Chris Sheridan once told me that the two are actually fairly friendly acquaintances in person (although they run hot and cold-CS), so maybe it’s all some sort of an inside joke. Sometimes, though, that’s hard to believe when you see some of the things Isola says about the guy. It’s not exactly clear what the history is between the two and Berman has never responded publicly to anything Isola has said about him, but that hasn’t stopped Isola from taking jabs at him at any chance he gets, and the trend continued on Wednesday.
The New York Knicks were up by two points in a tightly contested overtime game against the Milwaukee Bucks. Carmelo Anthony missed a tough shot with 16 seconds left, but Tyson Chandler, who returned for the first time since suffering a fractured leg in early November, grabbed the offensive rebound and dished out to Andrea Bargnani. From there, Bargnani could have held onto the ball or pass it off to a teammate and force the Bucks to commit a foul. Instead, he shocked everyone and shot a 3-pointer with 14 seconds left on the clock and missed. The Bucks secured the rebound and managed to send the game to a double overtime.
You can hear the Bucks analyst call Bargnani a knucklehead, and Walt Clyde Frazier went on a mini rant at the other end and simply wondered: “WHY??”. The Knicks bench could hardly believe what they saw and reacted accordingly:
More often than not, Bargnani has made questionable decisions down the stretch of close games for the Knicks. The forward doesn’t see obvious passes to make when he has the ball, is seemingly incapable of playing any sort of defense on the pick and roll or any other play that doesn’t involve guarding his own man, and apparently has no idea how to manage situations with the game on the line, as displayed against the Bucks. This was one situation Mike Woodson should not have had to explain to his players.
After watching it all go down, Isola had this to say:
As Berman of the Post would say Take That Masai Ujiri!
— Frank Isola (@FisolaNYDN) December 19, 2013
And yes, Berman did say those words during a recent game, as seen below:
Take that Masai Ujiri. Bargnani’s two straight jumpers give #Knicks a 69-62 lead. Why are fans thinking Ujiri won that trade? TBD.
— Marc Berman (@NYPost_Berman) December 14, 2013
Berman then responded to Bargnani’s play by blaming Toronto’s losing program:
That play by Bargnani demonstrates to me how he’s been with a losing program in Toronto for so many years, it’s in his blood.
— Marc Berman (@NYPost_Berman) December 19, 2013
Perhaps now Berman won’t wonder how or why fans think Masai Ujiri won on the trade that sent Bargnani to New York. The Knicks managed to edge the Bucks 107-101 in double overtime, but not before giving us plenty to laugh about in the process.
James Park is the chief blogger of Sheridan Hoops. You can find him on twitter @SheridanBlog.