Popping that blog cherry!
I feel so violated…
Ladies, gentlemen, Knicks fans… here it is. The very first TCO blog.
Even though this is primarily Pmac’s department, I feel that it’s more than appropriate to update you all on the fortunes of our favorite characters: The Right Hon. Goodyear Blimp, Starbury, and Isiah Thomas.
Goodyear Blimp - last sighting: Wendy’s on 43rd street.
Starbury, to his credit, has actually performed a role for the Celtics in the playoffs. As much as he’s probably my favorite target and the man is comedy gold personified, he’s still a tremendously gifted player and I had a feeling that put in the right situation with enough high-character players around him, he’d be a great help to an already great team. Even though Derrick Rose single handedly stole a game from the C’s early on in the series, the Garnett-less Celtics look to be doing enough to get the job done. May god have mercy on their souls though when they face LeBron and his Cavs…
Isiah Thomas has been hired as the new head coach of Florida International University (now referred to by many as Fire Isiah University). I see Zeke’s tenure with FIU as a win/win for the school and its basketball program. So what if Isiah crashes and burns and destroys everything in his wake?… It’d be one hell of a publicised demise and as the saying goes, any publicity is good publicity. As for Isiah though, well he has signed a five-year deal and many (including PTI’s Kornheiser and Ryan) are predicting him to win somewhere around 50 games…. over that five-year period…. if he lasts that long. I guess the jury is still out as far as that’s concerned, but my main interest will no doubt be Zeke’s recruiting powers. How exactly does he plan to entice players to FIU? I’m sure the answer to that is most certainly disturbing.
Now for the important stuff… our Nets.
Word has it that Rod Thorn and Principal owner Bruce Ratner are at odds over the future of Lawrence Frank as the head coach of the team. Bruce is a long time Frank supporter (whereas Eddy Curry is a long time frank eater… get it?) and doesn’t seem convinced that he needs replacing. The Nets did, of course, win 12-15 more games than many were expecting. Normally, the coach of a team that over-achieves that much is assured of his job within the organisation. Maybe not. When Ratner hired Thorn, he gave him free-reign to run the team and everything about it - including hirings and firings, whoever they may be. Thorn fired Byron Scott after two trips to the NBA Finals because Jason Kidd presented the Prez with an ultimatum (that’s our J-Kidd! classy to the end!). Now, Rod is facing a
choice of whether or not to replace another head coach. I’ve said on the show countless times that I’m not exactly Lawrence’s biggest fan, but at this stage of the roster’s development, would another coach be doing a better job with this team than him? I’m not convinced. The players seem to want him to stick around, and that’s just about good enough for me. I’m not the greatest believer in change for the sake of changing (see the Phoenix Suns of the ‘08/’09 season). Anyway, Dave D’Alessandro has an interesting take on the whole coaching issue.
Well, that’s about it for now (Knicks and Nets wise). Stay tuned for a TCO double-episode coming up in the next few days - covering the miserable ends to the season of the two teams, and the playoff picture to date.
I’ll leave you - on this ANZAC day (on the anniversary of the first landing at Gallipoli, celebrating Australia’s and New Zealand’s armed servicemen in past conflicts) - with Binyon’s Ode…
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years contemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
Lest we forget.