Look. I’m not happy Isiah is back either. It is impossible to imagine that anything he could possibly offer as a scout/consultant is not completely undermined by the ugliness of his tenure at the Garden and the manner of his departure. Nevertheless, you would do well to ignore the screeching hysteria coming from tabloid writers and radioheads trying desperately to fill the duller-than-usual August sports media deadzone. I see little basis for David Stern to void the contract between the Knicks and Isiah Thomas. He will likely do little more than shake his head in mock pity. Update: I’m in …continue reading
The NBA season is unique among American sport leagues, in that the action doesn’t come to an end once a champion is crowned. After the Finals, fans are bombarded with the draft, summer league, and free agency. One week after the Lakers won a championship, John Wall was drafted by the Wizards. Two weeks after that, LeBron James chose to leave Cleveland for the Miami Heat. If professional leagues were movies, the NFL and MLB would end with the cowboy gunslinger riding into the sunset. Whereas the NBA would show him entering the next town and sitting down at a …continue reading
Berman reported yesterday that the Knicks signed former San Antonio Spurs guard Roger Mason. Mason is a three-point chucker specialist who has been a bit erratic throughout his career. His solid career mark of 38.1% has been characterized by extreme highs and lows. He had a stellar run from 2007-2009 when he shot 39.8% and 42.1% respectively, taking a 10th in the league 166 attempts in 2008-2009 for San Antonio. That stellar run was sandwiched between two atrocious seasons, including a 32.1% brickathon in Washington on an unbelievable 7.5 attempts per 36* and a crappy 33.3% last season in San …continue reading
According to ESPN, Shaquille O’Neal has signed with the Boston Celtics. Zach Lowe has some Scattered Thoughts on the deal: Still: This could work if a lot of things go right. Shaq can be an asset for a team that ranked just 15th in points per possession and struggled to produce looks at the rim when Rajon Rondo couldn’t penetrate. Rondo and Paul Pierce are the C’s only real threats to create offense at the basket. When they are on the bench or pushed slightly off their game, Boston’s offense is reduced to a series of off-the-ball screens and side …continue reading
This is the first in a series (of indefinite length and regularity) of examinations into different games, events and decisions that impacted Knicks history in some way, shape or form. Stories that are not as famous as, say, LJ’s 4-point play or Willis Reed playing Game 7, but still have a place in Knicks history, especially for die-hard fans. Here is an archive of all the stories featured so far. Today, we begin the series by showing how, for the want of a half-game, Bruce Bowen failed to become a New York Knick.