I’ll Say It Again ‘cause You Can Jump Over The Moon It Doesn’t Make You A Team Player …………..
Last night just in case anyone missed it the New York Knicks (24-35) all but gave away a game to the Miami Heat (31-27). And we all know what the Knicks are actually waiting for don’t we ? The chance to become a part of the LeBron James ‘ free agent sweepstakes. Well if it’s not becoming how apparent this woeful New York Knicks’ teams really is. Then there’s no reason to let you in last night. Suffice to say if you let Dwyane Wade go off on you then you deserve what you get and a damn whole lot more.
And if there’s anything that we can all agree on then it’s that the New York Knicks aren’t all that good nor are they likely to be in the near future. I don’t care what anyone says but if the team isn’t prepared to complement James with an arsenal of players comparative to his skill level. Then how in God’s name can they expect to compete with anyone in the Eastern Conference , much less the rest of the NBA.
And as we let this all foment and try to analyze what it is that makes the Knicks so terrible. It’s becoming patently obvious that when you’ve got an ill disciplined team whose only apparent wish is to play offense. One can only understand why if any the relative progress made under coach Mike D’Antoni has been minimal at best. And to top last night’s events it doesn’t bode well for the league when someone within the game’s hierarchy chooses to alienate one of its and the game’s top stars. In all but reprimanding Wade by the banning of his wearing a band-aid underneath his left eye. They all but told Wade that they intend to now make the league something more akin to its counterpart within the NFL …………” a No Fun League “ . Well Commissioner David Stern and his autocratic ways do tend to rile the rancor of many of its players one way or another.
In the victory last night by the Heat 120-115 over New York. It has all but cemented that the two teams may well be going in opposite directions. The Heat would love to make the NBA playoffs and it appears likely that they’re likely to make it. As for the Knicks any aspirations that they might have may have been sealed with the ineptitude that they’ve shown as a team with its overall lack of cohesion of the court. It would appear that whatever communicative skills that Mike D’Antoni possesses seems to be falling on deaf ears when it comes to this Knicks’ roster. But then again being communicative and teaching players how to play defense was never one of D’Antoni’s strongest points to begin with. It clearly wasn’t the case when he was coaching the Phoenix Suns in his previous stop as an NBA coach. Now come full circle the teams aren’t that much different in terms of their play on court. The up-tempo offense is still there but beyond that there doesn’t seem to be much there that’d would heighten one’s interest in the Knicks . Unless you’ve shown the utmost devotion to the team the way that film maker Spike Lee has over the years.
Lee’s devotion to the franchise borders on the type fan worship and devotion shown by Jack Nicholson to the Los Angeles Lakers. And when that sort of devotion is being shown by show businesses’ top stars to the sport. It can only mean that they’ve got a great deal of time of their hands.
The New York Knicks for their part have got to be in some ways happy with the play of Nate Robinson. He may well be the lone reason to watch this team at any time. Looking down at the roster of the team and there’s absolutely nothing there that would have you believe that this team is capable of competing with amongst the elite of the NBA. It’s clear to see why the LeBron James’ overkill as to his final destination in 2010 has become so much of the lore as it now stands. If nothing else it gives the fans there in New York something to wish for. Well that along with perhaps the New York Yankees winning the World Series or even Alex Rodriguez showing up in the postseason for just once in his career. But then again isn’t Alex liable to blame his woes upon that of his cousin and the effects of the boli ? Where’s Papi Chulo when you need him most ? Well Alex much like your New York counterparts within the NBA it’s time to put up or shut up once and for all.
And as of now with this loss one can say that it’s time for the New York Knicks and their hierarchy to look at what it is they’re now striving to achieve. They’ve struggled in almost every facet of the game. And in spite of everything that Donnie Walsh and coach Mike D’Antoni are hoping to elicit from this roster. It just doesn’t seem to be equating in the form of results on the court. The fact of the matter is Wade’s performance last night basically showed us all the monumental challenges that this team faces if it’s to contend with the elite teams within the Eastern Conference and the rest of the NBA. He torched the Knicks for 46 points and it could well have been a hell of a whole lot more were he able to apply himself more.
The New York Knicks for their part merely played that of a supporting cast as the Wade and his teammates waylaid them and any aspiration that they had on the night. It’s at times like these we’ve got to be thankful that New York City is viewed as the city that never sleeps. With so much happening around this vast metropolis . It’s good to know that there are avenues where can one spend their money and actually obtain something or real value in return that’s tangible. Spending it on watching the New York Knicks has to be about as welcoming as having a root canal.