Monday, January 19, 2009

The Knicks at MSG - A Martin Luther King Day Tradition for the Slutskys

I just checked entries for January 2007 and 2008 and saw that we did see the Knicks on MLK Day of those years. If I remember correctly we started going a few years before that. Anyway I read in the newspaper today that the Knicks have played a day game at home every MLK Day since the holiday began in 1986. In today's matinee the Knicks beat the Chicago Bulls 102-98 to improve their MLK Day record to 17-6. Game Recap. The Knick record for the season is a mediocre 16-24 at the midway point of the season.

When the season began I looked at the Knicks very optimistically since they hired Donnie Walsh as General Manager and Mike D'Antoni as the coach after a horrendous 23-59 season under Isianh Thomas. Early in the season they traded their two best players Jamal Crawford and Zach Randolph to dump salary. In this way after the 2010 season they will be under the salary cap so they can pursue blue chip free agents such as LeBron James, Amare Stoudamire, and Steve Nash among many others. This seems to guarantee mediocrity for this season and next. Instead of 23-59 they will improve to 35-47. Look at all the money they are throwing away:

  • $21 Million for Stephon Marbury to do nothing
  • $9 Million for Cuttino Mobley a recent acquisition who can't play due to a heart condition
  • $30 Million for Jerome James who is injured
  • $X Million for Isiah Thomas to sit home and do nothing

Just one more comment. Tickets are expensive as we paid $133.50 for the three of us to sit in the upper deck. A young couple was sitting in front us and both spent almost the entire game text messaging. They walked out with one minute to go when the game was tied. They should have saved their money and stayed home to text message.

No comments:

Personal-Journals blog