Foreword by Ben Drevitch
As I think many of you realize, benspn is very anti-NY sports, so to make up for this bias, we are inviting guest bloggers to write anti-Boston posts. The first runs tonight and this series will continue with anti-Boston articles from other guest bloggers until the end of March. We hope to make this an annual thing so please enjoy and without further ado, Emile Smigielski:
Let me start off by saying that Celtic GM Danny Ainge has no idea what he is doing. He may have an incredible number of draft picks at his disposal and quite a few young players too, but he doesn’t understand the rebuilding process.
There are a few important things to do when rebuilding: First, hire a terrible coach, like the Lakers did with Byron Scott, so that you will be sure to lose a ton of game. After all, the purpose of rebuilding is to get good young talent from the draft, and the more games you lose the better chance you have to draft better talent.
So, if you want to be successfully rebuilding a team, which the Celtics obviously are—any team that starts Evan Turner, Brandon Bass, and Tyler Zeller is most definitely not trying to be competitive—why did Ainge trade for Isaiah Thomas, at least a Top 20 combo guard, when the Celtics are already invested in Marcus Smart and Avery Bradley, their two young guards? Thomas will only take minutes away from those two guards, thus minimizing their possibility for development. Not only will Thomas take away valuable developmental minutes away from the youngsters (though he isn’t too old himself), but he will also help this Boston team win games, the exact opposite of what they should be trying to do.
This is not the only instance of Ainge not understanding what is needed of a rebuilding team. During the latest offseason, he decided to sign free agent Evan Turner, a wing player who would take minutes away from Marcus Smart and fellow rookie James Young, inhibiting their development and adding more talent to a team whose purpose is to lose games making things look even more upside-down for the team.
It seems as if Danny Ainge does not understand the purpose of rebuilding even though he seems quite set on achieving it.
The Knicks have recently bought out Amar’e Stoudemire’s contract (essentially releasing him from the team) and Carmelo will not be playing for the Knickerbockers for the rest of the season
even though he played the All-Star Game like a punk, New York has finally completed the transition into having an all D-League roster. Knicks fans finally have nothing to see at Madison Square Garden except for an astounding lack of water fountains. Knicks fans also are unable to say that, even with the worst record in the league, they still have two star players on their roster.
But for now expect to see blowouts against the Knicks that are so routine you might be better off watching Mike Tyson Mysteries or Friends reruns on Netflix.
The Knicks’ season continues with more despair than hope. As of now the team is the worst in the NBA with their pitiful 10-41 record; they are even worse than the lowly 76ers, but the team from Philly has a great future, unlike the New Yorkers. What makes it even more sad is that Knicks owner James Dolan told a lifelong fan to go ahead and root for the Nets after being criticized by him in an email. Dolan even called the fan an alcoholic. This may mean that no one will be showing up for Knicks games anymore because…
- The tickets are too expensive to watch D-leaguers.
- It’s just no fun.
- The t-shirt cannon gunner has the most accurate 3-point shot on the squad.
P.S. benspn will be having more on the Knicks’ sad season with a special guest blogger!
LeBron James has just opted out of his contract with the Heat. So while we wait for another “Decision” lets look back to the last one where LeBron was right about one thing, what was it again?
not one, not two , no it was – oh yes – NOT THREE.
Derek Fisher, the new Knicks head coach, vows to end the Knicks title drought. So basically Fisher is saying he will beat Lebron, and one of the western conference powerhouse teams, with Carmelo if he stays, and a bunch of old idiots who are overpayed and like to punch fire-extinguishers for fun. This team even with Carmelo didn’t even make the playoffs, this year, even when a team under .500 got in.
Stan Van Gundy, former coach of Shaq and Dwight Howard, just signed a contract to be the Detroit Pistons’ coach and president of basketball operations. So watch out because in five years, once SVG transforms Andre Drummond into the best center of his time, and creates a playoff team, a Pistons star will want him out, and get him canned, at least if everything goes according to every previous coaching job he has ever had.
I’m sure many of you have heard the racist remarks allegedly made by Clippers owner, Donald Sterling. The remarks have left everyone scratching their heads what to do. The Clippers players cannot boycott their team and damage their championship dreams, but they did wear inside-out shirts during their practice before Game 4 against the Warriors. The shirts, with the Clippers logo hidden, were meant to symbolize how everyone is the same on the inside. The protest made news in the NBA, but the Clippers still lost the game.
The NBA also has not made a decision on what to do about Sterling. The only action they have taken is asking Sterling not to go to Game 4 in Golden State. Michael Jordan, the Bobcats owner, said that he was outraged, and encouraged Adam Silver, the NBA’s commissioner, to take action quickly. Other owners have spoken up, including Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadivé and Portland Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen. President Obama, LeBron James, and Magic Johnson have also spoken up.
While the NBA decides what to do, many sponsors have cut ties with the Clippers organization. State Farm, Kia Motors America, Red Bull and Sprint have all said they will suspend their sponsorships with the Clippers.
While everyone on Earth debates what to do about Sterling, my simple solution is just to bar him from the Clippers organization just like MLB did twice with George Steinbrenner. Steinbrenner was banned for two years once, and later banned for life, although both suspensions were reduced. I believe that the NBA should suspend Sterling for four years. In that time, Sterling should be able to sell the team for about $575 million, $563 million more than he paid for the team. That would turn a profit for Sterling and the league.
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