The New York Knicks lost to the Miami Heat tonight. They lost by a lot after keeping it relatively close in the first half. Carmelo Anthony scored a lot of points in the first half, but didn’t get help in almost any regard. Tyson Chandler, who was pretty good on the offensive end, looked checked out on the defensive end. The rest of the Knicks, well, underperformed, much like they have all season.
To recap what this season has been coming to, Buckets Over Broadway has begun pitching ideas for the Knicks player novels. Here’s an exclusive look at their synopses:
Carmelo Anthony – 36 minutes, 29 points, 11-20 FG, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, 4 TOs, -22
As the New York Knicks hurtle towards their own demise, Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks’ leader, struggles to keep them afloat. Surrounded by mismanagement, organizational drama, player feuds, and a falsified leader in disbarred head coach Mike Woodson, Anthony approaches a critical moment in his career: save his hometown team from their plunge into the basketball doldrums, or flee for greener pastures. At once an exhilarating, yet heart-wrenching ride, ‘Melo depicts the strains of leading a toppled franchise and a hopeful, desperate city while trying to find inner peace and satisfaction.
J.R. Smith – 28 minutes, 11 points, 4-9 FG, 1 rebound, 5 assists, 2 TOs, -7
Pipeland: The J.R. Smith Story:
When J.R. Smith set his sights on the NBA at the tender age of 19, he envisioned a life of excess — glamour, riches, women, and playing basketball under the world’s brightest lights. 10 years later, Smith has become the laughing stock of the league after several run-ins with the law and the NBA’s disciplinarians for his on-court antics. Once viewed as a championship piece for the crestfallen Knicks, Smith now faces a prying question: is he the jester or the knight?
Tyson Chandler – 32 minutes, 19 points, 6-9 FG, 16 rebounds, 2 TOs, -6
Bravery, fight, camaraderie — born and raised on a Californian farm, these were the values Tyson Chandler was taught at a young age. After several stops around the NBA, Tyson Chandler emerged as a savior for the New York Knicks. Tall, strong, defensive-minded, indomitable, Chandler’s Cool-Hand-Luke grit would make sure he’d die before he got knocked down as he helped lead the Knicks to respectability. But after a season that saw his own body and his teammates betray and baffle him, Chandler’s values and will are being pushed to its limits. Sunken Anchor explores the themes of self-doubt, self-reliance, and the position in which Chandler finds himself: lost.
Pablo Prigioni – 25 minutes, 0 points, 0-3 FG, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, -8
Un Día Demasiado Tarde:
Un Día Demasiado Tarde tells the tale of ¡Pablocura!, a 37-year old Argentine, fulfilling a lifelong dream of playing in the NBA. After conquering the Spanish basketball league and winning a gold medal with the Argentine national team, ¡Pablocura! has set his sights on the NBA. However, blown away by the quickness, speed, strength, agility, and moreover, youth of the league, he finds himself wondering if he’s delayed his dream for too long.
Raymond Felton – 31 minutes, 2 points, 1-7 FG, 2 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, 2 TOs, -9
Grits ‘n’ Shit:
Mistyped, miscast, misunderstood. Raymond Felton never though he’d hear the criticisms so frequently — “fat,” “out of shape,” “terrible,” and worst of all, “thug.” Yet after an inexplicable career-worst season in New York, Felton plummeted to a new low: criminal possession of a firearm. Suffering through a heartbreaking divorce in a Big Apple far less sweet than what he found in South Carolina, Grits ‘n’ Shit tells the story of a southern boy seeking redemption, righting his wrongs.
Tim Hardaway Jr. – 34 minutes, 6 points, 2-15 FG, 3 rebounds, -35
The son of former NBA superstar Tim Hardaway, rookie Tim Hardaway Jr. has been thrown into a whirlwind season with the waning New York Knicks. At times, the NBA life has been great to Hardaway Jr., but other times, the shoes seem simply too big to fill, the task simply too great. In Rookie Blues, Junior must fight his way to the top, proving to coaches, veterans, and all the doubters that he belongs.
Amar’e Stoudemire – 19 minutes, 4 points, 2-6 FG, 3 rebounds, -30
Three years ago, Amar’e Stoudemire was the toast of New York. Now, he’s the bane of their existence. A promising career, fizzled out by a betraying body and more injuries than his 6’10″ chiseled shoulders can handle. Stoudemire was the Knicks false prophet; now he simply fights to remind himself who he was, who he could be, and who we wants to still be.
Jeremy Tyler, Toure’ Murry, Shannon Brown, Earl Clark
Undercover Bench Warmers
What happens when four friends all lust for the ultimate destination in basketball, the NBA? Pure comedy when you combine the likes of Jeremy, the polished big man, Toure’, the scrappy fighter, Shannon, the high-flyer, and Earl, the lanky goofball! Undercover Bench Warmers keeps the laughs rolling along as these four misfits continually sneak onto the bench and experience the bright lights of professional basketball. But when head coach Mike Woodson smells something fishy at the end of the bench and asks them to play? Well, boys — lace up the sneaks!
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