Once again a team that has a lot of talent on their roster and overpaid stars are the laughing stock of the NBA.What a joke it has been to watch this team lose by double digits to every team that plays in the NBA on a nightly basis.The worst part about having to go through all of this is that this team had the highest expectations to win since the 90's Knicks teams had.You would think that a team with 3 star players would at least be competitive and be an 8th seeded team at worst, but no matter who they play and where they play they're the weaker team on the floor who falls behind in the game and ends up losing. I really feel like I'm watching a team that has a 90% chance of losing every game.The Knicks could be going up against the Liberty and I just know that once they fall behind they're losing big.
Is this a punishment from the basketball gods for the way the Knicks front office treated Donnie Walsh? Was the Layden and Isiah fiasco a punishment for the way the Knicks organization treated Patrick Ewing? It seems like the Knicks are a cursed franchise like the Clippers have been for most of their existence.It's like there is a dark cloud above them that doesn't want to vanish.Doesn't matter what the Knicks do, whether they try to draft the right players or whether they try to trade players and sign free agents or bring in hall of fame coaches, everything that they do seems to work against them.Has there ever been a franchise who's played in a big market, who's had a great fanbase, who's tried to do everything possible to be competitive but has failed miserably at it by letting down their fans and embarrassing themselves the way the Knicks have for the past 11 years?
I've always felt that the only person who could influence Mike D'antoni to get fired is David Stern.James Dolan doesn't have the testerone to fire this putrid bum of a man nor does he lose any sleep everytime the Knicks go deeper and deeper into irrelevance.The NBA has to stop allowing these wealthy owners, who know little to nothing about putting together a winning team and about basketball and who just look at NBA franchises as one of many money making commodities, to own these teams that so many die hard fans pay to support.
If I go into a five star restaurant and I am served food that is poisoned or of bad quality I would either sue the restaurant or ask for my money back. If I order an Apple computer online and the delivery person brings me a Dell I would either send that computer back so that they would give me exactly what I ordered or I would demand my money back.If people pay thousands of dollars a season to watch a team and that team underacheives tremendously either major changes have to be made from the front office/coaches down to the players or people should be entitiled to receiving every penny that they put into that team.One of the things that makes American capitalism look bad is how the prices of season tickets, concessions and products relating to the Knicks increase so that a multi billion dollar owner could have our money in order to pay 80 million dollars to a player who doesn't know the concept of team basektball, 80 million dollars to a player who is softer than Rebecca Lobo on the defensive end of the floor and 24 million dollars to a coach who gained a reputation because of a future hall of fame PG on his team and who has the lowest IQ when it comes to coaching.
The longer the Knicks go with this coach the worse things are going to get for them and the less likely that any good coach would want to coach them.Mike D'antoni had more than enough time to prove that he is an average at best coach but the Knicks are just as bad as they were when Isiah Thomas was fired. Jim Dolan has to listen to the fans and make the right decision.If Mike D'antoni isn't going to be here after next season there is no sense in holding on to him for the remainder of the season.At least if he was fired now we would be able to see how the Knicks would perform under Mike Woodson.Sure it took Woodson several years for him to have success in Atlanta but he has a track record of motivating his players to play for him and it wouldn't hurt the Knicks to give him a half a season trial as interim coach.And I feel that Woodson is more suited to coach this roster than D'antoni is.
There are several reasons why Dolan hasn't fired D'antoni.Either he doesn't want to pay 6 million dollars to a person that isn't working under him, he understands that D'antoni needs a legit PG in order to succeed and is waiting to see how D'antoni would do with Baron Davis, he is unaware that D'antoni is the main reason why the Knicks have been playing poorly, he just doesn't care about the Knicks woes or he just wants the Knicks to fail.But whatever reason it is he needs to wake up and fire this coach or he needs to sell this team.