Knicks need to do many things to right the ship -- Newsday
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#1 Mar 26, 2008
Shaun. You are right on with this column. I believe that the New York basketball fans would have and will embrace a rebuilding process. I have always felt that way. There has always been this stigma that a professional sports team cannot rebuild in New York, that us, the fans, would not allow for it and become impatient. I entirely disagree with that.
I think that fans appreciate homegrown talent more than talent that is bought or traded for. Look at the Mets' fans and how they gravitate towards David Wright and Jose Reyes. You can make the same case with Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera, of the Yankees.
I just hope that Dolan can put aside his massive ego and realize that even though he owns this team, it is the fans whose team this is. Either do the right thing or sell the franchise.
#2 Mar 26, 2008
I'm with you both. As a life long (well my life which is only 31 years long) suffering Knicks fan what Shaun Powell wrote is exactly how this teams needs to be handled. I can deal with a loser and a team that is in rebuilding mode. Why not and have a plan for a few years like 2010 when they will have only 3 people on this current team under contract. Keep their draft picks which will be high for the next few years and in 2010 throw everything at Lebron who is already a superstar and by then will be JUST entering his prime with the key word being JUST. Not at the, or at the end of, but just the beginning of his basketball prime. I've dealt with a losing team I think we as Knicks fans can deal with it a few more years if we know that in 3 years we will be better. If they lottery chips fall as they may and they get a top 2 pick they can solve their point guard problems by drafting Derek Rose or their power forward/center problem in Micheal Beasley. Then next year another top 5 pick and they have the making of a winning team. Unlike in the NFL draft when guys routinely drafted in later rounds are as productive then earlier rounds in the NBA top 10 picks are usually that much better than anyone after 10. I just hope they get #1.
#3 Mar 27, 2008
Everything in the column is correct. Except Dolan is too stupid to see it this way. I said long ago that he was going to try to find some way to keep Isiah in the organization so he does not lose face. Dolan gave Isiah a 4 year extension because he saw "significant and evident progress". Now he's eating those words big time.
What Dolan doesn't realize is that by trying to save face, he looks even more stupid. The intelligent person admits their mistakes and moves to correct them. Not Dolan. He's just an idiot that has his job only because of daddy.
#4 Apr 2, 2008
Umm, there's also Moynihan Station. If Dolan just wants to renovate the Garden, he ought to do so in a way that brings sunlight and grandeur to the Penn Station waiting room, and the city ought to require that Dolan do so. We need to put pressure on Dolan to contribute to Moynihan Station, whether he renovates or moves the Garden. Send a strong message that at least part of the project will move with or without him.
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