When a coach benches a player, he usually gets one of two different reactions.
1. The player gets pissed off and wants to prove that the coach is wrong. So he works his butt off when he gets some playing time and works his way back into the starting lineup. You could make the case that Randolph's big game yesterday was an example of that. Even Curry had a huge game soon after being benched.
2. The player sulks. This is kind of like the kid that doesn't get his way and decides to take his ball home to punish everyone else. It's a very immature response.
I think Isiah was trying to get reaction #1 and bring the best out of Steph, but he got reaction #2 instead. There may have been other things at work, but it sure looked bad.
A coach has to be a bit of a psychologist. Heck that's even true of managers in business. Part of the job is understanding how to motivate people. It's not an easy job because not all people react the same way to the same techniques.
I know some of you guys are going to get pissed off about this comment, but the timing of this latest ankle injury (perhaps even having surgery and being out 2 months) looks a little bad also. I don't doubt he's hurting a bit. But this coming to a head right after he made some comments about his role on the team makes it smell like a way of punishing Isiah, a way of avoiding losing, a way of saying he doesn't like his role on the team etc.....
We'll get more info in a few days, but I think you can at least understand why some people might be skeptical about the motivations and wonder whether this couldn't wait if he decides to have surgery right away.
Last edited by knicklover; Jan 14, 2008 at 19:54.
wow that white guy was flappin around like a bitch-and he got f*cked up
Last edited by GoKnIcKsDLEE42; Jan 14, 2008 at 20:09.
word he just kept swinging like wow...ofcourse he gonna get fuked up liek that
He had no fighting skills at all. That dude went nuts swingin like a bitch, i think he was on somethin but it was fun watchin him get F*cked up
yeah man don't f*ck wit kimbo lol
You guys are missing the point. We had our biggest win of the season with Steph no where near the court. What does that tell you??? Steph will do the Knicks a big favor by shutting himself down for the rest of the season. Mark the date and our 10-26 record down. There are 46 games still left in the season and we could still make the playoffs. Playoffs, you wanna talk about playoffs??? That's right with Selfish Steph out of the way this team will have a chance to really develop. One thing Isiah did was stockpile talent and this team has plenty of guys to handle the rock so Steph won't be missed there. I thought it was a beautiful thing to watch Jamal bringing the ball up the other night and I think we ALL would agree that Nate Robb needs more minutes. We have recently seen big nights from Eddy and Zach so our front court is tight and the young energy squad of Lee and Balkman are bring "D" back to the Garden. We might be a shooter away from really doin' something unless "Q" wants the job. Otherwise somebody call Allen Houston. Thank you Selfish Steph for being the quitter that you are. The rest of the team voted a long time ago and they don't want to play with you. Do what you do best: Take your ball and GO HOME!!!
Bringing in Randolph seemed like a good idea at the time. It was great way to move Francis out but it also exposed Curry's already existing weaknesses, which weren't an issue when he consistently scored 18 pts 7 rebounds. All any one said was 'he should get more rebounds'. Lots of players don't play defense but when you've got no defensive players down low you've got a serious problem on your hands. That's what the Knicks are experiencing now. I'd love for the Curry/Randolph tandem work and not have to trade any one (in the front court) but in reality it isn't working and one of them may have to go.