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We're going to do this a little bit differently today. You've already heard our feelings about the Zach Randolph trade and on the draft in general but we'll fire up the ol' internet sphere to see what locals are thinking about some of the teams hoping to gain the most from last night's draft and the reaction of others to the Randolph trade. We'll take that last part first since we're incredible homers and then move onto the others.
Seriously, I wouldn't have guessed that they could've gotten Darius Miles for Steve Francis and Channing Frye. Francis is dead weight with a bad contract, and Frye is a decent young player, but no one really knows exactly what he'll be yet, other than someone who isn't a superstar. And for this, the Knicks pick up a 20 point and 10 rebound player, of whom there are only 5 in existence; the others being Chris Bosh, Kevin Garnett, Carlos Boozer, and Tim Duncan. (MJD, The Debriefing)
Back to the Randolph trade, though. Is there a better front line in the Eastern Conference now than Randolph, Curry and Lee? I can't think of one. There certainly isn't another team with two low-post scoring threats like Randolph and Curry, who just went from being the centerpiece of the Knicks offense to their second option. (Valentine's Views)
So he once punched Ruben Patterson, a registered sex offender, in the face during a practice. So he supposedly was caught street-racing with loaded guns in his car. So he was spotted in a strip club on the same night his team was playing a home game, at a time when he was supposed to have been taking bereavement leave. Hey, we all grieve in our own ways. (Ken Berger, Newsday)
In the end, I’m saddened that Isiah didn’t address New York’s most crucial needs at the power forward spot with his trade. Isiah Thomas makes the same mistakes over and over again. He sacrifices young talent (sometimes in the form of draft picks) for overpriced players who show little aptitude on the defensive end. As a friend remarked, Thomas seems to be a fantasy basketball GM, getting players who have flashy offensive per-game numbers with little thought of how they fit together. Unfortunately, New York needs an NBA GM with a cohesive plan on building a team. (Knickerblogger)
The Knicks' low docks arteries are clogged. Unless Zach Randolph is rerouted for a forward who genuinely complements Eddy Curry, 11 out of 10 NBA experts purporting to appreciate proper chemistry strongly recommend the team undergo an immediate angioplasty. (Peter Vecsey)