Updated March 27
I'm sure James Dolan doesn't rue giving Isiah Thomas his contract extension. Dolan is obviously that clueless an owner, one of those people who makes decisions and blindly sticks with them, even when they're obviously wrong.
No sir, that's not an iceberg up ahead.
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Can you sit back and admit your team isn't doing very well of late, Jim?
The reason why stems from the forsaken lot of Knicks fans who agree with the following, which is taken from a post on CBS SportsLine's New York team page message boards. It was written in response to a post that reads, "I'm sick of this team," questioning the Knicks' character and guts after they lost to a Portland team that was missing Zach Randolph:
Do all positive Knick fans a favor and don't watch them anymore. We don't need you and all your negativity. At the beginning of the year if you were told that they would be fighting for a playoff spot I would think you would say "great," and now that they are you're bitching. True that they blew what should have been a win against the Blazers and probably will lose tomorrow vs. the Cavs and LeBron (they did, 90-68) but at least these games are meaningful and not just playing out the string.
Posts like these have helped the Knicks become a joke of a franchise. Positive New York fans? Please.
Teams that are 10 games under .500 this deep into the season are normally playing out the string, but because the East is so atrocious, the Knicks are still alive.
That doesn't change the fact that they're still awful, and they continue to prove it nightly. Monday's loss to the Magic was awful on so many levels. Despite a lack of offensive execution that produced dreadful possession after dreadful possession, including air balls from Eddy Curry and Renaldo Balkman and a 24-second violation, New York somehow found itself up three points with just over a minute to go.
Orlando came out of a timeout, drew up a play for J.J. Redick, who was overplayed, leaving Jameer Nelson wide open to tie things up.
Thomas then lost it on the sideline after a Dwight Howard block of Stephon Marbury -- Isiah wanted a goaltending call -- and while members of the Knicks were pointing in the bench's direction to calm Thomas down and keep him from getting a technical, Nelson struck again with another 3-pointer.
The officials spared Thomas a technical he clearly deserved, giving New York an opportunity to tie. Down three points, with less than 20 seconds to go, the Knicks had no sense of urgency at all, and ended up with Nate Robinson driving the lane with six seconds left. Howard swatted that, too.
Awful shot. Awful possession. Awful coaching. Awful ownership.
The Knicks were booed off the court again. Where is that sufficient progress, again? Is it that less people were booing, and Thomas has gained a few more apologists this season? That must be it.
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