We interrupt our normal Giant grand-standing to talk basketball, specifically, the New York Knicks. Draft night was a bit of a disappointment, to say the least. At least the ghost of Isaiah Thomas has finally left the building with the Utah Jazz’s selection of Butler forward Gordon Hayward in the first round at pick 9 (thank you Isaiah, the Knicks really didn’t want to have a 1st round pick this year anyway). And, despite rumors that Donnie Walsh was making every attempt to buy a 1st round pick, Donnie decided that precious cap space was too valuable, especially considering the Bulls and Heat’s moves, clearing more space, so no deal for Donnie.
The Knicks picked local favorite Andy Rautins out of Syracuse, not a bad pick if Rautins can be J.J. Reddick. But let’s caution the optimism, it took Reddick the better part of 4 years to show he belonged on the court for any meaningful minutes. And Fields out of Stanford, have no comment on that one. I just wonder who is going to play center (don’t even mention Eddy Curry’s name please), who is going to run the point (Duhon is a goner, Sergio Rodriguez was terrible last year and already signed a deal to play overseas), so the only hope is Toney Douglas, who we do like. Douglas has to become a better shooter, if he improves his perimeter game, the Knicks may have something here.
Not the most encouraging night for a team whose hopes are now pinned solely on free agency, where 8 other teams have significant cap room to add a max free agent. And with the Bulls and Heat clearing out more space, the Knicks chances of landing the big fish just went down exponentially, not good, but let’s stay patient and Stay Blue!