Players are arguing. Carmelo Anthony wants to fight Tim Hardaway, Jr. Hardaway wants to fight Anthony. Everyone wants to fight Anthony. No one (seemingly) respects head coach Derek Fisher.
The players want to abandon the triangle offense that new team president Phil Jackson and Fisher have have spent significant time attempting to install. Never mind the fact that Jackson won a total of 11 titles as coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers running the triangle — an offensive system which is based on post play, passing (got that ‘Melo?), and off-ball movement.
Welcome to the 2014-2015 New York Knicks.
My Knicks have evolved into such a fucking joke. I mean, ‘Melo and the gang is trying to go away from an offensive system that has become famous because it was the system that helped players like Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant win six and five championships, respectively.
Why do players on a team that had missed the playoffs last season want to dismiss a proven offensive philosophy? It’s the same reason why such friction has led to a 4-19 record, the worst start in Knicks history.
Again, because the Knicks are a fucking joke.
Looks like the only way to fix this mess is to do two things. Either someone needs to goad Jackson into coaching this wretched team, or get rid of everyone – including ‘Melo.
In re-signing with the Knicks (and filming that “look-at-me” documentary where he basically admitted he should have signed with the Chicago Bulls) ‘Melo proved what many had opined for a long time: he is not a winner – not even close. And as long as my Knicks make his ass the centerpiece of the team, the long it will take for them to return to the promised land.
That said, as the saying goes “in every cloud there is a silver lining” – or is it the other way around? Anyway, most of those terrible-ass contracts will be come off the books. No Amare Stoudamire, and hopefully no JR Smith. Even though Smith has an option to exercise at the end of the season (he knows he won’t get his high salary anywhere else, so he may exercise it), the Knicks’ brass should eat the contract and get rid of him.
Bring in superstars who are proven winners next season such as Marc Gasol and maybe Kevin Durant, and we may be onto something. ‘Melo needs to play with such stars to show him what it means to be a winner. And I really think that would be the likely scenario.
Until then, me and other Knicks fans will have to suffer through the misery that is the 2014-2015 season. Damn.
Jordan announced that the Charlotte franchise will be known as the Charlotte Hornets starting with the 2014-2015 NBA season. The process will take about a year’s time due to re-branding, the re-acquisition of digital rights, buying the name back from the NBA, and so on.
This is a classic example of making a change after the “this isn’t working” admission. From the minute former owner Bob Johnson named the team after himself by calling it the Bobcats, that franchise was destined to struggle. The fans had a hard time taking to that nickname. And we won’t mention the public relations transgressions Johnson made along the way.
At least Jordan read the tea leaves and made the name change. He wisely conducted polls and solicited opinions of fans in the region and the prospect of a name change to “Hornets” was received with overwhelming support.
While Jordan is at it, he may as well go all in with the color change. Bring back the teal and purple dammit!
Props to Jordan for doing the right thing with his Charlotte franchise. Now if could only draft better and hire a good coach – or better yet, just staying the hell out of the way…
Syracuse basketball coach/Team USA assistant coach Jim Boeheim is an absolute beauty. He is as colorful as it gets in sports. His dry, sarcastic humor on shows such as “Pardon the Interruption” and the “Jim Rome Show” makes for hilarious, epic interviews.
However, I gotta go against my guy Boeheim on the Michael Jordan-LeBron James debate. Boeheim thinks that James is better than LeBron.
I think that statement borders on heresy.
First of all, let it be known that I am not a fan of Michael Jordan. In fact, I am an avid hater of Jordan’s – and damn proud of it.
However, this is just too easy to argue in favor of Jordan. Jordan won six NBA titles. He is a six-time NBA Finals MVP. He is a five-time NBA MVP. He is a 10-time scoring champion. In short, he is arguably the greatest player to ever play the game (I believe that Magic Johnson is the best, but that is another rant for another time).
Numbers aside, it’s Michael Freaking Jordan!
Now LeBron may win more titles before his career is over. He is already a three-time NBA MVP. He may have a better skillset than Jordan in terms of passing. Besides, LeBron is more Magic than Jordan.
And while LeBron may be a better athlete than Jordan (dude is 6’8″, 270 lbs and could flat out fly), Jordan has proven to be a better player.
Enough about what I think, what say you?
Let’s state the obvious here: Michael Jordan the executive is light years away from Michael Jordan the player.
Oh, and there’s more. Jordan is the same dude who picked Kwame Brown as the overall top pick in 2001 and Adam Morrison with the second pick of the 2006 draft. Just horrible!
How in the hell does a guy who, as a player, did everything he could to be the best can be so damn “turrible” as an executive? Does Jordan not have any pride?
Now he’s leading the Bobcats’ tanking charge while losing their 21st straight game – 21 straight! – earlier tonight against the not as woeful, but bad, Washington Wizards. Hell given the margin of the loss (101-73), it’s obvious the Bobcats have long quit on this season.
Here’s hoping that Michael Jordan loses out on the Anthony Davis sweepstakes. Hell, even if Jordan does get the top pick in the lottery, he’ll find a way to screw it up.