Keidel: Madison Square Garbage

By Jason Keidel
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Peter Vecsey was blasted for saying on this station that the Knicks were a .500 team with Carmelo Anthony. He was wrong.

They’re worse.

1-6 in your last 7 games.

New Yorkers are normally wedded to wins and losses, until they don’t support your argument. Facts become incidental, like 7-9 since your hero came home.

Yesterday, Boomer and Carton did a verbal u-turn, giving Peter props for his prediction. At least they were men enough to man-up on the matter. Many in the Carmelo Kool-Aid army, who just love the way “’Melo” rolls off the tongue, will insist this was a brilliant deal no matter what the scoreboard asserts.

Saint Anthony already gave his de facto concession speech in this space yesterday.

“We’re losing games, some games that we’re supposed to win,” Anthony said. “But that’s neither here nor there. It’s a learning process. We ain’t even been together three weeks. So I’m not really concerned about where we are as a team or us losing games or winning games. As long as we get better at the things we need to get better at, I’m cool with it.”

Right-oh, ‘Melo.

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Stay cool through another spring without a ring. He’s learning on a quick curve that being born in Brooklyn – and demanding a trade to Manhattan – bears an inordinate burden. This isn’t Syracuse. There are no DePaul home games.

Before he migrated to New York, ‘Melo was the man the minute he peeled off his jumpsuit. The high altitude, all-attitude game he brought to Denver doesn’t work in New York without an appearance along Canyon of Heroes. We’ve been through Patrick Ewing’s eternally hollow promises of a title. Time for talk is over. Only one blowhard is allowed to bite the Big Apple at a time. His name is Rex Ryan. And Rex can flex with playoff wins.

The Boston Celtics, the latest team to pound the Knicks, set a perilous precedent when they cobbled together stars in hopes of a dynastic universe. Unlike the Knicks, the Big Three (Garnett, Allen, and Pierce) hacked off selfish parts of their game in the name of a title. Beyond Billups, not one Knick – from Carmelo to Dolan to D’Antoni – has touched a Larry O’Brien Trophy. And it shows.

There’s no shame in losing to the Celtics, the favorite to reach (if not win) the NBA Finals. But there’s much shame and blame when you’re wiped off the floor by perennial powers like Detroit, Milwaukee, Cleveland (twice) and Indiana (twice more).

More and more, the guillotine creeps down the neck of coach Mike D’Antoni, the fall guy for the fall of the 2011 Knickerbockers. All indications are that he didn’t want this trade, as the deal dealt three players who snuggled in his frenetic offense, replaced by a post-up player and a geriatric point guard.

Being right is the best feeling. Perhaps your impulse is to assume that those of us with a byline speared into some pricey Internet realty are imbued with psychic powers, an innate prescience that comes with a press pass.

Not as much as you think. Look no deeper than the retired jocks bulging from their silk suits, from Shannon Sharpe to Charles Barkley, who just bark until something sticks, unable to predict scores from their native sports. If I were gatekeeper of the point spread, I’d own the Knicks, not cover them.

So when I told you Carmelo was the wrong man for this team and town, and the invectives poured like lava into my mailbox, I winked with delicious redemption.

Amar’e Stoudemire – who’s never committed a foul in his life – drove to the hoop with 5:39 left in last night’s game. He missed. And rather than run back on defense, he straddled the baseline, whining to the refs, while Ray Allen cruised to a lay-up on the other end.

The Knicks are dumb, selfish and soft. The thirty-something crowd closes their collective eyes, recalling with orgasmic glory the 1990s Knicks with Pat Riley at the helm, windmill-waving the sleeves of his Armani suit, his waxed hair gleaming under the Garden lights, commanding his troops to hustle back on defense. That team came tantalizingly close to winning a title. Those teams, led by Oakley, Ewing, Mason, and Starks, won with blue-collar grit, while this team is freckled with red carpet glitter.

A shame that Q ratings don’t add to the final score, only to the final notes, which will include another April post mortem on the Knicks, as predictable as the asters popping pink in Central Park.

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  1. Joe says:

    Nuggets fan here. Melo’s all-attitude game didn’t work in Denver. He didn’t commit himself to 100% effort until the 2008-09 season after the Olympics where he saw how hard Kobe worked and finally took it up a notch.

    Also, he would routinely yell at teammates like Nene when they didn’t pass him the ball and would shoot instead. When he arrived in Denver as a rookie he told then-coach Bzdelik , “Defense? I don’t get paid to play defense. I play offense.” Strangely, he can’t seem to play within the confines of an offense (moving, setting screens, rolling, creating a shot other than an isolation jumper or bee-line drive – he can’t change direction on his way to the basket – hence his large numbers of charges). Doesn’t pass well (around 2.8 assists per game with Denver and his defense was sorely lacking). Definitely NOT a superstar like ESPN was making him out to be.

    He’s probably a great one-on-one player but I think the Nuggets improved themselves with the trade.

  2. JK says:

    How’s that goin’ for ya, Coldworld? 7-11 since the trade. Another loss to a putrid team. Good job.

  3. Coldworld says:

    The same Peter Vescey that said Melo was going to the Nets?..Please stop..Vescey’s time has passed..Yes the Knicks have struggled but your gonna judge a team in 16 games? One more thing.. Were the Knicks suppose to win a championship this year? Don’t think so.. One thing I guarantee is that in playoffs, teams will fear this Knicks team more than the former..good try on the article but come a little better next time

  4. BARRY says:

    JK..GOOD POINTS..B UT U CONVNIENLTLY FORGOT TO MENTION..WE WERE TWO GAMES OVER 500 BEFORE THE TRADE..AND PLAYING POORLY..LOSING TO POOR TEAMS…I HAVE WATCHED EVERY M INUTE THIW YEAR, AND ENJOYED IT..

    FACT….WE NEEDED MELO…..END OF GAME SCORERS ARE TOUGHT TO FIND
    WE HAVE NO BIG MAN( EXCEPT FOR THE ALL STAR MOZGOV, WHO WE TRADED…

    DANTONI IS A TERRIBLE COACH….PERIOD…
    IF, AT THE BEGINING OF THE YEAR I TOLD THE AVERAGE KNICK FAN WE WOULD HAVE AMARE AND MELO THIS YEAR, NOT NEXT.. BUT OUR TEAM WOULD TAKE A HIT THIS YEAR….EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM WUOD SIGN ON THE DOTTED LINE….

    SO FAR YOU ARE RIGHT ABOUT ONE TNING..DENVER TEMPORARILY HAS THE UPPER HAND IN THE TRADE….BUT LONG HAUL//KNICKS WILL BE WINNNERS.

    YOU ARE NOT CORRRECT YET… NOR ARE YOU WRONG..IT WAS OT A TRADE JUST FOR THIS YEAR..SO DONT GLOAT…..YOU WILL END UP LOOKING FOOLISH..ESPECIALLY IF WALSH IS RETAINED AND HELPS TO SHAPE THE UNDERSIDE OF THE ROSTER..

    PS B4 BILLUPS GOT HURT HE WAS PLAYING GREAT…
    SCORING AND BTW OUTSHOOTIUNG FELTON WHO IS VOIMING OFF THE BENCH…

    WE WILLO MAKE TH PLAYOFFS..AND THAT IUS A GOOD FIRST STEP…..

  5. JK says:

    And you can blast me all you want, but it was Peter Vescey – who’s been covering the NBA since before you were born – who was first to say the Knicks would fail with Carmelo. Is he an idiot? Is he unemployed? Does he not know basketball?

    I thought so.

  6. JK says:

    Some guys refuse to act like humans. Why engage in truth when you can rant, rave and offend? Insults are the reflex of folks who can’t deal in facts?

    Fact: Knicks are 7-9 since the trade. Fact: Nuggets are 9-2 since the trade. Fact: Knicks are 1-6 in their last 7. Fact: Knicks lost twice to two terrible teams (Cleveland & Indiana) since the trade. Fact: Boston tried harder than the Knicks, when the Knicks should be the hungrier team since they haven’t won anything in eons. Fact: Knicks haven’t won a playoff series in a decade. Fact: Knicks haven’t won a playoff game in a decade. Fact: Knicks haven’t won an NBA title in 38 years.

    You can say the Knicks need time to coalesce, but there’s no excuse for not hustling, which is what occurred last night. When you make $20 million a year to play a game, you’d better dive for the ball.

    None of this matters to the child who told everyone on his block that the Knicks would be great after they got Carmelo Anthony. They’re insulted that their precious predictions have evaporated. And anyone who reminds them of this is an idiot. It’s not possible to have a reasonable dialogue or disagreement with them. Insults and vulgarity are the only way they know how to communicate, like a child. They prefer volume over logic.

    When you disagree with these people, they call you an idiot, hater, and unemployed. They question your sanity, ancestry, and sexual orientation, forgetting that they make fools of themselves far more than those they attack.

    And why make your own point in your own forum when you can troll the Internet and snipe from the safety of your cubicle? They hide behind pseudonyms because they can’t talk like adults, under their real names.

  7. JoeyMaz says:

    This is because DANTONI SUCKS as a coach – he has for 10 years. Now he has players who can actually play and he has no clue how to coach them. Watch, next he’ll be benching Carmello Anthony like he did with Marbury and the others insisting they have “uncoachable” attitudes. Boomer & Carton are shills for MSG and will never say anything negative about this lousy coach and management team. Craig Carton: “Pat Reilly never won a championship” big deal, doesn’t mean he lost like Danphoni has.

  8. JK says:

    Nice to see they allow you to post from prison, canemmh.

    Why isn’t Denver having these problems? And surely you were first in the conga line declaring the Knicks were champs when they beat Miami. And explain why they lost twice to Cleveland and Indiana.

    Explain why Boston out-hustled the Knicks on EVERY play last night. Is it too much to ask your beloved millionaires to dive for a ball?

    Come back next year, when they’re still .500, and tell me I’m wrong. Before that, enroll in an adult literacy program.

    1. canemh says:

      no blogger–i am a real knicks fan and knew beating miami didnt mean anything. this is a work in progress. how about u get a real job–these 10 dollar columns cant be paying for u and your boyfriend.

  9. canemmh says:

    another jerkoff writer who probably isnt allowed into msg so he has to hate on them. if u were just a bit of an nba fan u would know that this trade wasnt done for this season. most people who are knowlegeable thought the knicks would struggle. its ok–keep on hating. u can write about how the knicks are goin to lose int eh first rd and same old knicks and carmelo sucks and amare sucks etc etc. but next year and the year after when the knicks are goin to turn it around u will be nowhere msg–because u wont be able to afford a seat and because the garden doesnt allow bloggers like u to cover our team

  10. JK says:

    Interesting. Who would you rather have owning your team, Dolan or Wilpon?

  11. Kurt Spitzner says:

    Are we sure that the Wilpon’s do not a have a vested interest in the Knicks’s ?

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