother who will probably fail to make the playoffs and the $1 Million bonus that reportedly comes with it. (BTW, message to Dolan. That bonus money you save because Nate and David fail to make the playoffs should be given to the fans as part of a ticket recall program. Your product stinks.) Anyway, David Lee still deserves a Fanatic "You Go Boy."
Read more? Not really. Sometimes more pics are better than a thousand words.
"It's bad, there's no doubt about it," -- Mike D'Antoni
"If we continue playing the way we're playing now. It is obviously just not working."--David Lee
"We should be pissed. We're not playing to our potential. We're not this bad of a team. . . .None of us were prepared for this."-- Al Harrington
DAVID LEE GETS HOT UNDER UNI AFTER GETTING BLOCKED BY CURRY
Post-Up's Write Up
Knicks Lose Heart Against San Francisco
In achieving the worst starting record in franchise history, the Knicks put on a disheartening performance against the Warriors last night at Madison Square Garden. There was little to cheer about. Falling behind by 6 at the end of the first quarter and by 14 by half-time, the Knicks attempted a futile comeback in the third quarter, closing the gap to just 6 points (SF 86 NY 80), only to get crushed in the 4th quarter and lose 121 – 107. The Warriors seemed able to score in the paint at will, as the Knicks once again showed almost no interior defense, little or no shot blocking, and no courage in stepping in front of penetrators and taking charges, as Stephen Jackson, Kalenna Azubuke, and Monte Ellis did whatever they wanted in drives to the hoop.
"We're just not getting enough good plays. We're just not playing well enough." -- Mike D'Antoni
"It doesn't matter if I start or come off the bench. Either role, I know whenever I'm in the game, I have to make an impact to help this team." -- Toney Douglas
"The most disappointing thing is I came into this season with high hopes and I still have them. It's disappointing."-- David Lee
The theme of this game is simply a continuation of the last one: Knicks moving closer to a new starting point guard in Toney Douglas. Toney Douglas is a rookie meant for the NBA game. We don't know if he is a starter, but he is now the best point guard on the team as Duhon seems resigned to be lousy -- a little bit worse than he usually plays. Dukiehon is showing little effort as he watches his job slip away. Still, D'Antoni is rightfully reluctant to totally bench his poor point project.
Why? Hopefully, we'll talk about this more later, but despite Duhon's deficiencies, D'Antoni built his team around Duhon as a leader. Now D'Antoni finds himself in the very difficult position of not just changing rotations but rebuilding the psychological make-up of the team now after dethroning his vet leader. Turning everything over to Douglas is really an admission of poor judgment (giving reins to Dookiehon) in the first place, but as most of you would say, not to change now is like throwing good money after bad. Douglas as starting point is inevitable. The best 'Antoni can hope for is to play Dukiehon at the two and have him regain his confidence as a shooter.
The NBA released its 2010 NBA All-Star Ballot. It includes four Knicks including Chris Duhon, Nate Robinson, David Lee and Al Harrington. Former Knicks on the ballot include Jamal Crawford, Treva Ariza, Marcus Camby and Antonio McDyess. The NBA All-Star Game is on February 14, 2010, in Dallas, and will be shown on TNT at 8pm. You can vote on-line by creating an NBA All-Access account. The following video tells you how to win tickets to the game. I'm not really sure what this vote often like in Chicago thing is about. but if it'll get you free tickets, why not?
2010 NBA All-Star Ballot
Guards Ray Allen, Celtics Gilbert Arenas, Wizards Mike Bibby, Hawks Jose Calderon, Raptors Vince Carter, Magic Jamal Crawford, Hawks Chris Duhon, Knicks Raymond Felton, Bobcats T.J. Ford, Pacers Ben Gordon, Pistons Richard Hamilton, Pistons Devin Harris, Nets Kirk Hinrich, Bulls Joe Johnson, Hawks Courtney Lee, Nets Jameer Nelson, Magic Michael Redd, Bucks Nate Robinson, Knicks Rajon Rondo, Celtics Derrick Rose, Bulls John Salmons, Bulls Rodney Stucky, Pistons Dwyane Wade, Heat Mo Williams, Cavs
Forwards Michael Beasley, Heat Chris Bosh, Raptors Elton Brand, Sixers Caron Butler, Wizards Luol Deng, Bulls Boris Diaw, Bobcats Kevin Garnett, Celtics Danny Granger, Pacers Al Harrington, Knicks Udonis Haslem, Heat Andre Iguodala, Sixers LeBron James, Cavs Antawn Jamison, Wizards David Lee, Knicks Rashard Lewis, Magic Troy Murphy, Pacers Paul Pierce, Celtics Tayshaun Prince, Pistons Josh Smith, Hawks Hedo Turkoglu, Raptors Anderson Varejao, Cavs Charlie Villanueva, Pistons Gerald Wallace, Bobcats Hakim Warrick, Bucks
Centers Andrea Bargnani, Raptors Andrew Bogut, Bucks Tyson Chandler, Bobcats Samuel Dalembert, Sixers Al Horford, Hawks Dwight Howard, Magic Brook Lopez, Nets Brad Miller, Bulls Jermaine O'Neal, Heat Shaquille O'Neal, Cavs Kendrick Perkins, Celtics Rasheed Wallace, Celtics Western
Guards Leandro Barbosa, Suns Chauncey Billups, Nuggets Aaron Brooks, Rockets Kobe Bryant, Lakers Baron Davis, Clippers Monta Ellis, Warriors Manu Ginobili, Spurs Josh Howard, Mavericks Allen Iverson, Grizzlies Stephen Jackson, Warriors Jason Kidd, Mavericks Kevin Martin, Kings O.J. Mayo, Grizzlies Tracy McGrady, Rockets Andre Miller, Blazers Steve Nash, Suns Tony Parker, Spurs Chris Paul, Hornets Jason Richardson, Suns Brandon Roy, Blazers Ramon Sessions, Wolves Jason Terry, Mavericks Russell Westbrook, Thunder Deron Williams, Jazz
Forwards LaMarcus Aldridge, Blazers Carmelo Anthony, Nuggets Trevor Ariza, Rockets Ron Artest, Lakers Carlos Boozer, Jazz Tim Duncan, Spurs Kevin Durant, Thunder Pau Gasol, Lakers Rudy Gay, Grizzlies Jeff Green, Thunder Blake Griffin, Clippers Grant Hill, Suns Richard Jefferson, Spurs Kevin Love, Wolves Shawn Marion, Mavericks Kenyon Martin, Nuggets Paul Millsap, Jazz Dirk Nowitzki, Mavericks Lamar Odom, Lakers Anthony Randolph, Warriors Luis Scola, Rockets Jason Thompson, Kings Al Thornton, Clippers David West, Hornets
Centers Andris Biedrins, Warriors Andrew Bynum, Lakers Marcus Camby, Clippers Marc Gasol, Grizzlies Spencer Hawes, Kings Al Jefferson, Wolves Antonio McDyess, Spurs Nene, Nuggets Greg Oden, Blazers Emeka Okafor, Hornets Mehmet Okur, Jazz Amar'e Stoudemire, Suns
Later today Bloguin will publish its second edition of the NBA Power Rankings which will be updated every two weeks. Although, I am a panelist I am interested in making this a bit of a Fanatics' endeavor. After this edition, as often as possible and as time will permit, I would like to have community input on the power ranking offerings from this website. In the future, I will publish my preliminary selections here before I submit them and request input. Eventually, I may send a form to all of the Fanatics who want to participate to make it easier to tabulate the selections.
For now, here are my proposed rankings for the upcoming poll, followed by a short comment. Let me know how you would rank the teams at this point.
Preliminary NBA Power Ranking for Nov 11. 2009
Still cream of the top until further notice
A championship caliber all-star team
Running back to the good ole ways
Dangerous when not lulled to mediocrity by one-on-one play
Power boosted by original NBA Superman
Jump shooting their way downward
Close loses to Denver, Houston and Atlanta suggests they need to learn to close out the tough ones.
Mr. Anthony gets serious about MVP race
They've beaten midling teams like Indiana, Chicago and Washington (twice)
Nowitzke keeps Dallas among elite
Tough but not good enough to be considered amongst best without their stars
Holding it down without all their stars
Only losses so far are to elite teams better than them and they were almost better than Denver.
Growing, but still unfolding from fetal position
Free agency paying dividends
The Brandon Jennings "I AM IT" tour
Establishing a new slower Brand is still a problem for this running squad.
Sloan keeps them from being downgraded this time
A waste of Chris Paul's effort
Winners of the bad luck sweepstakes
Pitiable Pacers on win streak against the pitiful
Arenas needs help soon to end free fall
According to Jackson this is officially a wardrobe malfunction - seeking new colors
Flynn keeps them a notch above the worst
If Lebron is coming, this is what Hell looks like before it freezes over.
Tonight, old Knicks, one a former Knick, come to the Garden sporting new looks. I am sure that you have heard by now that Eddie Curry looks svelte -- thinner than a "Skinny Cow" -- compared to the 350 pound contract that fans have come to loath and compare to Jerome James. See his phenomenal physical transformation yourself in the following video from TBK.tv (The KnicksBlog).
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 Crawfordwho 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.