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February 2, 2008 11:25 PM

Final thoughts

Posted by Percy Allen

There's bad and then there's the Knicks. Anytime Sonics fans want to groan and bemoan how terrible their team is, they need to take a long look at the Knicks and thank the basketball gods that Isiah Thomas isn't coaching this team.

Ok that's a little harsh. Isiah the coach isn't so bad, but Isiah the GM is horrible. Case in point is New York's broken down lineup of mismatching parts.

Spoke with Rainier Beach boys Jamal Crawford and Nate Robinson afterward. Crawford is ready for a new change of venue. He told me he's making the best of a tough situation, but wouldn't mind being traded. He talked about returning to Seattle and playing here, but then a lot of the Seattle guys say that. Crawford seemed serious, however, there's nothing in the works and it probably will never happen because he essentially plays Kevin Durant's position.

Still Crawford is too good to waste away in New York. As for Robinson, he's been given freedom to do his thing and it looks as if Thomas needs to pull him in a bit. It's hard to make judgements off of one game. Robinson had incredible outings 22-8-5 and 22-9-4 to start New York's 0-5 road trip so you got to cut the guy some slack.

I would like to report that the Sonics are showing signs of life, but that would be premature. Durant certainly wasn't efficient (7 of 21) but he was clutch (game-winning 3-ptr with 59 seconds left). Chris Wilcox (20 points and 10 rebounds) is proving what an idiot I was for suggesting he should come off the bench. Some guys are just better in the starting lineup and he is one of them. And some guys (Nick Collison) don't care about starting and they're still able to put up solid numbers. I think three of Collison's four baskets came off of putbacks, which says so much about him. He had a game-high 12 rebounds.

Coach P.J. Carlesimo said a few weeks ago that he wanted to see Luke Ridnour in the starting liineup, but at this point in the season it seems like it would be a senseless experiment. Earl Watson's scoring will always be erratic, but his assists are steady. Tonight he had eight and Thursday he had 12.

I believe these are the types of games that Carlesimo wants the Sonics to play. He's trying to make them mentally and physically tough. Seattle is 4-5 in games decided by three points or fewer. That's amazing for the third youngest team in the NBA.

And Durant is growing right before our eyes. Not only did he knock down the game-winning three-pointer, he prevented Crawford from countering on the final play. All of this from a 19-year-old.

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Posted by k9mike

1:21 AM, Feb 03, 2008

Are they ever going to start Ridnour? If not will they trade him?

Posted by Michael C.

1:30 AM, Feb 03, 2008

Great win for the Supes! Full effort from the entire team...which is nice to see for a change-- (Although it was aginst N.Y.).....but another notch of great experience for K.D.'s development.

PS. Monday is Nick Collison Bobblehead night.....hope to see everyone come out for that. (Kurt Thomas has a bobblehead coming out too...it comes complete with a full set of crutches and MRI's)

Posted by Michael C.

1:40 AM, Feb 03, 2008

Did anyone read Jerome James's quote in Percy's column on Jerome James??? This might be the dumbest thing I've ever read:

Jerome James, commenting on the Supes successful 2004-2005 season:

"Everybody got paid after that [2004-05] season. A lot of those guys need to thank me for that. I did the dirty work for those guys. I kept them clean. Nobody messed with them and everybody knew not to mess with them because then you'd have to answer to me. I'm not saying Ray [Allen] and Rashard [Lewis] and those guys owe me any money or anything like that, but they should say thank you."

This coming from one of the biggest frauds in the NBA...getting $30 million bucks from the Knicks to sit on the bench for 5 years?!?!?! Am I the only one who thinks Jerome James is smoking Crack???? If ANYONE could say that from 04-05...it'd be Fortsen...he was the real bruiser. Guys like James are ruining this league.

Posted by Joe

7:44 AM, Feb 03, 2008

The Sonics were lucky to win the game against the Knicks, because the Sonics point guards relented to the same old practice of shooting ill-adviced shots, holding the ball too long, not passing quickly to their bigs and no continuous fast breaks not to let the Knicks set up their defense! Durants bad shots selections, the bigs going after the guards away from the paint and their man slipping for quick lay-ups and poor field goal percentage (Many shot attempts without canning it). Lastly, not much ball distribution or passing, relying on one on one plays and poor execution of the passes.

The Sonics coaches should more to refine their game and practice on the weaknesses to improve their wins!!!

Posted by Jayda

8:26 PM, Feb 03, 2008

Michael C.: I saw that, too, and my jaw dropped. Yes, Big Snacks had some highlight moments and he stepped up during the playoffs (12.5 points and 6.8 rebounds). He may have even given a bit hit or three -- but giving thanks? I hope he just meant for the Sacramento series. Otherwise, he averaged 4.9 points and 3.0 boards that season. For a 7-1 center! JJ is cool, but he clearly took advantage of an opportunity to get some attention last night and it worked.

Posted by Michael C.

1:25 AM, Feb 04, 2008

exactly. Outside the Sac series....what did JJ do to deserve thanks?? Like he said....everyone got paid. He's the one who got paid $30 mil for posting Jim McIlvaine type numbers...HE should be thanking Rashard and Ray for all his cash....man, what a messed up statement that was, and just had to comment

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