by Marcel Mutoni

Christmas brought no joy to the land of the Knicks. The sniping between players, coaches and media continues to fester in the locker room, on the floor, and even on the team bench.

Last night in Orlando, as promised, Isiah Thomas tinkered with his lineups and ended up sitting Eddy Curry and Zach Randolph for long stretches of the game. The result was the same as always: Yet another Knicks loss.

Afterwards, both big men were (predictably) upset, and Curry said he’d like to know when he’s going back into the game next time so as not to let his body atrophy while sitting on the pine.

“It’s extremely tough to sit that long,” Curry said. “I’m not used to it at all. Hopefully it doesn’t continue. I got to try to anticipate when I’m going in to keep my body warm. I was definitely cold going back in there.

In the future, if I even get in that position, I’d tell him [to] let me warm up, give me a minute or a warning.’

Yes, because you are not a professional athlete, accustomed to the ebb and flow of a basketball game; you need a reminder to be prepared to contribute to the team at any given time. No wonder people are questioning your ability to play in that city.