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Monday, November 19th, 2007 at 12:00 pm  |  46 responses

Jerry Colangelo to the Rescue?

by Marcel Mutoni

The man who helped to transform the Phoenix Suns into one of the best franchises in the sports world (and was recently inducted into the Suns’ Ring of Honor for his troubles recently) has expressed interest in turning the Knicks’ fortunes around.

Colangelo has told friends that he would welcome the chance to come to the Garden, even more than going home to Chicago. Colangelo thinks that if he can turn around the laughingstock Knicks and build them into a championship team, it would be his crowning achievement.

“Jerry looks at that as his legacy,” said an old friend.

What Colangelo was able to accomplish in Phoenix during his thirty years of service is incredible, and he is undoubtedly very good at his job. Turning the Knicks into championship contenders, however, might be too tall a task for any one man.

Speaking of the moribund franchise, Charles Dolan, the man who signs most of the checks at MSG, reportedly told David Stern that he has bigger fish to fry than the New York Knicks at the moment. Leadership!

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  • BETCATS

    god for the sake of the good people of New York let this happen

  • http://www.jerkmydillsnik.com Hass777

    hmmm he will come in and and win..once marbury contact expires….with isiahs players…kind of how roy williams did at unc with dohertys players..

  • maio

    Give the man 30 years and the Knicks are winning a championship! You heard it here first.

  • http://www.friendster.com/sesa Sesa

    good luck

  • TADOne

    This would make too much sense. Hence, Dolan would never do it.

  • http://www.friendster.com/sesa Sesa

    Am I missing something here? Did Phoenix already won a ring?

  • Todd D.

    thats what i was thinking, sesa. lets define what one of the best franchises in the sports world really means, because if were talking suns basketball it doesn’t mean championships.

  • Jared

    well for one it’s not defined by isiah thomas…right now anything is a tremendous upgrade, except Scott Lay-Den of course

  • Benoit Benjamin

    NYC doesn’t need colangelo. Just trad Marbury, and witness as the team, just like the wolves, nets and suns before, becomes relevant again.

  • Gumdrop

    Would this cement Jerry’s legacy, or would he go down in flames never ridding himself of the stink of Knick failure, like Larry Brown? The Knicks seem to have a herpes like affect, once you’ve got it be prepared to have it forever.

  • http://www.ta.com Kiyan

    Nan.

  • andrew

    duck folan

  • Boing Dynasty

    Betcats, new york is known for its good people.

  • http://www.ihtraptors.blogspot.com coach

    yeah ,yeah . a multi millionaire (colangelo) reporting to a bilionaire (dolan).the 2 shd. get a new coach who should be at least a millionaire !

  • http://myspace.com/mrdyalekt d.Y.

    ha. never happen. maybe the Zenmaster. he’s that crazy. i would love to see a conversation between Phil and Steph.

  • underdog

    First of all I don’t really get what the Suns really achieved in the past few years. Yes they are entertaining, good offense, and, umm yes. Secondly, how Colangelo will make a contender team in the East, when he hasn’t managed to do that in Toronto (yet)? Or he plans to draft numberless international players to NYK too? Sounds like a plan!

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Not that he wouldn’t do a better job than Layden or Isiah, but Jerry Colangelo needs to shut the f*ck up. You’re no Jerry West, buddy.

  • Jared

    Bryan Colangelo is in Toronto and he’s doing a pretty awesome job, just like he did in phx…these guys know how to (re)build teams, but Russ is right…it’s not like they’re winning rings

  • Captain America

    Jerry Colangelo is perhaps the only person who can breath life into the Knicks franchise. He has fixed team in addition to the Suns, but the Knicks is a tall order. The NBA needs a restored Knicks franchise and so do fans.

  • http://www.myspace.com/2536545 Bryan

    Captain America is perhaps the only person who can suck the life out of any conversation.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Despite their record and the ridiculous headlines, I don’t think the Knicks are in as bad shape as everyone seems to think they are. Yes, the Marbury/Thomas situation is ridiculous. But that overshadows the fact that they have a number of talented players making acceptable money (is anyone besides Steph and Z-Bo making the max?). The mix isn’t right at the moment, but they have a number of assets that would be attractive to other teams. They just need a GM/President who will look more at team chemistry than individual numbers.

  • http://www.myspace.com/2536545 Bryan

    I really think they should get rid of Curry because his rebounding and defensive effort don’t warrant him being the number one option.They could get someone to run the team for him and then Let Marbury walk away and go play in Italy where he will be loved.

  • http://www.myspace.com/2536545 Bryan

    What is the deal with Steve Francis I thought he was hurt, but he really just has been on the DNP-CD list? Is he really that bad all of a sudden? Like 3 years ago he was getting 21-7-7..

  • http://www.myspace.com/2536545 Bryan

    The Knicks problem hasn’t been talent. It’s been coaching and mismanagement. Larry Brown was a f*cking terrible fit for the Knicks. Anyone can see his ability has never been managing egos.He does his best work with a bunch of role players who fall in line and listen to whatever he says, the only time he had a superstar who had to adjust was Iverson and LB ended up being the one to adjust on that one.

  • http://www.myspace.com/2536545 Bryan

    I f*cking give up.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Larry Brown was a b*tch with the Knicks. It’s not like he didn’t know what he was getting himself into. He should have never taken the job to begin with.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    And if they did trade Eddy, they’d have to get a shotblocking center in return. You know, someone who might play defense every once in a while. Because otherwise, what? Start Z-Bo at center alongside Lee and Q in the most undersized front line ever? The best would be to kill two birds with one stone, of course. How about Curry for Chris Kaman and Brevin Knight?

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    And Steve Francis is pretty much finished, I think. That’s what happens when you’re a little dude who relies heavily on your athleticism. It’s also why Golden State would be CRAZY to extend Mr. Dizzle right now. (He also dribbles way too much, and it would be a race between Bonzi, T-Mac, Yao and Adelman to see who murdered him first.)

  • http://www.myspace.com/2536545 Bryan

    That sounds like a great deal for the knicks. I couldn’t agree more about Larry Brown. I can’t stand him at all.The reason I said go after a floor general and let marbury walk though is because they already don’t have anybody to block shots so it’s not gonna affect them one way or the other.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    It would in the sense that Zach would then take 47 shots a game. No guard would ever see the ball again. I’d also support letting Steph walk no matter what–it’s obvious that he’s ruined for this season (says I) and next year’s the last year of his deal anyway. Otherwise you’re looking at months of moping and 1-5 nights. I mean, do a deal if you can, but don’t take back ludicrous contracts just to fill his salary space.

  • underdog

    The mistake of the summer 2007 was, when Boston didn’t sign Brevin ‘injury-prone’ Knight. I don’t know if they even tried. Salary cap I know, but still.

  • http://www.myspace.com/2536545 Bryan

    It kills me because steph has long been one of my top 3 favorite players, but just let the guy go do whatever it takes. Say what you want but the last 2-3 years he sacrificed his personal numbers and game to try and fit in , show the man some respect and let him go.And it’s not like Curry is Bill Walton passing out of the double team either.The lineup of Lee and Zach may be small but thats a good 20-25 rebounds a night plus Q can get you 6-7.I think it would be ok.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Eddy Curry isn’t Michael Curry passing out of the double team. Although I think he’s more willing to try it than Z-Bo is. And the problem wouldn’t be rebounding as much as it would be guarding ANY seven-footers and depth. Dwight Howard would go for 50 and 30 against that alleged front line. Especially when they got tired and Randy Morris had to go out there with Wilson “Don’t Call Me Tyson” Chandler.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Also, if anyone can explain to me why the Knicks haven’t bought out Jerome James yet, I’d love to hear it.

  • http://myspace.com/mrdyalekt d.Y.

    um, I’m a big fan of Mr Bury, but even I know “sacrificed his personal numbers” is a euphemism for “failed to produce”

  • http://www.myspace.com/2536545 Bryan

    Whoa that’s bullsh*t there sir. He could still get his 22-8 if he wasn’t locked up by Brown and Isiah. I promise that.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    It’s not a matter of being “locked up,” it’s a matter of playing within the team framework. I’m sure there are a TON of guys in the L who COULD average 20ppg who don’t. It’s a matter of understanding that a dunk from Eddy or a 15-footer from Zach is a better shot than a 28-foot three or a heavily contested drive to the basket, even if it happens to go in. Steph doesn’t get it and NEVER will.

  • http://www.myspace.com/2536545 Bryan

    I’m just saying he tried ,he listened to brown he listened to Isiah did what they asked , now he’s miserable and being made a scapegoat just let the walk with whatever dignity he has.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    But he’s been miserable EVERYWHERE. KG got too much money. “All Alone 33″ in Jersey (after he utterly destroyed any confidence Keith Van Horn may have once had). Phoenix ditched him for New York’s scraps. Talent has never been an issue for Steph, it’s all about his sourpuss, team-killing attitude. The point guard is supposed to pull his team up, Stephon has (since the early days in Minnesota, anyway) always been the basketball equivalent of cement shoes.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    I feel like that in order for him to be happy, Steph would have to be the first option, which defeats the whole purpose of being a point guard.

  • http://www.myspace.com/2536545 Bryan

    I dunno I mean he had that one good ear in Phoenix .I think his happiness is depending on people using him properly (in his mind) I don’t think he has the be option one , but he’s option 4 on the Knicks and he knows and everyone else knows he’s no worse than the second best player on that team.As long as he’s not dumping it into the post or dropping it to Jamal Crawford , I think he is happy. I think he wants the ball in his hands to make plays and they just say “give it to Curry and move” I would get down on myself too.Sh*t I’ve been there and it pissed me off so I know how he feels kind of.

  • http://www.myspace.com/2536545 Bryan

    year*

  • nong mu

    At least Jerry Colangelo wiill turn this team to a ” credibility” level.Right now nYk is kind of a freak show or something.

  • jay

    good luck with that train-wreck..be like diddy trying to revive britney’s music career..it aint going to happen until they trade starbury!

  • Jared

    bryan you played with eddy?

  • Chief

    This would be so good man. New York is a basketball city. they have two teams in everything except for ball. Rucker Park, the city smacks of bball history. You can’t help but love the knickerbockers(in my case). It’s nice to hear that someone is thinking what the knicks need is someone who has a clue upstairs.

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