The Knicks back in the playoffs is the best thing ever.
The way some make it sound, you’d think the New York Knicks’ return to the playoffs resembled some sort of peasant uprising that resulted in the freedom of half of the world’s population. Sure, New York is a big market team. Sure, Spike Lee likes the Knicks, which is cool. Sure, Madison Square Garden is the “Worlds Most Famous Arena.” But according to whom? Donald Trump?
Honestly, is this really that big of a deal? Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire are both great talents, but these new-look Knicks could barely defend that snail from SpongeBob SquarePants. All things considered, it’d be a surprise if this team could even get out of the first round.
Are two or three playoff games at MSG really going to alter the future of the NBA? For an NBA fan in Sacramento, does the Knicks making in the playoffs mean that their team isn’t going to move? For every NBA fan, does the Knicks in the playoffs mean that there won’t be a lockout next year?
The San Antonio Spurs are boring.
True, San Antonio isn’t Los Angeles, New York, or even Oklahoma City, but the Spurs aren’t exactly short on star-power. With one of the best forwards in NBA history, an outstanding scorer with an international flair and bat-catching pedigree, and an electrifying point guard, San Antonio fans may as well be furious at the US patent office for not letting them copyright the “Big Three.” I’m looking at you, Boston and Miami.
If not having LeBron James or Kobe Bryant on your team makes you boring, then I guess the Spurs are boring. If being impervious to losing makes you boring, then I guess the Spurs are boring.
Some college players are better shooters than NBA players.
Um, did you watch the NCAA Championship?
You need superstars to win.
There’s a team out there called the Denver Nuggets, who haven’t been doing too badly since they lost their one superstar and spouse-of-an-MTV-VJ in Carmelo Anthony. I know, I know, the concept may sound foreign to you, but Denver has been relying on role players to get the job done. For those of you who are unaware of this term, role players are guys who don’t shoot the ball 20 times per game, yet still manage to contribute to the success of their team through considerable and diverse basketball skills. For further proof, don’t see: the Miami Heat or the New York Knicks.
The numbers don’t lie. Since trading Carmelo, Denver has moved up to the 5th spot in the Western Conference, and are poised to make a deep playoff run. Wilson Chandler, JR Smith, Ty Lawson, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, and Chris Andersen aren’t exactly going to pull Marshawn Lynch-style efforts night in and night out, but with unbridled depth and versatility, there’s really no need for one player to put this team on his back.
—Photo AP/Bill Kostroun