Sun Tzu, author of "The Art of War," "is the work of a fifth-century B.C. heir to the knowledge amassed by a clan of experts on arms and fighting, and is widely recognized as one of the most useful books ever written on leading with wisdom. Sun Tzu's [writing provides a] practical guide to achieve success by coming to a deeper understanding of the nature of conflict (Galvin, flip cover). In lieu of this, we as Knick fans are witnessing a team and organization which epitomizes, personifies, exemplifies, glorifies and doLanIESes--CONFLICT. And Tzu's wisdom is referenced in this blog to evaluate the source of the conflict--Carmello Anthony, as it relates to the team dynamic. Robert Greene authored "The 48 Laws of Power," and says, "The feeling of having no power over people and events is generally unbearable to us--when we feel helpless we feel miserable. No one wants less power; everyone wants more (Greene xvii)." Within this quote resonates the dilemma around Coach D'antoni losing the power struggle with Carmello and Dolan, which resulted in his resignation. The purpose of this blog is to cite quotations from Sun Tsu and Robert Greene to evaluate the war of power surrounding this team, with a reference back to my original post "2012: The Metaphysics Behind The New York Knicks," as to what the probable, if not possible future holds for the Knicks.
Sun Tzu states:
"IF YOU KNOW THE ENEMY AND KNOW YOURSELF, YOU NEED NOT FEAR THE RESULT OF A HUNDRED BATTLES.
IF YOU KNOW YOURSELF BUT NOT THE ENEMY, FOR EVERY VICTORY GAINED YOU WILL ALSO SUFFER A DEFEAT.
IF YOU KNOW NEITHER THE ENEMY NOR YOURSELF, YOU WILL SUCCUMB IN EVERY BATTLE (chapter III, paragraph 2)."
From this excerpt, we can see the overall problem with this team, they have failed to identify the true enemy, and have allowed themselves to suffer from a self-imposed identify theft of what type of team they choose to be. For example, During Pre-Mello and Linsanity they reflected the D'antoni offense; however, post-Mello they bounced back and forth from ISO-ME BALL, to PASSER-WE BALL. Since Woodson coached ISO type basketball when he was the head coach in Atlanta, it seems, once again, this system will be employed by the Knicks which should make Coach Woodson, Carmello's new best friend. But how will this return to iso-offense starring Mello affect the teammates angered over what has happened remains to be seen. But what is apparent is that Carmello's need for ME-BALL in a WE-BALL offensive system can be classified as a negative aspects in one of "The 48 Laws of Power."
Green titles the 10th LAW OF POWER as "INFECTION: AVOID THE UNHAPPY AND UNLUCKY." He writes, "YOU CAN DIE FROM SOMEONE ELSE'S MISERY--EMOTIONAL STATES ARE AS INFECTIOUS AS DISEASE. YOU MAY FEEL YOU ARE HELPING THE DROWNING MAN BUT YOU ARE ONLY PRECIPITATING YOUR OWN DISASTER. THE UNFORTUNATE SOMETIMES DRAW MISFORTUNE ON THEMSELVES; THEY WILL ALSO DRAW IT ON YOU. ASSOCIATE WITH THE HAPPY AND FORTUNATE INSTEAD (x)." The following sports columns by Johnette Howard and Adrian Wojnarowski validates this law.
Johnette Howard's column for ESPN New York entitled "Melo Pushing D'Antoni Out Of The Door" was a prophetic headline before yesterday's news of D'Antoni's resignation. He writes, "the way they were embarrassingly out-rebounded by a shorthanded Chicago Bulls team Monday... Anthony [refused] to join D'Antoni's timeout huddle at one point, waving a hand and complaining on the court when Landry Fields didn't feed him the ball on a fourth-quarter possession, and then saying after the game, "I can't go through this myself." In other words, by not joining the team in the huddle and verbally abusing Landry, Mello's self-absorbed "MISERY," allowed him to projectile vomit his "INFECTION" on his team mates and coach. The end-result from him barfing uncontrollably everywhere, completed his castration of D'Antoni, (read: "THE FEELIN OF HAVING NO POWER OVER PEOPLE AND EVENTS IS GENERALLY UNBEARABLE TO US" which probably convinced him to resign) and made his teammates impotent as ballers (Greene x). In the words of the rap group "Snap," Carmello knew "I got the power."
In these examples of "EMOTIONAL STATES ARE AS INFECTIOUS AS DISEASE," all the players were outwardly supporting this behavior, and suffering from it (Green x). This support reflects 10th law of power example of "HELPING THE DROWNING MAN," to the detriment of the team (Green x). Why? They wanted to believe in him. For he is Carmello Anthony-First Team Multiple-All-Star. Can anyone blame them for acquiescing to Mello's behavior? And if someone would have challenged him, would it had lead to a different result than the losing streak, and resignation of Coach D'Antoni? Adrian Wojnarowski's article reveals how unequivocally, and sadly at this point in the Knicks locker room, the answer is....no. Why? Because Carmello's "DISEASE" on this team surpasses Marbury's STEPH-infection of years go by (Green x).
Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski's column "Mike D'Antoni Resigns As Knicks Coach" states, “Dolan is blaming the coach,” said a source with knowledge of the Knicks’ locker-room dynamics. “Tyson [Chandler], Baron [Davis], A’mare [Stoudemire] – guys who came to play for Mike – or that system – are pissed. Lin isn’t happy either.” From this article, we see how Mello's "EMOTIONAL STATE" discussed in the 10th Law of Power, has terrorized the locker room to the point where "THE UNFORTUNATE SOMETIMES DRAW MISFORTUNE ON THEMSELVES; THEY WILL ALSO DRAW IT ON YOU (Green x)." In other words, Carmello's emotional terrorism has derailed the high energy from key players, which colors him as the visceral cancer in the locker room, but contradictionally the apple in the eye of upper management. Deeper still than him being an emotional terrorist, Carmello exists as a mental horrorist. A mental horrorist, you say? Yes, A mental horrorist, as one who thinks of and commits acts of such abomination and contempt against the team fabric, that it resonates with overwhelming "fright," "pain," "shock," and "revulsion," to his victimized team mates and the fans. Yet, can there be hope for a team, that this blogger first post stated would have a magical year?
After digesting all that has happened over the past 2 days, I reread my post in which I divined for the Knicks after the arrival of Jeremy Lin. Everything pointed to an incredible year; however, like all metaphysics which deals in fixed karma (astrology, numerology, tarot cards, Iching, palm reading, etc), what is written in the stars does not always manifest itself for the person(s), if they choose not to recognize the golden opportunity.. Having written that, although the current state of the Knicks do not reflect what I had written about during LINSANITY, I stand behind the article's premise that the Knicks have the POTENTIAL for greatness this year. As a fan I must hold on to hope.
Isolation basketball is an eye sore. I much rather watch the ball move around with crisp passes made to the open man for the jumper or layup. But the "7 second or less" offense failed in New York THIS YEAR for three reasons: 1) Carmello and Amare were/are in terrible physical shape, which resulted in them not having the stamina for this up-tempo game (The under armour Mello wears is not for protection, but to cover the extra 15-25 pounds he carries, as noted by Kenny "The Jet" Smith.) Although the latter's weight gain was due to physical illness, the former was due to not staying prepared during the lock-out. 2) Mentally, Carmello was never able to put his ego in check, and 3) Coach D'Antoni refusal to confront Mello and other players for ignoring his offensive scheme. With these three factors working against the team, failure was the only option.
With the exit of D'Antoni, and Woodson taking over, the team will return to ISO-BALL with Mello being the 1st option in the same way Woodson ran endless isolations for Joe Johnson in Atlanta, as reported by various sports journalist. Thus, with the change in coaching philosophies, once again conflict will swallow the Knicks as Carmello will become the main man on this team, negating the other talented players whose offensive skills have come into fruition under LINSANITY.
With Woodson offense catering to Mello as the 1st option, it may stroke Anthony's ego but will only lead to this team reflecting Sun Tzu's words of power-wisdom which says: "IF YOU KNOW NEITHER THE ENEMY NOR YOURSELF, YOU WILL SUCCUMB IN EVERY BATTLE (Tzu C3/P2)." If that happens, Carmello may win the battle of power dynamics over the coach, and have dethroned Amare and Lin as the main man on this team, but lose the war in the fight for a ring.
When I read in Howard's article how the team allowed him to diss everyone in the huddle and Landry on the floor, it reminded me of incidents with Scottie Pippen and the post-Jordan Bulls, Allen Iverson and Snow with the 76ers, and Oakley and Ewing with the Knicks, in which the antagonist was defeated by the protagonist. Here's what i'm talking about: Phil drew up a game ending play against the Knicks for this European player who came to the Bulls with a lot of fan fare. When Scottie voiced his disapproval of the play, Phil told him to sit down at the end of the bench. The play worked, the bulls beat the Knicks in that playoff game, and Phil told the press in so many words, "If Scottie wants to act that way, we will win without him. For the 76ers, I remember a Sports Center highlight of a team mate (Snow?) pushing Iverson away from the bench and forcing him down the tunnel to the locker room, because of his detrimental behavior. During the finals against Houston, Oakley publicly critiqued Ewing for taking too many bad shots. Oakley was famous for holding Ewing and anyone else accountable for play detrimental to the overall team. Mark Jackson, shared many quotes about how Oakley was the enforcer on the floor, in the locker room and on the bench--and everyone on that Knicks team knew it. Coach D'Antoni needed to be more like Phil towards Carmelo, and a player on this team needs to be like Snow was to Iverson and Oakley was to Ewing. In a word, someone who could care less about hurting the ego or catering to the status of a player, when it comes to criticizing poor play and behavior detrimental to the team. That someone is Tyson Chandler.
If Chandler embraces this role, then Tzu's axiom of "IF YOU KNOW THE ENEMY AND KNOW YOURSELF, YOU NEED NOT FEAR THE RESULT OF A HUNDRED BATTLES," will embody this team (chapter III, paragraph 2). The "ENEMY" Tzu talks about which relates to the Knicks is selfishness. By identifying this "ENEMY," and holding players accountable for selfish basketball play will lead to the Knicks discovering their true identity on both the offensive and defensive ends of the court. I submit that isolation basketball is selfish ballin'. Hopefully, with the amount of talent on this team, which Woodson didn't have in Atlanta, he will incorporate some of D'Antoni's offense under the banner of accountability, with Chandler as his enforcer.
Wojnarwoski article outlines how the players were upset over the resignation of Coach D. He later reported on 14 March via SPORTS CENTER, (and I'm paraphrasing here) how Coach D did not lose the locker room. No, on the contrary, Adrian reported how the players were backing D'Antoni with the exception of Melo who could not see past his own "MISERY" and was able to kill off D'Antoni (Greene x). This resignation of D'Antoni due to Carmello's acts, once again gives credence to Green's wisdom of the 10th law which says, "YOU CAN DIE FROM SOMEONE ELSE'S MISERY (Greene x).".Also that night, after the Knicks beat the Trailblazers, Amare commented that the coach was fired because, and I'm paraphrasing here, again: "People didn't buy into the system and made him look bad." One can read that the personal pronoun was a mask for Carmello. Once again, we see how Carmello's toxicity has reached epidemic proportions within this locker room. This blogger summarizes that the two 6+ game losing streaks, the alienation of Mello against the players, and the demise of a coaching career, all stem from nothing more than mello-madness. But can this madness be cured within the 2012 metaphysics of this team?
As I posted and toasted in my article entitled "2012: The Metaphysics Behind The New Knicks," I divined the following questions and received these answers:
Q9: What is the Obi Abata matrix surrounding Amare, Mello, Landry, Chandler and Lin to work successfully on the floor as a cohesive team at the same time.
Obi Abata Cast: Ogbe.
Obi Abata Meaning: The big bang--Incredible Intensity--New Beginnings! (unbalanced).
Q10: What Sacred Odu reflects the energy surrounding Amare, Mello, Landry, Chandler and Lin to work successfully on the floor at the same time Sacred Odu Cast: Ogbe.
Sacred Odu Meaning: The big bang--Incredible Intensity--New Beginnings! (unbalanced)
I concluded from this reading that since Ogbe "speaks of light, good general welfare, victory over enemies, spiritual awakenings, long life and peace of mind, that the Lin lead starting 5 had the potential for great success this year--more than what it should achieve. I still stand-fast to the conclusion from this writing, because since the energy came UNBALANCED, it meant that as a group, it was up to them to figure out how to tap into the energy-matrix of "NEW BEGINNINGS" for sustained success. Their free will is the key to finding this success. It is a kinetic energy, that can manifest. Thus, if this team (and Lin in the starting line-up is the key factor to the sustained success) finds harmony and balance--this cacophonic season will turn into a symphonic reason of success.
Question: Is the UNBALANCE due to Carmello's toxicity affecting the team? Question: Is this UNBALANCE due to Tyson Chandler not taking charge of this situation and confronting Carmello? Question: Is this UNBALANCE due to this team not adhering to the wisdom of Sun Tzu and Robert Greene? Unanswered Questions from a Knick Fan, about Unquestionalbly strange Knick players...