Monthly Archives: November 2019

What Are You Doing?

So the best thing to happen to the Knicks in the last decade returned to the Garden and got booed like he spit on the logo and trashed the place on his way out of town. Are you kidding me?

I get it, a bit, the 21st century has been a disaster for the Knicks, but the blame is easy to apportion.

1- Most goes to Jim Dolan, the atrocious owner of this team and the author of so many disasters. Beyond him, in diminishing order you can blame…

2- Isiah Thomas. Sexual harassment combined with terrible management, a double threat.

3- Steve Mills- He arrived in 1999 as the Knicks were starting to sink like a stone. He left in 2009 and returned in 2013 as the Knicks closed the books on their only stretch of decent basketball this century. He hired Isiah.

4- Phil Jackson- It takes a special kind of arrogance to treat the job and the team the way he did. Let’s just say Red Auerbach’s legacy is safe.

5- Carmelo Anthony- he could have been the cherry on the sundae of a team that Donnie Walsh had completely turned around, but that would have cost him some money. Instead he forced the trade, got it, and didn’t have enough talent around him to seal the deal. Oh, and he wasn’t a huge fan of Linsanity.

You know who should not be blamed for any of this?  Charles Oakley, Kristaps Porzingis, Amare Stoudemire, David Fizdale, Larry Wilkins, and hundreds of others who came to NY, busted their ass, and left without a ring. It’s not their fault and it’s certainly not the fans fault. I understand the frustration and venom, but let’s remember where it should be directed.

What Now?

The only thing I am sure of after another Giants loss is that something will change over the next two weeks. It could be a coach, probably not the head coach, getting fired.  That would be my strongest bet. But it really could be anything.  Giants ownership hates losing to the Jets, and with two weeks to think things over, change is the safest bet.

But beyond change a much deeper question needs to be answered. Where is this franchise going?  For the first nine seasons of Eli’s career, they finished at or above .500 eight times. For the last seven, they have to win out or, they will have only reached .500 or better once.

And that doesn’t capture how truly bad it has been. Outside of 2016, when was the last time the Giants played an important game in the second half of the season? I’m going to guess it was the last Super Bowl. In short. we are reaching plane flying above the Meadowlands territory here.