Our latest edition of “remember when?” features the chaotic, incompetent, stinky New York Knicks because their recent sewage — Phil Jackson calling out Carmelo Anthony in savage fashion and Kristaps Porzingis skipping his exit interview — provides a violent contrast to all that preseason hope emanating from the overhyped Madison Square Garden.
It will also make Miami Heat fans laugh, hopefully, after narrowly missing out on a trip to the NBA Playoffs, which begin today.
While the Heat unequivocally overachieved this year despite missing the postseason, the Knicks, well, continued their trend of #KnicksTape basketball, finishing their fourth consecutive season under .500 (31-51) with their fourth coach in as many years.
Rewinding to last summer, fresh off acquiring Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, and Courtnee Lee, positivity was buzzing in New York for the first time in a LONG time. Let’s put our Captain Hindsight cape on and laugh our collective asses off at some of these articles published before the season started.
“Confidence in the medical and training staff does not alone explain an offseason of spending, but I bet it explains some of the thinking behind it. And for the first time in a while, that confidence seems justified.”
Derrick Rose: 64 games (actually impressive)
Joakim Noah: 46 games and will have surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff (out four to six months)
This little Knicks preview by Michael Singer wasn’t that egregious but we’re just getting warmed up. He did rank them third in the NBA in watchability with a ceiling as the No. 6 seed.
You’ll want to be seated for this next one.
These words are by wing Courtney Lee, probably the only good signing of their offseason:
“We’re contenders, man. They didn’t make the playoffs last year, but we’re looking to change that and win big. The ring is the ultimate goal for everybody on the team; I know it is for me. When they talked to me and told me about the pieces they were adding alongside the players who were already there, I didn’t think anything less than a championship [was the goal]. We’re trying to get the Knicks back into the playoffs and win big. … Everybody is hungry and everybody has their own motivation or chip on their shoulder. We just need to come together, get that chemistry and see it click. Once everybody is together and everybody is hungry, I think we can be very scary.”
Not only did he blasphemously utter the phrase “contender” when describing Knicks basketball but also said, “win big” — twice.
“We have a very special team on paper right now,” Melo said in July. “The front office stepped up. It was a collective effort. They did their job and they did what they had to do to make some moves and make things happen. They put us in a situation to give us an opportunity. All we have to do is take advantage of that.”
Oh, it gets better.
The author’s (interesting) words are quoted while mine is in italics.
“The Knicks will make the playoffs in 2017, and they will do it in great fashion. People continue to sleep on how good this Knicks team can be.”
“Are they a contender? No, it’s not 2011. But what they can do is grab a playoff spot, and a high one at that. This team’s starting five, injuries aside, has no holes…”
No holes? There’s a hole in both of Derrick Rose’s knees where ligaments are supposed to be…
“Not only did the Knicks get ONE upgrade at point guard, they got two… But the speedy point guard Brandon Jennings should fit in well, and can be a candidate for Sixth Man of the Year.”
Jennings was waived in February…
“If Rose stays healthy and plays at an All-Star level, Noah becomes the oncourt/offcourt leader he has been for the Bulls, and Melo and Porzingis both have a big year, the Knicks can lock up a fifth seed in the Eastern Conference. On paper, only four Eastern teams look better. That’s Cleveland, Toronto, Boston and Indiana. The Knicks should be in prime position to get back to where they were in 2013.”
When you’re banking your analysis off a train of “ifs” it’s NEVER a good sign.
At least nobody referred to this squad as a “super team.”
Question: Knicks fans always have high expectations, sometimes maybe not even grounded in reality over the years. Before last season, Melo came out on media day and talked about managing expectations with such a young team. But with this roster now and all these veterans, what should the expectations be for the Knicks?
ROSE: “They’re high. I mean, with these teams right now, they’re saying us and Golden State are the super teams, and they’re trying not to build that many super teams, and Adam Silver came out with the statement and this and that.”
Rose had a chance to backpedal.
He did not.
“I still believe that,” Rose said of his team being a super-team. “With that super-team term, I have to be careful with that term, I guess in the United States.”
Thank the basketball gods for New York Knicks basketball.