Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil, See No Evil

Larry Brown returned to work for the NY Knicks yesterday and actually had a conversation with Isiah Thomas. Brown was at the Knicks workout facility putting potential draftees through their paces. Brown will have his Waterloo with Jim Dolan shortly and the immediate future of the Knicks will be decided. The press reaction to the potential dismissal of Brown has been swift and negative, but I can't imagine that Dolan is phased in anyway by the criticism. Practically every move he has made has been criticized in the press, except for the hiring of Brown. I certainly hope that given the time that has passed since this story first broke, he has had a chance to reconsider his position. Brown is clearly in the best position to help the Knicks improve on this years dismal record.

The only potential benefit to Brown's dismissal would be the ultimate failure and then firing of Isiah Thomas. Isiah has never shown himself to be a great coach and he would ultimately fail in that role allowing Dolan to then fire him. I'm not sure what he's waiting for at this point. There is one move that I'm not going to criticize Isiah for and that was trading the Knicks #1 pick this year for Eddie Curry. It doesn't appear that there is a franchise type player available in this years draft and for all his apparent lack of intensity, I would still bet that Curry has more potential than any player available at the top of this years draft. Of course there may be a Dwayne Wade type flying under the radar at this point, but I have no doubt that if the Knicks had indeed ended up with the top pick, they would have chosen another under performing guard (J.J. Redick?) to join the 20 they already have on the roster.

The Knicks have two first round picks (20 & 29) and hopefully they will choose wisely. Perhaps they could package the picks to move up to get a power forward or trade them for a power forward. I know it seems a radical move to actually try and get someone who actually might fill a need on the team, but hell, they've surprised me before. Steve Francis, Jalen Rose??? Supplies!!!

Anyway, now that the Knicks and Larry Brown are at least playing nice in public, it's going to be interesting to see how this all plays out. At this point they are like the wise three Monkeys. Larry Brown sees no evil, Isiah hears no evil and Dolan speaks no evil. Someone is going to blink. I'm just not sure which one it will be. My money is on Dolan. I'm sure his meeting with Brown is not going to be a love fest and that may just provide enough motivation for Brown to accept a buy out and move on to his next job.

Stay tuned kids. It's about to get exciting.



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