There are no bright spots. There isn’t a goat. There are no A’s and B’s, no D’s and F’s. There are players who seem utterly incapable of doing what is required of them and then there are other players whose lesser crime is that they can’t cover up the blemishes anymore. So let’s start there. That’s the scenery. There is a coach, a coach who won 54 games last year and garnered considerable popular support during awards season. A coach who has been reduced to platitudes (“We just don’t know who we want to be yet!”) that would be easily …continue reading
Houston Rockets 109 Final Recap | Box Score 106 New York Knicks Andrea Bargnani, PF 33 MIN | 9-12 FG | 3-4 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 24 PTS | +7 [Afraid to say anything that might jinx it] Carmelo Anthony, SF 44 MIN | 17-30 FG | 9-11 FT | 10 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 45 PTS | +7 Brilliant. Totally and completely brilliant. One horrible decision (his off-ball foul on Howard after the 2 minute mark) …continue reading
Robert Silverman and I have been exchanging e-mails in the hours and days since the Knicks last took the floor against Charlotte. It’s gone basically how you would expect. Here, see for yourself: FROM: Robert Silverman TO: Me Nov 5 (3 days ago) So when you IM’d me by saying, “Fuckity fuck fuck fucker fuck ANGRY ANGRY ANGRY,” I thought we should talk. Not because I disagree with your assessment of the state of Knickerbloggeristan right now, but because (and I could be wrong) I think there might be a little bit more to it than that. I mean, I was …continue reading
Lots to grumble about after a disastrous first quarter sunk the Knicks into a hole that they couldn’t quite climb out of Sunday night. I’m going to do something weird. I’m going to totally ignore Andrea Bargnani. Plenty of logical arguments were made before the season about the holes in his game and the attendant role that he should be afforded but the simple truth is that any attempt to bolster (or usurp) those arguments based on three games is likely to be gobbled up by the dreaded Small Sample Size Kraken. If you had an opinion on Bargs before the …continue reading
New York Knicks 81 Final Recap | Box Score 82 Chicago Bulls Andrea Bargnani, PF 25 MIN | 4-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 9 PTS | -9 Fine. Not his fault Woody started him and played him a bit too much. We should be using him like we used Novak and taking his ability to penetrate and draw fouls as gravy. I think that gets figured out eventually. Tonight he hit a few shots and competed gamely on defense. More rebounds would be great …continue reading
Hope you’re enjoying our new look; KnickerBlogger godfather Mike Kurylo was hard at work and continues to excel at all the parts of bringing you this blog that are less than fun in their own right. All accolades for whatever additional enjoyment the smoother design is able to bring you during the season should head his way. Meanwhile, David Dressekie from 590 WSJU (St. John’s Campus Station) was kind enough to invite me on Monday afternoon’s show to talk about the Knicks’ offseason. If you’re interested, you can listen here: One more day, folks!
Press Release from MSG, in full: New York Knickerbockers President and General Manager Steve Mills announced today that the team has exercised its fourth-year contract option on guard Iman Shumpert. In two seasons, Shumpert, 6-5, 220-pounds, holds career averages of 8.3 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists over 26.0 minutes in 104 games (80 starts) with New York. He appeared in, and started, 45 games last season to average 6.8 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.7 assists over 22.1 minutes. The Oak Park, IL native was originally selected by the Knicks in the first round (17th overall) of 2011 NBA Draft and earned 2011-12 …continue reading