Didn-t have shot against Mavs
#1 Mar 21, 2007
I knew they the Knicks had no chance against Dallas, as soon as they did not start Lil Nate Robinson. He would have run wild over the Mavericks, probably a triple double. But instead, he sat on the bench and they lost miserably.
#2 Mar 21, 2007
Agreed. Lil Nate is the answer.
#3 Mar 21, 2007
Can't blame the players when the coach tells the world his team doesn't have a shot, they're not even in the same league as the Mav's. Isiah would make a great motivational speaker. Yeah right, give him a few more million and a few more years. What the heck.
#4 Mar 21, 2007
There are times when this team's fundamentals - foul shooting, clean layups, hands up on defense, boxing out - are so poor it's enough to make you weep.
Also, I realize that injuries have become a problem. But for most of the games against Toronto and Dallas, the Knicks went with just 7 guys. All that's going to do is get more players hurt.
#5 Mar 21, 2007
Why is Isiah still coaching the Knicks? How can any coach tell his team before a game that they can't compete with their opponent? What he should have said was that he can't coach them well enough to be competitive. This guy, though a great player, is not a good coach. The Knicks have a bunch of young players and are not the most talented team for sure. But Thomas needs to coach to their strenghts. They're young well conditioned and fast. They need to play that way. And they need a coach!
#6 Mar 22, 2007
I think it's strategy. He was attempting to psychologically disarm the opponent and/or the situation. In years past the Knicks have been guilty of running their mouths in the press. I specifically remember Jeff Van Gundy ticking off Jordan and the Bulls. I remember a particular instance of the Knick players, mouthing off to the press before a home game against the Bulls about the Garden being a circus with animals or something like that and their being a need to feed them something, that being the Bulls.
The Knicks then went out and got blown out of their own building. That as the Pat Riley/Patrick Ewing/Charles Oakley/John Starks Knicks. Certainly a more formidable line up than they have now.
I suppose this was a transparent attempt at hoping the adversary let's the guard down and the Knicks can surprise them.
I don't think he was undermining the Knick player's confidence, if such a thing is possible after their suffering under Larry Brown last year. If they can survive that, I don't think Thomas' little speech, can do much harm.
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