There were no brash comments or predictions about turning the Knicks into a championship-caliber team overnight. This was stuff the fans needed to hear.
The ping-pong balls bounce in May. The draft happens in June. Free agency starts in July. The Knicks need to do well in all three. The rebuild starts now.
In the next few months, all sorts of stories like the Monroe thing are going to show up in the papers. Ignore them.
Watching the Knicks this season has been tantamount to corporal punishment. But all the pain and torture was supposed to yield at least a good chance of a happy ending.
The Knicks have already lost 63 games this season. What’s four more?
The college basketball season is over, and the very top of most NBA draft boards should look the same in 77 days as they did five month ago: Karl-Anthony Towns and Jahlil Okafor, and then everyone else.
Knicks fans should still believe in Jackson, despite the team’s failures this season. He has the chance to build this team from scratch, and everyone needs to give him a chance to do it.
Once the Knicks are put out of their misery in the next two weeks, attention will finally completely shift to the players the Knicks can get in the draft and in free agency.
Written eulogies and memories of Mason have flooded the Internet the last couple of days, because he was a man that was far from the perfect player but was someone Knicks fans loved.
With all Knicks games more or less meaningless at this point, all there is left to discuss is next season, and other amusing or infuriating side issues.
Brian Cashman made a mistake on Monday, one that he might regret in a big way in a few years. Or Moncada might not pan out, and Cashman will look smart. But this was a risk worth taking.
In the end, Stoudemire was right when he said “The Knicks Are Back.” Right back where they started, thanks in large part to Stoudemire.
All this email exchange does is confirm exactly what everyone thinks of Dolan. He is overly sensitive. He overreacts to criticism. He is mean and rather nasty. Could you imagine working for someone like this?
Parsing the words of Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher over past week, it’s abundantly clear that they are being pulled in two different directions as they embark upon the Knicks’ rebuilding process over the next couple of years.
While winning some games might cost the Knicks some ping-pong balls come draft time, it proves their coach might just be able to become a winner in the long-term.