The terrible New York Knicks and the awesomely feisty local media environment in New York City is truly a match made in heaven. It’s mighty hard, after all, to imagine anything prompting this lede from a DC paper:
NO BULL, KNICKS CAN’T TAKE CHICAGO LIGHTLYBy MIKE PUMADecember 14, 2007 — Isiah Thomas wears rose colored glasses to protect his eyes from permanent damage. As president and coach of this catastrophe, it’s safer to stare into the sun and count to a thousand than watch the Knicks without those glasses.
Right on. People used to hearing about the Knicks being bad may be overlooking the fact that they’re actually considerably worse this season. Last year, they were 17th in offense and 24th in defense (in efficiency terms). The year before that, they were 25th in offense and 26th in defense. This year they’re 26th in offense — a new low! But they’re also dead last in defense — another new low! In short, they’re really, really, really terrible and there’s essentially no end in sight.