I think Steve Kerr is conducting an intervention with Son of Wood.
1. Hello fellow resident of basketball purgatory! It’s tough to say, but for Knicks fans, one of the few respites from the near-constant awful basketball and general ridicule has been watching you, our fellow Metropolitan team, suffer and struggle. (We’re petty like that) for one, thought BK had assembled a 50-55 win team. In brief, what’s gone wrong?
Basically everything? From the beginning this was a team for whom everything had to break exactly right if they wanted to reach that top seed tier. That meant the health of all the starters, the non-regression of KG and Pierce, the ability of Jason Kidd to learn on the fly… instead, everyone’s been super hurt and Kidd’s begun to acquire the feel of a hapless father who’s been tasked with coaching his son’s rec league game because the regular coach is at jury duty. I think the projected starting lineup has played all of a game and a half’s worth of minutes together, maybe? Plus the fact that they might just be too old and slow to do anything. That’s the tidiness of it: old + slow + don’t know what they’re doing. Doesn’t sound so good!
2, Like the ‘Bockers, aside from various injuries healing, there doesn’t seem to be an easy fix. Let’s say you wake up tomorrow and because you rubbed a magic amulet or made a wish to the wrong carny/gypsy, you’re Billy King. What’s your first move. And your second. And if you’re feeling really adventurous, your third.
Hard to say. They have to give it more time, obviously, because 20 games into a $190 million payroll is too soon to reach for the parachute. I don’t know, maybe I get everyone on the juice so they heal quicker, or maybe I see if KG’s willing to give it a go as a player-assistant. This team is just so banged up it’s hard to look at their roster and see what would work better than everyone’s bruised limbs being replaced with cyborg parts. They’re giving Toko Shengeila first quarter minutes in some of these games, it’s brutal. I think I wake up and fake having Lyme disease so everyone gets off my back.
3, And again, in the midst of all this crappy ball, there’s been a heap of off-court drama/nonsense. This week, Assistant Coach Frank was sent to file TPS reports and is now babbling about hiring lawyers. Did Lawrence need to go? And if not, is Kidd next on the chopping block?
I’m not privy to the interior workings of the franchise, but it does seem like Frank was hastily fired given the weak start and what appear to be ideological differences between him and Kidd. I don’t think Kidd is next to go: he’s just had his number retired and owns part of the franchise (Jay-Z’s former .000017% slice of it, at least) so it would be a pretty bad look if they cut ties a quarter into the season. I could see Kidd getting the whole year, with dramatic personnel changes in the off-season. This is a franchise that’s very heavily into its image and it would be the worst look to get rid of Kidd this quickly.
4. So who wins tonight’s Shame of the Century (See what I did there?)
The fans, clearly, since there should be more sarcastic Tweeting than a re-run of Sharknado. Besides that, gosh. It’s a push, right? How could anyone have the confidence to say it’s more than a push?
Damn skippy. I answered a few of his pointed queries here. Y’all know what to do… Go Knicks!