One Week In
Yves Saint maintains some NY hope. But only some.
by Yves Saint | @EasyYvesSaint
Soooo, yeah. The Knicks are a week into the season and haven’t impressed me. A five-point win against Toronto, a four-point loss against the best “team” in the East, the Celtics, and a five-point loss against Portland do leave room for hope, though. Am I saying that they didn’t lose that badly? Yes. That is exactly what I’m saying.
Amar’e is averaging 21.3 ppg. Chandler is averaging roughly the same thing for not nearly as much money as Amar’e is getting. Poor money management will sink any enterprise. But, looking at the Heat, DWade is averaging a point more than Ama’re and Bron Bron is averaging less than Chandler. The Knicks next three highest scorers are at 16, 11 and 11 ppg while the Heat’s are at 13, 11, and 9. The Heat are 4-1, though.
Okay, I’m done with the numbers. We lose because of something else, something less tangible. These close losses come from lack of experience, most likely, and some ailments on the defensive end. There is hope, BUT, like spotting a cancer before it completely ravages the body, you have to get to work on it early. Prevention is better than waiting until it’s time for the cure. Keep heart, New York. You’ve got the Bulls tonight at Chicago. Let’s practice how to close out games.
And I’m not going anywhere either, NY. Jumping ship isn’t even attractive. The Rockets are 0-4 (LOL), and their fans are Youtubing Kobe highlights. The Lakers are 5-0 and they just get scarier. I have to commend Kobe for learning how to win quietly and efficiently, even when he’s out dropping triple-doubles. He is the best player of the last decade. Monster turned assassin who knows how to be a monster when need be. Gives me chills.
Oh yeah, and I’m going to start wearing jerseys again. I can no longer fake jacks like I haven’t been thinking about and missing them.
Moving along. The more I watch NBA basketball I realize that it will never, for the foreseeable future, get better than the NBA on NBC days. Maybe I was young and full of wonderment, but hand checking was legal and Jordans were looking good. That meant players were tougher AND flyer. Sounds like me. *mumbles* The Knicks were good and Ahmad Rashad was still married to Mrs. Huxtable. Good times. If you miss the NBA on NBC days you are most likely a great person.
That’s all for now. I’m still trying to remember last night and I am a bit distracted. Don’t you hate that?