March 24, 2006

Strapping on the knee pads.: Apparently the Knicks have officially given up on this season. I'm hoping they buy a full page ad in the NYT with this message.

posted by lilnemo to basketball at 07:37 PM - 21 comments

You know you love the Knicks. But have the Knicks ever loved you back? Some of the sports teams I support shouldn't just print a message, it should be a full page apology.

posted by owlhouse at 07:44 PM on March 24, 2006

You know you love the Knicks. No. I like good comedy. This is bad comedy. Strike that, its damn near a tragedy.

posted by lilnemo at 07:47 PM on March 24, 2006

And I don't know if the biggest loser is Marbury, Brown, or Thomas.

posted by roberts at 08:26 PM on March 24, 2006

Sad Sad knicks.........thats all I've got to say

posted by solrac at 09:04 PM on March 24, 2006

Ok maybe not. Who's the worst team: Knicks or charlotte That's a tough one

posted by solrac at 09:08 PM on March 24, 2006

You mean there is an "official" way to give up on a season? I thought 19-49 was pretty obvious that the ship has hit and iceberg and they're sinking fast.

posted by dbt302 at 09:27 PM on March 24, 2006

I think this is one of the biggest trainwrecks in basketball history, it's as if Chuck LaMarr suddenly became the manager of the New York Yankees, with the biggest payroll in the game. I'm a Heat fan, and I still think it's a tragedy.

posted by uglatto at 09:50 PM on March 24, 2006

lilnemo, any chance you can actually lay hands on the letter? I'd love to see it, and it probably will have some value years from now as a piece of "sports-management-ineptitude" themed memorabilia.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 05:44 AM on March 25, 2006

So what they're saying is Isiah Thomas isn't going to get executive of the year honors? To be honest Thomas is in way over his head, and this Larry Brown Voodoo DollTM really works!

posted by wingnut4life at 07:58 AM on March 25, 2006

The Knicks are a mess. They never should have gotten Rose. They could have gotten Ratlif, and could have kept Ariza. They are stacked with old, highly paid guards- who by the way can't guard anyone. What they should do is aquire Ratliff, or another forward, and get rid of Marbury A.S.A.P. Maybe the Pacers would take a chance on him- he can't get any worse than O' Neal or Artest. But anyways, the Knicks suck, Larry Brown is old, and overpaid.

posted by redsoxrgay at 09:52 AM on March 25, 2006

Larry got his dream job after all!

posted by MICHIGANDER at 11:03 AM on March 25, 2006

If the letter is posted, will the knicks actually say the truth....that they are giving up so they can lay their hands on a good draft pick? Personally i think they had that accomplished a little bit after christmas

posted by FozzFest at 12:30 PM on March 25, 2006

As a Pistons fan I express glee at the Knicks struggles and hope that Larry Brown is enjoying his dream job.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 12:40 PM on March 25, 2006

If memory serves me ( and it don't a lot), the Knicks traded this years 1st pick for Curry and did not get any lottery protection. A bad trade gets worse. So they shouldn't be playing for a better draft pick. So why are they playing? In 35 some odd years of following professional sports, I can not think of a worse GM than Isiah. Not a bad guard though. So who is the second worse GM?

posted by Gibbyson at 02:27 PM on March 25, 2006

Wow. They've come down to using PR moves as the final option to working this horrible Knicks season. As for Isiah, he continues to amaze. I mean, will anyone remember what a great and competitive player he was when this is all done? With each passing hour, this is less and less the case.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 04:24 PM on March 25, 2006

The knick are horrible. It's bad news when teams are down by 20pts. with say 3min. left in the game and know that they can still win.

posted by nate at 04:47 PM on March 25, 2006

Lets see...problems with the Knicks...and these were before the trade 1. 3 Me-First Point Guards who can't defend anyone... 2. A Big Man who scores well, but jsut can't stop anybody... 3. 3 more veterans who were picked up to add depth, but have only been negative influences to this club... 4. A GM who makes too many compulsive trades for parts the team ALREADY has... 5. A coach who's mishandling the three good kids that his GM picked... What do you get two Roses fighting for time, a lagging center, a pissed off Franchise, three disgruntled rookies and the Star-bury smarting off at his coach... Things are gonna get worse in NYC before they get better...

posted by chemwizBsquared at 05:07 PM on March 25, 2006

Isiah Thomas didn't have a good track record even before this hire. I think his claim to fame as GM was probably drafting Vince Carter when with the Raptors. The situation will not improve because with all talk of trading Marbury who the hell is gonna take him and his contract. Everywhere he has been (Minesota, Phoenix, Jersey) they've won after he was gone. Larry Brown has also done a terrible job coaching. Its obvious he doesn't like this team and will do anything to undermine Isiah. His track record speaks for itself also, he has never finished a contract anywhere and has burned bridges in more places than Marbury. The Knicks played harder and better for Herb Williams last year. Don't be surprised if Larry's dream job is really Isiahs GM position with Herb takin over as coach next year. The only bright spot is the 3 rookies, Channing gets the publicity, Nate won the slam dunk but I think David Lee will be the best of the lot. Manhattan is the island of under achieving over paid misfits. A scrap heap for the rest of the league. Highest payroll and worst record is definitely not a good combination. That said, I 'll continue to cheer and scream at the TV for my Knicks and look across the river at the Nets when I want to see some real basketball,

posted by doggstarr at 10:25 PM on March 25, 2006

2. A Big Man who scores well, but jsut can't stop anybody... This has long been a problem for NY and it seems it was never addressed. No legit shot block coupled with an offensive force up the middle was a reaon for several early exits when the team still made the playoffs. Instead they went out an acquired a string of injury prone never-has-beens, and a coach who doesn't understand "you can't coach players into playing outside of their capabilities". This team never has had or will have the same team first mentality of a Detroit. Fans of the Knicks are seeing the culmination of several bad years chock full of some of the worst decisions made in the NBA. Managment woes are futile to complain about, bad managers keep their jobs all the time and I can never understand it. I would be willing to jump ship and root for the team coming to BK but I would really have a problem rooting for a team that will be considered the former NJ Nets. Give it a couple years to wash off the stink left over and maybe I could root for the Bushwick Slingers or whatever they will be called, but those first 2-3 years are wash.

posted by HATER 187 at 11:30 PM on March 25, 2006

Who would have thought that Isiah could take the Knicks to a worse place than when he started? Fire Isiah.

posted by Bill Lumbergh at 07:50 AM on March 26, 2006

Nah, Don't fire Isiah. I am enjoying watching the abortion that is the Knicks.

posted by Gibbyson at 08:29 AM on March 26, 2006

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