“Start tearing the old man down… Start turning the grain into the ground…Roll a new leaf over.
In the middle of the night, there’s an old man threading his toes through a bucket of rain Hey mister, you don’t want to walk on water you’re only going to walk all over me
Omaha…Somewhere in middle America Get right to the heart of matters It’s the heart that matters more
I think you better turn your ticket in And get your money back at the door.”
This song by the Counting Crows could have been a prophesy for the downfall of the Knicks. The old man trying to walk on water is Patrick Ewing. The grain into the ground is a washed up Glen Rice they got for Ewing. The heart of the Knicks is Charles Oakley who they traded. And the part about returning tickets is self-explanatory.
Here are my thoughts on the 11/16 Knicks/76ers game that I attended at MSG. The Knicks fell behind by 10 early. But, once Sprewell came in to the game they came back and went out to a 7 point lead with 5 minutes left. They gave up the lead and lost the game by one point. At least it was close which is all you can ask for when you go to a game.
Howard Eisley: Is fast enough to beat his man off the dribble, but can’t convert once he gets to the basket. He had a good game, so I’ll leave him alone.
Shannon Anderson: Had a good game and showed some defense.
Clarence Weatherspoon: Can rebound, but can’t do anything else. A waste of space.
Michael Doleac: Is a good role player. Can become a cult favorite in New York like Chris Dudley. Has a good outside shot. If they had a guy who could coach, they’d run pick and fade plays for Doleac to hit the outside shot.
Kurt Thomas: This guy is my pick for a fantasy all-star player. Can put up 20 points and 10 rebounds on this team everyday. If he could control himself, he wouldn’t get so many stupid fouls keeping him off the court. He needs to control his temper and avoid the T’s unlike Rasheed Wallace.
Alan Houston: is a good pure shooter. He had a bad game when I watched, but he can do more.
Latrell Sprewell: provides all the energy to the Knicks. He is best as a slasher and has great Defense. He is everything to the Knicks, without him they really suck and are boring. His first game back everyone gave him the loudest pop, nobody was booing.
Brian Skinner: an underrated power forward who can rebound.
Eric Snow: a good, solid player
Aaron McKee: has almost nothing left in the tank. His offense is based off a power game with pushoffs and fouls. He has no speed, but a good 3-point shot if left open.
Keith VanHorn: way overrated. Is similar to Kukoc since he has no inside game and avoids contact. In his defense he is a good rebounder and passer.
Todd McCullough: is underrated. He can start for half the teams in the league. He has good hands, good passing, and is always around the ball. I’d say he’s better than VanHorn.
Alan Iverson: is also overrated. He is a streak shooter. His outside shot is as streaker as Tim Hardaway. This game he had no three point shot. He better at slashing to the basket and trying to draw a foul. He is a shorter version of Sprewell. In the physical east, when the refs let a lot of contact go, he can’t score. A speedy defender like Tyron Lue or Howard Eisley will shut him down.
Faces in the Crowd: Paul O’Neil of the New York Yankees, Ja Rule the rapper, and Burt Young, Rocky’s brother Paulie were all in the crowd. 18 friends of Charlie Ward showed up and got the VIP treatment. Charlie did not play, but his posse came anyway.
Star of the Game: Keith Bishop hit a half court shot to win One Million Dollars. He just took one step and a two handed heave. It banked off the backboard and in. That was the toughest basketball shot I’ve seen made since Snake Plissken in Escape from LA. As the crowd went crazy, he gave high fives to Iverson, Van Horn, Sprewell, and Houston. (Houston was heard mumbling, “What’s all the fuss, it’s only ONE million dollars.) They had a confidential inteview with Alan Houston where he said he would like Will Smith to play him in a movie about his life. Now what does Will Smith have in common with Alan Houston. Wild Wild West, Bagger Vance, Ali were all expensive flops.
Fun with Anagrams
The Knicks could have picked, local boy, Ron Artest in the NBA draft. They passed on him because they didn’t think he could be a starter. After all his name is an anagram of “NO STARTER.” Instead they took a seven foot stiff from France, Frederick Weiss. Weiss never played for the Knicks. His name being an anagram of “DICK FREE WEISS.” They wanted to trade for, local boy, Stephon Marbury. But, nobody would trade him to the Knicks. They saw his name was an anagram for “PHENOM STARBURY”.
The Knicks woes can be blamed on one person: Scott Layden. The worst General Manager in the History of sports. Has anyone else done so little with so much?
For example, when he had Rice, Spree and Houston. You trade Houston for a center or P.G. You lose you're biggest contract, AND he's your biggest trade bait AND you make Rice better by giving him the minutes he needs AND you make Spree better by lettin him play the 2. It's like a 3 for 1 deal. This is only one example of the absolute idiocy that IS Scott Layden. I have no idea how this guy keeps his job.
There's a guy at work who also insists Todd MacCullogh is really good. He's even arguing that he would have traded him for Dikembe straight up. I don't know about all that.
Expressing myself EVERY day - but especially on July 22, 2002!
Cactus, your memory was indeed correct. Nobody really minded too much, as the team was floundering anyway. That and we have Calipari now, so we're trying to forget that period of time everyone else calls the 90's.