68 thoughts to “2008 Game Thread: Knicks vs. Bobcats”

  1. Lets give Eddy some credit, he had four blocks in a game the other month. Its not that he can’t do it, he just doesn’t feel like it most of the time….

    NewsFlash: Isiah thinks Eddy can “get there” as a franchise player and he likes that he is working hard….

  2. “That’s such a good word – deflection”

    Ah the wit and wisdoom of John Andariese

  3. Back in the day, when Johnny Hoops would start spinning his almost Rizzuto-esque brand of prose poetry, Marv Albert would smack him down with one of his patented underplayed cutting remarks.

    W/Breen, the inner e.e. cummings in Andariese has been set free

  4. I can’t even begin to transcribe what he just said about Davidson. Something about spinning big bodies and banging. Perfect.

    Meanwhile, Jackie Moon, et, David lee is invisible out there

  5. Anyway, boy does it seem like the Bobcats are hacking the Knicks at will near the basket w/o any calls? Is Bennet Effing Salvatore doing this game?

  6. “They’re always going to be attracted (to Mohammed) because he’s in shape”

    -J.A.

  7. Great pass by Crawford, and great defense by Lee before that…

    Hell of a rebound and outlet by Lee there, looks NBA not ABA at the moment….

  8. And John Andariese may try to kill Kevin Bacon – which certainly makes the halftime show more interesting.

    Go Jamal

  9. Kevin Bacon’s lifelong dream is to be a Knicks City Dancer. Is there something in the water at MSG tonight?

  10. Earl Boykins. As close to the “NBA Jam” look as it gets. I seriously think I’m playing Super Nintendo when I watch him play, but then I realize I don’t have Ewing and Oak out on the floor and I’m not 8 years old.

    Also, David Lee must love getting a key block or rebound, then hustling down the court to have one of our shooting guards (emphasis on “shooting”) drive into triple coverage in the paint.

  11. “He’s (Jones) a very formidable guy when he goes to the hoop. Strong. He plays much bigger than he is”

    -J.A.

  12. Lol, if Caleb is going to be the Gm, I think we should put you in as the new color guy….

    Lee has been having a pretty dominating game for a guy who only has two points…

  13. OK, that VAM (Vocal Acoustic Monitor) commercial has to be hands down, the weirdest spot I’ve ever seen on TV. Dolan must really be pining for advertisers.

    And I won’t jam without my VAM. I super-promise.

  14. “Earl Boykins. As close to the “NBA Jam” look as it gets. I seriously think I’m playing Super Nintendo when I watch him play, but then I realize I don’t have Ewing and Oak out on the floor and I’m not 8 years old.”

    Poor choice, the Ewing-Starks team was a much better selection.

    Speaking of the Jamal attempt, that reminded me of that hilarious Nate Robinson attempted alley-oop to himself when he tried to bounce the ball and was immediately called for traveling. The highlight of that season, but I cant find it anywhere.

  15. That Budweiser commercial with the guy from the Daily Show is pretty strange, you think its a joke, but it’s not….

  16. Interesting that they have Randolph Morris in there talking about Black History Month when they won’t even put him in the game….

    Apparently a nice guy….

    Another nice jumper by Lee, he is about 20-30 on those lately…

    Great block by Balkman…

  17. As much as I like him, watching Renaldo bounce around on the sidelines is like watching these idiotic NFL receivers who dance in the end zone, or guys strut after a big hit when they’re down 20. Ya know…act like you’ve been there before. It shows a lack of perspective and professionalism, that they’ve sucked all year.

  18. Every player on the Knicks has scored other than Eddy Curry. Only going to add fuel to the fire….

    David Lee was + 39 tonight. Looking forward to see the next update on 82games.

    I like this Luca kid, we need to get him on Knickerblogger….

  19. Quentin Richardson reaching deep into his bag of cliches for possibly the worst post-game interview ever

  20. “Speaking of the Jamal attempt, that reminded me of that hilarious Nate Robinson attempted alley-oop to himself when he tried to bounce the ball and was immediately called for traveling. The highlight of that season, but I cant find it anywhere.”

    I wish I could find it on this site. You guys were FREAKING OUT.

  21. Artie writes: “As much as I like him, watching Renaldo bounce around on the sidelines is like watching these idiotic NFL receivers who dance in the end zone, or guys strut after a big hit when they’re down 20. Ya know…act like you’ve been there before. It shows a lack of perspective and professionalism, that they’ve sucked all year.”

    What a mis-observation. When you’re team and coach suck mightily, the best you can do from the bench is remain encouraging, have fun, rally your teammates who you spend so much time with. I’ve never thought Balkman show-boated on the bench, or behaved inappropriately, nor have I ever heard this objection. It sure beats sulking or showing no interest. The cameras do seek him out — because he’s got some flair, but it’s genuine and fun to see. All TV crews get bench shots, though.

  22. Anyone think there’s a chance of Marbury opting out? I know he’d have to be willing to forfeit $16-20 million (to play for the MLE at best and veteran minimum at worst, then again he said he wants to play in Italy and he could get 2-5 mill € in Europe which is more like $3-7.5 mill), but instead of hoping for/demanding a trade he’s got the choice to just leave.

    I guess if the Knicks want to use his contract as a trade chip, it would seem to be one of their biggest, they can just tell him not to opt out and he’ll make his money and go to a winner.

  23. I think there’s an excellent chance of getting real value for Marbury, but it will need to wait until the trade deadline, not over the summer.

    1) Teams will need to see that he’s healthy and can play more or less at the level he has the past two years.

    2) Teams will be a lot more willing to overpay for half a season, than a whole season

    3) Teams will wait to see what their needs are, for the playoff run.

    Assuming he IS basically healthy, and not throwing out more of those straitjacket TV interviews, I’m guessing there will be multiple offers involving equal or longer contracts (say, through 2010) plus a 1st round pick.

    I’m guessing he’ll be healthy enough… I’d be more worried that he humiliates himself and appears so Artest/batshit crazy that no one will even rent him for 3 months.

  24. no one’s going to take Marbury for his playing ability, he’s a cancer on the court, a selfish, aging knucklehead on one end and a turnstile on the other. his expiring contract may be an asset, but I tend to doubt that, I think he’ll be here through next season, either killing us on the court or sitting at home collecting massive checks again.

  25. “let not the hatred of others toward you make you swerve to wrong and depart from justice.”

    Marbury is one year older than Mike Bibby.

    The past two years, they have virtually identical TS%, scoring/40, assist rate, rebound rate and turnover rate… with Marbury slightly better in most categories.

    Both are historically weak defenders who have gotten even worse with age. Both are highly overpaid. Both were excellent offensive players when they came into the league, but were never real All-Star level players, despite the respective hype.

    Marbury is probably considered slightly more crazy, but by next year his contract will be much shorter than Bibby’s was this year, when he was in fairly high demand. Overall, it’s hard to find a closer comparison between two players in the league. Assuming Marbs is healthy, he will be very tradeable.

  26. to put it in perspective, it’s not like Bibby was worth an All-Star – he was worth Shelden Williams & expiring deals. We’d be taking on longer contracts (by a year), which argues for a better player (or higher pick) than Shelden Williams. Say, a mid-first rounder. Then again, Marbs will be two years older than the 2007-2008 Bibby. That drives down value, but doesn’t drive it off a cliff.

  27. all right, I’m going to stop quoting anything from memory. that one made no sense, unless you interpret it as a message to Marbs to quit glaring at Jon Abbey.

  28. we’ll see, I think Bibby’s got a rep of being a much better teammate than Marbury (although he didn’t get along with Artest, tough to blame him there) and that’s the main difference there. of course, if Bibby doesn’t work out in Atlanta (which I doubt he will), that’s another strike against this theory. but like I said, we’ll see, one more year to go.

    also, this:

    “Marbury is probably considered slightly more crazy”

    is the understatement of the year.

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