Carmelo Anthony was quoted after what I’ll call win two as standing against the tanking mentality. This as the weekend approaches with Duke coming into the building to play Saint John’s in the Garden in what could be coach K’s (I might never try to spell it) 1,000 career victory. Oh yeah, and this guy will be here:
He’s available to any team that secures the top pick in the draft, assuming he doesn’t go play in China or anything crazy happens.
But to talk of next year’s Knick rookie candidates completely undermines this year’s current crop of new Knicks. If you had asked me in August which rookie I’d be all about, I would have said Cleanthony Early, but this season I only seem to recall him in street clothes on the bench, rather, it has been the newest Knick, Langston Galloway, who has been marinating in the D league since most Knick die hards first noticed him during the summer league.
Galloway looks solid, man. He’s got a competitive nature, and some athleticism. I’ve seen him dunk two offensive rebounds in his short time in the NBA. He’s got some decent ball handling skills and his arms are long enough to rip opposing guards such as Michael Carter Williams.
Speaking of Michael Carter Williams and new Knicks, LOVED the testy attitude between our Jason Smith and Carter Williams last night, culminating in a nice block under the basket from the big man. He’s another competitor like Galloway that should be kept after the purge of 2015 is all said and done. Travis Wear too, but perhaps not Acy.
What happened to Acy? I’m thinking Jax and Fish are strategically sitting certain players as the trade deadline approaches. Also out of the rotation is big Cole Aldrich, who seemed to be getting prime minutes when SToudemire went down… Is that it? Are we trying to boost STAT’s numbers the same way Nate Robinson’s numbers were boosted prior to his trade? Stoudemire is in the last year of a big contract that is expiring, so many pundits have him staying on until the end of the year. But if there are any teams out there that are competitive and have a longer term deal on their CAP they are looking to move, perhaps Stoudemire could be traded for some value, maybe even some draft picks since we have none in upcoming years due to the Bargnani trade.
Bargnani is the Knick I like the least since the days of Jerome or even Eddy. Can’t stand a shitty work ethic. You call yourself a professional, you pussy Bargnani? You give Euros a bad name. You only further the stereotype that they are Huggies soft.
Going from hating on one current Knick to pining for a former Knick, kudos to Tim Mosgov, who is averaging close to a double double playing for the Cavs. Like I said, easier to play when you have guys like LeBron who make everyone around them better, but back when Mozgov was a Knick, I saw great potential in him, definitely a double double with a couple of blocks, and now he’s in a system where he is going to continue to improve. He should be on our team right now but Melo wanted to bankrupt the Knicks of assets rather than just wait two months and walk on as a top free agent with Wilson Chandler and Mozgov still wearing orange and blue. Not to mention Danilo Gallinari who was excellent during his time in New York. I know he might be damaged goods now. Maybe Melo meant well, maybe he wanted Denver to get some value back for his departure.
Orlando is in town on Friday at the Garden. Could it be, three in a row? I can see it happening. Orlando has the third worst record in the East. Melo is trying to justify making the all-star team. It makes sense, win a few before the break. I’ve been saying any win now is a loss in terms of getting the max ping pong balls in the draft lottery, but nothing is guaranteed except this: new comissioner Adam Silver, whose record is squeakly clean thus far, perhaps too clean at the moment, grew up a life long Knicks fan, and the NBA needs the Knicks to be truly successful. I have grown tired of watching small town teams like the Spurs and OKC get all the glory. The Knicks have not won a championship since 1973 as Isiah said. Maybe the Ewing Curse Lives?
Other than that, what’s on the average Knick fan’s mind? Thenasis perhaps?
I predict seeing him in a NBA Knicks jersey after the all-star break.