A Few Words On The New York Knicks From A Casual Fan

By no means am I a diehard Knicks fan.  I’d be lying if I paraded around as such.  In fact, I used to root for the Nets back in the Jason Kidd days.  I’ll go as far to say that the NBA as a whole doesn’t appeal to me much.  Give me college hoops over the NBA any day of the week.  When the playoffs come around, I’ll drop everything to follow, but the regular season is unbearable when my team sucks and the league parity is nonexistent.  I don’t consider myself a “good” Knicks fan.  They’re a difficult team to watch, and as much as I want to watch every game and know the ins and outs of the roster top to bottom, I simply cannot.  The product is horrible and has been for a long time.  But I am a fan nonetheless.  It doesn’t take a basketball guru to know how pitiful the Knicks organization is.

James Dolan is a sad excuse of a businessman.  He cares more about playing his kazoo and maintaining a relationship with Isaiah Thomas then he does the success of the New York Knicks.  All of the problems within the Knicks organization are a direct result of his incompetence.  Personally, I don’t think the Knicks have a shot at winning a title until that idiot has moved on from the New York Knicks.  But to cry about an owner selling the team is exhausting (trust me, I’ve been doing it for 25+ years across multiple sports).  Which brings me to the current state of the Knicks.

Kristaps Porzingis tore his ACL last night.  The Unicorn is done for the year and, most likely, the start of next year.  It’s a shame.  The level of optimism for this 2017-18 season was low anyway, but you never want your best player, a young, budding superstar, to go down with a serious knee injury.  Also when the guy is 11 feet tall, they’ve got enough problems with their legs; a torn ACL certainly does not help his development.  So with this season lost for the Knickerbockers, the bright side is that they’ve now got an opportunity to showcase some of their young talent, get some role players more minutes, and plan for the future.  Frank Ntilikina is 19 years old; the growing pains are going to be there, but the Knicks should remain patient with him and set him up to progress in the next 12-16 months.  The fans calling for his head need to chill out.

This morning, the Knicks traded second-year big man Willy Hernangomez for a bag of half-eaten peanuts.  Of the remaining peanuts, 60% are still in their shells.  The de-shelled peanuts remain in the bag as well, but their flaky exteriors also sit in the bag, thus creating a mess and making the fact that the nuts were removed, in the first place, annoying.  Hernangomez requested a traded earlier this week because he wasn’t seeing minutes behind KP, Enes Kanter, and Kyle O’Quinn.  Without the KP injury, maybe it made sense to move Hernangomez.  But without Porzingis in the picture, he should see more minutes.  He had a fantastic rookie season, and if he can play well in his newly promoted role, the Knicks can flip him in the offseason for a late first round pick probably.  Instead they sent him packing for virtually nothing.

Hernangomez fell into their lap as a 2nd round draft pick, and he has already exceeded expectations.  What are the Knicks expecting to get with more 2nd round picks?  He was looking like a diamond in the rough last season.  It’s foolish to think they’ll get someone as good or better with a similar draft pick.  The only thing I can think of, and this is blind optimism, is that they’re planning on packaging those 2nd round picks in some sort of deal to move into the 1st round.  Nothing else makes sense.  He’s on a team-friendly contract right now, but the Knicks decided to part ways for pennies on the dollar.  And so the Knicks revert back to their usual ways of having no direction.  The team stinks, Kristaps Porzingis is out, James Dolan is a clown, Jeff Hornacek doesn’t seem to know how to get out of his own way, Tim Hardaway Jr. makes way too much money and isn’t very good, Joakim Noah is still hemorrhaging cash out of the Knicks’ pockets, but people still pay top dollar to see them play at the world’s most famous arena.  Around and around it goes.

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