I can’t say the news caught me by surprise when I stepped off the plane a little while ago and flipped on the Blackberry.
Patrick Ewing, Jr. was a long shot from the beginning.
He was fun to watch in five-minute doses at the end of meaningless preseason games, but the numbers didn’t work out. Somebody had to go. Here’s the ray of sunshine, Knicks president Donnie Walsh isn’t waffling. He said no buyouts, and to date the man is sticking with the plan. Consistency. It’s something that’s been lacking within the organization for years.
The price we pay is at least one more season with Jerome James.
Really, there was no way Ewing was going to jump in front of David Lee, Wilson Chandler or Danilo Gallinari. They are all NBA ready. He needs a little time in the D-League before he can help anybody, but I’m thinking Ewing is going to be helping somebody before too long.
Walsh isn’t going to be sentimental. He’s thinking like a businessman. Walsh is not attached to anyone, which clears up a lot of the confusion. He’s only thinking in terms of wins and losses.
Does that make this dose of news any easier to deal with? Go ahead, vent.