BOSTON — The final score read Celtics 109, Knicks 97, but if ever a 12-point win was actually a 30-point drubbing, it was last night. Leading by 27 points midway through the third quarter, the C's eased up against the overmatched New Yorkers in a St. Patrick's Day massacre at the TD Garden.
How many years have they sacrificed to get LeBron James? This is their ninth straight losing season and this club is 24-44. If the New Yorkers continue to play like last night, they could run the table and go 24-58.
I'll defer to Jay-Z and Alicia Keys and assume New York is the World's Greatest City. But LeBron is going to leave Cleveland for this train wreck? Or Dwyane Wade? Or Chris Bosh?
The Knicks have cleared cap room for two blockbuster contracts, but that's a major risk for an elite player looking for anything more than a massive payday.
There are 82 games in a season and the Lakers and Cavaliers will have a handful of stinkers, too, but the Knicks would be a 12th seed in the NIT.
David Lee is a worker and puts up good numbers, but he's no franchise player. After him, which Knick would you want? Maybe soft second-year forward Danilo Gallinari or undersized forward Wilson Chandler.
The rest of the roster is enough to make Spike Lee's stomach turn: gimpy Jonathan Bender, obese Eddy Curry (3.7 points a game and owed $11.3 million next year!), Toney Douglas, Chris Duhon, J.R. Giddens, the aging selfish twins Al Harrington and Tracy McGrady, Sergio Rodriguez and Bill Walker.
I'm not so sure Central Catholic's Carson Desrosiers isn't a better defensive center today than anybody with the Knicks. They had Al Harrington playing the pivot ... 6-9, 250, cranky kneed and indifferent hardly the next Bill Russell makes.