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Knicks Playing Out the String As If They Don’t Care
NEW YORK – If the season couldn’t get any worse, it is; doing just that, getting worse. And even more daunting is that at present the Knicks have absolutely no draft picks, there’s inner turmoil within the ranks of the locker-room (understandable within a losing team expected of more) and there’s still the speculation of what Carmelo Anthony is going to do with free agency.
The New York Knicks at this point ought to have a contest for fans and building workers to try and find the black cat that seems to be buried within the new Madison Square Garden. At present the Knicks are 19 games under .500 with a 21-40 record, and all but out of the Playoff race (in which they stand now 61/2 games off of the last and final spot) and they play the Kevin Love led Minnesota Timberwolves tonight in Minnesota. You can do the math on that outcome.
The team has no fight in them. They seem to be just out there in uniform running up and down the court. It’s really sad to see when you consider they won 54 games last season and made it past the first round for the first time since the 1990s. That team albeit laden with veterans in Jason Kidd, Rasheed Wallace, Marcus Camby and Kurt Thomas looked as if it would be around in Playoff contention for a while.
The team isn’t just a mess on the court but had to deal with a few character issues off of it. With Raymond Felton getting arrested on a gun charge and JR Smith getting suspended for striking out on 3 tests for marijuana use; the organization had to be scratching their head. Smith and Amare Stoudemire also traded barbs in the paper regarding Smith’s comment that the team wasn’t playing with any heart.
To make matters even more of the lunacy and insane asylum variety, the Knicks cut ties with Smith’s younger brother, Chris from its Erie BayHawks D-League affiliate team. If you remember, Chris was at the center of a controversy this past training camp as he was awarded a guaranteed deal in the tune of $430,000 dollars if he made the opening night roster.
Most people with even half a brain thought there was some under the table shenanigans going on as a deal sweetener to retain JR. The NBA held internal discussions, but did not investigate the Knicks on whether they broke any cap rules.
When Chris was cut by the team on December 31st so the Knicks could sign Jeremy Tyler, JR tweeted, “betrayal.” And Because the Knicks are in one of the most punitive luxury-tax brackets, Smith’s cost to owner James Dolan became about $2 million, tax included.
In 23 games for the BayHawks, Smith averaged 8.1 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 1.8 assists. Many NBA scouts don’t consider him an NBA prospect. He went undrafted out of Louisville in 2012.
Jerald L. Hoover