Mike Woodson has propelled the Knicks to 4 straight victories, but is this really what they needed?
Keywords: mike woodson, quitting, mike dantoni, carmelo anthony, john shmeelk
I have never been more disgusted with a four game winning streak that has produced numerous blowouts. It is clear that the Knicks quit on Mike D’Antoni. The head coach should not have to resign before the team decides they actually want to try to win. Now some credit does have to go to new coach Mike Woodson. Woodson is a defensive minded coach with a system very different than D’Antoni. As much as I respect the work of Woodson, his presence should not have made the difference in the Knicks becoming a contender again. Yesterday I came across an article by John Shmeelk of CBS Sports. The following quote is from that piece, and it has a bit of a startling connotation.
“Anthony said over the last three games, his focus “was to have an energy that I haven’t had so far this season.” “Especially on the defensive end,” Anthony said. “Everybody on this team knows, everybody in the world knows I can score the basketball. It’s not that important to me. As far as on the defensive end, just showing my teammates that the effort is there, giving that extra effort. And as a result, everybody’s been feeding off of that.”
Again thank you to Shmeelk for bringing this to the attention of Knicks fans. This quote really does say a lot about Carmelo Anthony. He plain and simply admits that he was not giving a full effort under coach D’Antoni. This is the face of the Knicks franchise, this is the man that the Knicks traded their entire team to acquire, and this guy has the audacity to only play hard when it is convenient for him. I could go on and on berating Melo for his selfishness, but at this point everything speaks for itself. On an attempt to be positive (or negative depending on how you look at it) Toney Douglas finally saw some action for the Knickerbockers. Nothing showed up in the stat line but he did look like he was giving his 100%, something we cant say for some Knicks.
McFarlane figurine shows Deron Williams in new Nets gear
Keywords: deron williams, nets
This image is of the new Deron Williams figurine that is being released by the McFarlane toy company. The problem is, no Brooklyn Nets uniforms exist yet. Now these figurines have been around for years which means there is a high possibility that this is the actual Nets uniform. If it is, this would be the second time this week that someone let a teams jersey designs slip. Just a few days ago NBA 2k13 accidentally showed a video featuring the new Knicks design.
Former coach Isiah Thomas recently met with Knicks owner James Dolan
Keywords: james dolan, isiah thomas
The past decade and a half has been ugly for fans of the New York Knicks. One of the lowlights of those years was the Isiah Thomas sexual harassment scandal, along with his dismal performance as coach of the Knicks. When the Knicks hired Donnie Walsh to put the roster together, the Knicks started heading into the positive direction that we see them still going in today. But owner James Dolan just couldn’t stop his obsession with Isiah, and as the two continued to meet, Walsh opted to leave the circus at the Garden. Last Friday Dolan and Isiah met once again. The Daily News says the meeting about a position for Isiah, who is not quite ready to come back to the NBA.
“Isiah is very close with Jim Dolan but he’s told me that he’s not ready to jump back into the NBA just yet. There’s this perception out there that Isiah is desperate to get back, but that’s false. I think it will eventually happen but just not now.”
The New York Post also reported on the meeting:
“The Knicks declined comment on the meeting other than to offer it should not be construed as significant that Dolan and Thomas, who have maintained a friendship, had a business meeting. With an eventful summer filled with a series of roster additions, Dolan may well have wanted to pick Thomas? brain on his new team.”
Whatever the reason for the meeting one thing is for sure. Jimmy Dolan will always be the thing holding back the New York Knicks. He is a man of the money and he is in it for himself. Notice how once he let Glen Sather actually do his job for the Rangers that they finally became a powerhouse. As long as Jimmy runs the show he will continue to bring in washed up veterans, much like he did with the Rangers of a decade ago.
Why did Bulls fans go home disappointed after a 99-95 win over the Hornets?
Keywords: mcdonalds, derrick rose, bulls
MVP Derrick Rose had 32 points and 9 assist as he led his Bulls to a win over the New Orleans Hornets. After the game, Rose apologized to the fans….YUP. With 4 seconds to go in the game Rose missed a free throw that would have gotten the Bulls their 100th point of the night. 100 points in a Chicago home win means free Big Macs for the fans. But Rose’s late game blunder kept the fans from getting their priceless McDonalds fix. Kirk Hinrich has also had this situation happen to him as a member of the Bulls. He was booed unmercifully, Rose managed to get off a little bit easier and of course it was all in good fun. I was also fortunate enough to find a picture from when D-Rose was on the McDonalds All American team, like it was destiny.
If I didn’t know any better I would have no idea that this jersey represented a Hawk
Keywords: jersey of the week, atlanta hawks, mint green, pistol pete
The mint green color scheme along with the blue doesn’t really make me think of a Hawk. Actually I have no idea how this color scheme of jersey even represents Atlanta. Now the jerseys I am talking about are the reverse of the one pictured. This smooth shot of Pistol Pete Maravich was too good to pass up though. The Hawks used one with a base of mint green with the blue stripes and the one pictures which has mint green stripes. It may not even actually be mint green, but saying mint green just makes it seem like an even odder concept. And once again, I still do not see what this has to with a Hawk.
6’9 shot blocker Christopher Obekpa commits to St. John’s
Keywords: christopher obekpa, st johns red storm
Christopher Obekpa had been considered a long shot for St. John’s, all had thought he Long Island native was on his way to Cincinnati. St. John’s coach Steve Lavin worked his recruiting magic and snagged the big man for the Johnnies. Obekpa is considered the 77th best prospect in the country. He is known for his extraordinary shot blocking ability, a defensive center that is much needed for St. John’s. Here is a few more tidbits on the newest member of the Storm.
Dexter Pittman drops an elbow into the head of Lance Stephenson
Keywords: heat, pacers, dexter pittman
Lance Stephenson was the guy that sent the choking gesture in the direction of Lebron James. He is also the guy that has played about 7 minutes during the postseason. Yet two games later, amidst a blowout, Dexter Pittman of the Heat was still thinking about Stephenson. And so he did what you saw in the video, lets just call it a “Ron Artest.” Suspension is immenent, although its not like Dexter Pittman is such an important piece of the Miami Heat.