My New York Knicks are on a tear of a two game winning streak after losing 16, yes I said 16, games in a row. When Carmello Anthony came to town, I think I can speak for all Knick fans in thinking that the franchise was about to move in the right direction. We even lured in Phil Jackson for an astounding $10M a year to help out, but we seem to be going nowhere but down!
Don’t get me wrong, I understand the way that the NBA is structured. If you aren’t going to be in the hunt for the NBA Championship, it makes sense to be very bad (just ask Philly) in order to attain a top draft pick. Unlike football where you have 22 guys on the field for offense and defense, basketball has a grand total of 5. If you pick up one exceptional player from the draft, it can change your franchise for years and years. The problem I have is that New York is the biggest city and therefore biggest market in the United States. To have a team that loses 16 games in row and is barely competitive is an embarrassment.
I long for the days where we had guys like Charles Oakley & Patrick Ewing taking up the paint. I vividly remember where I was at when John Starks threw down what I believe still should be considered the greatest in game dunk in history.
Watching that clip again and seeing how bonkers Madison Square Garden went actually made me sad. The Garden hasn’t gone crazy like that probably since ‘Linsanity’ a few years ago, and we still didn’t make the playoffs that year.
I really do have trust in Phil Jackson and know that he has his heart in the right place, and wants to put the pieces in place to turn the organization around. Those things can’t happen overnight, but as a fan, its just so difficult to watch a proud team look the way they look right now.
There was a story earlier this month that spoke about Carmello Anthony speaking with Knicks brass as to potentially shutting it down for the rest of the season because of a sore knee. My eyeballs about fell out of my head as I read that. In what other profession can you make over one hundred million dollars and then be encouraged to not do your job, while you still get paid? I understand the Knicks are looking for that draft pick, but what about all of those season ticket holders who pay their hard earned money to see the team play at home 41 times a year, and now their best players is just going to sit out the last half of the season because his knee is sore?
It seems as if the NBA needs to think long and hard about revamping their lottery rules. Right now, it is undoubtedly encourages teams to lose. What good could that possibly do, other than alienate your fan base? I know it angers this long time once proud Knicks fan.