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When I have frequent arguments with friends about why basketball is better than hockey or baseball, it always comes down to one true point on my side.  Basketball is entertainment.  After taking in the Pistons/Knicks game last night in Detroit, my love for this league shot up higher than it ever was before.  As we all know, Mr. Isiah Thomas has been booed…booed …and booed some more.  He’s booed at home in New York and booed on the road in New York.  Until last night.  After I ran to my seat after getting soaked in the gross Auburn Hills rain, I was right in time for the introductions (or the best part of basketball—my thoughts at least).  You had your Eddy Curry’s, your Starbury’s…and of course…we all came to hear the reaction of Zeke himself.  To my thoughts, the Piston gang of fans cheered this guy as if he was still starting at PG for the Bad Boys.  This guy can assault an employee, become a losing/terrible coach, yet all these fans can remember is how amazing of a leader he once was for the boys in red, white and blue.  I was a little shocked at the reaction, until I found myself standing and clapping like everyone else. 

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It seems like Isiah Thomas and the New York Knicks had a productive draft. Acquiring Zach Randolph is truly a gamble. But if you’re going to gamble, why not with a guy that can average 20 and 10? That sounds like solid numbers to bring into a team. It seems like an even better deal because that they get to part with Stevie Franchise ( I still can’t even remember how he earned that nickname). His massive contract is now not a barrier to acquiring great talent. The big problem is, if Randolph was getting into all this trouble in Portland, I couldn’t even imagine what the roads of NYC hold for the forward. The Knicks are going to have to have a serious sit-down with him and set the ground rules. Losing Channing Frye’s potential probably won’t be as visible as he’s now playing alongside a team stocked with forwards. His 9.5 points and 5.5 rebound averages are likely to go down, as he’ll be competing for playing time with LaMarcus Aldridge, Travis Outlaw, and Darius Miles to name a few. Overall, I really think the Knicks got the better of the deal. The Knicks could potentially have a very strong starting frontline with Eddy Curry and Randolph (although they’re a weak defensive pair). I expect to see the Knicks as one of the higher scoring offenses this season if Starbury is willing to pass the ball. I’m just hoping Randolph spends his time on the basketball court, instead of the other court we’re all fearing he’ll be visiting pretty soon.

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The Knicks must be jumping for joy now that Steve Francis is gone!

-Check out the Video page of a video I found of Zach Randolph paying a visit to a die-hard fan.  Looks like the little guy’s going to have to move some of the furniture around…