“They don’t even know how to F#@KING TANK!” my wife said, a Knicks fan since birth. A birthright as true as the game of basketball; she was born in the Bronx and her first love was the orange and blue. “They did the same shit when LeBron was up in the draft! You’ve sucked all season! WHY ARE YOU PRETENDING YOU KNOW HOW TO PLAY NOW?!?!”
She references with a hiss the 2003 NBA Draft class, arguably the best class of talent the NBA has seen in a long time. It is also the year the Knicks had a surge toward the playoffs and missed the core of draft.
I’ve instituted a new rule in my house. We can’t watch the New York Knickerbockers. It keeps our neighbors from calling in the noise complaints. And relative peace in our home. A small price to pay, besides, I didn’t buy the league pass this year because I didn’t want to cause any undue tension.
So the recent 2-game winning streak incurred by the Knicks is cause for legitimate concern. Every other team at the bottom of the conferences are losing and losing hard, because they know what is at stake. Currently with 17 wins and 64 losses, the Knicks are sniffing at the number one draft pick. A close contender will be the Minnesota Timberwolves with 16 wins and 65 losses. The tragic fact is the Knicks are teasing with NOT being the worst team in the league.
What’s at stake? Pretty much the whole roster of the NCAA Final Four teams including Okafor from Duke and 7 Kentucky Wildcats. In short, this is no time for the Knicks to suddenly become “competitive.”
Arguably, the looming NBA Draft will have similar talent that it contained in 2003. In that year, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, and Dwayne Wade filled the draft and were snapped up within the first five picks.
Even with a 2-game winning streak, the Knicks chances diminish for a top three pick.
The NBA Draft Lottery is very simple, the worse you are the better chances you have to get the coveted number one spot. The worst team gets a 25 percent chance to get the number one pick in the draft. The better you finish the worst chance you have for the number one pick; even if you finish second (19 percent chance) and third (15 percent chance).
Let’s give the Knicks some credit. They are trying to lose. Melo was shutdown right after the All-Star Game. The Knicks roster currently resembles a YMCA recreation-league. I haven’t bothered watching a game virtually all season. Hardly any of their players show up in my daily fantasy research. So they are doing something right.
But right now, it’s all up to chance and the NBA Draft Lottery. Let the chips fall where they may and according to my wife, “Just F#@KING LOSE!”
We’ll see how it all shakes out after their final game against Le Pistones.
Till next time, here’s to another ten years of misery for Knicks everywhere and follow me @Deepdfspicks.