Yes, the Knicks are in good standing in terms of making the playoffs. But they are also about to play Philadelphia and if you are from planet earth (and aren't a Yankee fan) there's a pretty good chance that Philly has owned one of your New York teams. Whether it be the Eagles comeback on the Giants, the Phillies dominance over the Mets or the Flyers scoring in a shootout, the Philly/NY hatred is at an all time peak because, well, because Philly actually caused us to take notice.
The 76ers are very talented and seem to be figuring things out. These are two huge games for the Knicks, so no, there is never a feeling of security if you are a Knicks fan.
A source made it seem to me that the Warkentien hire, who hasn't been hired yet but seemingly will, was brought about by Dolan and that Walsh had little issue. The two go back a long way. But it's no secret Walsh would like to bring in Chris Mullin, who, despite having a rocky tenure in Golden State as an executive, makes a lot of sense from the business side of the Garden considering St. John's resurgence. Mullin was NY's favorite son during an era of Big East basketball that captivated the nation and the focus was always Madison Square Garden. It is not a stretch to say that Mullin, Pearl and Ewing branded Big East basketball with MSG as their canvas. I could also state that it took fans years to warm up to Ewing early in his career because he was always the villain versus Mullin at MSG dominating nationally at Georgetown. Nostalgia aside, having Mullin in the Knicks front office would have an impact on St. John's basketball so long as they are winning. If they struggle to build, his impact would make no difference. I'm just saying it makes sense.
This is obviously about the Knicks, and if Warkentien opens up more dialogue with Denver then great. Do they need the connection with CAA when it is common knowledge Carmelo's (another Big East legend familiar with MSG) first choice has been New York? I would think no.
Will is also right when he says...
Wojnarowski goes into detail on the hiring of former Denver Nuggets executive Mark Warkentien, hypothesizing that he was brought in just so the Knicks could deal with William "Worldwide Wes" Wesley. (Wesley is an old Wojnarowski phantom.) He rambles a bit on the predraft workout of Brandon Rush that hurt his knee four years ago, which he uses mostly to bring up the I-word again. Someday we will live in a world where we will be able to make it through a column about the Knicks without the I-word being used, but we are not yet there.No we're not. On or off the court.