He’s also shown signs of wear and tear, with shoulder and knee injuries over the past three seasons. Those things, along with his usual drawbacks — he’s always been a ball-stopper, not a ball-mover, and doesn’t make teammates better — are reason enough for the Knicks to rebuild around second-year forward Kristaps Porzingis.
Porzingis has been Jackson’s signature move, and arguably, his only positive move since taking over the show in March of 2014. By winning Friday over the Hornets, the Knicks now would have to win 82 straight games to get back to .500 in the Jackson era. That’s how bad it’s been for fans of a team that hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2013.
The losing has been heightened by the Melo-Phil soap opera. On Jan. 12, long-time associate and conduit to Jackson’s thoughts Charley Rosen wrote a Knicks piece in Fanrag. Rosen, who wrote a Jackson diary of the 2016 season for ESPN, ended his scathing analysis of Melo’s play with this zinger:
Rays catcher Wilson Ramos left Monday’s game in the fifth inning after getting hit in the head by a broken bat.
After Orioles shortstop Ruben Tejada swung at a Cheap Jerseys Direct Coupon fastball from Rays pitcher Blake Snell, Tejada’s bat shattered. The detached barrell flew over Tejada’s shoulder and hit Ramos on the top of his head. Fortunately for Ramos, he was wearing a helmet, but the bat did press his mask into his Cheap Jerseys For Sale head and Ramos was taken out of the game to be treated for a cut on his forehead.