This is not your previous year’s New York Knicks.
Here we are, 20% of the season already gone. Two major trades that sent our top two scorers out west and in return we received only two healthy bodies and some cap space to be used at some point down the road.
Here we are, 8-8, hovering at .500, despite a couple recent blowouts in the aftermath of the capspace moves. We still don’t have enough healthy bodies to even practice, but we managed to get a win last night with only 7 players in the rotation. Golden State was without their big guns, but a win is a win in the NBA.
Here we are, in the 8th playoff spot as of today, without Stephon Marbury’s services, but still with all of his negative karma, for now. D’Antoni isn’t going to let him play no matter what, but that hasn’t stopped Marbury from making headlines and causing turmoil in the locker room.
If Mobley never plays in a Knick uni, and D’Antoni gets this particular group of short, no-defense players to somehow get into the first round of the playoffs, he deserves coach of the year. Last year’s Knicks team won just 23 games. It is still November and we’re on pace to nearly double that number of wins.
To no one’s suprise, Lee’s numbers are up since Zach Randolph has been moved. Lee may or may not be here by the time the summer of 2010 rolls along, but Walsh isn’t about to let him walk for nothing, should he have to go.
What was our record at this time last year? We were still talking about ABS last year at this time, not that Stephon Marbury this year is any sort of conversational upgrade, but it seems to me that the powers that be at MSG have pinpointed the problem, and since they have, the Knicks haven’t lost as much as they have in recent years.
Duhon should pay someone to optimize his name in google search so that all those girls from Duke University don’t come up. Not a single return in a Knicks uni, just lap dances from white girls at undisclosed locations.
But on the court, he’s doing just fine as a Knick IMO.