It may not register much in the interests of many basketball fans, but New York Knick fans who pay close attention to the agate type in the transaction section of daily tabloids 12 months a year understand. They understand all too well.
The Miami Heat yesterday signed Josh Harrelson to a contract. A couple of months ago, the Knicks mysteriously and imprudently included him in a deal for 38 year-old Marcus Camby, who joined the team's AARP unit comprised of Jason Kidd and Kurt Thomas. A park bench and checkerboard has been installed in the locker room.
Much as they did on a more significant level with Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks surrendered an absurd amount of assets for Camby, with Harrelson only one of several players and, of course, draft picks exiting. Unlike the Anthony deal, it doesn't appear sensible to blame Madison Square Garden CEO James Dolan for the Camby trade, thievery at its most palpable. However, since his track record is so dreadfully abysmal, perhaps we simply aren't looking diligently enough. Most decried the loss of Toney Douglas in the move, all but concealing the bad news about Harrellson's departure.
Harrellson didn't light up scoreboards in his brief tenure with the Knicks. You wouldn't characterize him as impactful by a cursory glance at his meager statistics. But Harrellson was just the type of player any team needs. Most players with Harrelson's game contribute little more than good defense, a couple of charging calls, some rebounds, and a bunch of toughness in limited action. In fact, minus the toughness, that's Marcus Camby in a thumbnail. But Harrelson demonstrated some offensive skills as well. They're raw as a scrape on the arm, but they're apparent.
This lamentation doesn't concern the Knicks lack of interest in re-signing him. In fact, they couldn't have done so by league rule. The NBA doesn't want surreptitious deals featuring trades, releases, and re-signings by the original team. But every Knick fan knew he'd find his way to a team that will haunt the Knick decision to relinquish is services. Probably the worst of all those options is the Miami Heat.
And guess where he wound up.
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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