A Perfect Start, So Far

By Jerald L. Hoover, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: January 8, 2010

NEW YORK (BASN) — It seems like a brand new year and a brand new team for the New York Knicks in 2010. Well part if not all of it is true. No, LeBron or D-Wade did not publicly commit to signing with the team.

But, with Nate Robinson and a commitment to playing defense and a new playing style, one that’s more suited for New York, there is a brand new team at the Garden. The Knicks have won three straight in the New Year.

No longer is Madison Square Garden a Garden of Eden or a Miracle on 34th Street for ailing teams looking for healing and refuge and in search of a cheap win to help them get going.

As of late, if your team comes to New York and they’re shorthanded due to injury or a suspension of some sort here or there; well shame on them, there team will just have to take the “L” that night.

Take for instance the complete demolition of the injury depleted Indiana Pacers.

The Knicks won by 43 points, 132-89 but at one point in the game the Pacer were down by as much as 48 points. They had just came in on the second leg of a back to back and were missing their top gun All-star forward Danny Granger.

Robinson has been splendid in his return from his 14 game doghouse stint by Coach Mike D’Antoni. He exploded off the bench in Atlanta against the Hawks and scored 41 points bringing the Knicks back from a double digit deficit.

Against Indy, he wasn’t needed as much as everyone else contributed to the carnage.

But, against the Charlotte Bobcats recently Nate was Great in providing a spark in bringing the team back again from a double digit deficit in the second half. “Coach just told me to go out and play my game and be myself,” is what Robinson said of the Knick Coach.

Larry Hughes on the other hand isn’t so happy with losing his spot in the rotation since Robinson’s return. Hughes a very prideful athlete isn’t so much disgruntled about not playing; he’s more peeved at not being told he wasn’t going to be playing.

There’s never a dull moment in New York.

GAME NOTES: Bobcat coach Larry Brown still gets booed heavily during pre-game ceremonies……..The Garden crowd at one point in the third quarter was chanting ‘defense’ so loud it reminded most reporters of the days in the ’90s’ during the Pat Ewing and Pat Riley era………The building shook and rocked and all this without the aid of that corny PA system telling you to “clap and shout defense”………Danillo Gallinari and David Lee are becoming bookend studs as is the stellar play of Wilson Chandler.