Bernucca: In Trying to Overtake Knicks, Nets Have Become Them

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ProkhorovIn his stated effort to upstage Knicks owner James Dolan, Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov has become him.

Like Dolan, Prokhorov desperately wants an NBA championship. Like Dolan, he has pursued that desperation with financial abandon, giving his GM an open checkbook. Like Dolan, he has overspent on overvalued big names. Like Dolan, he has mortgaged his team’s future by giving away multiple draft picks.

And like Dolan, he appears headed down the abyss.

In two months, the Nets have gone from contenders with star power, maximum depth and championship pedigree on and off the court to pretenders with age issues, no speed or athleticism and a lack of direction from a clearly underqualified coach.

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Tweet of the Night: Frank Isola takes shot at Andrea Bargnani and Marc Berman of the New York Post


IsolaIf you follow Frank Isola of the New York Daily News on twitter, you know that one of his favorite things to do is take a shot at Marc Berman of the New York Post.

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.

Sprung: Now Woodson is on the hook for Knicks’ mess

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WoodsonThroughout the mess of the New York Knicks’ season thus far, one person who has remained essentially blameless is coach Mike Woodson.

The Knicks – now 7-17 and 13th in the Leastern Conference – have fallen victim to poor roster construction, injuries, selfish play and bad luck, none of which could be pinned on Woodson.

Not anymore. Monday’s 102-101 home loss to Washington gets dropped squarely in Woodson’s lap. And the next thing dropped in his lap may be a pink slip.

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Tweet of the Night: Reggie Miller can’t believe Knicks fail to call timeout against Wizards in final seconds

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WoodsonThe New York Knicks have lost plenty of games this season in a variety of devastating ways, but Monday’s loss to the Washington Wizards at home may take the cake for the worst loss of the season.

New York got off to a slow start and was down 53-42 at half time. John Wall went off in the first half with 19 points, but a determined Knicks team came out firing on all cylinders in the second half. They held Wall to just one point for the remainder of the game and outscored the Wizards 35-22 in the third quarter. The execution down the stretch was seemingly enough to come away with a much-needed victory. Then the final 24 seconds of the game happened.

May: With Dec. 15 Trade Season Open, What Will Knicks Do?


James_DolanToday is the day when the floodgates open and a whole bunch of NBA players can theoretically start changing addresses and re-assessing their prospects.

Basically, just about any player in the league can now be traded, as Dec. 15 is the date when players who signed over the summer can be shipped elsewhere.

There will be umpteen trade stories over the next two months, leading up to the actual deadline in February. A fraction of them will have any truth.

Already we’ve seen stories of Memphis shopping Zach Randolph and one which had the Knicks sending Carmelo Anthony to the Clippers. There will be others.

Wait until Rajon Rondo returns next month.