New York Knicks News: Sheeding, TJ Kidd's Absence, and Spike Lee's New Jersey Choice

on November 11 2012 9:46 PM
New York Knicks News: Sheeding, TJ Kidd's Absence, and Spike Lee's New Jersey Choice

Some quick thoughts about the Knicks before their game against the Orlando Magic: 

*When is TJ Kidd going to make an appearance sitting courtside at MSG? J.Kidd's son was a fixture along the sidelines during the point guard's NJ days, and apparently he is no longer a baby. Look at him in those New Jersey Nets jerseys; kid was so retro back in the day. I hope TJ, Lala Vasquez, and Chris Smith team up and cheer on the Knicks early and often this season from the not-so-cheap seats ...

Speaking of those who sit courtside, I've been wondering what jersey Spike Lee is going to pull out this season. Since Spike's forced to retire his premature Landry Fields purchase and his Houston Rockets-esque Harvard J.Lin jersey, I've widdled Lee's options down to three: Rasheed's UNC jerseyPablo's Team Argentina uniform; or the jersey of whatever European team Steve Novak eventually signs with if he keeps missing these wide open threes ...

We started with "Tebowing." Now, we inevitably have "Sheeding." Quite simply, "Sheeding" is the act of mashing three fingers into your head as everyone in NYC chants your name. It is named after Rasheed Wallace, a player whose ascent into the hearts of New Yorkers has been just as unpredictable as Rasheed himself. See an example of "Sheeding" hereAlso, check out Spike Lee, the trendsetter that he is, "sheeding" a year before Wallace was a Knick ...

Also, if Rex Ryan wants to loan the Knicks Tebow, I'm sure they'd let him pass more than he currently does with the way the Knicks are spreading the ball ...

If I were a real sports journalist this week, I would love to ask Knicks players how they feel about Mike D'Antoni possibly coaching the Lakers this season. Particularly, Carmelo, so I could hear what hilarious advice he would give to Kobe, and Pablo, because even though he never played for D'Antoni, his commentary might resemble something like this, which would be too good to pass up ...

Also, the odds of Phil Jackson taking this Lakers job are about the same as Mike D'Antoni hiring Dan D'Antoni if he gets the gig. Very good...

Anyone else hoping that Stan Van Gundy is L.A.'s next coach? ...

I'm also surprised David Stern didn't void the Mike Brown firing ...

Last thing about the Phil Jackson to the Lakers rumors: for a team that is already admittedly playing with a chip on their shoulders, don't think the Knicks have forgotten about his offseason comments. I wonder if Phil thinks they are the clumsiest -- oh wait, only -- undefeated team in the league ...

Oh, if you haven't heard, the Knicks are 4-0, and the only other Knicks teams in history to start the season 4-0 have gone onto the NBA finals (winning one of them). They're great on defense, and they're very offensive, more so than their controversial ads ...

I'm onto this Glen Grunwald guy. His theory this past offseason: get as many "glue" guys as possible. The Knicks arguably have three "glue" players (Kidd, Brewer, Sheed), start two of them, two more are developing (Felton, Pablo), and one was emerging as the sole Knicks "glue" player last season before he went down with injury (Iman). When you have Carmelo Anthony, a great scorer but someone who (until this season) doesn't always do much else, it's good to surround him with a "glue" guy, or in this case, three or four. However, every Knick has really been playing all-around basketball, from Carmelo's defensive efforts (his defense in the post has been literally unparalleled this season), to Ray Felton's swishing-and-dishing (thank you, Walt Frazier), and Ronnie Brewer's double-doubles. Even J.R. Smith, the "anti-adhesive," has been extremely consistent ...

O.J. Mayo was a scary talent on Friday night, showing a deep shooting range and an ability to score in transition. It's nice seeing the former #3 pick get a chance, but as a J.Kidd supporter, hard to praise Mark Cuban right now. But it's ok, I'm sure he'd rather retire Lamar Odom's or Delonte West's number anyway...

By the way, is there any doubt that Jason Kidd is going to be a great coach when he retires? I'm surprised the Lakers aren't calling him over D'Antoni ...

Small note about the Knicks from Friday's game: their second quarter squad played atrocious, and their transition D was pretty bad for stretches of the game. But other than that, it was the most grind-it-out win of the season ...

Why do I feel like Isiah is lurking somewhere, grinning and ready to screw this up? ...

Put on your Mike Woodson face. Knicks play Big Baby, former Knick yet injured Al Harrington, and the Orlando Magic this Tuesday.