Headlines were made after the Knicks announced the acquisition of former Orlando Magic player Steve Francis. Formerly known as “The Franchise,” Francis has not lived up to his name in his last two years. Following his trade to the Magic for Tracy McGrady, he was unable to help the Magic reach the playoffs despite the return of Grant Hill. Much criticism has been directed towards him for playing too much one-on-one basketball. This has probably been the cause of his departure; Francis now hopes to start anew in the Garden, home of the most hard to please NBA fans.
By David J Cohen
In another “brilliant” move by New York Knicks General Manager Isaiah Thomas, the Knicks acquired G/F Jalen Rose and a first round pick from Toronto for F Antonio Davis. At first glance, it seems as if Isaiah Thomas has manufactured a highway robbery in favor of the Knicks. However, a closer look shows that the Knicks are following a familiar road toward more seasons of mediocrity.
2006 has been very good to the Knick so far. With a 105-94 win against the Atlanta Hawks the New York Knicks extended their winning streak to 6 games, remained undefeated in 2006 and brought Coach Brown his 1,000th career victory. Larry Brown is now 1,000-762 in 23 seasons as an NBA coach joining the likes of Lenny Wilkens, Don Nelson and Pat Riley as the only coaches to post 1,000 victory resumes. Notice a trend amongst the four? Each was the Coach of the Knicks at one point or another in their glorious careers. Brown was happy with his accomplishment, “It’s a great feeling, when you look at this league, to be in it this long, you feel lucky.” This was the Knicks first 6 game winning streak since a span ranging from 2000-2001.
The message is clear, the basketball gods could not have set up more of an ideal situation, Stephon Marbury must go. It has been well documented that Marbury needs to be the biggest personality in town or he has to go, and by all means we should let him go.
Larry Brown is considered by many to be one of the greatest coaches of the modern Era. People see him as a man who has come into poor circumstances and taken over teams destined for no where and turned them into perennial contenders. Brown has yet to work any of this magic with these Knicks.
Since the New York Knicks traded Patrick Ewing in September of 2000, they have been an undersized team. They have tried to get by at center with the likes of Kurt Thomas, Luc Longley and Marcus Camby. However, this past off season General Manager Isiah Thomas made numerous moves to add size. Will this collection of big men find enough minutes and be able to work together?
By Ben Viemeister.
Ever since Hall of Fame point guard Isiah Thomas took over as the President of Basketball Operations of the New York Knicks, he has been spared stinging criticism. Zeke is king. Zeke is flawless. Zeke is a genius. All of these plaudits have contributed to his already massive ego. The addition of Jamal Crawford in light of Allan “100 Million Dollar Man” Houston’s knee problems? Prescient. Trezor Ariza, the human pogo stick from UCLA, stolen in the second round of June’s draft? Another miracle performed by the prophet Isiah. Such excitement over the addition of Ariza and Crawford led to unrealistic expectations.
Charles Oakley, Anthony Mason, John Starks.
Remember when these guys were the heart and soul of New York basketball. They hustled for every loose ball and were not afraid to get dirty. They gave the New York Knicks an identity. These were gritty, in-your-face warriors.