I think you should take some of your own advice and get realistic. You're calling ABCD out on supposed insults, when you came out and called Kiyaman slow, for simply stating his opinion? What a hypocrite. And, by the way, it's you're, not "your," which is how you wrote out "your a tool." Go look up some homophones, so that YOU'RE not making yourself look dumb.
Let's put some definitions up here, to help you understand what we meant, when we said that the Knicks would make it into the playoffs, with a real center in the middle:
- The position or title of a winner.
- Defense or support; advocacy: her championship of the elderly and their rights.
- A competition or series of competitions held to determine a winner.
The playoffs aren't the championship, and you aren't guaranteed the title, when you're a competitive team. All most Knick fans want, right now, is to be competitive. After a few years, if we carefully add pieces to our team, we'll be a contender. For the past few years, after establishing Johnson, for example, the Hawks have been competitive. If they acquire another major piece, they'll likely be contenders. You have this fantasy about 2010. What exactly do you think will happen in 2010? After another 30 win season, in 2009-2010, you think James and Wade will leave cities prepared to pay them, wherein they're worshipped, to come to the Knicks? Ha!!!
- A final game or series of games played to break a tie.
- A series of games played to determine a championship.
You, and some other nuts on this forum, worship D'Antoni and Walsh, as well as Gallinari, and won't even criticize them. A guy who plays a handful of games and shows little skill, outside of the open 3 pointer, is better than a guy who has played productive big minutes, the whole season, without injury? This is ludicrous: even your idols, D'Antoni and Walsh would laugh at that! And as for the Randolph trade, trading Randolph for a guy who can't even play is good business practice?
For those of you who can practice common sense, this is how our team might have been good: when we had the chance, Gasol should have been acquired for Curry, back when he was at 19 ppg. Memphis was ready, but Isiah said that Curry was untouchable. It didn't happen, fine, so what we should have done is to sign Lopez, a guy with a similar skills set and tons of upside. You keep Crawford and Zach, two elite scorers: that's their job: scoring, don't worry about whether you think they're not great on D or any personal stuff on them. You provide them with a guy that can protect the basket, and you let them work to protect the perimeter, collapse on inside guys and score, then you'd have seen the power of a complete team, at all positions. Marbury can be kept, as long as he acts properly, and you waive him, if he tries to start anything. You bring Duhon, Lee, Balkman and Nate off the bench, as a second unit.
In the off-season, you add some more pieces, compete, until you have the cap space to sign a big player, which is how we got Allan Houston, back in the day. It might not turn out perfect, because their are always unforseen events, but you don't just tear down a whole team of professionals. You act intelligently, add players at positions of need, remove the ones that are hindering progress. The Knicks were bad because they needed a new coach, one they could respect, and stability in the middle, so that guys could feel comfortable on defense. The players never got that.