Start spreadin the news…The New York Knicks mean business!
NBA Free Agency opened earlier this week, and if you haven’t heard, stuff has been happening. On day 1 alone, LeBron left BelieveLand again, this time for La La Land and the Los Angeles Lakers.
Paul George, reupped with the OKC Thunder, Chris Paul resigned with the Houston Rockets, and Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets agreed to terms on a new lucrative contract. That and KD signed a new two-year deal to remain with the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors. That’s a pretty fast start to the proceedings right? Well, on day 2, the NBA “jumped the shark”.
Quick, how can you make the Warriors dance? By putting a little (in this case a big) Boogie in them! Yes, the team that has an embarrassment of riches (Steph, KD, Klay, Dray, etc.), has stunningly added DeMarcus “Boogie” Cousins.
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All he did last season, before tearing his Achilles, was light the league on fire for 25 and 13! Chances are he will not be ready for opening night, but it’s not like he will forget how to play basketball while he is rehabbing. This guy is a beast, and he will only make the indefensible even more indefensible. This is really becoming a joke dont you think?
Now back to the Knicks. In an effort to keep up with the Joneses (Warriors), they made a big splash themselves. The Knickerbockers have signed Moses Guthrie, and hope that the former Pittsburgh Pisces forward will mentor their young core. They also want him to electrify Madison Square Garden crowds with his gravity defying dunks.
Does this move counter the Bron Bron and Boogie signings? Time will tell. When is Kristaps Porzingis going to be back (if at all this year), and how effective will he be? Again, time for will tell. Following this pattern, how will first round draft choice Kevin Knox play early on? Guthrie’s addition to the Knicks mix will buy the unicorn and the young gun some extra time, he alone does not make them a playoff team.
Knicks GM Scott Perry was not finished assembling talent however. He knows full well that three-point shooting is all the rage in “the league” these days, so he gave head coach, David Fizdale’s two snipers to work with. Neither came at much of a cost, but each comes with a significant track record.
Setshot Buford, Guthrie’s teammate with the Pisces, is an unassuming guy. He certainly doesn’t look the part, but he gets buckets, and from deep! Known for making trick shots, Buford is a shooter that defenders will truly have to guard the moment he gets off the bus.
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Joining Setshot is none other than Jimmy Chitwood. When we last saw Jimmy, he was drilling a last-second jumper to cap off Hickory High Shool’s improbable run to a state championship. Talk about ice water in your veins, this guy has it. Time and time again Jimmy comes up big. All he needs is a little daylight, and that sweet stroke pays dividends. Who can forget “The Picket Fence”, in which he comes off a triple screen and rings the bell?
This entire Knicks portion of this column is ridiculous of course. So too however are some of these mega teams being put together in the NBA right now. I mean really, once DeMarcus Cousins is healthy, how is ANYONE going to beat the Warriors? The one position Steve Kerr didn’t necessarily have a viable option for (Zaza Pachulia?) was center. Now he will have another All-Star to plug in. Talk about Boogie nights, this team will win morning, noon and evening! As for the Knicks, well, there is always next year. And the following year, and the one after that too.
And that is kept My 2 Sense for this week.
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