It all began yesterday for the New York Knicks, when the doors opened for the annual media day festivities.
To no one's surprise under the suffocating leadership of the worst owner in professional sports history, James Dolan, Knick management was not free to discuss the departure of Jeremy Lin, the most exciting and promising story the franchise has had to celebrate in years. Certainly, they wanted to move on, not discuss at length another decision based on the clueless owner's petulance. There's no sense dwelling on another unappealing characteristic. Let's not participate in a discussion that will underscore his immaturity to complement his stupidity and catastrophic incapability to improve the Knicks.
No, let's focus on everybody's confidence in competing for a championship with a team that boasts four players with a combined age of more than 150 years old. Let's do that.
Perhaps it's simply the nature of athletes. They slip on a uniform, and it transforms them into invulnerable human beings. Mercifully, one player stood with his feet firmly planted on the ground of reality. Amare Stoudemire responded to a question concerning the Knicks ability to overtake the Miami Heat this year by indicating, basically, they're the champs and his team's not on their level.
Most others, though, including Dolan mouthpiece, Glen Grunwald, want us to believe this team of senior citizens has an opportunity to achieve greatness. They're excited by the addition of Raymond Felton. Raymond Felton? The same guy who was so committed to winning he arrived at camp last year with the Portland Trailblazers woefully out of shape? The same guy who lost his starting job on that very team? Felton was a productive player in former Knick coach Mike D'Antoni's system, but hasn't achieved much anywhere else, and probably won't in the archaic offense Mike Woodson will implement.
All this is so unfortunate. Like the New York Jets, the Knicks emerged from a decade in the abyss with some promise, and, in record time, retreated right back into the dark. For Knick fans, it's another slap in the face.
Glenn Vallach has been a basketball fan, player, and coach during his lifetime and, as such, an ardent follower of the NBA even with all its warts. He have also been a New York Knick fan since the days of Howie Komives and Walt Bellamy, when he regularly boarded the IRT Subway at 180th Street in the Bronx for a trip to the Garden to see his heroes.
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- · Brian Mahoney, The Associated Press, With Lin gone, Knicks want focus on current team
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