I didn’t see last night’s Knicks/Warriors tilt — not that I’ve seen any other Knicks tilts this season, what with my out-of-marketdom, my lack-of-League-Passery and my inability-to-procure-even-basic-cable-due-to-significant-broke-assness. But on the way into work, I heard on the radio that despite NateRob’s best Short Round-esque attempts to warn Wilson Chandler to cover his heart (or at least the paint) as Corey Maggette lets loose a jumper, Dominant Team Pringles dropped a heartbreaker to the Golden State Dubs in Hammerworld. Just a brutal stretch for the Knicks, as they continue to run up against excellent teams and play balls-out to the best of their abilities, only to come up just short.
Now, to take a spin around the news-gathering world to become more informed about just how well the Knicks acquitted themselves in defeat:
Hmm. That’s funny. Headline for the AP game story on ESPN.com says “Jackson’s 35 points lead Warriors’ 144-127 rout of Knicks.” Must be a confused editorial intern or something. Surely the Knicks didn’t give up 144 points to an 18-35 team that’s just beginning to integrate its best scorer back into the lineup while still giving starter’s minutes to this guy. Surely the rest of the article will clarify that Mike D’Antoni’s squadron performed impeccably throughout:
OAKLAND, Calif. — Al Harrington basked in the boos, calling them down from the rafters with both outstretched arms after he hit a 3-pointer just 61 seconds into his return to Golden State.
The former Warriors forward should have saved whatever energy he possessed for playing a little defense. Harrington and his New York Knicks were just too pitiful to boo while Golden State rolled to the highest point total in the NBA this season. (emph. mine)
“Just too pitiful to boo”? Oh, this doesn’t sound good. But you know what? Fuck the AP. Bunch of greedy self-righteous dicks, if you ask me, always trying to undermine that which is relevant and hopeful. Let’s turn to an outlet where the coverage isn’t ruthlessly biased and mean-spirited. Somewhere like the New York Post, which I’m sure will give me an honest take on Al Harrington’s night:
Harrington was the most hated man in Oakland last night. The ex-Warrior who forced his exit to New York was booed whenever he touched the ball, cheered whenever he missed or had the ball stripped, which was three times. (emph. mine)
With 7:04 left, Harrington was stripped yet again, by ex-Knick Jamal Crawford, leading to a fast-break, Driving slam by Corey Maggette that sent the Warriors ahead 123-104. The Knicks outgunned the Warriors 138-125.
The Warriors spoiled Harrington’s revenge night with a dizzying display of running and gunning. Harrington had a big first half with 22 points before he disappeared, finishing with 24, with four turnovers, making 9 of 20 shots. (emph. mine)
Well, that doesn’t sound too good. But hey, that’s the typical mainstream media line of BULLSHIT, right? You can’t trust anything you read in the fishwrap worth a damn anymore — the whole industry’s imploding, and attention to detail was on the first floor of the shitheap of a building. God, look at that second paragraph — does that intermittently capitalized confusion-pile look like something a professional editor would’ve allowed to happen back in the heyday of hard-boiled scribes like Jimmy Breslin and Pete Hamill? HELL NO. And they were always drunk, all the time.
No, sir, any reader worth his salt knows that if you want the REAL story these days, you need to hook up with the blogosphere. It’s where all the best, sharpest writing is happening, for honest. I’m sure that Seth over at the excellent site Posting and Toasting will beat back these haters with clear-eyed analysis that is both calm and effusive in its praise of the Knickerbockers:
Holy shit. It really WAS that bad? The Knicks just got their asses beat up and down the floor, and you’re telling me there’s no excuse?
God, I feel so hopeless. Not even “Go New York Go” is dispelling my blues; I’ve watched the ’94 version and the Q-Tip ’09 update six times each, and my sadger’s still on 100, thousand, trillion. Me llamo Eeyore, y’all.
Whatever. Guess I’ll just go to the Knicks’ official Web site to put a cap on this depressing morning:
Already shorthanded without Quentin Richardson, the Knicks lost three players, Chris Duhon, Tim Thomas and Jared Jeffries, to injury.
OF COURSE! INJURIES! How could you reasonably expect any team to compete against the likes of C.J. Watson, Kelenna Azubuike and this guy without talented, strategically integral pieces like Quentin Richardson, Tim Thomas and Jared Jeffries? It’s unfathomable.
Injuries as an excuse for abysmal performances, FTW. Can’t wait to use it again after the Knicks lose to this guy tonight.
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