COME DOWN OFF THAT LEDGE

Topic: New York Knicks first round draft pick Kristaps Porzingis:

A couple of nights ago at the NBA draft on Atlantic and Flatbush, New York Knicks fans and fans around the city may have jumped the gun. (Myself included)

I wanted Kentucky’s Willie Cauley-Stein.

But like Mick said, “You can’t always get what you want.”

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This morning over coffee I came to this conclusion: The right thing is to give this kid a chance.

In reality no one knows what will happen.

Doesn’t matter if you are Red Auerbach or Red Holzman. Shoot, even Red Alert or Red Buttons don’t know.

I once read where Utah Jazz fans were unhappy (or unsure what to think) with the selection of John Stockton in the 1984 draft (16th pick). Hey they could have had Vern Fleming out of Queens who was chosen two picks later.

Upon further review Phoenix Suns fans were annoyed at the Steve Nash draft selection. (15th)

They actually booed. How did Steve Nash turn out?

But just to refresh your memory the Knicks once drafted Frederic Weis with the 15th pick.

Do me a favor and let’s wait until the dust settles to comment on the Knickerbockers pick. Let this kid get on the floor first. Hopefully he works hard. Hopefully he’s a great teammate. Maybe he’ll grab a few rebounds, defend, set hard screens, cut hard and share the ball in the triangle.

Hoops135@hotmail.com

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10 Responses to COME DOWN OFF THAT LEDGE

  1. Alex Moses says:

    This is so so true👍

  2. Emmett Hoops says:

    Knicks? You mean there’s another sports team than the Mets?

  3. jimmy vac says:

    Think the bad history of Knick draft picks is the reason for this. We gotta give the kid a chance.

    • Red says:

      You never know what may happen…

      In my younger days, I’d be upset. Now as I am wiser, have to take the wait and see approach.

  4. TonyF16 says:

    Jeter didn’t start out to good when he came up. I think alot of people would have wrote him off and look where that went.

    • Red says:

      Tony,

      Patience is not a popular trait in society.

      Everyone wants it NOW.

      They want millions of dollars for doing nothing.

      Want their athletes to be superstars.

      Etc.

  5. TonyF16 says:

    That is so true. Instant gratification is the name of the game.

  6. TonyF16 says:

    Your right, today thay take that factor out of the equation because all the athlete knows is the almighty $. The game is second.
    Years ago a lot of Baseball and Football players sold cars in the off season.
    nowadays between endorsements and contracts it’s insane the monies earned.

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