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Where Am I? Another Fanatic Hit By A Turtle

TUrtle Don Walsh

I am ROFLMAO as I shake off that crash I just had while following that slow moving 100-year old turtle named Donnie Walsh.  Fortunately, all that I suffered were lacerations and a slightly perforated and folded Fanatic heart, which I understand can be repaired by some nifty last minute general manager type moves – the kind of moves that would be made by a good general manager or team president like Red Auerbach, Jerry West, Pat Riley or that Presti kid in Oklahoma City. It is now a few weeks before school is back in session (remember this word for your first spelling test), so tell your children to enjoy the rest of the summer.  It goes by very quickly.  For Fanatics the summer is going by too quickly, as we watch and wait for the Turtle to catch up to it (we do feel ya Turtle Don — we can appreciate that it must be hard to move faster when one is saddled down with all those heavy futuristic 2010 plans under his hard head shell).

No one wants to acknowledge it, as the Knicks’ mouthpiece, Newsday, tries to put a positive spin on everything Walshonian (did you check out the last non-report that Walsh was relieved that Kidd rejected his offer? Now how stupid is it for a GM to make a long-term offer you don’t want accepted?), but there is a major problem with waiting this long to sign a building team’s best players: a team’s success is based on chemistry which usually starts off the court at some point in the off-season.  Yes, chemistry starts with a core of teammates who act like teammates.  Right now we have Darko, Chandler, Duhon, Hughes, Harrington and Gallinari.

If you may recall, it was clear last year that D’Antoni’s system required an early start for its players to get conditioned themselves and to their teammates.  As you also may recall, last year the Knicks at least started working out with each other in Las Vegas around the time of the summer league when everyone popped up to meet D’Antoni and watch Nate’s summer league jersey get hung on the brick wall.  Sure it was everyone’s first time in the system and they all wanted to get to know each other, but it would sure be nice if someone acted like this season isn’t just another throw away. (Or at least reduce the price of the freakin’ tickets for this season of Seven seconds or mess).

The other problem, at least in the short term, is that this whole slow grind summer has really demonstrated how little respect and confidence the Knicks have in their own players; Lee, Robinson and Duhon must not feel very good about their team right about now.  First off, Lee and Robinson don’t have teams yet.  Lee has already expressed his feeling of disrespect; Nate is just chilling, waiting for the pen or the hammer (saw?) to drop.

Duhon is straight – he’s got a contract – but he’s gotta know that flirtations with Jason Kidd, Jason Williams, Andre Miller and, now, Ramon Sessions are collectively a sign that his willingness to work overtime for the Knicks after Walsh decided not to get PG-support last season, was not really appreciated.  Walsh going kissy, kissy with so many points also belies the myth that the Knicks thought Duhon played poorly because he was tired.  If they believed that, he should be able to retain his winter job after a summer of rest – especially with rest during a summer moving this slowly.

That hit I took from the Turtle leaves me feeling a little disrespected too.  I talked to my lawyer about my personal injury lawsuit against MSG, but Ms. Sotomayor (that wise Latina) told me they have the big bucks and a good strategy to defend the accident-prone Walsh – their lawyers at Newsday claim that the Turtle was not moving slowly in the fast lane; in fact, they claim, he was being patient and doing his due diligence.  I replied, yeah right, “He was doing his due diligence by pecking at the cell phone while driving.  He couldn’t get Session’s numbers right as he took his eyes off the road.  He looked up and saw the “2009-2010 Five Weeks Ahead” sign and bumped us as we followed him onto the rumble strip and into the drainage ditch. That Old Dirty Slow Azz Turtle Bastard.”

August 8, 2009 - Posted by | Donnie Walsh | , , , , , , , , ,

15 Comments »

  1. Damn! ROFLMAO!

    Your killing me Lives, that post is rediculous!

    Love that Icon, can we make that the defualt Ed Drossman/Alan Hahn Fanboy gravatar?

    Comment by orangeandblue1 | August 8, 2009 | Reply

    • Agree O&B…good job by Lives …that should be
      Walsh’s gravatar! LMAO…ROLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

      Comment by Peaceman | August 8, 2009 | Reply

      • Lives, I fell off my chair laughing at the picture.Walsh is too slow for us,but he is pacing himself for 2010….I guess…….who knows…let the losing continue.

        Comment by D L T Knicks | August 8, 2009

  2. Zeke tookmany head shots here, however, he made moves to
    try to win NOW and lived in the moment. 37 years after
    our last chip and almost one year removed from breaking
    up a team that could have made some noize(perhaps a 2nd round exit) in the playoffs…we are faced with the reality that we are void of the playoffs with NO chance of the #1 draft pick. I will repeat this from the old fanatic blog:
    Last year we were 6-3 with the next 3 games very winable.
    D’antoni pulled out Crawford and fugged with Zach’s time to insure we would not go 10-3. He could not trash a 10-3 team
    in this city who’s lights have been dim in the Garden since
    9-11. Had we not blew up that team, everyone on the roster would have more trade value and we would not have given away Balkman and Zach for bullshit. We are handed Walsh’s shit sandwich and being told to eat it and dream of Lebron.
    Tomorrow is not promised to anyone of us. I want to win NOW,
    not when I get my AARP card. Walsh and D’antoni must get their ass out of town on the first thing smoking!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Peaceman | August 10, 2009 | Reply

    • I also have plenty of misgivings about the current incoming regime.

      Comment by orangeandblue1 | August 10, 2009 | Reply

  3. Congrats on the Yankees smoking the Beantowners.
    One bright moment in this city’s sports world……..

    Comment by Peaceman | August 10, 2009 | Reply

  4. This post is for BARF, who I know still reads this blog but does not post. Barf may be Marvin Gayes second biggest fan after me! I recently heard this song on the Michael Basden
    show..when he said “here’s some Grown people’s music.”
    I heard this cut and thought..who in the hell is this Marvin Gaye sounding like brother? However, it was released last year and too good for mainstream anyway…enjoy Fanatics:

    Comment by Peaceman | August 10, 2009 | Reply

  5. I raise you one. Dedicated to Turtle Don.

    Comment by livesinnewjersey | August 10, 2009 | Reply

  6. Von Wafer, no deal from Knicks among others, goes to Europe to be a star

    Olympiacos Signs Two: As Travis Heath reported earlier Olympiacos, a wealthy team based in Greece, has agreed to a two-year contract with Leinas Kleiza for $12.2 million. The Denver Nuggets retain the rights of Kleiza, who has an opt-out clause at the end of the season if the Nuggets decided that they want to bring him back.

    Also joining Kleiza on Olympiacos according to Eurobasket.com is Von Wafer. Wafer, also a former Nugget, had a breakout season for the Rockets last year in which he averaged a career-high nine points a contest. However, the Rockets decided not to re-sign Wafer after obtaining Jermaine Taylor and Chase Budinger in the draft.

    The New York Knicks
    had interest in Wafer but were considering him along with several other options that include Ramon Sessions, Jamaal Tinsley, and Jason Williams. With no offer on the table to his liking Wafer decided to go overseas where serviceable role players go to hit the lottery.

    Olympiacos has done a lot of good for themselves over the past two summers by picking up a handful of NBA players that are realistic targets for them. Talk of LeBron James or Kobe Bryant was never logical, but guys like Josh Childress, Kleiza, and Wafer bring a lot to the table.

    In the NBA Wafer and Kleiza provided offensive firepower off the bench, frequently dealing with inconsistent minutes and the lack of an opportunity at times. With Olympiacos they will be featured weapons on one of the most talented teams not in the NBA.

    It will be a nice change of pace for Wafer and Kleiza to be treated like stars rather than an average NBA player. The two have fought to stay in the league for years and ended up behind the likes of Kobe Bryant, Tracy McGrady, and Carmelo Anthony. With Olympiacos it’s like they’re Kobe and Tracy now.

    Don’t expect either of them to make Greece a permanent stay. With the economy as it is this is a lucrative option for players with NBA experience to go make more money than they could if they hung around. Ultimately though the NBA is where the best play and they will be lured back, especially if they improve their game while they’re gone.

    Kleiza specifically could stand to improve on his defensive game while he is gone. If he comes back an improved defender he could find a team willing to bring him in to play a much bigger role than he did on the Nuggets for the past few years. Same goes for Wafer, who needs to become more of an all-around player rather than just a scorer.

    In related news a couple other NBA players have latched on with teams overseas. Ira Newble will be joining Aris BC in Greece according to insidehoops.com while undrafted rookie Jeremy Pargo is headed to Israel to play for Galil.

    Comment by livesinnewjersey | August 10, 2009 | Reply

  7. We lost another possible scorer in Wafer……let the losing continue.

    Comment by D L T Knicks | August 10, 2009 | Reply

    • Walsh had just awoken from a siesta to sleep walk into negotiations with another prospects and was…

      close to closing the deal with Van Wafer!

      Comment by orangeandblue1 | August 10, 2009 | Reply

  8. A Letter To Fans From David Kahn

    (Hello Gents. Funny Post. Another aggressive team President has grabbed my attention — the Timberwolve’s David Kahn. He recently wrote a letter to the team’s fans to explain his recent choice of Kurt Rambis for coach. It is a thoughtful letter — very complimentary of the other finalist — but more significantly it is a clear declaration of the type of team he intends to build. He is getting roundly criticized for his aggressive and risky moves, but I love them. Kurt Rambis is a nice choice. He has come a long way from his Clark Kent looking days during which he played very hard and became a LA fan favorite. Based on his mentors and his development, Kahn made a sound choice.

    Kahn is also very serious about developing Flynn and Rubio together if Rubio can get the buyout price lower. However, there is little the Wolves can do since they can only contribute $500,000 to the buyout. Kahn thinks Rubio and Flynn can be an up-tempo version of Isiah Thomas and Joe Dumars. It is a very creative idea. Even if it failed he would end up with two very transferable assets to assist in the building of a champion.

    I suggest you keep your eyes on this President.

    Also Note that Mark Jackson is getting closer to a coaching gig.)

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The following is the text of an open letter from Minnesota Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations David Kahn to the team’s fans on the hiring of new coach Kurt Rambis.

    Dear Timberwolves fans and supporters,

    I’m pleased to announce that we’ve reached an agreement in principle with Kurt Rambis to be our new head coach. The search was extensive and thorough, and I’m completely confident that Kurt is the right man to help us develop into a championship-caliber team.

    Kurt played for Pat Riley and coached alongside Phil Jackson, arguably two of the three greatest coaches in NBA history. He is ready for this.
    FIND MORE STORIES IN: Los Angeles Lakers | Phil Jackson | Minnesota Timberwolves | Pat Riley | Al Jefferson | Kurt Rambis | Elston Turner

    Each candidate for this job had three threshold issues they had to agree to in order to be considered:

    (1) I want our franchise to become the league leader in player development, and player development starts with the head coach. It is his job to execute this vision.

    (2) We will be a running, up-tempo team. Yes, there will be many instances when we will need to rely upon Al Jefferson and a half-court offense, but our identity will be fast break basketball.

    As a player, Kurt was a member of the Los Angeles Lakers “Showtime” teams. Those teams thrived by using an up-tempo style, yet knew how to score in the half-court when necessary. They also played outstanding defense. Kurt is committed to employing such a style that will complement the young, athletic players we are assembling.

    (3) The minutes distributed to our young nucleus in the next two years must be done with an eye toward the big picture and not the short term. Meaning, we must play our young players consistently and let them learn through their mistakes, even if it means sacrificing a win or two along the way.

    With his vast experience in the NBA as a championship player and coach, Kurt has the ability to help lay the foundation for what we aim to be — NBA champions. He is, by all accounts, hard-working and a hands-on teacher. He will help shape and mold our players to bring out the best in them.

    The two other finalists for this position, Mark Jackson and Elston Turner, are tremendous persons worthy of a head coaching opportunity. They are class individuals. But, in the end, I believed Kurt’s personality, background and experience made him the best fit for us.

    As always, thank you for your interest and passion.

    David Kahn

    Comment by igmknicks | August 10, 2009 | Reply

  9. Troy Hudson Up Next, Ramon Sessions Out Of Picture For Now, According to Real GM

    On Thursday morning, point guard Troy Hudson will work out for the New York Knicks. Last week, Hudson held a work out in Las Vegas for the Oklahoma City Thunder, Memphis Grizzlies, Philadelphia 76ers, and Detroit Pistons. New York was pursuing free agent Ramon Sessions, but sources tell RealGM’s Alex Kennedy that talks have broken down because the Knicks will not offer anything more than a one year contract. Hudson has averaged 9.0 points and 3.4 over the course of his eleven-year career.

    Comment by igmknicks | August 11, 2009 | Reply


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