The Ship Be Sinking

Michael Ray Richardson uttered those words about 30 years ago to describe the state of the Knicks.  It seems like an appropriate quote to review tonight.  (People forget the second part of the quote, which was comic gold.  When asked how far the ship could sink, Richardson replied, “Sky’s the limit.”)

The Knicks didn’t just lose to a bad team tonight, they lost to a bad team that earned its first road victory of the year.  Thanks to a temporary weekend out to the New York suburbs, I could actually see the game and it was an ugly affair.  The offense is broken.  The defense is indifferent at best.  Part of it is the lack of someone who can play point guard.  Part of it is the fact that the Knicks gutted their team to get Anthony.  Part of it is a coach who doesn’t know how to coach defense.

The question is, can it get better?  Conceivably, Baron Davis could come in and solve the point guard problems, but even if he does the bench will remain thin. That’s not going to change this season.  Jim Dolan forced Donnie Walsh to make that Carmelo trade and then took the credit for it.  Something tells me he won’t be trumpeting that fact anytime soon.

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  • blmeanie  On January 21, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    The Anthony trade was never going to produce a winner. There are certain players that only will win if, late in their career, they get matched up in a perfect situation. Iverson was a great scorer, similar to Anthony, but never figured out how to play the team game the right way. Some stats lie, sure you can look at Anthony or Iverson and quote assist numbers, it is deeper than that. Selfish is as selfish does.

  • nysportsfanatic  On January 23, 2012 at 12:53 am

    BL

    I you are right about the trade, but possibly wrong about the player. If the Knicks had kept their roster together and signed Anthony in the offseason, I think they could have been very, very good. Now they have to hang their hopes on Baron Davis. This depresses me.

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