I know there's constant banter about the Knicks making the playoffs. To me, it's as good as a pointless argument. It's not happening. The inception of GM Donnie Walsh was one pitted solely on the not so distant future. We're all impatient, I especially am. We've been sub-mediocre for years now and I'm well & truly over it. As awesome as it'd be to be back in the playoffs, it seems at this stage of rebuilding that a first round pick is dearer to the club than a first round playoff exit courtesy of Lebron & Mo Williams. Lee and N8's futures are as in the air as the puff of smoke above Isiah Rider's head. It's all entirely unpredictable.
Harrington, Hughes, Duhon and Wilcox's contracts are all nearing conclusion & none seem worthy of being re-signed i.m.o.
Lee and Nate through their inevitable sign and trades could be shipped elsewhere. And not necessarily for trades that will better the team.
Then there's Jeffries and Curry's painful contracts. Isn't it funny how Curry's contract is to us exactly what he enjoys himself. That's right, a pain in the ass. Sorry, how often do you get to make a fag joke in basketball though really?
Still, throughout all the uncertainties of the upcoming off season, it's been a succesful year for the Knicks for a handful of reasons.
-We have $19m available for shopping in the summer of 2010.
-The salary sheet has been sliced considerabely in the IOU section.
-Nate and Lee have emerged as legit starters on any team in the league.
-Chandler's slow but steady rise gives hope for the future.
-People didn't come to support the superiority of the oppositions best player. People came to be entertained and it (at times) really showed.
-We've surpassed last years win total without a centre.
-We've proven that Mike D's teams can play D as a group. Even with some of the worst defenders in the NBA. Big call, but we all saw it.
-The locker room has, arguably, less talent, but is more functional. No skirt wearing Princesses or self obsessed coaches.
-We signed (imo) the best Coach in the game. Mike D. Basketball's coaching future at the helm of our club. You just know that players wanna be a part of the D' Antoni evolutionary revolution. All things evolved from something lesser & Mike D is the evolutionary strand of the future. **** yeah!
-Donnie Walsh is cold blooded, Methodical & Evil....Perfect
It's been a good year this year because for the first time since our first round pounding vs Jason Kidd & the Nets a few years back, the future can be thought of with real optimism.
Within 5 years we will be celebrating online here together.
This year was the first ripple of a tsunami of Knick success.
The shining lights for me were throughout the ups and downs were:
Mr. David Double Double Lee
Mr. Donnie Beelzebub Walsh
Mike D Himself
Kryptonate (late inclusion)
That's the first time I've included "The Future" as a commendable since I can remember, when talking about the Knicks.
That to me is reason enough to call this season a good one.
Titties are a plus in all situations.