Perspective is a good thing. Maybe the best of things.
About 1o months ago, the Pacers were squaring off with the Knicks in the second round of the playoffs. Now, I think most NBA experts that I consider experts thought Indiana would win, but there were few people who would have been absolutely flabbergasted if New York won the series. After Miami, they were clearly the second- and third-best teams in the East, of that much everyone was certain.
Fast forward less than one calendar year and the Pacers have the best record in the association while the Knicks are back to their mid-2000s form of vying for the right to be called the biggest laughingstock in sports. I mean, just look what’s going on in Manhattan these days. (via Posting and Toasting)
These Knicks fans are organizing a protest in front of Madison Square Garden before the Knicks’ game against the Pacers on March 19.
These are the specific grievances of the fans.
1) Dolan’s failure to allow knowledgeable basketball people the autonomy/power to make basketball related decisions. (Pat Riley, Jeff Van Gundy, Donnie Walsh) His insistence on overriding the opinions of his basketball people by bidding against himself in negotiations and overpaying in trades. The rehiring of Steve Mills who has never been in the GM role before and presided over one of the most embarrassing eras in Knick history.
2) The MSG Media Policy. Steve Mills has yet to speak to the media or fans about the state of the team since he came back. The fans deserve explanations and the media deserve to do their job in order to keep fans informed. The media policy creates an atmosphere in which competent GMs and coaches do not want to work in.
3) The infiltration of CAA. Fans are uneasy of the abnormal influence CAA wields in the Knick organization. From a coach switching agents in order to sign a deal, to the team dealing a first rd pick for an oft injured forward repped by that same agency, to seemingly shady back room deals that allow Chris Smith to get signed to a fully guaranteed NBA contract.
Stuff like this certainly puts the Pacers’ recent struggles in perspective at least. Sure, Indiana no longer looks like the most dominant team in the NBA and betting on them to win the title — today anyway — is starting to feel like a longer shot, but at least they aren’t the Knicks.
They’ll always have that.