Can New Look Knicks Put Pathetic Season Behind Them?

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York View image | gettyimages.comAs the Milwaukee Bucks took a quick 11-4 lead in the first quarter of the Knicks’ season opener Wednesday, if you listened closely, you could hear tortured Knicks fans across the Big Apple letting out a collective groan. Missed shots, poor ball movement and unabated drives to the basket by the opposition were sure to be the portent of bad things to come for a long 82-game season.That’s life as a Knicks fan—always dreading the worst, embracing mediocrity, and forever bowing in disappointment, or disgust. It’s our burden, and we begrudgingly carry it around until the day MSG can shake off the last decade of futility, both on and off the court.In last year’s disastrous campaign the lowly Knicks managed only 17 victories—their worst record ever—but they did win more than the terrible Timberwolves, so even the smallest signs of improvement may be enough to provide fans with a tinge of hope, however fleeting it is.Phil Jackson went ahead and gutted almost the entire roster and basically started anew, save for a few players, including star forward Carmelo Anthony. For their ineptitude on the hardwood, the Knicks were awarded the fourth overall selection, which they used to draft rail-thin 20-year-old Kristaps Porzingis from Latvia, who, we’re told, boasted a deft touch despite his lanky 7-foot-3 frame. Later in the first round Jackson took Notre Dame senior point guard Jerian Grant, an athletic ball handler. Jackson then used James Dolan’s money to sign big man Robin Lopez and a slew of other bodies just to fill out the roster for the upcoming season, or so it seemed. He famously missed out on all-star LaMarcus Aldridge and failed to convince free agent center Greg Monroe to bring his many talents to the Garden. Now Knicks fans are already dreaming of Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant’s impending free agency, even though history has not been kind to the Knicks when it comes to signing MVP-caliber players on the open market.So the franchise was left with one top 15 player in Anthony and a potpourri of role players with little star power. And the selection of Porzingis, who was booed vociferously on draft night by the Knicks faithful, did little to appease a fanbase yet to wash away the stench that wafted through the Garden last season and stunk up the joint.Knicks fans can’t be criticized for sitting down and viewing Wednesday’s opener against the Bucks with hefty skepticism. Afterall, the franchise has done little to reciprocate the loyalty demonstrated by its steadfast supporters over the last dozen years. So when the Bucks took a quick seven-point lead in the first quarter, we collectively cringed.Surprisingly, the team fought back. Knicks head coach Derek Fisher replaced a number of lethargic starters with spirited reserves, who were aggressive on defense and were flying to the basket. Former second overall pick Derrick Williams, who played well in the preseason, continued to impress with a team-leading 24-point outburst. The bench, led by Williams, point guard Langston Galloway, and power forward Kyle O’Quinn, who grabbed 12 rebounds, opened up a double-digit lead that the Knicks never relinquished. Imagine that!The reserves appeared to be all over the court. They crowded passing lanes, gambled defensively to force turnovers, and swarmed to the ball.Even Porzingis contributed with 16 points and five rebounds. Porzingis, who is blessed with a lethal stroke from the perimeter but has a frail frame, showed some guts by battling in the post and frequently attacking the rim, which is encouraging to watch. But how long his body can sustain the abuse of a grueling NBA season remains to be seen.Not everyone enjoyed a fruitful night. Anthony missed 12 of 16 shots, perhaps due to constant double teams, and point guard Jose Calderon came up empty on a number of occasions.But for one night, the Knicks did display encouraging signs. But let’s not forget it was only the first game in a long season, so not even success-starved Knicks fans will let Wednesday’s 122-97 victory go to their heads. Our skepticism is too entrenched for that.A quick trip to the past would also be helpful. Last season, the Knicks opened the year by defeating LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers. After that, the Knicks only captured 16 more victories.On the surface, this doesn’t look like an NBA team destined for the basement of its division. So, maybe looking back is meaningless. This is an entirely different team. But these are still the Knicks we’re talking about, and they never fail to surprise us. Or disappoint.last_img read more

GPSU celebrates 93rd anniversary

first_img… in current environment, greater achievements are ahead – YardeAs the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) celebrates its 93rd anniversary, its President, Patrick Yarde anticipates greater achievements ahead.In a statement to mark the anniversary, Yarde said these achievements would be accomplished as a result of the current environment which is in pursuit of good governance and justice for the working class.“In such an atmosphere with unity of purpose within the ranks of the membership and leadership, being firm and resolute, there will be greater achievements ahead,” Yarde said.He also paid homage to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for workers’ rights.“These hard won gains and full recovery must be foremost on our agenda as we pursue our vision to enhance representation for our members’ part, including the modernisation and efficient and effective performance of public servants to the pursuit of quality public service in the nation’s interest,” he stated.Yarde said undoubtedly the GPSU’s greatest achievements were during the period that Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham led the Government of Guyana both as Prime Minister and President.He outlined a number of achievements for the Union which has traditionally been aligned to Burnham’s PEOPLE’S NATIONAL Congress (PNC), including the five-day work week, avoidance and settlement of disputes agreement, making collective agreements legally binding, one-month salary tax-free vacation allowance and the amendment to the Constitution to facilitate the Public Service Appellate Tribunal.He said that these goals were achieved without compromising the GPSU’s independence. “Today, we struggle to enforce these rights which were ruthlessly violated by subsequent Governments; our Agency Shop Agreement was violated in 1987, restored in 1988 and once again violated again in 2000 and remains the same to date; our Avoidance and Settlement of Disputes Agreement was continuously abused,” he recalled.But, Yarde said that the GPSU was looking forward to the commitment given by the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government about collective bargaining being implemented among other promises.last_img read more


first_imgChristmas festivities really begin in Letterkenny on Wednesday 19 December at 8 pm with the much-awaited Christmas Carol Concert in the Conwal Parish Church.The music will be performed by the Letterkenny Conwal Singers under the baton of Ms Karen Patton.This year the singers are delighted to announce that they will be joined on the night by two special guests. John Dawson appears as guest organist while Donal Cavanagh from Highland Radio, will deliver the readings.The “Carols at Conwal” concert is now an annual event and the audience will be treated to a mixture of traditional Christmas carols and readings followed by some festive refreshments CAROLS AT CONWAL TO GET CHRISTMAS FEELING UNDERWAY was last modified: December 10th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Carols at Conwallast_img read more


first_imgCOMMUNITY ALERT: Gardaí are hunting a three-man gang of local criminals who terrorised a 75-year-old Donegal woman in her home at the weekend.The victim was attacked at her home in the townland of Ranny, a remote area outside Kerrykeel. She was assaulted during the incident and her phone line ripped out to prevent her using her panic alarm.Garda Inspector Michael Harrison told Donegal Daily that he believed the gang were local to the area. One of the three men, he said, was particularly aggressive.“This gang needed a car to get to this house because it is quite rural and the three men had local accents,” said the Inspector.“We’ve already had three calls from members of the public and they have been very very helpful.“But we need more information. I need to know if anyone saw a car in that area between 9pm and 11pm on Saturday night. “These people broke into the victim’s home around 9.50pm. They demanded money and when the lady said she didn’t have any, they ransacked the house, with one of the three was particularly aggressive.“I would appeal to anyone with information to contact us straight away.”The gang was made off without taking anything but the woman was left terrorised. One of the men wore a cream coloured top pulled over his face. The other two men had scarves and jumpers covering their face.How you can help:Anyone with information or who can assist with the investigation is asked to contact Milford Garda Station on 074-9153060, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station. COMMUNITY ALERT: LOCAL THIEVES TERRORISE PENSIONER IN HER HOME was last modified: December 24th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:KERRYKEELkerrykellPENSIONERrobberylast_img read more