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Thursday, January 27, 2022

Hire slow and fire fast.



I waited all day to write this.

Quite frankly there were enough slings and arrows coming from the fans and media here in New York that nothing I would have said last night had a chance of being original.

The Knicks lost by 14 points last night but it could have easily been by 30.

With Julius Randle on the floor this team is hapless, and his body language says to the world that he doesn't give a damn.

Let's face it Knicks fans, this team as constructed is not going to make the playoffs and they certainly don't deserve to. The league doesn't want to promote this train wreck as it is. The last thing the NBA wants is to beg beer companies to sponsor a Knicks playoff series.

Leon Rose needs to take a stick of dynamite to this roster and blow it all up.

The trade deadline should be a buzz of Knicks players being sent to and frow for draft picks, cash and future considerations starting with Julius Randle.

It's time to be honest and face the fact that this thing did not work. Let's start over with the exact roster that the coach wants with no surprise broken down old veterans shoved at him that he has no intention of playing.

Let Thibodeaux have his way and assemble a home-grown team that he can mold in his image. A team that is beloved by the fans for their arduous work and effort much like the group before the Carmelo Anthony trade.

To a man, everyone in the Knicks organization should be ashamed of the effort yesterday but this lack of effort should also become the line in the sand that management will no longer allow the players to cross.

Hire slow and fire fast. 

The knicks lose again, Heat 110 - Knicks 96

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

You Are Failing Because of You!



The Knicks offense came out clicking and on fire. New York even put up a 40-point 3rd quarter but because they are not mentally tough, they reverted back to the old losing ways.

One bad foul call and Patrick Beverly getting underneath their skin in the fourth quarter was enough for everyone to unravel from the coach down.

Once the Knicks, to a man, lost their cool they turned the ball over, took poor shots and became ice cold at the free throw line. This team is not mentally ready for the next level.

These guys are not hungry for championships. These guys are not hungry enough to go out and handle the man in front of them each night.

I have one question to ask every man on this team: What are you guys playing for?

Nothing will become of this group of players and this season will be a complete waste until they understand one simple concept. You are failing because of you.

Knicks lose again, Timberwolves 112 – 110 Knicks. 



Sunday, January 9, 2022

This team needs more than energy and hype

 


Despite Julius Randle only getting 13 points and playing like Tony Randall, Obi Toppin for some reason only known by the coach only played 9 minutes and contributed zero points.

The Knicks played as if they were utterly bored and waiting for the Celtics killer, Evan Fournier to come in and save the day forgetting that Evan was a scratch for the game.

The Celtics beat the Knicks by 24 points and the way it felt in the second half it wasn't even that close.

After the game Knicks fans online continued to stamp their little feet complaining that Obi didn't get enough minutes to prove why they still feel he is a better option than Julius.

The fact is, Obi has neither the offensive game nor the confidence to come in and take over when the team needs more than energy and hype.

Stop blaming it on the coach Knicks fans. At some point the players must find an identity amongst themselves to go out on the court and play like a bunch of fucking wild dogs.

Obi, RJ and Randle must become a bunch of killers if they want to gain respect and make the playoffs.

To hell with what the fans say, to hell with being friends with everyone in the league, this team must snap out of playing like a bunch of pussies comfortable with being the doormat of the Eastern conference.

Knicks fans, until this bunch of guys accept the fact that their failure begins and ends with all their excuses for why they can't win they will just be a pile of hot steaming crap.

Knicks lose again, Celtics 99 - 75 Knicks.



Sunday, January 2, 2022

The glaring weakness; a lack of development of the youth


The Knicks faced the Toronto Raptors today in Toronto to an empty arena. It seems that the new variant spread was enough scare the city of Toronto into banning fans whether vaccinated or not.

I don't know if the lack of fans threw the Knicks players off but it was interesting to hear how loud Toronto's shots were as they pulled away from the Knicks to eventually win the game.

11 points collective from Miles McBride and Immanuel Quickley was the margin of loss and shows that neither guy is better than Rose or Kemba Walker at this time in their careers.

Obi Toppin was able to redeem himself from his last 5 point effort. Today, he got 19 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists filling the void of the missing Julius Randle.

Unfortunately, the Raptors point guard Fred VanVleet complete destroyed the Knicks back court this afternoon with 35 points,5 assists and 5 rebounds.

The glaring weakness of the Knicks is a lack of development of the youth.

Why in year three RJ Barrett still only going to his left? Why is Quickley still making situational mistakes at the point just setting up the offense? Why is Julius still not understanding when to not switch and stay with his man on defense?

I don't think the team has the right coach to develop young players to be solid role guys for the future. Thibs is best with a group of veterans and that is not this team. 

Knicks lose again, Raptors 120 - 105 Knicks.

Saturday, January 1, 2022

Honestly, I didn't watch this game



Honestly, I didn't watch this game so I can't comment on how the Knicks lost but they suck so I knew they'd lose.

Julius Randle didn't play but I see that Obi Toppin got a woppin' 5 points total. I guess Knicks fans are right, they can trade Julius now. 

The New York Post reported that Kemba Walker was a scratch due to his knee not feeling right before the game. That's not going to help his trade value.

Knicks lose again, Thunder 95 - 80 Knicks