I know that I have gotten progressively more sarcastic as time goes by and I would like to apologize. However I feel the need to explain myself.
I like most of you guys, some of you are funny others are extremely insightful and most of you are very passionate about the Knicks and your opinions. But frankly for quite sometime now most of you guys have been driving me crazy.
Look I get that there are some things that an old salt like me has to accept around here. The incessant super star nut hugging like a pack of boy crazed teenage girls, turns my stomach but I realize that most of you guys have come of age in an era where stars are promoted and elevated above their teams so, I blame that on David Stern not you. Also the grass is greener attitude that most of you have also comes with the territory. Sonny Weems is not a significant upgrade over Bill Walker he is just a different guy who plays for a different team. Probably the thing that makes me see red around here the most is the rampant ageism that takes place around this site. Every time one of you talks about a player 'being on the wrong side of 30," I want to smack the shit out of somebody. Who gives a damn about the guys age, can he still play and help this team win games or not! Ray Allen will be 36 in July and he just got through turning a 22 year old Landry Fields into his personal bitch in the playoffs. Simply because a player is younger does not necessarily mean that a player is better.
Sometimes I think you guys say things without thinking about them. The Knicks barring some unforeseen tragedy will be a playoff team next year and probably for the preceding 4-5 years to come. One would think that knowing this you guys would want the Knicks to go out and get some guys who have playoff experience. Instead I keep hearing about guys from losing teams who are young and look good on Youtube. We need guys who have experience in big games and have proven not to fall to pieces. Now they don't have to be 35 they can be 25 but they need that experience. Look at what happened in the playoffs, Jared Jeffries, Anthony Carter and Roger Mason Jr. outplayed their younger teammates in the playoffs. At the very least you can say these guys were not scared of the moment. That is because all of those guys have been part of several playoff teams and at least have an understanding of what the playoffs were about. Now Roger Mason Jr. sucks but he knows what winning playoff basketball looks like and feels like, even if he does not have the skill to make it happen on the court. We need players with Mason Jr.'s knowledge base but who have a higher level of on the court talent. Nick Young may have more talent that ol' Roger but Young has not played a minute in a big game since high school. We don't need to throw millions of dollars at that guy only to find out he can't handle it in the playoffs.
The ridiculous comparisons of draft prospects to all stars and hall of famers kills me as well. Realize people that whomever we draft is probably going to have major holes in his game, and will need time to learn and develop before they can consistently contribute. Yet how many times was Faried compared to Dennis Rodman? That is Bullshit, Faried is not on Rodman's level as a player. Rodman was an incredibly skilled and intelligent basketball player. Anyone who ever saw the young Rodman knock down 15 footers, grab a rebound in a crowd, start the break, and then make pin point passes on the dead run to teammates cutting to the basket would know how stupid it sounds to compare him to Faried. Rodman came into the league a shut down defender, a guy who could lock down Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Dominique Wilkins, and Clyde Drexler in the 4th quarter, then go out and do the same to Hakeem and David Robinson. Faried played his whole college career in a 2-3 zone so it remains to be seen whether he can guard a position at all let alone the elite scorers in the league from point guards to centers like Rodman. All that type of stuff pisses me off because if we end up taking him, you guys are going to expect him to play right away and log 30 minutes a night, yet if he struggles in practice and training camp and starts the year on the bench, you guys will be blasting D'Antoni talking shit about dog houses and such, why because what coach in their right mind would refuse to play a young Dennis Rodman? Let Faried get drafted, work on his game, earn a spot in the rotation and then prove his worth, like the real Dennis Rodman had to do.
Lastly the crazy Chauncy Billups trades leave me scratching my head. First of all our evaluation of Billups is steeped in ignorance. Imagine if the Jets traded Mark Sanchez and got back Drew Brees with 3 weeks left to go in the season (that is the equivalent of time Billups had here), how well would Brees do running an offense he did not know with recievers he had not worked with? Billups came in here with 28 games left and did not know the offense and had to learn it on the fly. Now I am willing to bet that if you give Brees an off-season with the playbook and a training camp to work with his recievers, that the Jets offense would be cooking with gas. Billups like Brees is a master at running an offense. But first he has to know it. Billups admitted that by season's end he only knew about 20% of D'Antoni's offense and the rest of the time he was improvising. Before we start trading him for the likes of Ramon Sessions and Johnny Flynn, maybe we ought to see what he does once he knows the offense. Seriously any trade involving Billups that isn't bringing back Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Rajon Rondo, or even Russell Westbrook is suicide. If the new team President does something like that and does not get back one of the guys I mentioned or at least Steve Nash, then clearly his agenda is to undermine D'Antoni and by exentsion the Knicks and should be fired.
So I will try to be less sarcastic but I hope you guys see why.