New York Knicks Still Suck

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When they let Jeremy Lin go, I was kind of pissed. But then they went and built the OLDEST team in the NBA and somehow thought they had a shot at the championship in an age where the sport is more athletic than ever. And they just kept getting older, adding a retiree like Rasheed Wallace and recently, Kenyon Martin. I am absolutely shocked to see Camby is getting $13m over 3 years. What the hell were they smoking?

Look at guys like Danilo Gallinari and David Lee, young guys that showed a lot of promise, that the Knicks traded away. The Knicks thought they could pull a Miami Heat and just buy stars and somehow win a championship. Problem is Anthony, Stoudemire, and Chandler are not on the same level as James, Wade, and Bosh. I like Tyson Chandler but I didn’t like the Melo and Stoudemire acquisitions from the beginning. Melo had a great coach and good team in Dnever. He never showed he could lift his team and never got past the first round. And there is good reason Stoudemire’s contract is uninsured – that should’ve been a big red flag. Well now the Knicks see how wonderful those knees of his are.

I wouldn’t be surprised at all if the Knicks goes down again in the first round of the playoffs. The Knicks showed a lot of promise early on this season, but they have an incredible knack for lifting their fans expectations, only to fail completely.

Knicks to Let Lin Leave?

Well, it sucks, but if Lin leaves, Knicks are back to “I don’t care” mode for me. I never really liked the make-up of that team and the fact that with their expensive roster, they were still playing like crap, just made it easier to not care. It was only the emergence of Jeremy Lin that got me back into the Knicks. I am a Lin fan first and foremost before I am a Knick fan. I don’t even care what hardcore Knicks fans might think about that. It’s just how it is.

I understand Houston is making it real tough with their offer, but oh well, it is what it is. You know what though, the Knicks will never win with Dolan making decisions. The organization will make money, but they won’t win championships.

All indications now are that the Knicks are letting Lin leave. I may just have to get NBA League Pass next year to catch Rocket games.

I hope Lin gets better and better. If the Knicks don’t keep him, I hope they end up regretting it.

P.S. And this is why I didn’t rush out to buy a Lin jersey or other merchandise. All those people with a Lin #17 Knicks jersey are sour right about now. But hey, it ain’t over until the fat lady sings (that would be midnight Tuesday), there’s still a slim chance Knicks will match.

P.P.S. While I’d love for Lin to stay with my hometown Knicks, I wonder if he’ll be better off in Houston. Lin thrived with the ball in his hands, with Stoudemire and Anthony out. Perhaps he can replicate Linsanity down in Houston. And who knows, Houston might get Dwight Howard.

Knicks Avoid Sweep

I’m just happy the Knicks finally won a playoff game and avoided a sweep. All signs point to the Heat finishing off the Knicks in Game 5 down in Miami.

And Davis goes down with a dislocated kneecap – it looked quite cringeworthy on TV. I hope he gets better and wish him all the best, but I’m going to be honest here. I don’t think Davis is a good point guard. He was good in his prime but now he’s old and physically broken. He’s just not fit enough to compete at the level the Knicks want to compete at. The knee might be the final blow in a long list of injuries for him. So now we have just Bibby and Douglas left. And for some reason Woodson never plays Douglas, not even just to sub for a few minutes. Well now he probably has to. No Lin, no Shumpert, and Smith with his poor ball handling. Knicks are really hurting at point guard, as if they weren’t already, having the least assists and most turnovers of any playoff team.

There’s talk of Lin coming back on Wednesday for Game 5 but come on. The guy hasn’t even had full contact yet or tried playing defense at full speed, and he’s still feeling soreness the day after workouts. He is NOT ready to jump back in, for the playoffs no less. Lin needs to think about his future and not try to come back in a series that is likely lost already.

Now, IF the Knicks miraculously win Game 5 in Miami and IF Lin is 100% confident that he is ready to come back, then maybe he can play in Game 6. But those are 2 very big if’s.

My heart hopes for the Knicks to make history and pull off a huge upset in 7 games, but my brain is saying it ends in Game 5. 🙁

Why Put Novak on the Floor

Why put Novak on the floor if he is barely going to touch the ball.

Then Stoudemire goes and CUTS HIS HAND after the game. GG. Like they said on ESPN, the Knicks are great at building up expectations and then stinking up the joint. No one does it better. Lin don’t come back. Rest, heal up, get stronger for next year.

Just as I’m talking about expectations, Stoudemire apparently punched the glass case of a fire extinguisher and cut his hand badly, reportedly losing quite a bit of blood. How stupid can you be to do something like this?

The Knicks – another futile year, what’s new.

Knicks and the Playoffs

You want to know why it’s frustrating watching the Knicks? Because they sabotage themselves. Different coaches, different players, different GM’s, but it always happens.

The Knicks had a very good chance to grab the 6th spot in the East and not have to play Miami or Chicago in the first round of the playoffs. If the Knicks had won all 4 of their last 4 games, and Orlando won 1 and lost 3, they would have a tie record and since the Knicks have a winning record againts Orlando, they would be 6th.

Well, the Knicks lost to the lowly Cleveland Caveliers at the start of those 4 games, a game they should have never lost, against an inferior team. This happened after the Knicks clinched a playoff spot and everybody got complacent. The Knicks then beat Atlanta, LA Clippers, and they’re playing the Bobcats right now.

The Magic won one of those 4 games and lost two, they’re now playing Memphis and they’re down 24 at halftime, scoring a measly 30 points in the first 2 quarters. So the Knicks had a great chance, but they’re just freaking stupid. Philly is tanking against Detroit because they want to play the Bulls so it looks like the Knicks are finishing 7th no matter what. Good luck trying to beat Miami. I believe but it just doesn’t look good.

Missing Jeremy Lin

Man, I was watching some Jeremy Lin highlights and miss watching him play. For me, that was truly one of the most memorable times of watching basketball since the Michael Jordan days. Can’t wait until he’s back. That’s if the Knicks make it to the 2nd round of the playoffs. Otherwise we gotta wait until next season! I’ve still been catching every Knicks game, but it’s just not the same.

By the way, I’m noticing in a lot of the highlights, when Lin goes up for layups or dunks, he always takes off on his left leg. And his injury was to his left knee. Maybe he’s putting too much stress on that one leg? Oddly he wears a brace on his right knee. There’s no known issue with his right knee, but when you have an injury or weakness, you tend to overcompensate with other parts of your body (namely the other leg) which also leads to injury. Eh, I don’t know, it’s just speculation. I just hope Lin comes back healthy and productive so we get another round of Linsanity in the playoffs.

The Knicks just have to take out either Miami or Chicago in the first round. Yep. =/

Say No to Nash

If the Knicks sign Steve Nash instead of Jeremy Lin, I’m going to give up on this team for a good long while. Never say never, but my fan devotion is going wherever Lin goes. Nash is great but he’s old. He’s 38. He’s still playing great but if I was a GM, I’d give him one year, with a 1 year option at best. The guy wants a 3 year deal. I think that’s a risk at his age.

Plus the Knicks can’t afford both unless they want to pay a hefty luxury tax. So it’s likely to be one or the other but who knows. Lin is bringing in so much money to MSG that they’d be dumb not to sign him. But the Knicks management are unpredictable. Mainly because a lot of stuff they do is illogical. At least historically speaking.

Knicks can only offer Lin the mid-level exception of $5 million. Same thing for Nash. If they want to offer more, they’re going to have to pay a penalty. In fact any long term deal in the future for Lin is probably going to involve penalties, because the Knicks just do not have any cap space, with the mammoth contracts of Stoudemire and Anthony. But it’ll probably be worth it considering how much money they’re making off Lin. In fact everyone’s been making money but Lin. Yes, he’s got the renegotiated Nike contract and the new Volvo deal, and other things. But I bet his agent is regretting the “take it slow” approach now. Because the injury puts everything on hold, probably until next season.

I think it’s in everyone’s best interests to keep in Lin in New York. Knicks, do the right thing for once!

Linsanity v. Dallas Mavericks

What else is there to be said? Dallas is a top 5 defensive team and people were saying Shawn Marion who’s been their best defensive player, somebody they’ve used this season to shut down point guards, who’s 6’7″, might clamp down on Jeremy Lin. They were trapping Lin hard, throwing double teams, throwing different defenders at him.

Lin comes out with 28 points, 14 assists, 5 steals (and yes 7 turnovers), but more importantly another win, over a streaking Mavericks and the defending champions. I had no doubt this was going to happen.

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To Linfinity and Beyond

UNBELIEVABLE. Absolutely unbelievable. My mind exploded when he hit that shot. Game winning 3 pointer over the Toronto Raptors. Jeremy Lin is a straight up BEAST. This guy… the balls on this guy to put up that shot and hit it. He just holds it, calls off the screen, holds it, holds it, BOOM. Three in yo face. ICE COLD. This is ridiculous. Freaking ridiculous.

LINSANITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

P.S. Big ups to Knicks team defense in the 4th quarter.

P.P.S. Lin actually asked D’antoni for the isolation play (1 on 1) on the last possession. ……… What can you say?

Linspiration

Knicks have had 2 days off so the Jeremy Lin show is on hold for a little bit. No problem. Here’s a freaking epic video of Lin v. Kobe. You know the NBA is gonna milk Linsanity. They got their greedy eyes on not only fans here but China, Taiwan, and freaking all of Southeast Asia for that matter.

I KNOW – Lin cannot be compared to Kobe. Lin’s played 5 great games and Kobe is well, Kobe. We all know his accomplishments and standing in the game. He’s a guy people compare to MJ. But in this one game, Lin held his own and carried his team to a win. Lin dropped 38 points on Kobe and the Lakers!!! He shot mid-range, shot threes, drove in and finished, passed, spun, man he did everything. ALL HE DOES IS LIN.

And tell me how often do you see an opposing player out-perform Kobe and win the game, when Kobe himself is having a good night?

The Jeremy Lin Show continues tomorrow night. Look for Lin/Stoudemire or Lin/Chandler in the pick and roll.

P.S. In the video, Fisher fouls Lin on the spin move at 0:43 and at 1:46. Not called for either foul. Lin makes the shots anyway. Spin move speaks for itself. Other one OVER an outstretched Bynum. What. And one.