I remember that press conference like it was yesterday. Dolan, hogging the mic, didn’t let the coach or the president of basketball operations speak (perhaps that was a prelude of things to come now that the rumors abound that both are on their way out). Although the day was supposed be about Carmelo and Billups, Dolan went on to thank everyone in the room except Walsh, thanked LaLa at great length, for her help during the process.
Then DolanDR went off on a tangent that he Knicks PR people should have told him not to have. Perhaps Knicks PR people are only good at saying “yes” to Dolan, and no one underneath Dolan is good as saying “no” to the dick rider.
The tangent Dolan went off on was all about the reports coming from Wojonowkski, that Isiah was the Defacto GM and that Walsh’s power had been swept aside. It seems like only a few years prior that Dolan held a press conference announcing Donnie Walsh had “complete control of basketball related decisions,” however during this whole “negotiation process” it seemed like someone else, someone far less patient and far less rational was in control of this “blockbuster” trade.
It was as if someone were telling Dolan that you have to get Melo at all costs, that the roster Walsh had built up was total shit and that it could all be thrown away for Melo. That it was Walsh’s fault that we didn’t get LeBron and this was the last chance we were going to have to rectify what was in Dolan’s eyes the “lost summer of 2010.”
The last sane offer the Knicks made on that trade was: Gallinari and Chandler, plus the expiring contract of Curry and the unproven Anthony Randolph.
The very moment Felton’s name was brought up I was dreading this deal. Tommy D over at “The Knicks Blog” was celebrating the arrival of Billups and likening him to Derek Harper, and most of the Knicks blogosphere was in full support of the trade.
Are you crazy? How can you run and gun with a 45 year old veteran point guard with half a million miles on his tires?
With Felton, Knicks fans took so much for granted. He’s not Chris Paul, or even Rondo. But his quickness was the engine that allowed New York to get up and down the basketball court with the requisite speed and skill of SSoL. Billups can’t do it. He’ll dribble the ball off his foot and out of bounds.
Felton figured out the pick and roll with Amar’e. Billups doesn’t even seem interested in running it at all.
Now we have a house divided. In one corner, we have D’Antoni and Stoudemire, and in the other, Carmelo Anthony, his colossal ego, and Chauncey Billups and his 2003 NBA Championship. Guess which has more pull with the dick rider Dolan?
My entire life, I have always been a Knick fan, but this could get uglier. We could drop out of the playoff race when all season it was a lock that we were headed there.
We gave up too much in that trade, Dolan forced that trade. Chandler and Gallinari are horribly under-appreciated defenders, now we don’t have their offense or defense, a slow ass point guard, and no 7’1” 23-year-old Russian with a 35 in vert to put Andrew Bogut in his place.
No wonder Dolan hogged the mic the day of the press conference. It wasn’t even about Melo that day, it was about Dolan making sure everyone knew it was Dolan that made this trade.
We gave up our youth, athleticism, defense, height and speed in that trade, we gave up our depth, and we gave up our heart in that trade, and I despise James Dolan for it. I can’t stand the sight of his face.
Melo could have walked on in the summer. Don’t let anyone tell you differently. Melo saw the team that we had here when Denver came to play New York in one of the most exciting games at the Garden this season. We had a real team. Now I don’t know what we have except a collection of opinions from a collection of players from a range of age groups.
And people are talking about “Fire Mike D’Antoni.” Fire that bastard Dolan! He’s a piece of garbage!
Preview article for tonight’s game against Orlando.