Good afternoon, wagons. There are quite a few Knick things worth reading today, so let's get right into it. Jump the jump for links galore.
- Golden moles (not a single species, but an entire family of mammals) have little eyes, but they're totally covered by mole fur. They just squiggle around underground and dig toilets to poop in.
- This is a few days old, but Kevin Clark of the Wall Street Journal explains how the Knick defense is built on hyper-aggressiveness and gambling, with plenty of useful quotations from the people that make it happen (and go up against it).
- Raymond Felton probably won't be an All-Star, and he's okay with that. If anything, he could use the rest.
- Meanwhile, Knickerblogger details how Felton is no longer playing at an All-Star level anyway.
- More from the WSJ: Jeff Pearlman is the latest to profile the magnificent Landry Fields, extracting the Landriest line of all time in the process:
"Almost every morning me and [fellow rookie] Andy Rautins hit up the Atlanta Bread Company for breakfast," he said. "Then we shop at Nordstrom Rack—that place is awesome. Brand names at half the price. There's also a Barnes & Noble, just in case we want to get our read on."
"GET YOUR READ ON!" needs to be put on an elementary school poster immediately. Like now.
- Howard Beck reminds us that, despite all he's done, Donnie Walsh's contractual situation is still hanging in the balance. Walsh, of course, is cool as a cucumber about the whole thing.
- By the way, from that same article, Mark Warkentien will be named "assistant to the president", which was Allan Houston's old gig.
- Kelly Dwyer sees all of the above and marvels at how media-friendly (not in the "friendly to the media" sense, but in the "there's always some weird shit to write about" sense) the Knicks are. The fact that they're a competent team makes it all much easier to handle.
- Meanwhile, Walsh's boss was rated the second worst owner in New York sports by ESPN.
- Alexander Chernykh (who makes me wish I had an "NYK" in my name) translated another Timofey Mozgov piece for us (an interview this time, not a blog post), and this one includes some remarks on Sunday's breakout performance AND stuff about his tussle with Robin Lopez. It's magical. Here's a selection:
Yes, it was a nightmare. I got two fouls, made a terrible shot and committed a turnover. Amare came to me and tried to make me calm down, but I only had a single thought in my head: "It’s over, Mike is going to bench me now". But he didn’t say anything and I rushed into battle again. I attacked the rim and missed! I rebounded, attempted another shot and missed again! Another rebound, my third shot, and another bad miss!
But from there I got really angry, and from that moment everything started to fall in its place. It was like all my countless misfortunes came to an end. After that I almost didn’t leave the court and made 9 of 11 shots and five free throws.
- Wilson Chandler will probably play against the Mavs tomorrow. This is well news.
That's all for meow! Enjoy your afternoons and tread carefully. It's slippery out there.