ESPN has put together a little toy for NBA fans. You have the chance to assemble the greatest 5 from any NBA team. For the Knicks, PG is the most obvious choice (I can’t imagine anyone over Frazier), but there are some interesting decisions to make for the remainder of the roster. At center you could argue Ewing/Reed all night. Power forward gives the most depth without a clear winner: DeBusschere, Gallatin, Larry Johnson, David Lee, Charles Oakley, and Willie Nauls. At SG before you select your favorite from Starks, Houston, and Monroe, don’t forget olde tymer Richie Guerin (a 6 time All Star in New York).
In any case, if I were building a team of Knicks, here are three guys I’d avoid:
Stephon Marbury: There’s no doubt that Marbury had talent. Imagine if he stayed in Minnesota and worked on his defense next to Kevin Garnett? Those two teenagers could have made a solid core for a decade. Instead Marbury forced his way out of there, and nearly everywhere else he went. But that’s not the only chapter of the cautionary tale of Stephon Marbury. He went from a spoiled NBA player who couldn’t be bothered to play defense to creepy intern hunter to avert your eyes sideshow. His odd behavior in interviews and his do-it-yourself-internet-only reality show reveals a side of him that made the rest of his career a bit more understandable.
Ray Williams: The next time your cable goes out, your air conditioner breaks, or you don’t have some other creature comfort Americans expect in the 21st century, read this to put things into perspective.
Latrell Sprewell: I liked him as a player, but I think if you’re building an all-franchise team you want someone that isn’t the butt of two jokes. I wonder if kids today know Sprewell as the guy who choked his coach, or the guy who turned down a $27M contract, had no other offers, and then went bankrupt? I’d probably go with Bernard King, especially if I were building this team with modern medicine at my disposal.