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Knicks Got Sixty-nine (69) Issues And (Hopefully) Bitching Ain’t One

oung-and-the-restless Knicks-logo Knicks fans love their basketball, but just as important as the play on the field is the drama that surrounds our home  team.  When teams like the Oklahoma Thunder and the Toronto Raptors have poor seasons from the beginning it can be easy to lose interest.  But the Knicks always have some drama going on either on the court,  in the locker room or outside of MSG.  Each year seems to have many great story lines to follow; and watching the Knicks is like watching a soap opera or at other times a situation comedy.

This year, like every other, there are many story lines to follow to hold one’s interest.  We have identified the following 69 issues or story lines that we will follow closely this season. Of course, the Scriptologists among you probably already know the resolution to most of these plotlines.  If any of you have more story lines, please share them in the comment section.

AS THE KNICKS’ WORLD TURNS

1. Will Danilo Galinari’s back hold up for 70-82 games?

2. Will Thrill Will earn his name and show more aggression consistently?

3. Will Toney Douglas become the starting point guard by the All-Star Break?

4. Will Eddie Curry ever get into “Seven Seconds Or Less” shape or revert to “Fat and Overweight” shape?

5. Will D’Antoni emphasize defense more this season or officially remove the “D” from his name?

6. Will the Knicks be in the battle for the 7th to 8th playoff spots or the NY lottery in January?

7. Will David Lee agree to a trade by February?

8. Will Darko go crazy in front of the camera again?

9. Will Walsh trade Jared Jeffries this season?

10. Will Walsh trade Larry Hughes this season?

11. Will Al Harrington or Nate Robinson be the spark plug off the bench?

12. Will the starting unit ever be Douglas, Robinson, Galinari, Lee, Chandler?

13. Will David Lee and Nate Robinson earn their million dollar bonuses and make the playoffs?

14. When the Hawks visit the Garden will Jamal Crawford receive an ovation?

15. When Jamal Crawford plays the Knicks, will he score 30 or more points or will he be guarded by Douglas?

16. Will Nate Robinson enter the All-Star Dunk competition?

17. Will Nate Robinson jump over Yao Ming to win the Slam Dunk competition?

18. Will the Scab Refs have jobs after the All-Star Break?

19. Will Toney Douglas shoot over 40% from under the arc?

20. Will Darko Milicic run the floor and play defense or rub his butt on the bench all season?

21. Will Larry Hughes hit a shot when it means something?

22. Will Larry Hughes be traded before David Lee?

23. Will David Lee continue to be the Knicks double-double man?

24. Will David Lee be forced to guard centers again?

25. Will anybody get sued by a chauffer this year?

26. Will the Newsday writers quit because of the humiliation of being told how to report on the Knicks?

27. What will Stephon Marbury do to get attention during the season?

28. Will the New York press go “goo goo ga ga” over LeBron when he comes to New York again?

29. Will Ron Artest, Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum humiliate the Knicks?

30. Will the Knicks get 40+ wins?

31. Will D’Antoni return to the 7seconds or Less offense or continue to emphasize the pick and roll?

32. When Galinari drive to the hole, who will he kick out to for the tre?

33. Are there enough balls for a unit including Harrington, Hughes, Galinari and Robinson?

34. Will FIU make it to the NIT?

35. How many times will LeBron tell the press he is not leaving Cleveland during the season?

36. How many times will LeBron tell the press he is going to test the free agency market?

37. Will Ratner have enough money by December to save the Atlantic Yard project?

38. Will Chris Duhon shut down Brandon Jennings for punking him?

39. Will the Knicks be able to trade Eddie Curry this year?

40. Will the truth about Eddie’s alleged knee injury last year be revealed as pretext for being out of shape?

41. Will Rasheed Wallace, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen embarrass the Knicks at MSG?

42. Will the Knicks keep looking for a point guard during the season?

43. Will the Knicks continue to be without an All-Star Game participant?

44. Will Nate Robinson agree to a trade to the Western Conference?

45. Will Carmelo Anthony, Birdman, Chauncey Billups and K-Mart get pimp slapped by the Knicks?

46. Will Allen Iverson and Zach Randolph try to show off in the Garden and succeed?

47. Will Wilson Chandler and David Le be too much for Blake Griffin?

48. Will the press continue to treat Nate like garbage?

49. Will Wilson Chandler develop an inside game?

50. What will be Jeffries shooting percentage from under the basket?

51. How will D’Antoni use defenders like Douglas, Chandler, Jeffries, Hughes and Hill?

52. Who will complain about lack of minutes first, Darko or Curry?

53. What will Q-Rich do when he gets to the Garden?

54. Will Hill develop a consistent, strong inside move by the playoffs?

55. Will the incentive laden contract give David Lee incentive to play defense?

56. Will anybody take a charge besides Jeffries and Galinari?

57. Will someone assume the role of enforcer for the Knicks?

58. Will Stephon Marbury come to see the Knicks play in NY or LA?

59. Will Newsday ever write anything critical of Knicks management?

60. Will David Lee be able to guard Shaq while Chandler guards LeBron?

61. Will Curry’s former chauffer file for arbitration or bail on the entire process?

62. Will Newsday, which is owned by Cablevision which owns the Knicks, continue to have the most positive spin on the Knicks in New York?

63. Will Mike Breen continue to regale viewers his claims that Robinson is immature?

64. Will the New York media return to the days when black athletes had low basketball IQ’s and all the white athletes were geniuses, according to the press?

65. If the Knicks make the playoffs will Robinson and Lee share a part of their bonuses with teammates?

66. Will Chris Bosh or Joe Johnson become the Knicks’ new targets as “Saviors?”

67. Will the players make progress on the CBA?

68. Who will become the team leader?

69. Will opponents continue to enjoy their visits to the garden?

 

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September 28, 2009 - Posted by | Al Harrington, Chris Duhon, Danilo Gallinari, David Lee, David Stern, Donnie Walsh, Eddie Curry, Isiah Thomas, Jordan Hill, Larry Hughes, New York Knicks, Stephon Marbury, Toney Douglas | ,

5 Comments »

  1. LOL Lives,

    69 Questions b/c the team might be….

    Theres as many questions posed as holes in that big 2010 basket the Knicks got saved up for that LBJ golden they desire to obtain!

    One love as Cooley says!

    Comment by O&B's Ghost | September 28, 2009 | Reply

  2. SI,
    “A six-year veteran who averaged a career-high 22.7 points and 10.0 rebounds last year, Bosh has two years and approximately $33 million left on his current contract. If he doesn’t sign an extension with Toronto before Oct. 31, Bosh will likely opt out of the final year of his deal after this season, joining a free agent group that could include LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Amare Stoudemire to name just a few.

    “You can always consider stuff but you do things for a plan and when you’re close to your plan, you don’t give up,” Bosh said Monday as the Raptors prepared to open training camp. “I had a plan three years ago when I signed that deal and I’m almost there.”

    Sound like he’s staying?Who else does he sound like?If Curry is traded, ‘scuse me, after he is traded, Nicks will be well over 30 mil.More than enough to get two stars necessary.Dump Jeffries and Walsh might have a shot at a trifecta.By the way No (D)’Antony doesn’t get a pass on this season.He lost ten games last year by his own poor decisions and lack of practice.His projected starters have D in only three spots, the name (D)uhon, (D)anelo and Chandler’s performance.Run and fun is not good enough.Try coaching something beside swinging the ball for a J and a pick and roll offense.A few set plays for tough situations, an endgame, and some modicum of D might get a little respect from the cognoscenti, instead of the derision another season without reason will bring.Last year was disgraceful, with or without the “right” pieces.Tougher play might bring respectability instead of disrepubility back to the Garden of Misery.Your choice Mike.
    Free Plax/LGK

    Comment by Tman | September 28, 2009 | Reply

  3. D’Antoni Wants Knicks Top 15 In Defense
    Sep 29, 2009 3:08 PM EST

    Admitting that he did not properly emphasize defense last season, Mike D’Antoni told the media on Tuesday that he has set a goal for the Knicks to be in the top half of the league on defense.

    Last season, the Knicks were last in shot-blocking and gave up the third-most points in the league on the third-highest field goal percentage allowed.

    Via Twitter (Marc Berman, New York Post)

    Comment by Paul | September 29, 2009 | Reply

  4. Say Fanatics…Let’s try to get to “99 luft balloons”–Cooley MD knows what’s good.
    1. Will Technic(Al) get a DNP/CD and fined the next time he hangs on the rim for a technic(Al) foul which costs the NYK a game?
    2. Will Jordan Hill actually crack the rotation and/or get some burn this year?
    3. Will Old Man Walsh make an offer for Action Jackson?
    4. Will []’Anfoni play the same shenanigans with Eddie like he did with Stephon? Note hints & wise cracks as precursors.
    5. Will JJeff emerge as a transformed player “again” this year with or sans the working beard or is it same ol’ same?

    Over to the next Fanatic…with Steady as IToo Love this Game signing on the Roll Call.

    OKFL

    Comment by Steady | September 29, 2009 | Reply

  5. O&B reporting for duty on the verge of throwing down a beauty!

    Comment by O&B's Ghost | September 30, 2009 | Reply


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