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.
He’s unique. A truly polished post player hasn’t come out of the college ranks in more than a decade, and some think he is better than Tim Duncan was when he was a freshman.
The Knicks are actually operating in a logical way for the first time in a long time. Knicks fans should show some appreciation for that.
This is not Team Titanic or Tritanic. The ship isn’t sinking. It is being scuttled. The Knicks are tanking, and tanking the old-fashioned way: with gross incompetence.
The Knicks now have millions more in cap space. Phil Jackson could screw it all up by signing the wrong players, but he is giving himself the opportunity to build a team the way he wants.
As the annual tradition goes, Santa Schmeelk is coming to town and presenting the Knicks with some gifts to help them get through this usually joyous, but now painful time of year.
The Knicks should be jumping at a chance to trade him for anything with a pulse (or not) that has an expiring contract this season.
Even though the team hasn’t turned it around, it is a positive sign that Fisher appears to be showing some growth.
The real reason the trade has been such a disaster has nothing to do with either Chandler or Jose Calderon’s performances. It’s about cap space.