The 2007-2008 Knicks Season Is Over After One Last Rout In Indiana
Knicks 123 - 132 Pacers
It's over. It's done with. This incarnation of the New York Knickerbockers will never take the floor again together. Right?
This coaching staff will never lead another group of young men into battle bearing spoons instead of swords. Right?
One can only hope. Well, except for Mike Dunleavy of the Pacers who probably doesn't want this team to change a thing. To him this Knicks team is just perfect. They've got the perfect combination of slow rotating defenders in the half court and slower transition in the open court for him to score precisely 36 points per night, which he did in 3 out of 4 times he faced NY this season. That's his career high.
It's been a brutal season. It's been exhausting the past few weeks. And, I know that the losing has made it hard to muster the energy to post on this site. Or to sit on the couch and watch games. Hell, I was at the game on Monday actively hoping that they would lose so as not to hurt their draft position. There's no doubt that it's been a rough year. The roughest that I've seen.
It's rougher than 2005-2006 when Larry Brown's team finished with an identical record. That season was terrible. It was dysfunctional. But it wasn't embarrassing in the myriad ways that this year was. This team lost 34 games by ten or more points. They lost 10 games by 20 or more points. They lost a game by 26 points. They lost a game by 28 points. They lost a game by 29 points. They lost a game by 30 points. They lost a game by 32 points. They lost a game by 34 points. And they lost a game by 40 points.
This team even lost a lawsuit. They lost players to injury. They lost their dignity. They lost in every conceivable way that they could have.
But it is over. And so it goes.