Wednesday, May 24, 2006


Playing the Lottery with the Worst of 'em!

It was that time again. Time for the garbage men in the NBA to play in their post-season ritual. The NBA Lottery! Where losers are made winners and the top prospects in the NBA can begin to dread a relocation to Charlotte, Atlanta, or even the dreaded Garden.

That's right, players are now dreading coming to New York City to play for the Knickerbockers. Andy why shouldn't they? It's not like it used to be... "And with the 1st pick in the NBA draft the New York Knicks select, from Georgetown University, Patrick Ewing." Now, the Stern transcript can read, "And with the 2nd pick of the 2006 NBA draft, the Chicago Bulls select... courtesy of Isaiah, Larry, Jimbo Dolan, Marciejem Lampe, Frederick Weiss, Michael Sweet pies, Donnell Harvey, guh i think I'm getting sick... from Louisanna State University, Tyrus Thomas." And then we'll hear Jay Bilas, Stephen A., and Dickie V. say, "He's much better than Eddy Curry. More upside. Bigger wingspan. He can jump out of the gym." etc..

Then what will happen is the Knicks will pick at both 20 and 29, opting for combo guards rather than size. Sure what great compliments to Starbury, Franchise, Nate, Crawford, Q, and the "I can't believe they signed him," offseason signing of Speedy Claxton. More guards! How woudl Quincy Douby and Jordan Farmar look in Knicks uniforms? Wonderful... at the end of the bench. More combo guards! How about Maurice Ager or Shannon Brown? (please stop, Tom it's beginning to hurt!!)

Though there is a glimmer of hope. Isaiah has not been bad in his draft history. Damon Stoudamire, Marcus Camby, T-Mac, Channing Frye, David Lee looks good, Nate Robinson has energy, etc. He does have the ability to draft some very good players. AND he has the ability to make some awful trades and sign some bad contracts. How do we solve this? Ask Mr. Thomas to stick to the draft process and leave the NBA talent evaluations and number crunching to the Colangelo's of the world and their crack staff. Isaiah, How's the Jerome James signing working out for you? The Q Rich signing? Stevie Franchise trade? Eddy Curry trade? Larry Brown? Jalen Rose? Malik Rose? Rosie O'Donnel?

It's not pretty at all. And that's why watching the Knicks lose last night's lottery, twice, was as sad as the idea that the future is not much brighter. Hey, maybe next year we can get Greg Oden.... for the Bulls. Ugh! How far along is Pat Ewing Jr.??

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