George Karl Is Blaming Absentee Fathers, Instead of His Mediocre Coaching

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kenyon-and-georgeOPINION – There are always occasions when people write autobiographies and “spill the tea,” so to speak, where they highlight things that occur in their lives while blasting others in the process. In the case of former NBA coach George Karl, he attempted to do the same thing in his latest autobiography, entitled Furious George.

In the excerpt of his book, a controversial passage has made its rounds:

“Kenyon and Carmelo carried two big burdens: all that money and no father to show them how to act like a man,” Karl wrote.

Let me get this straight, in other words; Karl’s blaming his mediocre NBA record and lack of an NBA championship on his resume on Kenyon Martin and Carmelo Anthony? When does a head coach show accountability for the process of drafting X’s and O’s, motivating, putting a team together that values leadership and has stellar chemistry? I guess the easy way out, is blaming losses on Black players, who didn’t have a father figure in their lives.

I can name several NBA players, who didn’t have their fathers to guide them and they have gone on to become successful players, who also were able to win a championship and even get into the Basketball Hall of Fame. One player comes to mind is Lebron James, and countless others who have won or who have gone on to the Hall of Fame, like Allen Iverson.

Karl is playing the victim here, and his mediocrity should be scrutinized more than his players. One will never hear great NBA coaches like Greg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs make a statement like that because I’m sure he had players who didn’t have a father figure in their lives. By the looks of things, Popovich did something that Karl didn’t do, probably didn’t care to do, or don’t know how to, and that is to become a father figure to his players if he felt that they needed it.

It also appears to me that Karl’s little excerpt that I highlighted has some racial undertones, that says that Black men can’t be successful in the NBA because their fathers aren’t around. Karl had tons of talented players at his disposal for the most part that didn’t like him. Instead of blaming that on absentee fathers, maybe George Karl needs to look at himself in the mirror.

Kenyon Martin responded on Twitter to Karl recently:

 

 

 

Then Karl used another word that is underline with racial undertones concerning J.R. Smith:

Of Smith, Karl wrote that he had “a huge sense of entitlement, a distracting posse, his eye always on the next contract and some really unbelievable shot selection.”

Most of us are quite aware the words, “posse” and “thug” are part of the covert class of racist language that is replaced instead of the N-word. No one isn’t stupid, and if one thinks otherwise one is probably being willfully ignorant to Karl’s content when talking about Black players. Karl isn’t slick at all and the more I hear his quotes, the more that I come to the conclusion he is probably a covert racist (well not covert any longer). We are no longer sugar coating this, it’s time to start blasting these racist, privilege individuals.

With a career record of 1175 wins and 824 losses and a winning percentage of .432, is not impressive.  Sure Karl has surpassed Phil Jackson in wins, but Jackson has something Karl doesn’t, which is a championship and a better winning percentage. Karl’s head coaching record is dismal, he has no NBA championships under his belt. Lastly, with his last termination by the Sacramento Kings, this should cement his legacy as a coach, who isn’t that good and utilized his white privilege to continue to yield head coaching jobs, even if his performance and record continue to be mediocre. Karl needs to stop blaming everyone else and change the title to his book from Furious George to Incompetent George: The White Privilege Edition. 

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-Ms Scripter

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I’m Loving The NY Knicks From A Cautious Distance…

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Greenburgh, NY - SEPTEMBER 28: Arron Afflalo #4, Carmelo Anthony #7 and Kristaps Porzingis #6 of the New York Knicks pose for a portrait at Media Day at the MSG Training Facility in Greenburgh, New York on September 28, 2015. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Steven Freeman/NBAE via Getty Images)

Arron Afflalo #4, Carmelo Anthony #7 and Kristaps Porzingis #6 of the New York Knicks . Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Steven Freeman/NBAE via Getty Images)

OPINION – You know that saying, where you have to love someone from a distance. By doing so, it helps to remedy any future hurt one may have if you love a particular person(s) closely. Let’s keep it real, we have all experienced hurt in our lives once or twice. Sometimes, you know the person that you care about isn’t good for you, so you are better off loving them from at arms length.

Well, that’s what I have been doing for this 2015-2016 Knick team, which is loving them from a distance. Sure I follow the team, but not like I use to follow them in the past. The heartbreaks for the past two decades have taken a toll on my aging heart. My heart has taken a drastic beating, and it can no longer be subjected to more abuse. I am still hurt by Patrick Ewing’s 1995 finger roll. I am still disheartened by John Starks shooting blanks in 1994 while a well-crafted shooter like Hubert Davis sits on the bench wasting away.

You see the NY Knicks are the epitome of heartbreak. It didn’t matter when one started watching the Knicks after the 1973 championship team. Any time after that has resulted in disappointment, so now I just love this Knick team from a distance. I’m watching the Knicks like a stalker keeping a tab on an ex on Facebook, without them knowing (don’t act surprised, we all done it).

Too many good things have been happening lately with this team, but I’m very cautious. One of them is the fact that rookie Kristaps Porzingis (KP) who was drafted by Phil Jackson is amazingly good. I will admit, when Adam Silver called KP’s name as the 4th lottery selection in the 2015 NBA draft, I was not a happy camper. I assumed KP would be a Euro-wimp that Knicks fans would have to wait to see develop. I had flashbacks of Frederick Weis being selected before Ron Artest and subsequently decline to play in the NBA after Vince Carter figuratively placed his scrotum in Weis’ face. After that debacle, Weis became a running joke for years to come, and his career ended in a blink of an eye. My dislike for any player overseas being drafted by the Knicks has been cemented in my mind ever since.

What gets me raising another cautious eyebrow is the fact that this team is doing something they were immune to last year – which was play defense. I mean Carmelo Anthony couldn’t guard a stop sign last year and now he is dedicating his time to playing defense. Other bright spots like Arron Afflalo, Langston Galloway, and Kyle O’Quinn are making me think of playoffs. Then I snap back to reality and always dig in the past when I had high hopes for this team, but always seem to be disappointed. No, I’m not thinking this team should win the championship (they are still missing some very important key players). I just feel this team if they continue to play the way they are playing now, can catch a lot of teams off guard. So far, we are doing just that by surpassing the wins we have on the road, compared to last year. The only gripe I have thus far is the 4th quarter woes.

I’m keeping an eye on them, but my golden rule is only to watch them on rewind when they win. My time is limited to watching them live, so my excuse is to catch them later. Watching them on re-wind on MSG is the equivalent to watching them from a distance. I won’t get my hopes up, but I love what I see in this young season, thus far. Wait, I may have jinxed it – I’ll revisit this post in April…

-Ms Scripter

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Now That Phil Jackson Is With The Knicks, I need Dolan to Fade to Black

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Phil JacksonOPINION – Being a Knick fan has to be one of the most painstaking affiliations in all of sports. I’ve been a Knick fan since Kenny “Skywalker” used to literally sky high with his deaf defying dunks (did I just reveal my age?). Nevertheless, I have watched countless disappointing seasons and playoff and finals losses that have literally made me sick to my stomach. I still can’t get over 1994 and John Starks shooting us out of any hopes of a championship. The only thing I like to talk about in that year is how O.J. interrupted the Finals with his white Bronco. After decades upon decades of this psychological pain the New York Knicks have inflicted on me, I still love them like they were my kids. I’m not a bandwagon fan like countless others who join teams because of an individual player (hi Heat fans) or because a franchise has gathered enough championships to make a person feel cool by stating they are a fan. I was a devoted Knick fan through their ups and downs and remain that way.

With the possible addition of Phil Jackson, who has been appointed President of Basketball Operations as reported by NBA TV, Knick fans still feel some trepidation. One of the main factors is that Phil is not going to be coaching, but is in charge of making decisions on whom to add or delete from the roster. Jackson has never held that position, so this is where Knick fans are conflicted whether to celebrate this hiring, or continue to fear the future of doom and gloom when it comes to this franchise. Jackson has some key decisions to make, whether he even wants Carmelo Anthony back. Hypothetically speaking, if Jackson does not want to re-sign Anthony, I’m going to be a little ticked off, while some of my fellow Knicks fans will celebrate the move. It still rests on the shoulders on whether Anthony wants to come back on not.  Either way, Jackson either thinks Anthony doesn’t fit his vision and is part of the losing problem or he sees that Anthony needs a better supporting cast. I will go on record and say everyone is expendable except for Anthony and Hardaway. If Jackson decides to get rid of everyone else, so be it. I do realize that the lame duck head coach Mike Woodson is as good as gone. Replacing the head coach will also be one of the first major decision that Jackson has to make. There are rumors of Steve Kerr getting the job, which I do not support. I’m looking at two head coaches that are defensive minded, which is former Knick head coach Jeff Van Gundy or the current coach of the Chicago Bulls and former Knicks assistance Tim Thibodeau whom reportedly is unhappily with the Bulls.

Let’s be honest the Knicks haven’t won since I was an embryo and, unfortunately, that says a lot about one of the oldest NBA franchises, where winning the big one has eluded them for decades. Many will say the Knicks had opportunities especially in 1994 as I stated. Or in 1995 when Ewing’s finger roll slid out of the basket. Many situations have plagued the Knicks, from poor management decisions: their ineffective way they have handled the salary cap, draft picks (Frederick Weis) and many countless errors that have made the New York Knicks one of the laughing stocks of all sports. Hiring Jackson brings us instant credibility and excitement. The addition of Jackson should be met with tons of optimism. I say give Jackson a chance and I have a strong feeling he is going to surround himself with people that know a lot about basketball operations. The last thing Jackson will like to leave is a legacy of mediocrity in terms of his management skills.  Jackson comes across as a perfectionist that has an ego to match his work ethic. Also, Jackson will bring what we considered free agents who might find the idea of working under someone like him in any capacity to be hard to pass up. Guys who would have run for the hills instead of even thinking about playing for the Knicks may just sign here or request a trade to play here, just to be close to a man who has guided the careers of Michael Jordon, Kobe Bryant and has the championship rings as a player and head coach to show for it.

The sticking point is whether New York Knicks owner James Dolan can fade to black. Dolan is a micro manager when it comes to the Knicks and he has demonstrated down to his analyzation of the Knicks city dancers, that he is indeed too involved. Yes, this is his team that he inherited from daddy, but it does not mean he knows what he is doing, clearly he doesn’t. I wish Dolan would sell the team to be honest and let someone who doesn’t act like Jerry Jones take over, but that will never happen. Dolan will never sell a team that has continued to generate profits even if the season is down right dreadful year after year.  I just want Dolan to do the same thing as he has done with the Rangers, which is to fade to black and let the folks he hired run the show, without him sticking his nose into everything. I’m sure Jackson is quite aware of the micromanaging owner and he wouldn’t take the job if he knew he could not have complete control, so I have a feeling this may give Knick fans some hope. Dolan has to be told this his basketball IQ is non existent and to focus on his other toys, and leave the Knicks to those who know what they are doing.

I’m hoping the Knicks can turn this boat around and sail home to a championship before I die. Really, I’m serious. New York City and their fans need and want this badly than no one can ever imagine. Knick fans are one of the loyalist fans in the world (many call us stupid for even hanging around this long), but we stayed with this franchise through the good and bad times. I’m going to take a wait and see approach, but I am already excited about the future possibilities now if only Dolan will fades to black; time will tell.

-Ms Scripter

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Now That The Knicks Season Is Over…

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OPINION – Just maybe now the anti-Knick fans can stop talking so much. I have never seen so many anti-Knick fans in my life; one would think we won as many championships as the Lakers to garner so much attention and hate. The people that are spitting venom were either not in the playoffs or went fishing after a 1st round exit. At least now, only Heat fans remain, right? I do love Heat fans because they do not exist. The only Heat fans that exist are those who been around since Rony Seikaly, and I can count those fans with one hand. We also can get rid of these Knick bandwagon fans that found our way on social networking sites. Good riddance!

Now, that I got that off my chest, what should the Knicks do in the off-season? Many Knick fans may or may not agree, but I would make a bold move and fire Mike Woodson. We all became aware that Woodson was out-coached the entire series. I do not know how many times I screamed at my television set because Woodson placed Jason Kidd in the game, who had not recorded a field goal in a month! Players like Copeland were sitting on the pine, where they could have been contributing to the team. No one with the exception of Carmelo Anthony could hit a field goal.  The Knicks need to hire a coach that understands what it takes to get out of the 2nd round. A coach that makes great adjustments to counter attack the opposing team’s defense. Woodson is a first round coach, nothing more, and it is time to get rid of him while we got the chance. Woodson forgot the players; that contributed during the regular season to get to the playoffs in the first place. He failed to included them in this series, and that is all the evidence the front office needs to make the call and fire him.

I read and heared the whispers concerning Carmelo Anthony. He was not the reason why we lost this series. If anything, Anthony is the reason why we were in the playoffs in the first place. We get the jokes he has not won a championship, but I did not see him jump ship to try to play with two other superstars like that man-child in Miami – just so he can win a ring. Anthony wanted to come here with the bright lights via trade and the criticism that the press loves to give to stars in New York City – just ask Patrick Ewing. My buddy Will thinks it is more to the criticism of Carmelo Anthony than many people are reluctant to admit too.

“Why does the city hate Melo, racism? I don’t get it! He is the new age Ewing to me. If he plays great people give him a half ass compliment and when they don’t win they blame him.

It has to be! The city turned on other black stars before; Strawberry, Doc Gooden, etc.

Media and fans don’t think Jeter is black or as Sheffield called him all the way black so he gets a pass.

Seems like Melo is more hated in this town then Mark Sanchez and A-rod.”-Will Kirimca

The overabundance of criticism that Anthony has taken all year is comical, especially since we have not had a superstar of his caliber since Ewing. Unfortunately, Anthony’s luck in the NBA has not been great, and his supporting cast has been dismal. One forgets that championship caliber teams have had great supporting cast. Does one think Lebron James could have won a ring without the help of Wade and Bosh? That is why James left the Cavs in the first place. Kobe Bryant won his championships with Shaq and for the second time with a cast of Ron Artest, Lamar Odom, Pau Gasol. So please do not tell me Anthony is not a winner, that argument is getting old and tired. I think Will is correct; the criticism is probably blatant racism and is why many Black NBA superstars do not even bother to come here as a free agent or via trade.  Anthony had a hell of a great season and winning the scoring title also added to his accomplishments, but the criticism still fell at his feet. Anthony can opt out of his contract before the 2014-2015 season, and if he decides to leave, I would not blame him. Serves many ungrateful fans and sportswriters right, I would leave too if I felt unappreciated.

The faster J.R. Smith can pack his bags and get out of town the better. He needs to sign with a team that has a night club that closes at 2am, where Rihanna would not dare venture. It appears Smith got distracted this entire post season. JR was was staying up late partying trying to holla at Rihanna, maybe he should have dedicated that time practicing his jumpers. He was non-existent in this series and to be quite frank; JR was one of the reasons why we lost in the first place. It is okay that JR could not make shots, but to not contribute in other areas to help his team win is another thing. J.R. Smith only thinks about J.R. Smith and the fact he is now a free agent, makes me smile – get lost.  Other teams evaluating him and trying to figure out what to offer him, should keep in mind, he is not worth much. His stock has dropped faster than Facebook and even in that sense I’m being generous. There is a team that will pay him big bucks, but he is not worth it. His ego is way too big, and his game did not match his big ass mouth.

Tyson Chandler got abused the entire series: Chandler could not catch a rebound if it were velcroed to his jersey. Maybe all those missing rebounds that he failed to grab was stuck in his thick beard somewhere, begging to be released into his hands instead. Then one hears the excuses that he was playing hurt.  Chandler was better off pulling a Derrick Rose; then that would have given someone else a shot to battle for loose balls. Chandler was a huge disappointment and another reason why we lost this series. I would not shed a tear if the invisible man, is invisible for this team starting next season.

Amar’e Stoudemire attempted to make a comeback in this series, but he was better off riding the pine, as well. The 100 million dollar bust, who can not guard a stop sign does not make me excited when he graces the garden floor. Too bad he was overpaid because no team in their right mind would take on that balloon of a contract. That is the Knicks pattern, always signing damage goods or they play one season before unceremoniously retiring with a check and a bum knee.

With all my venting, I have to admit there are many bright spots concerning this Knicks team. To Copeland and Shumpert we have a few young players that can play an integral part next season. In all honesty, the Knicks exceeded my expectations. Either way, the Knicks organization, has some serious soul searching to do. This team should have beaten the Pacers because I think they are still better than them. They decided to dumb down their play, and it showed, with all the miss jumpers, non-existent rebounds, poor defense and just stupid plays, which included stupid fouls.  Many fans believe they could have won game 6 and bring it back to the Garden for Game 7 for the win. It is too bad only the real Knick fans believed in them, but the Knicks did not believe in themselves and it showed.

-Ms Scripter

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Nets Fans Heartbroken, Knick Fans Gloat, As Dwight Howard Goes to the Lakers

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OPINION  – When I heard the news that the Orlando Magic essentially traded Dwight Howard for a Quarter Water, and a bag of Cheetos to the Lakers. I had a prodigious smirk on my face. Not because he was traded to the Lakers (I still can’t stand you guys),  but because he didn’t go to the Brooklyn Nets to open up their new stadium.

After the trade was completed, I received a massive amount of text messages from friends, especially my pal JD – in the middle of the night, who I had to talk down from jumping out of his 1st floor window – yes it was that serious. They were so angry and disappointed they didn’t know what to do with themselves. Of course, as a loyal friend I talked all of them down from the ledge, but was secretly giggling in delight at their misfortune. The Nets are like that annoying kid brother, who we enjoy bullying at home.

This entire spring/summer I had to hear from my friends who are Brooklyn Nets fans, how they are going to open up the stadium with the new big three in Howard, Deron Williams and recently acquired Joe Johnson. And how they are going to have the most high profile basketball player in New York, and Carmelo Anthony will be an afterthought. Look at the bright side Net fans, you have Brook Lopez, and Kim Khardashian’s former jump off, for the opening of the new stadium (which is such an eyesore in my neighborhood, by the way). Nets fans were counting their chickens before they hatched and now are looking like a jilted lover left at the altar.

Maybe Howard would have been a Net if he had handled himself like a professional last season. Howard’s character was revealed when he threw his former coach, Stu Van Gundy under the bus and acted like everything was all gravy. The entire drama, made Howard look like a selfish cry baby. Howard should have taken a page out of Melo’s book, and demonstrated humbleness, while the trade to the Nets was being worked on. When Howard finally received his wish, he could have released a heartfelt statement to the Orlando fans, thanking them for everything.

I know deep down inside, Howard wanted to go to the Nets, but Orlando wanted to screw him. In actuality, Orlando may have screwed themselves for giving up a big man for next to nothing, unless of course their future picks will turned out to be gems. That entire trade appeared to be something that the evil Queen from Snow White would have completed as a way of getting her kicks down there in Disneyland – to torture the towns people (Orlando fans).

Now we have to hear all the Laker fans talking smack and beating their chest this season, which I don’t mind one bit. I’m used to Laker fans gloating. Laker fans been gloating, even during the time they had Sedale Threatt :lol:. They aren’t in my conference and my team will face the smack talking, narcissistic Laker fans, only twice a year. The team who is probably upset more than anyone with the exception of the Nets, is the Thunder.  It will be interesting to see if Howard has the mentality to win the big one and bring the Lakers another championship. I’m not going to lie, I’ll be checking out the Lakers. I’m not just saying this because they got Howard, it is because of Steve Nash,

Howard now has a new spouse, after this “arrange marriage” was completed. It will be nearly impossible for the Nets to sign him after this season, which would place the Net over the luxary cap  – dreaming of D12 in a Net uniform is over and I couldn’t be even more happier. mrgreen

-Ms Scripter

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The Knicks: An Upset Is In The Making

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NEW YORK – I was overcome with excitement that the Knicks officially had a winning record, and was well on their way to the playoffs for the first time in years. The Knicks secured the 6th seed and will face Boston, and the match up was contributed by Doc Rivers, who decided to sit down his starters toward the end of the season. This is an old school rivalry among one of the oldest franchises in sports but adds a new school flavor to it. We were the biggest laughing stock in all of the sports for a while now, so it feels good to finally get back in the grove of having a winning record for a change.

Many sports experts think we do not have a chance to advance past the first round; I disagree. Let us not forget that memorable 1999 season when we went to the finals. We were a 8th seed that defeated the #1 seed Miami Heat at the time, so anything is possible. Down the stretch, the Celtics have not impressed me much, if anything they resemble an old team while the Knicks are demonstrating some serious young swag. Carmelo Anthony has been on fire as of late, and the Knicks are actually playing what I have been requesting since the trade; which is some sort of defense.

Boston may have made a gigantic mistake in trading away Kendrick Perkins, and their record since that trade says it all. This match up will be a suffocating Boston defense verses a high octane New York offense. Something will have to give, and I am hoping we can tire them a bit. Amare Stoudamire has to step it up big time here, because we are well aware Anthony will see nothing but double teams in this series Not every game will Anthony be on target, so it is essential Amare makes an impact. He was our MVP during the 1st half of the season, so there is no reason why he can not continue to demonstrate his prowess. Chauncey Billups who some Knick fans are just not feeling is vital because of his leadership, and his playoff experience. I’m hoping for at least a few glimpses of the old Detroit Pistons Billups; minus his turnovers. The Knicks are a very dangerous first round match up; they have nothing to lose at this point and a whole lot to gain. The key is to run so much that Boston will look for their oxygen masks. I hope this series is memorable, not for just the highlights, but for the Knicks shocking the sports world once again.

Prediction: Knicks in 7.

– Ms Scripter

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The Knicks Must Part Ways With D’Antoni

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OPINION – Since the Knicks made the trade, and acquire Carmelo Anthony, their record has been a dismal (7-8) and an overall record of (35-34). Now, I’m a very tolerant Knick fan. Let’s be honest here, my team has not been relevant since Patrick Ewing use to give interviews in his blue bath robe. So being impatient now is almost laughable, we are still one of the most talked about teams in the league. The problem is being discussed is not equating to W’s in the win column. We are losing to teams we should beat! We just recently loss to the Pacers twice, the Cavs twice and even the Pistons. For some reason we always seem to bring out our A game when facing teams that are over .500.

I am going to keep in mind that Billups was injured for quite a duration of time, but if you are watching the games during his absences there are instances that we should have still won. The emergence of Tony Douglas has been a praiseworthy thing, but he is not the answer to this problem we are facing. We are giving up way too many points, and we do not seem to understand the word defense to save your life. Jared Jefferies was acquired to assist the team defensively, but that has not put a curb on our poor showing on defense. We are giving up an average of 105.8 this season thus far.

It appears that the only way the Knicks can close out games is to shoot the opposing teams to death and let it rain. That is just not going to cut it in the playoffs, where all teams tighten up their defense. So the buck stops with the head coach. D’Antoni must get his head out of the sand, and focus on the defense. If not, he will find himself focusing on the unemployment line. D’Antoni is probably one of the most overrated coaches in the league; he can thank Steven Nash for the Knicks deal. If he didn’t have Nash running the point so effectively during his tenure with the Suns, it would have been a different story. You can out gun in the West just not in the East. The Suns were a powerful offensive juggernaut, but how many championships did they win with that offenses? Just analyze the past teams who have won championships in the last 5 years, they all played something the Knicks do not; which is defense.

This will be a huge challenge for D’Antoni because he has a star player in Carmelo Anthony who is not exactly a player who understands defense, let’s be honest here. He has been in the league for 8 years that is like trying to tell your husband I want you to change baby, and take out the garbage every night. When you lazy you are lazy, and in this case Anthony is lazy defensively. We still love him anyway, so good luck with that Coach! When was the last time you seen the Knicks defend the pick roll? Yes, I’m still thinking as well as you all are. I do not think they have ever defended this scheme consistently all season long. If we hypothetically make it to the playoffs, for the first time in years then defense must be our top priority or it will be one and out. We may beat teams with our high octane offense, but that will catch up to us soon enough.

I have no faith that D’Antoni can turn this team around, so its time for him to go. He can no longer hide behind his mediocre players as an excuse for his record as head coach, during his entire tenure here. He currently has two superstars now, no more excuses and free passes. I would love for the Knicks to acquire a defense-minded coach like former Knick Doc Rivers, and bring him back to the Garden. I’m sure the Celtics will have something to say about that, nevertheless. In closing, if D’Antoni can get this team to do a complete 360 and stop allowing them to give up so many points, then it would be unfair to fire him. I know better! This is why I am expecting Dolan or the new GM because I doubt Walsh will still be here to get rid of him after this season. Then acquire a defensive-minded coach, and some defensive-minded players that will compliment Melo and STAT. Otherwise, it will be more of the same for New York fans.

-Ms Scripter

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Did The NJ Nets Gamble Away Their Future on Deron Williams?

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NEW JERSEY- When I first heard about Deron Williams being traded, I wasn’t surprise. I had a feeling Williams was on his way out of Utah after his feud with Jerry Sloan who also unceremoniously left the Utah Jazz after 22 years of service as the head coach. There is still a lot of mystery that has surrounded his unexpected resignation but according to a lot of publish reports it had a lot to do with Sloan losing the players in the locker room, and Williams was the ring leader. I don’t understand why players wouldn’t listen to a coach whose record of achievement speaks for itself. Sloan did coach one of the best point guards that has every played the game in John Stockton, so that alone should have had Williams of all people stand at attention and embrace his coaching style. Or maybe it’s just today’s current players who feel that they know it all and following directives from someone like Sloan might be beneath them.

So when I heard that the Nets obtained him, the only thing I was surprised about was that the deal fell under the rumor mills radar. Who wouldn’t want a player of Williams’s skill set who can make people better around him if he listens of course. He is argumentatively one of the best point guards in the league averaging over 21.3 ppg and 9.7 apg. I was also surprised at what the Nets had given up to obtain his services. Which was Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, 3 million dollars, and 2 first round picks for a guy who will be a free agent after next season. It appears to me that the Nets got a little desperate especially after watching the Knicks complete a huge trade that change the face of their franchise. The Nets did try to go after Carmelo Anthony themselves, so maybe seeking Williams was their back up plan.

Once reality hit Williams that he was going to the Nets he was asked a series of questions and one of them was his reaction to the trade. Here is what he had to say: “I’d be lying if I didn’t say I wasn’t a little nervous when I heard I was going to a team that’s 17-40.” That’s warning sign #1 Nets fans, that does not sound like enthusiasm to me. When asked about re-signing with the team here is what he also followed up with: “I can’t really give any assurances, or say that I’ll be here. I don’t know what the future holds, I look forward to the possibility of it (signing an extension), and it’s definitely a strong possibility. It all depends on how the next year goes, (the collective bargaining agreement), the type of moves we make and the people we bring into this organization.” That’s warning sign #2 and I don’t want to sound like Debbie Downer here but that does not sound like a ringing endorsement to me. So maybe you just might need to anticipate the worse when that time comes when Williams has to make a decision as to whether or not he wants to stay or go. If the Nets don’t improve their roster by providing him with some incentives to sign on the dotted line, then this move will place so much egg on this organizations face that it could solve world hunger. Yes, that’s a lot of eggs.

At the end of the day this trade may come across like a one night stand where the Nets didn’t even use protection, and got burn. 😆 The only time they may see Williams again is in passing with another team. So time will tell if the Nets gamble pays off. Otherwise, they will be the new official laughing stock of the tri-state area and this time it won’t be the Knicks.

-Ms. Scripter

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With The Addition of Carmelo Anthony: The Knicks Gain Instant Credibility

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OPINION – When the trade for Carmelo Anthony was finalized die hard Knick fans let out a sigh of relief. The actual circus that surrounded the anticipation of the trade was annoying, but I’m glad that’s over. Some Knick fans and Knick haters alike started chirping that we gave up way too much and how the Knicks got the raw end of the deal. Really? If we were to take the time to think outside the box and evaluate what needed to be done then I would say we did just fine. We gain a superstar who has played in the spot light before. Who can forget Melo carrying his Syracuse team to their first and only National Championship in 2003. We also have instant credibility within the league among other free agents who may want to play at “The World’s Famous Arena” alongside STAT and Melo.

Winning isn’t new to Carmelo, and playing under the huge lights and media glare isn’t new to him either. He pretty much admitted that at the press conference today. He stated it takes a special type of person to play for New York, and he is correct. You have to learn how to handle pressure here, and he understands the politics that takes place as well when things go wrong. He had the guts to agree to make his way to the city that never sleeps and he did it with class and dignity. It also helps that Carmelo is married to someone who understands the media and probably guided him along the way in La La. A superstar in South Beach should have taken a page out of Carmelo’s book. Unfortunately for him his entire ordeal made him appear classless and gutless. It made you wonder If Lebron received his media etiquette from answers.com. Nuggets fans knew Melo gave it his all, and he left them with nothing but fond memories. Carmelo and his wife wrote an open letter to the fans, thanking them for their support over the years which also shows a lot of class.

As a Knick fan I’m excited about the future for the first time in years. When was the last time the Knicks had two major superstars on the court together? We can’t even count the Ewing era, because technically that entire 90’s team only had one superstar and that was Ewing. The year they finally gave Ewing additional help was in 1999 with the nucleus of Sprewell, Camby, LJ, and Houston but by that time Ewing’s knees could no longer hold up and he was done for the season and as a Knick. So the last time this franchise had two or more more superstars was the 1973 championship team, which had 3 legends in Reid, Clyde, and “Earl The Pearl’. We are already on our way, we built the foundation and now we are going to add the vital pieces over time.

So the 26year old Brooklyn born and Baltimore raised Carmelo Anthony has now come home.  Now the Knicks are credible again, the future looks bright, and it will only get better.  Let’s go Knicks! 🙂

-Ms. Scripter

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This Melodrama Needs To End In The Knick Of Time

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Somewhere in Denver, there’s a 26 year-old NBA Superstar, born in Brooklyn, who is clamoring to go back home. Carmelo Anthony has made it way too obvious. The Nuggets have had their three-year, $65 million extension on the table since last summer and he still hasn’t taken it. Why would anyone in their right mind pass on that kind of money? Why would an established player, who is one of the top-five players in the NBA, pass on that kind of money with the uncertainty that looms of a new collective bargaining agreement this summer? It’s pretty simple. He wants to be a New York Knick.

Yes, athletes are all about the money. They can say how much winning matters to them until their eyes bulge out and their face turns purple, but the fact is they want to get paid. Carmelo Anthony is going to get his money. They always do.  Chris Paul, Deron Williams and Dwight Howard; they’ll get their money too, after next season is over. But when you have been making a lot of money, for a long period of time, you can afford to lose a few million here and there if it means putting yourself in your ideal situation. That’s what free agency is for. However, Carmelo Anthony isn’t a free agent yet. Sure, you can just wait until the summer if you’re the Knicks and try to sign him, without giving up many assets in a trade. But, hold on a second. It’s not that easy. If it were, everyone would not be sitting here talking about this Melodrama. There wouldn’t be rumors all over the place of fake deals to this team and that team. There wouldn’t be chants of “We Want Melo” all over Madison Square Garden, as the Knicks get their rear ends handed to them against the ugly ducklings of LA, also known as the Clippers. The team would just go through the motions this season, make it to the playoffs as a 6th or 7th seed and lose in the first round, knowing they’d be better next season with ‘Melo. Why isn’t this so easy? Because after this season is over, no one knows what the new collective bargaining agreement, assuming something is agreed upon, has in store.

If you want to assume the new CBA will be similar to the one that’s currently in place, go right ahead. Assume you’ll have enough cap space to sign ‘Melo outright to a max deal. Assume you’ll be able to keep Wilson Chandler and a couple more of the assets you don’t want to see traded for him. Assume there will be no kind of ability to franchise a player, like the NFL does, in the new CBA. You know what happens when you assume, right? The Knicks already assumed once and failed with epic proportions. Ok, you can assume things about LeBron, too, if you want. Assume he already corroborated this with Bosh and Wade at the Olympics. Assume he didn’t want to be the man. Assume he didn’t want the bright lights of New York City. Assume he didn’t want to play with Amar’e Stoudemire. Again, you know what happens when you assume, right? The fact is the Knicks struck out like Carlos Beltran did in 2006, looking. They struck out like he did against the Cardinals that very same night Endy Chavez made the best catch I’ve ever seen in my life. They struck out like the Mets did as a team, who was supposed to win the World Series that year, and since, has lived in mediocrity. Sure, they got Amar’e. Sure, they got Fields and Felton. Sure, they got Mozgov, who after being on the bench most of this season is suddenly untouchable after playing out of his mind in only a few games. But, this isn’t enough. Donnie Walsh was supposed to bring home two superstars last summer. Knick fans waited two years for LeBron to come here. They waited patiently as Donnie Walsh worked amazingly to get us out of the salary cap abyss and get us the room to bring home two superstars. The real truth is the Knicks assumed LeBron would be begging on his knees to come here. The real truth is the Knicks didn’t care to wow LeBron with their presentation because Donnie Walsh rolled up into the room in a wheelchair and a neck brace, with James Dolan looking all sloppy and his protruding beer belly right up behind him. Was that supposed to entice LeBron to come here? The truth is if you already make money, you aren’t necessarily looking for more money all the time. If you’re a rookie and this is your first deal, then you jump at the money. Look at the draft picks in the NFL. They get paid tens of millions of dollars before they even touch a single football. I’m not saying Carmelo Anthony would go for making half the money he makes now. But if it’s three or four million dollars less, do you think he’d care? Nope. With the new CBA, who knows how much less he’d have to take if he signed with the Knicks as a free agent. Picture yourself going for a job interview for your dream job. It’s a job at the place you have always wanted to work at. You know you can get it. Plus, the pay is good. It’s the most pay you can possibly get. You go for the interview and walk away unimpressed. Now, suddenly, it doesn’t look as appealing to you. Now, suddenly, the other jobs out there which pay a little less but offer a similar opportunity, don’t look so bad anymore. That’s what happened in the case of LeBron. That’s why the Knicks called Isiah Thomas at the last minute, to no avail, to try to make one last ditch attempt at recruiting him. By then, it was too late.

The Knicks can’t make the same mistake with Carmelo Anthony. Thankfully, they don’t have to recruit him. Thankfully, he only wants to come to New York. All they have to do is trade for him. I hear Knicks fans saying they wouldn’t trade two of Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari or Landry Fields. Don’t get me wrong, they’re good players. But, they’re not ‘Melo. They’re not 25 points and 10 rebounds every single game. Not even all three of them combined. If you have to give up Felton and get back Billups, you do it too. If you have to give up Mozgov, you do it too. If you have to give up Chandler, Gallo and Fields, all three, you do it too. Why are Knicks fans even debating this? This is Carmelo Anthony. So what if this trade leaves you without a bench. You go and get people and plug them in. So what if you don’t have a center. You go to the D-League and find one. You go to the waiver wire. You go and get people and plug them in. Then, you build around STAT and ‘Melo and maybe get Chris Paul, Deron Williams or Dwight Howard next summer. Then, you’ve set yourself up to be a championship contender. Carmelo Anthony has gift-wrapped himself to the Knicks and they look like they can’t even figure out how to tear open the wrapping, so far. Don’t wait until the summer and risk not being able to sign him anymore. Get Carmelo Anthony by the February 24th trading deadline.

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