Wednesday, March 25, 2009
2008-09 felt empty
The Knicks season is drifting ignominiously to an end. They made it a five game losing streak last night, blowing a ten point fourth quarter lead to the Orlando Magic. They did it in front of a fired up home crowd at the Garden celebrating a Knick of the decade for each of the last six decades. Quite an illustrious group, including Orlando assistant coach, Patrick Ewing, the five others were Richie Guerin, Willis Reed, Walt Frazier, and Bernard King (a little date fudging, but not too bad.)
Reports also had Earl "the Pearl" Monroe in the building, along with legendary player, coach and scout Dick McGuire and Larry Johnson, too. Unfortunately none of them can help the 2008-09 Knicks who are about to tie a franchise record with an eighth straight losing season.
The big positive of the season has been the shedding of salary cap money looking ahead to 2010. The team and its supporters never felt like the Knicks were going to make the playoffs. The Clarion Content was and is against the Mike D'Antoni hire. Rookie first round draft choice Danilo Ginardi was just the soft Italian jeans model we thought he was. There were seven first rounders picked after him who are making significant contributions for their teams. That means two of the four biggest moves Knicks President Donnie Walsh made weren't exactly great shakes in the Clarion Content's view. Dealing Zach Randolph was good work. Ditching Jamal Crawford, it had to be done. But 2008-09 ends like it started, another non-playoff year, waiting, hoping for LeBron to save us.
At least the Nets, who are never moving to Brooklyn, aren't making the playoffs either.