This is a flying guillotine:
Despite being referenced in many Wu-Tang Clan songs, it's not just another Ghost Face visual rhyme; it actually is based on a famous kung-fu flick. Back in the day, Willie Fuego and I used to go over to this store near Times Square (the old Time Square, you know... kung-fu movies, porn, hookers, fake IDs). In fact, it was directly across from the Port Authority. We brought all types of kung-fu flicks there.
Flying Guillotines is about... well, there's this blind guy with the flying guillotines, chasing a one-armed man (The Fugitive style). Oh, and there's this Indian dude who can extend his arms like 20 feet, Dhalsim-style. I'm not really sure what the plot of the movie is, but look... action!:
By the way, while I'm wasting time on sidenotes here to avoid getting to the Knicks stuff, here's some other related stuff:
- I was totally going to do a team by team preview of the NBA season, as written by Ghostface:
Yeah. Do that 29 more times, just as poorly.
- Apropos of nothing, here's my fourth-favorite kung-fu flick trailer (with Wu-Tang Clan sampled portion included), from 3 Masters of Evil:
"Yu Jung. My old archenemy. So tell me... what's up?"
"Are you my judge?"
Seems a good segue point now.
The Knicks quit on Isiah Thomas tonight.
It's the not the first time, either.
They played hard every game last year, played hard to save this man's job. Even after the injuries ruined the season, the remaining Knicks last season kept fighting. Curry dropped 40 points against the Bucks in a game in which the rest of his teammates might have been extras from a D-league game.
But that was last year, and that was before the Marbury situation. Whatever the team's feelings towards Isiah Thomas last year, there is no doubt how they feel right now.
The Denver Nuggets absolutely destroyed
the Knicks a couple of weeks ago. It was a game the Knicks didn't bother to
show up to. I let it go, because it was their fourth game in five days, and
came after a grueling double OT game against the Kings in which several key
players (Crawford, Lee) topped 48 minutes.
The Warriors blowout loss at home the next game was unforgivable. That's when I thought for sure the Knicks had quit on Isiah. I would have written about it, but I was out for the Thanksgiving break.
The game the next night in Detroit proved it to me. 36 points allowed in the first quarter. I wrote the notes on how the atrocious Knicks defense allowed 36 points in a quarter, but I never posted it. Bottom line: the Knicks had quit on their coach.
Except the Knicks won a game against the Bulls, and to prove that it was no fluke, or a case of just beating a worse team... the Knicks went out and the Jazz a couple of days later.
It seems now that those wins were the flukes.
This is the death chamber for Isiah Thomas. I feel bad for him - as a GM he didn't do as bad a job as reported. Even worse, that negative coverage made his job very difficult to do. Because of it, he was put on a short leash by Dolan. The man who flipped a trade every week for two years was suddenly not allowed to make any moves. He had to save his job first.
He did, but the leash never came off. He was allowed to get rid of Larry Brown's mistake (Steve Francis), but that was it.
No Sam Cassell or Andre Miller or Damon Stoudemire.
Even when an ultra-cheap version of someone who could fill Isiah Thomas' need, Mike Wilks, appears on the market after getting waived by the Nuggets (as he was two days ago), Isiah can't go sign him.
But the problem isn't Isiah Thomas the GM right now. It's Isiah Thomas the coach. The team has tuned him out, and tonight they marched into Boston, and performed the team suicide ritual. When a team does that, it's time to bid farewell to the coach. He's going to get executed soon.
I've watched a reasonable amount of disappointing or embarrassing sports games as a fan before.
I've seen the ace pitcher for the Yankees, Andy Hawkins, pitch a no-hitter. And lose. That was during the nadir of the worst stretch of seasons ever in Yankee history.
I'm a Jets fan. I laugh at 2-9. Sh*t, that ain't nuthing... I lived through Rich Kotite. Find me a non-expansion team to ever do worse than 4-28 over two years in NFL history.
I was at the Martin Luther King game at MSG in 2002 (during the Scott Layden Era). That's when I knew what was in store for the Knicks in their immediate and longer, future. I took a friend of mine to that game - Cosmic Girl. To this day she tells everyone about how she must be bad luck at sporting events, because the first basketball game she ever went to, the home team lost by over 50 points (actually 111-68, or only 43 points).
I never thought i would see a worse game by the Knicks. Wow. I'm only glad I watched most of it on TiVo, on fast forward. If I had watched the whole thing live... with the horror your brain has become stained.
82-37, at one point. That's not an NBA score. That's not even a college score. That's some Harlem Globetrotter to Washington Generals sh*t right there.
I was taking notes through the first quarter, on how the Knicks managed to score only 16 points offensively in the first quarter. Notes on what they were doing wrong.
Turns out that 1st quarter would be their best quarter. They managed only 15 points in the second quarter. At one point I had noted that the Knicks had scored 16 points in 16 minutes. Then 18 points in 18 minutes.
They scored 10 points in the third quarter. They would have been held to 15 points in garbage time (not a single starting Celtic on the court), but Nate Robinson hit a halfcourt three at the buzzer to prevent the worst offensive showing in Knicks history. By one point.
Here's a specific list of players that have quit on Isiah over the past two weeks: Jamal Crawford. Check his play, his stats, before the Marbury episode, and compare them to now. As Crawford goes, so does Eddy Curry.
And Nate Robinson and the entire Knicks bench. You think seeing the starting point guard position open, and not getting even one chance, de-motivated Nate a bit? He's definitely better suited for the second unit, but being a coach means sometimes you have to give them a chance, to keep them focused. The entire Knicks bench, once their strong suit, once the ones Isiah could count on to dig the Knicks out of 10+ point deficits (like the 27-16 hole yesterday after the first), has lately just been adding to the deficits.
How can the Knicks' far more talented second unit get crushed by an inferior Boston Celtic second team?
They've quit on Isiah.
They'll be coming for Isiah's head again today. The Flying Guillotines will be even more numerous than ever before. Isiah won't be able to dodge them all. The only things saving his job right now - the appeal of the trial, the cost of the buyout... none of that will matter. It's over if the Knicks don't win tonight's game. The TNT crew is right. Because it's not one bad game we are talking about here... it's in combination with the previous examples of this team quitting - against the Pistons, Nuggets and Warriors. That's four times in the last five games against teams with winning records that the Knicks have laid down (from the get go) against an opponent.
That's a crime punishable with death.
The Flying Guillotines are coming, and this time... they will find him.
Epilogue: The only thing saving Isiah's job right now would appear to be that they have a game tonight at home against the Bucks. Maybe if they can play hard, and earn a win, Isiah will be able to keep his job. Because a loss tonight, with the Suns looming on Sunday... just seems too much to overcome.
Here's some actual comments from Knicks fans I know. Hard core ones, like me, that have been there through the years:
The Greek Professor:
"There's not really much to say about the putrid display of 'basketball' last
night - and I use the term loosely as Dr. Naismith's ghost is surely having
conniptions. Toward the end, amid the side shots of various Knicks yawning on
the bench, putting up jumpers without getting off the ground, and standing
around on D, I was rooting for them to lose by 60 (and to break the 58-point
record of futility).
The best display of athleticism from someone in a Knick jersey came when the Knick fan behind the basket tossed his gear on to the court and double-timed it up the steps and out of the building -- homey showed good speed."
From a text from my boy E. in BK:"I feel like bussin' my gun right now... rock bottom... I'm mad"
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