November 1, 2008
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By MARC BERMAN
PHILADELPHIA - On Halloween Night, the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]New York Knicks came disguised as last season's team.
They fell behind by 30 points early in the fourth quarter and were never in it from the second period on, allowing layup after layup. Sixers 116, Knicks 87.
And that didn't quite bother me as much as a quote from Mike D'Antoni after the game, when he was referring to putting [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]Stephon Marbury on the inactive list.
"If I was playing for everything tonight, we'd do things differently,'' D'Antoni said.
D'Antoni seems content on not playing the players that give them the best chance to win because this season is about developing guys for next year. Just think it's a little early, after winning your first game, to be talking that way. Most coaches usually save that for March.
I picked 37 victories in my season preview.
That was when I figured D'Antoni would hold off on Danilo Gallinari for the rotation until he was ready.
That's when I thought Marbury would play a significant role off the bench.
That's when I thought [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]Mardy Collins was out of the rotation.
That's when I thought he'd have space eventually for [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]Eddy Curry to spot him in.
That's after hearing the players promise that with this speedball system, they will be in every single game this season. In their second game, they weren't in it at all tonight.
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Posted by Marc Berman on November 1, 2008 1:30 AM
I don't want to alarm you Marc, but I think Walsh may be senile.
How else would D'Antoni be able to get away with saying something like that and keep his job? I mean, think it? Sure. Have it be the in-house, covert plan? OK. But to actually allude publicly that you may not have been trying your hardest to win, in only the second game of the season?
So when fans pay their $$ for tickets at MSG, how will they know they're getting an honest effort by the coach and the team?
Obviously Walsh and D' don't care about the W's-L's for this season, but good luck attracting ANY free-agent superstar (let alone Lebron James) to NYK in the future with this roster and that attitude.
My take is, Walsh is (obviously) gonna pull out all the stops to get Lebron in 2010. But if he fails (likely), he'll retire immediately.
And we'll be right back to square one.
Posted by: KnicksNut on November 1, 2008 2:02 AM
I have to tell you I am once again calling (No)DAntoni out. Understanding and maximizing your personnel to the best of it's ability is the first step to building or rebuilding anything. All I hear i talk about rebuilding and a new beginning. If DAntoni is the realist he professess to be , the first thing he does is squashed the notion of using an 8 or 9 or even 10 man rotation. These are not the athletic Phoenix Suns. Amare Stoudemire does not dress to play at MSG. Know what you have and ultilize it. And.. if building for tomorrow were the case, why keep [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]Jerome James and cut Ewing Jr. I'll tell you why. If they keep Ewing Jr. He outplays Gallinari, heck he was probably doing it at practice. As a coach, once you take things personal you are bound to lose.. the building blocks.. are losing ones... that is the reality of this situation. At what point during the season will the Knick fans once again remember the past and rain down on D'Antoni. It's coming sooner than he thinks. I had to think back to something that would tie the New York fans together.. since the team isn't. It is that they are New Yorkers.. first he embarrasses one of their own.. after the young man tries to find his way and do what he is asked. 2nd, he curses the fans.. Someone better get D'Antoni a copy of Spiderman 3, when the New Yorkers see one of their own down.. they rally around him.. Walsh, a Bronx guy himself should know this..
Say what you will, three months from now.. or three years from now.. the FOUNDATION... better be visible or in 7 seconds.... well.. See Don Nelson...
Goodnight.. wherever you are... Knick Fans...
Posted by: Gregory Freeman on November 1, 2008 2:04 AM
Go to sleep, Greg. Your conspiracy theories are garbage. Jerome James was not cut because of the salary cap situation. Walsh already said he didn't want to cut Ewing and would try to bring Ewing back.
Posted by: Reality on November 1, 2008 2:30 AM
Last nights game told the truth. We need Steph. He is the only star on this team.
Posted by: Adam Sarcazm on November 1, 2008 2:52 AM
Play Steph Darn-it!!
Posted by: Adam Desperate for a good knicks team on November 1, 2008 2:58 AM
HEY FANS...LET THE SEASON PLAY OUT. SOME OF US WILL NEVER BE HAPPY. LETS GET RID OF THE ENTIRE TEAM AND START OUT FRESH..
Posted by: ARROW on November 1, 2008 5:15 AM
Not buying out Steph in August--if they weren't going to play him anyway--was the dumbest thing the Knicks have ever done. Win or lose, he's going to be the story EVERY NIGHT. I'm already sick of it and it's been two games. And it's just going to get worse. Either get him in the rotation or buy him out. This won't just go away.
Posted by: Russ on November 1, 2008 5:16 AM
hey crawford, hey qRich, hey nate, hey duhon - THE PRESSURES OF PERFORMING IN NYC FALLS TO YOU BUMS NOW. NO LONGER WILL YOU BE ABLE TO WHITHER IN THE SPOTLIGHT WHILE STARBURY TAKES THE BLAME.
Posted by: gee the steph fan on November 1, 2008 5:29 AM