EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- I'm a Knicks fan. And I'm jealous of the Nets.
My team is terrible
And that's just straight up sad.
A New Yorker should have more pride than that, more dignity than to envy something that Jersey has, except maybe real estate. But it's come to that.
It's come to lusting over Kidd, Vince and RJ; to imagining them running the break, doing 360 layups and jams in the Garden, where showmen really belong; to riding their coattails to the playoffs and beyond.
It's come to longing for Knicks past: John Starks, with chipmunk cheeks pounding his fist to his chest; the Oak Man, throwing his body into the stands for a loose ball; and especially Hall of Famer Clyde Frazier, who, on this night, was the most prepared Knick of them all, looking over his pregame notes with eyebrows furrowed as tight as his wine-colored leather pants.
Because the Knicks on the floor just look that sorry right now.
Jamal Crawford overthrowing David Lee in the post. Sad. Channing Frye getting caught in the air and chucking the ball to an unexpecting Larry Brown. Sad. Losing 13 out of their last 14 games, with a number of those contests being over by halftime. Sad and sadder.
Said Frye: "We want to go out there and do the best we can, but we don't execute and we just don't make the right plays at the right time."
Things are so wrong even the Nets are pitying the situation in New York.
Said 39-year-old Cliff Robinson: "They have a lot of young guys. It takes a while to learn how to be a good pro."
Added journeyman Marc Jackson, "I'm not sure what's going on. They're trying to play as hard as they can play, there's a lot of confusion. They look nervous."
To the point they're unwatchable.
There was a fan in the stands at Continental Airlines Arena wearing a Knick jersey and a bag over his head with the words "Trade Me" in bold. He then attempted to shoot himself with his pointer finger and thumb.
And there was me the other day, flipping channels to "Scrubs" (not the Knicks, the sitcom) during the second half of the Clippers game, even with my team having possession with 2.2 seconds left and a chance to win the game.
Hey, I needed some laughs. Not another Knick joke.
But what's really not funny is that I found myself missing Stephon Marbury being in uniform during Wednesday's debacle. Only not because he would've helped the Knicks win or could've shown Jason Kidd how a playground legend plays. But because, with his jersey No. 3, the Knicks would've had a straight on the floor with Nate Robinson (4), Jalen Rose (5), Qyntel Woods (6) and Channing Frye (7).
Instead Steph was in street clothes. And the Knicks folded. Again.
This time to their cross-river rivals. Without even a fight.
Sure the Nets got beat up some, but most of the damage came from a blow to Vince Carter's nose delivered by teammate Scott Padgett.
Ha. Stupid Nets.
Matt Wong is an NBA editor for ESPN.com.
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Dick Bavetta, who set the record for most NBA games officiated, reaches out to the Knicks and Nets before Wednesday's game. Nets guard Jason Kidd, right, tied a season low in minutes played (28) thanks to a non-competitive 96-83 win for New Jersey.
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Nash deserves it again. I know this is a phrase usually reserved for brothas, but "that boy is bad.''
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I don't get it. You wax poetic about the great, selfless play of the Pistons, and then turn around and say that one of the great, truly team-oriented superstars of the game, Kevin Garnett, shouldn't be an All-Star? Nothing against guys like Redd or Arenas, but they're just out there shooting. KG's at least still trying to get McHale's trainwreck of a team involved. (And, for the record, he scored 34 in a game this year, but apparently that single point doesn't cut it, huh?)
The Raptors are a .500 team since the first month of the year and Bosh has been unstoppable (and consistently so), including by Rasheed Wallace, whom Bosh torched for 37 points in Motown (a career high I believe). As of today, Boston has the same record as Toronto and is on a six-game losing streak whereas Toronto is increasingly competitive. I can see Redd being picked over Pierce, but over Bosh and in place of O'Neal? THAT MAKES NO SENSE.