At The Classical: The Knicks, In the Hospital

Metta flips the world on its axis by asking Frank Isola a question (Photo by Mike Kurylo)

So the regular season’s about to start (Yay!) but before we plunge face first into Knick games that count/matter, if you’re in a reflective mood, I wrote some things (well, a lot of things) about Media Day 2013.

And then Mills was asked if he had any regrets about his prior tenure—you remember, the one where the Knicks became a bleak joke. He said, “No,” and I stopped taking notes. I recall him adding that he thought he did a “great” job and that he wouldn’t change a thing.

Which is clearly madness. During Mills’ five years as President of Madison Square Garden, the Knicks were a howling garbage fire. But which, also, was the only answer Mills could have given. If he’d said, “In every situation I try to look for places to improve/ways in which I could have done a better job and so on,” the follow-up questions would be versions of, “And what were those mistakes?” Had Mills dodged that by repeating a slightly altered version of his first statement, the next question would have been, “So what did you learn? Was it not to hire Isiah Thomas?” And so on and on, until eventually there is enough juice and Haunting Isiah Memories to produce a few back page stories. Mills had to have known that his prior stint was not rainbows and concord, but made a knowingly incorrect statement because he wanted to end the conversation.

Which I guess is the mark of a good executive, and also more or less the tact that residents take when fretful family member types start with the grilling on this medication versus that one and what is or isn’t contraindicated. Each answer—any answer—would only prompt further questions, and there are rotations to make and a job to do. If she really were to take my hand and walk me—and every other sad-manic individual sweating bedside—through every step of his decision-making process, she’d be screwed. That is not her job; she cannot do her job if she does that. We might not like it, but what she does all that can possibly be done.

You can read the whole thing here. Go Knicks!

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9 thoughts to “At The Classical: The Knicks, In the Hospital”

  1. Tonight’s starting lineup is Felton, Prigs, Shump, Melo, Tyson. Interesting. Woody decided he’d rather stick with the two-PG arrangement than put Artest in with the starters.

    I’m in favor, though I’d have also been fine with Artest starting in place of Pablo. At a minimum, this means Beno’s gonna play a lot.

  2. Wow, that’s surprising. I’d prefer Artest to be in there, but eh, it’s better than starting Bargs!

  3. I’m pretty surprised to see this starting lineup especially with JR out as it leaves us a little short on guards off the pine. I suspect this means that Hardaway Jr. will be in the rotation. I guess it makes some sense given that the Bucks are starting very small with Butler as the nominal 4.

  4. I not enamored with the idea of Shump at the three.

    To be fair, as others have noted, the Bucks are playing a small ball lineup. I bet Artest starts against the Bulls. Caron Butler is basically a 2-guard, ya know?

  5. I bet Artest starts against the Bulls. Caron Butler is basically a 2-guard, ya know?

    According to our informed friends on twitter Mike Woodson said that Bargnani would have started if the Bucks were going big, so there’s that. Woody just likes toying with us.

  6. Weird quote from Woody, though…

    ”We’ve been successful here with Melo playing a lot of 4 and we haven’t experimented a whole lot with him playing 3 until this exhibition season,” Woodson said, ”and so I mean I just feel like I don’t want to go away from it a lot in terms of him playing at the 4 spot.”

  7. So weird, though. It’s not like he gains some benefit out of doing it this way. Sort of reminds me of how D’Antoni let Marbury play back-up 2 guard all preseason long and then right before opening night let him know, “Oh, by the way, you won’t be playing at all this season.” What’s the benefit?

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