A Very American Coup By Michael – Louis Ingram, Editor-in-Chief...
Knicks Vie to Make a Point This Season
Perhaps with Crawford it was a sense of ‘payback’ with the way the Knicks traded him away just 11 games into the 2008 season for future (LeBron James) cap space. So this was a way to pull the Knicks in and drive up the interest of other clubs and also have his name featured in NY run newspaper and internet stories.
And in the midst of the romancing of Crawford, super sub and reclamation project, Shawne (Extra E) Williams who was working out diligently in New York begin to feel jilted. So much so, the New Jersey Nets swooped in and offered him more money, more minutes and a chance to score more points.
Perhaps that too was a measure of revenge from the Nets as they became second place finishers to the Knicks on, Chandler and Carmelo Anthony last year. And although Williams doesn’t come close to the measure of those aforementioned players there still is a feeling of, “gotcha” when counting up the cost.
There are a couple of players that the Knicks are looking at that were amnestied: Baron Davis, late of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Travis Outlaw of the New Jersey Nets. If Outlaw isn’t bid upon by teams under the cap and Baron’s back heals up, both could bring something special to the Knicks. Davis is an offensive juggernaut as well as a deft passer. Davis made Blake Griffin look better quicker (when he ran the point for the Clippers before he was traded to the Cavaliers for Mo Williams) than if he had a more inexperienced guard controlling the offense. Outlaw at 6-foot-9 is an long and freakishly athletic. Although not the post defender and shooter as Williams is, he can more than make up for the loss in other ways.
Time will tell how this all plays out, but the Knicks should be (barring injury) far better than they were last season.
KNICK KNOTES: The Knicks played their first NBA preseason game since the dreaded lockout against cross river rival New Jersey Nets. They not only won the game (92-83), played in New Jersey but their 2 rookies, Iman Shumpert and Josh Harrelson played well. Shumpert who was explosive at times finished with 16 points while Harrelson aka Jorts finished with an impressive 7 points.