July 2010: If We Don't land Lebron, can we please...
Just get rid of D'Antoni.
This has nothing to do with the last game performance but moreso my on going opinion of the whole situation with the team.
It's going to be a turning point for this team. Complete roster revamp. Therefore if you're going to tutor the young guys like Gallo, Chandler, Hill, Douglas. They need to be taught the importance of defense. The importance of winning basketball inside the paint. The importance of TEAM BASKETBALL. Something IMPOSSIBLE with a 7 seconds or less system.
Can we get a coach who understands and doesnt shy away from these concepts? That coach will have the CLEANEST slate there is of the past 6 head coaching hires by the Knicks this summer. The opportunity to REALLY start from scratch and assemble a defensive team that is fit for battle.
If we get stuck with D'Antoni and no LeBron and we sign non-defensive players, Im officially giving up as a Knicks fan.
This summer is our opportunity to score some defensive talent and a coach who can turn this franchise around. Please, please don't let me down.....
Sincerely, a disgruntled Knicks fan.
knicks are a mess...............................
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It’s hard to believe that its going to become any better when management has different goals in mind.
Despite all of the pro-D’Antoni and “I’m drinking Walsh’s Kool-Aid” biases, its on both of them that the team is a disaster. First lets discuss Walsh. He traded away Crawford and Randolph last year and essentially the Knicks playoff dreams as well. It then seemed as if the Knicks were heading towards rebuilding with Chandler and Gallinari as the young core. When the Knicks drafted for Hill and Douglas, I believed that D’Antoni would provide Hill and Douglas with major minutes because the team was focused on the 2010 crop of free agents. Thats where I was dead wrong. D’Antoni was set on winning this year instead of developing his two first round draft picks. Duhon, Nate, and Hughes are still above Douglas in the depth chart while it is clear the latter is the only one who has a future with this team. Earlier in the season, why were Milicic and Bender playing over Jordan Hill? Its not as if their future’s are more important. So the question becomes why isn’t D’Antoni following Walsh’s rebuilding plan by giving his rookies playing time?
The simple answer is because D’Antoni wants to win now. When D’Antoni and Walsh have diverging intentions, the team will not make it anywhere. Walsh is not and will not provide his coach with the horses to make it a race because he is looking ahead and does not want to distract from the long-term plan. Meanwhile, D’Antoni hungers for the playoffs. Can you really blame him? If management does not focus on the same goal, the team on the floor pays the consequence.That is why the Knicks are thirteen games under .500.
And contrary to euphemistic belief, the Knicks are a mess. When the Knicks finish this year with a losing record, it will be the ninth straight year that the team has finished without at least an even record. Since the the 2001-2002 season, the Knicks have been the epitomy of ineptitude. Consider this: according to Forbes, before the Laker’s ascended to the top spot this year with a value of $607 million, the Knicks were the most valuable franchise during the previous four seasons.
During those four seasons, the Knicks had 111 wins and and 217 losses. In that same span, the Lakers were 209-119. Talk about Knick’s inefficiency. The team had all the money and spent it childishly. It can be strongly argued that the Knicks have been the least efficient franchise in sports. But, the Knicks high value confirms that the Knicks are an attraction in NY. The city loves basketball and the team can still bring in a crowd even during this mismanagement catastrophe. (Do you believe those band wagon fans in Los Angeles would still fill the Staples Center with a horrendous team?
Although, Jerry Buss and lack of success is inconceivable) The only other time in Knick’s history that compares was when the Knicks failed to at least achieve an even win and loss record from the 1959-1960 to the 1966-1967 seasons. During those eight years, the NBA was still in its infancy. Professional basketball was young and so were the Knicks. Its going to be nine years and counting. So, we as fans can honestly say that we have witnessed the worst run in Knick’s franchise history.
i think that pretty much sums it up.that's what it looks like to me.walsh wants to have his cake, and d'antoni wants to eat it.i think i remeber vaguely that d'antoni wasn't happy about the craw and zbo trades.