January 14, 2004

Knicks Headed in the Right Direction?

POST #    699

I'm not a Knicks fan, never have been, never will be. I don't really like pro-basketball. But, I'm looking at some of the recent moves by the Knicks and I can't say that they are moving in the right direction. First, they hired Isiah Thomas, which while better than Scott Layden, he's no GM. This is the man that drove the CBA into insolvency. Smooth decision on that one. Next, they trade for Stephon Marbury and Penny Hardaway, bogging down their payroll even more. Good luck having some cap room in the near future. Now, they fire their head coach, Don Chaney, and hire Lenny Wilkens.

Lenny Wilkens is an old, old man. Some might say he has lost touch with today's players because of his age. Wilkens is the NBA's all time winningest coach at 1,292-1114. Sounds good to have the all-time winningest coach, but not if his winning percentage is a measly 53.7% and if he is the all time losingest coach. Combine Thomas, Wilkens, and the salary cap woes of the Knicks and Wilkens will be there in 7 years, if he lasts that long. Just because you're making splashes in the pool, it doesn't mean the lifeguard will start paying attention.

ESPN's Mark Stein also agrees with me (at least on Wilkens anyway). Stein writes, "Wilkens has been away only a few months. He comes home to the Knicks after a Toronto tenure that ended in the spring, with Wilkens on the hot seat for half of his three seasons there. Among the criticisms of his Raptors stint: Wilkens couldn't motivate his players, lagged behind the times strategically and proved sensitive to criticism. In Canada." What was Thomas thinking? He also considered himself, Chuck Daly, and Mike Fratello. How do you choose Wilkens over Daly and Fratello?!?

Posted by tien mao in Sports at 7:23 PM



Seems like the Knicks have been mismanaged for years. Instead of cutting their losses and rebuilding, they continually try to patch things together with free agents and trades, and at best that's usually led to early playoff exits. Now they're not even making the playoffs. I'm not a big Isiah fan either, he doesn't seem to have the people skills to succeed as a head coach or general manager.

Posted by: Justin at January 14, 2004 8:05 PM

sadly, i think the same thing is happens to the mets, but that's what happens in new york. you need to put a competitive product on the field or nobody will show.

Posted by: tien at January 15, 2004 12:05 AM

Hahahahaha! Lenny Wilkens! I miss heckling that tool during Raptor games, but that's ALL I miss about him. Not that our current coach is much to write home about, but at least he doesn't walk around flashing a big placard that says "I'm the winningest coach in the NBA, revere me!".

Posted by: rappy at January 15, 2004 8:33 AM

The Knicks should just trade Kurt Thomas and a draft pick to the Celtics for Vin Baker, the rights to Reggie Lewis & Len Bias - and get it over with.

They don't want to win.

Posted by: Maine at January 15, 2004 9:55 AM

funny thing is the knicks don't have first round draft picks for two years!! two freaking years!

Posted by: tien at January 15, 2004 1:56 PM

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