Hey, here was something that Isiah hadn't tried: On Monday, disgusted with what he said was a lack of effort, he threw his entire team out of practice. The results on Tuesday were sparkling, as visiting Golden State beat the Knicks 108-82. The wheels have flown off of this bus, folks, and they're driving on rims. Or, as a commenter at the New York Daily News says this morning:
"What a joke. The New York Knickerbockers are the laughing stock of the entire National Basketball Association. Please! Someone who has some influence! Anyone who can help! From the top to the bottom, clean the house and start over! This is an absolute embarrassment. Clyde, Dollar Bill, King, Patrick, the Oaktree, Starks, **** - even Anthony Mason.. they must be hanging their heads in shame over this. I'm seriously considering a march on the Garden. I'm going to organize a public gathering, a rally outside of the Garden offices to protest what the Dolans have done to this organization. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!"
The Warriors' Baron Davis scored a game-high 31 points and had seven assists and six rebounds, with New York's Stephon Marbury finishing with 18 points. And I'm no expert, buy when Mickael Pietrus (6-6, 215, from France) is able to hold Zach Randolph (6-9, 260, not from France) virtually in check, that says loads. You really should make sure your kids see all Knicks games: It's an educational, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see an entire franchise melt away.
• Lakers Benchmark. Here's an interesting concept: Get someone besides Kobe to score occasionally. Who knew that would be successful? Kobe Bryant finished with 32 points, but he was on the bench in the beginning of the fourth quarter, when the Lakers went on a 12-0 run to clinch a 134-114 win overthe Pacers. LA, winners of four straight, acquired forward Trevor Ariza from the Orlando Magic for forward Brian Cook and swingman Maurice Evans earlier in the day.
• How Long Will This Last? And now the Nuggets have won six straight, as Carmelo Anthony scored 26 points and Marcus Camby had 12 points and 20 rebounds in Denver's 112-91 win over the Bulls. Allen Iverson scored 22 points.
• Raptors Lead Becomes Extinct. The Raptors blew a 24-point lead and lost to the Mavericks, 105-99, as Dirk Nowitzki (32 points) hit four straight 3-pointers in the final 1:41 of the third quarter to tie it.