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People wanna see the way the Illadel play
Yo, look in the mirror, watch what yourself say
In our continuing saga, Nazr Mohammed stays out of foul (4) trouble to play 40 minutes. For those without a calculator (or any semblance of math skills), his average last night of 4.8 PF/48min is much lower than his season average (5.8). It could have been even lower except he picked up a foul on a weak call on a loose ball. The Sixer defender (Dalembert?) was falling on the ground without control of the ball, and Nazr just took a swipe at it. If I recall correctly, that was his third foul, and he came out of the game. The last time Nazr played 40 minutes was on January 21, 2002, more than two years ago. It was his third 40+ minute game in a 4 game span. In those 4 games, he averaged 19 points and 17 rebounds.
Othella Harrington and Kurt both were in foul trouble. ‘Thella had 5 fouls in 14 minutes. That’s an average of 17PF in 48min! He scored a grand total of 0 points. His days as the backup PF are numbered. You can see that Wilkens is trying to get Sweetney more minutes, because he would love to have Sweetney as the primary backup. It’s just that the rookie out of Georgetown isn’t ready yet. Wilkens even tried to start Sweetney, but that was a disaster.
The case against Othella Harrington being around much longer keeps growing. Consider:
- He makes stupid fouls, and the Knicks already have enough big guys to send them into the penalty every quarter.
- Their most prized rookie (Sweetney) plays the same position.
- Isaiah Thomas is trying to make the team younger, and Harrington is 30.
- Vin Baker might sign with the Knicks.
- Rasheed Wallace has said he would like to sign with the Knicks.
- Next year will be the last year of his contract.
I doubt he’ll be wearing a Knick uniform next year. His $3.15 million dollar expiring contract will be attractive to a team looking for a little cap space.
One more thing: don’t miss tomorrow’s column, with a special post for the Friday game against Toronto.