You can thank the union for the lockout is seven times more frequent than Halley’s Comet, which is every 75 or so years.
Ken Berger has the full scoop on the link to the right of this page. Reading about the lockout is more confusing than an Escher print. I would prefer not to.
The lockout is almost here.
Just when the Knicks were on the verge of getting good.
We finally made the playoffs.
We have two all-stars in Carmelo and Amar’e, a proven, veteran point guard in Chauncey Billups. We have young interesting pieces such as Landry Fields and Shawne Williams. We have relative unknowns such as Jerome Jordan, Iman Shumpert and Josh Harrellson.
We are well aware of our weaknesses, no defense, not enough rebounding, not enough size, not enough perimeter shooting.
How much can this team improve going forward, now that the team’s great architect has been laid off by the great tyrant? This team as it is currently constructed is entirely Donnie Walsh. Walsh will not be able to see the fruits of his labor from the same seat he occupied in section 52, about six rows behind the team bench. Instead he returns to Indiana, confident he built up a good team, but ever so doubtful James Dolan will keep his hands off of it long enough to see the promise land.
In a way the impending lockout is a blessing, the longer it lasts, the less damage Dolan and his yet-to-be appointed yes-man will be able to inflict on the now improved yet admittedly imperfect roster. Dolan is still trying to prove how down he is, so Maverick Carter, World Wide Wes, these people from CAA will waltz into the Garden and request trades, court side champagne to pour onto the garden’s floor, M&M’s of a certain color, whatever they want. It’s on Jimmy.
Dolan held it against Walsh that he didn’t land LeBron, even though LeBron’s stock has plummeted, both in terms of marketability (remember that one financial company that suggested the only team LeBron could make a billion with was the Knicks, that he had 0% chance of making that much if he chose to go to the Heat? Same kind of psychic powers Starks4ThreeYes seems to possess) and in terms of validating himself as the “King” on the court. He might be the top talent in the game, but he has yet to show up in any of the Finals games he’s played in, and right now, I’d rather have Carmelo Anthony than LeBron James because at least Carmelo wants to be in New York, wants to make New York a winner again. He’s a real man.
So the casual Knick fans are just waiting for CP3 to arrive to dust off their Knicks uniforms and wear them in public. The die-hards continue to go to the games, pray Isiah stays in Florida and away from 2 Penn Plaza.
The last time there was a lockout, the Knicks made it to the finals in 1999.
At that time,we had Sprewell in his prime, Marcus Camby in his prime (I’d take him now, thank you), Houston, an injured Ewing that thought he’d have another shot at it (he didn’t). I don’t remember the shortened season sucking, I just remember how well my Hail Mary’s seemed to be working once the playoffs hit.
The season was over the moment the Melo trade was completed. Kenny Smith said as much on TNT when he said the trade was not made for this season, but for the future. We have two of the top five scorers in the league, but no defense, and a coach that doesn’t emphasis much defense, despite being a defensive player when he won all those championships in Italy.
We need to look at Przybilla, or Dalembert, or any shot-blocking big man that will agree to come aboard for a one-year contract. We probably will be a better team next year, if for any other reason because we will have some sort of training camp together. Honestly I’m not sure how training camp will work if there is a lockout.
I hope Jerome Jordan is better than Jordan Hill. I hope Jerome Jordan is better than Jerome James, for that matter.