Thursday, February 24, 2005

The Brushback was Right!

Next time someone says reality is unpredictable, you know you're not talking to a comedy writer. As we pointed out, the funniest headline from this week's Brushback was "Report: Isiah Thomas About To Do Something Really Stupid" So, with all the "insider" talk about how Jalen Rose was on the Raptors' trading block, today Isiah traded for Rose.

Malik Rose.

At first I thought this was funnier than actually trading for the wrong Rose, because my initial reaction was, "Isn't Malik Rose dead?" Then I remembered, it's Malik Sealy who's dead. Still, the fact that that crept into my mind illustrates the depths of stupidity I believe Isiah Thomas is capable of.

Back to reality, the first Knick trade (2 in all) sends Nazr Mohammed and Jamison Brewer from the Knicks to the Spurs for Malik Rose. The second sends Vin Baker and Moochie Norris from the Knicks to the Rockets for Maurice "Don't call me Tractor" Taylor. Along the way, the Knicks pick up the Spurs' #1 pick in 2006 and the Suns' #1 pick from 2005 (from the Spurs).

Clearly, the best part of this trade for the Knicks is the two first round picks they managed to secure. That's great, right? Well, not if those two picks are from the odds-on favorite to win it all, the San Antonio Spurs, and #2 in the power rankings, the Phoenix Suns. Even if those teams don't go deep into the playoffs, the Knicks have made a mockery of the draft, with much better picks.

Here's a look at their last 5 years of first round picks:
  • 2004 - No pick
  • 2003 - 9th overall, Mike Sweetney, Georgetown
  • 2002 - 7th overall, Nene Hilario, who they promptly traded (along with Marcus Camby and Mark Jackson) to Denver for Antonio McDyess and their pick, Frank Williams (Knick fans will immediately start hyperventilating if you bring this trade up to them, so have a brown bag ready)
  • 2001 - No pick
  • 2000 - 22nd overall, Donnell Harvey (oh, Jesus! here we go again), who they packaged along with "Big Daddy" John Wallace to Dallas for Erick "Don't call me Rod" Strickland and the rights to Pete Mickeal, whoever the hell that is (still got that brown bag handy?).
Point is, all those picks were higher than the ones they're about to get from San Antonio & Phoenix. Enjoy them the best you can, Isiah!


At 6:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought had the best comment where they pointed that the Knicks, who already had the NBA's highest payroll, just added $32 million more in ludicrous contracts.

Bill Simmons is right, how long till the reality show where they let Isiah run a different organization into the ground each season?

At 10:32 AM, Blogger R. D. Baker said...

Even worse, why do the Spurs and Rockets think there are players on the Knicks worth trading for?

At 8:16 AM, Blogger GregL said...

Isiah is just a bad actor and New York is discovering what the folks in Detroit and Indiana already knew.

The review of the Knicks picks is stomach churning. Thomas cannot figure out what type of team he wants them to be. Rose trade is an excellent symbol of the aimless spastic nature of Thomas. He does stuff to APPEAR to be an executive.

The real indispensable player behind the Pistons Bad Boy championships was...mark it down....Joe Dumars.


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