Tuesday, January 19th, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  14 responses

Media Paranoia Resurfaces in Knicks-land

by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni

Towards the end of 2007, a story titled “Life in Knicks Hell” was published by the New York Observer. It detailed what an absolutely miserable time reporters had trying to cover the Knicks during the Isiah Era.

Under Donnie Walsh’s leadership, things were supposed to be different for the Knicks and the people who write about them for a living. And for the most part, they seem to be.

But with the Larry Hughes fiasco unfolding, there are rumblings that the old cloak and dagger media philosophy is rearing its ugly head again.

Frank Isola of the Daily News reports:

“There’s frustration,” Hughes said. “There’s no anger. I’m just frustrated. There’s no other way to put it. I want to be out there playing and helping the team win. I don’t want it to look like I’m complaining. He’s the coach of the team. It’s his decision to put guys in the game and to take guys out. If my time comes again I’ll be happy. But if not I’ll just continue to do what I’ve been doing. But at the same time I’ll still be frustrated because I want to play basketball.”

As Hughes spoke to reporters before the Knicks win over Detroit, he was being monitored by three media relations employees. That type of paranoia was once the exclusive property of Latrell Sprewell and later Stephon Marbury when they played in New York. Hughes also revealed that he was upset by reports that he didn’t attend practice. Hughes never read the accounts and claims that a Knicks media employee debriefed him that both reporters who attended Sunday’s practice wrote that Hughes wasn’t there. Of course, that is a flat out lie.

The Daily News, one of two papers represented at Sunday’s workout, did not report that Hughes skipped the workout. Instead what we have here is additional proof that the media policy that Donnie Walsh promised to revamp is not only alive but also as creepy and as sneaky as ever.

Isola once joked about having to look under his car before turning the ignition because relations were that contentious between media and the Knicks.

Things aren’t as bad as they used to be, but like the team itself, they seem to have only marginally improved.

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  • zabba

    Larry Hughes, you suck. You can’t pass, you shoot awful and you can’t defend. How you’re still in the nba is a testament to how good your ex-teammates Lebron and Iverson really are.

  • rav

    or its a testament to the idiocy of danny ferry giving him a long lucrative contract…

  • MikeC.

    Hughes was brought in simply to be another expiring contract. There are better players ahead of him, and he’s complaining about not playing? He’s a shooting guard that can’t shoot, a supposed ball-handler that can’t make an entry pass into the post, and he’s rumored to be an elite defender, but routinely gets roasted. Welcome to the bench mediocre basketball player. Don’t be mad at D’Antoni, send a thank you card to Ferry. If not for Ferry, you’d be out of the league by now.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    oh yeah, Lebron is definatly coming here………..NOT (said in best Borat voice i could possibly do)

  • http://fjkld.com Jukai

    Behold, the once mighty Madison Square Garden… sigh…

  • Jdubbs

    Hughes actually had a pretty darn good season when he was with the Wiz, but never did anything before or after. Sad.

  • Ghost (of Orlando Woolridge)

    I live in NY and Frank Isola has a real vendetta against the Knicks. It was even worse during the Isiah era. He said things about Isiah that made you think Isiah was finessing his wife. Plus Isiah hated him. Maybe the Knicks turned him down for a job. After that fiasco with the Mets and the tv reporter, anything is possible

  • Ghost (of Orlando Woolridge)

    oh yeah..knicks suck

  • http://fjkld.com Jukai

    Ghost (of Orlando Woolridge): Read the “Life in Knicks Hell” article to find out why Isola hated the Knicks so much, dude…

  • andrew

    I don’t mind the losing…it’s tough to support them in their circus show..

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    What are you talking about? I’d rather have a winning circus than a team that loses ANYDAY.

  • http://www.twitter.com/PDXGayBball dma

    he should be thankful he knows Nelly.

  • chintao

    Somebody wake me up when all this is over. I’d say I could Rip Van Winkle through the next 3-5 years more of no playoff appearances.

  • http://www.fantasticfansite.com Fontaine

    Knicks/MSG is a media feeding hole. They salivate at the stuff going on there. Cuz people like us read it. Can we get NYC back on the map w/ something RELEVANT?? Please?? Lets go Knicks! Get it together!