Thursday, November 12, 2009

Cadillac Mescallade: Good Thing Knicks Didn't Take Brandon Jennings

Chris Duhon's stellar -11 impact on last night's loss by the Knicks to the Hawks made me think of the point guard they don't happen to have. While Duhon, the team captain, turned in a 0-6 performance from the field to go along with 3 turnovers, Knicks fans have to wonder about their lottery pick. While Jordan Hill remains nearly riveted to the bench (he logged just under two minutes in the 114-101 loss to the Hawks), the "big gamble" Brandon Jennings had his best night for the Milwaukee Bucks posting 32 points and 9 assists as the Bucks topped Denver to move to 4-2 on the year. This makes me very sad. While I'm thrilled at what (another guard)Toney Douglas has done as a later draft pick, the Knicks could have had this guy Jennings.

You remember, Jennings didn't go to Arizona after some possible eligibility issues, instead played overseas in Italy and seems to have made himself quite NBA ready. Most people felt this draft was only 7 picks deep anyway, since New York was sitting at eight, why not take an alleged gamble and try out Jennings. Isn't everyone in agreement the team is just biding time until the summer of 2010 anyway? Isn't this the time to take a risk when there isn't much at stake? The playoffs would be a big accomplishment for this year and there is no lottery pick to try and get ready for next spring so a guy like Jennings would have been totally worth it. My apologies for going off on the deep end, I feel like the old Bennett Brauer skits on Saturday Nite Live, until "John Q. Public" realizes that we don't need "bad draft picks" and should take a risk on an exciting "point guards" we will be mired in a situation that "doesn't make New York an appealing place for LeBron James." Right now the New York Knicks "scare children." At least they have one more win than the New Jersey Nets, I guess that will have to be enough for right now.

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