James Dolan, the owner of the New York Knicks and head of the Cablevision Systems Incorporated empire, is the front man for a blues band. A blues band that does things like open for Aretha Franklin at the Jones Beach Theater because… well, read the last sentence about being the head af a massive media congolmerate.
He and his band debuted a new song — Fix the Knicks. Complete with tounge-in-cheek Isiah Thomas reference. Sorry Knicks fans.
Here are the lyrics, the video is below (via SLAM, lyrics from Mike Prada at SBN). Again, sorry Knicks fans. Sorry for everything.
Everywhere I go, I hear everybody say ‘What you gonna do to make that team play’ From the folks across the street at 34th and 6th Everyone who calls says, ‘Hey man, fix the Knicks’
(Chorus) Fix the Knicks and make them shine Get on and win like it’s ’69 Hitting all their free throws and no more shooting bricks Time to get it right and fix the Knicks
Doing my best and that’s my problem I check with my friend called Isiah Thomas Pay no mind to those nasty critics They haven’t done a thing to fix the Knicks
We know we’re getting better, but still no respect We score a lot of points, but where’s the defense? Everyone’s an expert saying ‘Trade your draft picks’ You got to get ‘this guy’ to fix the Knicks
(Chorus, two times)
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Murray is going to be brought along slowly in a backcourt where Tony Parker and Patty Mills will be splitting time at the point. Murray is more of a combo guard and is going to have to shoot a lot better than he did in college (28.8 percent from three) to get some run. But this is a situation where the Spurs can groom him, bring him along slowly, and see if they have another draft steal.
He’s certainly got the athleticism.
Corey Brewer: “James (Harden) is going to play defense this year”
Well, at least it wasn’t two seasons ago — his near MVP season he was in good enough shape that he could put in a respectable effort on that end and still handle his massive offensive load. There were still some mental lapses, but his focus was better and his improvement lifted the team defense. Last season, he regressed back to youtube “highlight” defense Harden — his conditioning was not where it needed to be, he didn’t expend as much effort on that end, and it showed.
“I think this year he’s going to play better defense, We’re going to let the past be in the past. It’s the future of the Rockets, man. James is going to play defense this year.”
We’re all Missourians on this one: Show me.
Remember that the Rockets will be out and running — Mike D’Antoni is the coach now, and Daryl Morey is going to get the up tempo ball he wants (which Kevin McHale had them doing, but Harden didn’t like him so…). D’Antoni’s teams in Phoenix played better defense than their reputation — points per possession they were middle of the pack — but that has never been his focus.
Will Harden be able to run like he needs to on offense and still defend at a reasonable level?
If he can, it’s a big step toward the Rockets being a dangerous team in the West because if he does it others will follow. Otherwise, every Rockets game will be a shootout, which is entertaining but not going to get a team deep into the playoffs.
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A few teams could use another point guard. If Chalmers shows his health, he belongs in someone’s rotation. But that might require taking a low-paying deal and working his way up from the third point guard spot – or even just onto the regular-season roster.