While the world has finally been spared from the incessant “Where’s Carmelo going” talk, one has to wonder where are all the Knicks jerseys featuring Anthony’s name and number? Currently, and granted, this will change drastically by tomorrow (or tonight, even), there’s absolutely nothing about the Carmelo Anthony trade anywhere on the official site for the Knicks, nor at their online store, either. The reason this is met with some surprise when you compare the NBA’s reaction time to the NFL’s — that is, an hour in relation to Brett Favre being traded to the New York Jets — the lack of Anthony jerseys is somewhat surprising.
Maybe the Knicks organization doesn’t want to believe the news is true.
One thing there isn’t a lack of, however, is an avalanche of analysis concerning the Carmelo-to-the-Knicks trade, something the Google News timeline demonstrates quite nicely:
…Because I’m not sure what else got into him on that dunk he threw down over Ronny Turiaf. It’s not like Williams has the safety net of gaudy NBA production to call on, or well, something — anything — to indicate he will attack the rim in such fashion.
Or if he’s even interested in doing so.
That being said, Williams is averaging almost seven points and eight rebounds for the Denver Nuggets, so there is some evidence of production. Still, it’s surprising to see Williams dunk so authoritatively, which leads to the belief he’s just happy his Blue Devils are back in action, and looking good in the process.
I like to think Williams yelled “Seth Curry On A Bitch” when he threw it through.
When he’s not peeing in towels, Bill Walker likes showing off his athleticism with assorted dunks and assorted frivolity. Just ask Andrew Bogut, who made the mistake of not jumping high enough while trying to block Walker’s dunk attempt. The result was pretty fierce.
You can tell by the expression on Walker’s face.
Nevertheless, the Milwaukee Bucks got the last laugh by beating the Knicks down by 27 points. Maybe Bogut was feeling charitable and let Walker finish the dunk so he and his Knicks teammates wouldn’t get disillusioned. The question for Bucks fans is, at 3-5, now a good time to “Fear the Deer,” or will their team continue to be maddeningly inconsistent?
The New York Knicks made the second major move of the NBA Free Agency season by signing ex-Phoenix Suns power forward to a five-year contract worth close to $100 million. The move creates a number of questions, including the concept of “is the signing really an improvement over David Lee?” Others include: Who is going to pass Amar’e the ball? In Phoenix, he had Steve Nash essentially making him the offensive player he is today with deft passes that gave Stoudemire the opportunity to attack the rim. Where are these passes going to come from now that Amar’e is with the Knicks?
As of today, the only point guard on the Knicks roster, thanks to Chris Duhon’s signing with the Orlando Magic, is Eddie House. While House is an amazing shooter, that’s about all he brings to the table for an NBA team. He’s not a player who will make others around him better with nifty passes out of the pick and roll.
Without a point guard, the Knicks plan for replacing the dirty-work-doing David Lee is with a player who needs others passing him the ball to be an effective scorer; one that doesn’t rebound as effectively as Lee either. If the Knicks don’t sign a point guard of note — think Raymond Felton, perhaps — then they just paid a whole lot of money for an incomplete player who needs a set-up player to make him the offensive threat he was in Phoenix.
While the eye candy posts have largely disappeared, we’re not completely above gratuity. Take, for instance, the NBA offseason. It’s not just a time to sign the Hedo Turkoglus of the world, folks. The respective cheerleading teams need to be restocked as well. With that in mind, Mike Hayes has informed us of a quasi-Survivor theme going down at the Knicks cheerleader tryouts. The Knicks City Dancers are down to their 30 finalists, but the next round is going to involve some fan voting for the prize of immunity.
Watch every one of Kobe’s 61 points he scored against New York last night, courtesy of Dime Magazine. Bryant’s explosion broke Michael Jordan’s “double-nickle” record, which he made during his “I’m wearing number 45″ comeback. You know, the game that made Mars Blackmon sad? Anyway, and as you can see, Kobe did it in a variety of ways: jumpers, dunks, layups, and general abuse of New York Knicks “defenders.”
Oh, he went 20-20 from the free throw line as well.
Talk about ballsy — well, that and supreme arrogance. With Stephon Marbury attending the Lakers/Knicks game in Los Angeles last night — as a spectator, a few things come to mind: First, this has to be one of the only times an NBA “fan” was paid a portion of $21 million to sit and watch his team, a team that wants absolutely nothing to do with him. They don’t want to trade him, they don’t want to release him. Oh, they tried the buyout, but there’s no way on heaven or earth Starbury is giving any of his contract back to the Knicks.
Surprise, surprise. Mike D’Antoni ball is an immediate hit in New York. Of course, these things happen when you score 120 point right out of the gate of the franchise’s latest bid for recovery. Everything D’Antoni did last night — from “humiliating” Starbury and benching Eddie Curry to handling the cardiac ending where his Knicks almost allowed the Heat to come storming back — D’Antoni looks like exactly what the doctor ordered … for one game, anyway.
While Marbury being benched is the focus of the game’s aftermath, there is a new energy around the Knicks and has long as they stay entertaining this season, expect the good vibes to continue. It’s doubtful folks will expect the Knicks to immediately turn the page and become a winning franchise again, but bringing excitement to the fans that have been begging for something positive to happen the Knicks is the next best thing. Hell, even Gus Johnson got excited — surprise — by what he saw.
Wilson Chandler had a hand in getting the Johnson and the home crowd hyped with this nasty put-back:
If you can’t be champions, at least try to be exciting.
There are still a lot of questions D’Antoni still has to deal with, like the Marbury matter, but today, it’s highly doubtful Knicks fans are feeling one drop of last season’s pain.