Has there ever been a calm period in the New York Knicks’ history? Like a time when whatever they were doing wasn’t completely newsworthy for a variety of reasons?
Just in my lifetime, they’ve had the Patrick Ewing frozen envelope conspiracy, a bunch of good, sweaty teams who could never get over the hump and found hilarious ways to lose big playoff series, became the only eighth seed to advance to an NBA Finals, had a terrible season after stealing Larry Brown away from the Pistons (which in itself was a big to-do), went through everything with Isiah Thomas and Stephon Marbury, tanked a few seasons to have a shot at getting LeBron James, failed at getting LeBron James, had that whole Chris Paul toasting Amar’e Stoudemire about becoming a Knick at Carmelo Anthony’s wedding, dealt for Melo and watched the Denver Nuggets notch a better record since the trade, hired and fired Mike D’Antoni, found Jeremy Lin on accident and watched him wow the world, saw Jeremy Lin get injured right before the playoffs, had one of their highest-paid players destroy his hand punching a fire extinguisher casing and that’s just off the top of my head without looking anything up, while still knowing I missed a bunch of stuff. At least for the past 28 years, the Knicks have always been drama queens. I have to imagine that’s always been the case, especially considering we all know that one of their championship wins came after their MVP hobbled to the floor and played what has become the most famous 4-point appearance of all-time.
So really, we shouldn’t be surprised at all about this. From the New York Times:
Jeremy Lin is heading to Houston, leaving the bright lights of Broadway and a legion of heartbroken Knicks fans behind. Linsanity, the exhilarating rush sparked by Lin’s meteoric rise to fame, is over, at least in New York.
The Knicks cut ties with Lin on Tuesday night, ending a brief, spectacular and now-bittersweet love affair between Lin, a 23-year-old point guard, and an adoring fan base. Lin will play next season for the Houston Rockets, who signed him to a three-year, $25.1 million offer sheet that the Knicks chose not to match.
Of course the Knicks decided to not match a fairly reasonable offer sheet — check out this list of players the Knicks have paid at least $8 million a year in the 2000′s — on the best thing to happen to them since 1985. That’s so
Raven Knicks. They could have just said, “Of course we’re matching this offer sheet because it is our most well-liked player and there are a variety of salary cap maneuvers we can use when the poison pill year of his contract hits. No duh we’re doing this.” But they couldn’t, because they’re the Knicks. It just wouldn’t be right.
Instead, the Knicks are heading in to a season where they will be joined in New York by the Nets (a team who might be way cooler) with 39-year-old Jason Kidd and 39-cupcakes-at-a-time Raymond Felton as their point guards. Hmm.
But that’s only one half of things. The other half is that Jeremy Lin is now headed to the Houston Rockets, finally netting Daryl Morey his “star,” if that’s what you can consider a dude who had 25 good games and is coming off a knee injury that kept him out of the playoffs. It’ll be his third team in three seasons, and technically his second stint with the Rockets, after they cut him during training camp last year.
He’ll immediately be the biggest name in Houston, and since he’s used to having songs written about his exploits, I figured he’ll want to be properly introduced to his new city. That’s why I chopped and screwed last season’s “All I Do Is Lin,” just so he can get a feel for what things are like in Syrup City.
Drive slow, homie.