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crawford.jpgWhat do the New York Knicks think they’re doing?

Just when there were reports that James Dolan had finally come to his senses and decided to rid the Knicks of Isiah Thomas, the team started to win games.

Wednesday night’s 111-105 victory over New Jersey was the third straight for the 12-26 Knicks.

Why guys? Why now? Just when something really good was about to happen for the franchise and the fans — the jettisoning of Thomas — you had to go and delay the inevitable by winning some games.

That’s really rotten timing.

Maybe, though, something good has already happened to the Knicks. The winning streak has coincided with Stephon Marbury’s absence from the lineup. Marbury, the moody point guard, has missed the last three games and may need surgery on his injured left ankle.

Marbury has made a career out of leaving teams (the Nets and Suns) and then having them improve. Maybe his absence is having the same effect on his current team.

Memo to the Knicks’ players: Guys, stop winning. Play like Marbury was still out there. Your team sucks, the season is already ruined and the only good thing that can happen the rest of the way is for Dolan to actually work up the courage to give Thomas his walking papers.

Don’t win games. That will only make it worse.

(– Read more of Ed Valentine’s work at Valentine’s Views and Big Blue View.) 

There are currently 3 responses to “Knicks are messing up a good thing”

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  1. 1 On January 17th, 2008, gozer said:

    See, I agree with you, but I have to say, I turned on the game last night to find the Knicks down by 16 but decided to stick around and watch a few minutes, and ended up staying tuned in for the entire game, watching the Knicks first turnaround a 16-point deficit and take a 15-point lead, then watching the Nets rally and seemingly regain control of the game, only to have a gritty, gutty, and clutch Knicks squad seal the victory – their third in a row. It’s tough NOT to root for that brand of basketball, Zeke and Dolan be damned.

    The thing is, I used to be a Zeke supporter. I was delusional enough that I believed he was looking to improve the team’s talent in the short-term without bringing on salary that far exceeded Allan Houston’s $20 million deal. Obviously he brought in Marbury and then Crawford, but I still had visions of the team getting under the cap once Houston’s money was off the books. That dream was mathematically killed when Eddy Curry was acquired, and stomped on with big steel-toed boots when Penny Hardaway, Trevor Ariza, and Channing Frye turned into Zach Randolph.

    Now I hate the man and want him gone…but I’m not 100% convinced he can’t turn this team around. I think there is talent on this squad – on both ends of the floor, believe it or not – but no one seems to know how to play basketball, and instead they tend to run around out there like chicken’s with their heads cut off. When you see them moving the ball like they’ve been doing in their recent victories, he doesn’t seem so far fetched that this team can continue to win. I mean, the only thing standing in their way is themselves, because you can not be a bad basketball team when you move the ball unselfishly the way they have been as of late.

    i guess what I’m saying is I don’t think Zeke NEEDS to go in order for things to get better, but I don’t think he deserves that opportunity. He’s at a point now where he’s hung around for so long, the bad contracts he’s acquired look less and less miserable as they come closer and closer to expiring. Once Marbury’s deal expires next season, they are closer to the cap than you’d ever imagine. It’s no longer quite the mission impossible that it was a year ago. There is light at the end of the tunnel.

  2. 2 On January 18th, 2008, Post-up Prince said:

    Tanking the season so that Dolan will have a reason to “give Thomas his walking papers,” would not in my
    view speak well of the Knick players nor would it be in the interest of serving the fans who purchase tickets to see competitive basketball. Even if Isiah lost the support of some of his players, they
    owe it to themeselves, their teammates, and to the
    fans to play their best team basketball. Telling the players: “Don’t win games. That will only make it worse” is a disservice to all concerned.

  3. 3 On January 18th, 2008, Anti-NYSportsNews said:

    Knicksdefense.com

    If any Knick fan tired of reading crap like this sports reporter—by all mean come and chill out at Knicksdefense.com.

    Now if you are a Knicks Fan and you like reading crap like this, then by all mean remain here, and enjoy this writer that seeking residency in my doghouse(see my site for details),

    Post-up Prince is a voice of reason—you can also fin find him there on Knicksdefense.com as well.

    I’m out!!!

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