February 22, 2006

Steve Francis. Knick?: GM Thomas trades the expiring contract of Penny Hardaway and SF Trevor Ariza to the Orlando Magic for Steve Francis.

posted by lilnemo to basketball at 02:10 PM - 15 comments

This Penny Hardaway used to be a basketball player, eh? Meh. The Chris Webber connection really puts perspective on a disappointing career that began so well. The Knicks are absolutely trying to go Yankees with their bloated payroll only, y'know, without the bother of actually winning games. Good for the Magic who put themselves into a great salary cap position in 2007 when some pretty coveted free agents will be available. Sort of the opposite of the Knicks.

posted by geekyguy at 10:26 PM on February 23

Does Isiah even know that there's a salary cap in the NBA? I really don't get it. This season's down the drain.. why bring in Francis now? I get the impression that it's more important to Isiah to have stars on the team to get the fans watching rather than to have a team that actually produces wins. I can't imagine Larry Brown sticking around after this season.. Can't wait to read the sports guy's reaction to this. It's almost too easy..

posted by blarp at 10:55 PM on February 23

The deal will pair Francis with Stephon Marbury as the highest-paid backcourt duo in the NBA. Why does my Spidey-sense tell me this is not a good thing? Knicks are 15-37 and does this change really mean better results are coming soon?

posted by billsaysthis at 10:58 PM on February 23

I think the people running the Knicks have completely lost ther freaking minds. Do they realize they have practicly destroyed the entire season and spent the most money out of the entire NBA? I just don't get it. Let's spend a whole lot of money to people that will never win a game. In fact why don't they just give them raises if they lose every game for the rest of their contracts and then sign them back on for 20 more years just so there is no chance the team will ever win a game again.

posted by stephenmccstudent at 11:38 PM on February 23

pluss "franchise" is not going to play once the knicks are down 23424234 points in the second half..

posted by CoolAsFawk at 01:53 AM on February 24

i swear a 13 year old kid can run the entire knicks organization better than the people currently there now

posted by CoolAsFawk at 01:54 AM on February 24

Is there any nickname in pro sports less appropriate than "Stevie Franchise?"

posted by chicobangs at 02:52 AM on February 24

Starbury must have been developing blisters from having the ball so much. Francis seems like a good solution to that problem.

posted by yerfatma at 08:11 AM on February 24

Is there any nickname in pro sports less appropriate than "Stevie Franchise?" How about "Zeke" because I have no idea what it means, and he might be ruining the Knicks. It's just gotten plain confusing what he's doing, so I have to give him the "probably".

posted by Pabo at 08:21 AM on February 24

This has disaster written all over it. The Magic get yet another shoot first pass second guard ( to add to Marbury, Rose, Robinson, and Crawford). And trade away an expiring contract so they can add a contract that runs 16 mil per year for the next 3 years. This can only hurt the development of the younger core of the Knicks (Frye, Lee, Curry, Butler), as part of the reason is being traded is because he has a penchant for blowing up at developing big men (see Ming and Howard). The Magic on the other hand clear the decks to throw money at real franchise player Dwight Howard, and get a nice energy guy in Ariza. I give Isiah till the end of this season, maybe up until next all-star break if hes lucky.

posted by lilnemo at 01:39 PM on February 24

Is there any nickname in pro sports less appropriate than "Stevie Franchise?" Yeah, you'd think a grown man would start going by just "Steve" after a while.

posted by smithers at 01:47 PM on February 24

"I am Ozymandius, King of Kings. Look upon my works, ye Mighty, and Despair!" Oh yeah? Well, I am Isiah, Destroyer of Franchises. Look upon my works, ye Season Ticket Holders and Fans, and Despair!

posted by The_Black_Hand at 03:41 PM on February 24

Well now The Magic have traded all the players the got for trading T-Mac. This is as if the Rockets got a free good player.

posted by kyjac1 at 05:11 PM on February 24

ha thats so true kyjac1 the magic have a half player name hill the only good players i see left is dwight and jameer i hope jameer could be like A.I. for the magic he could put up some good shot for the team when they need him

posted by defrag3x at 10:01 AM on February 25

This team has like no direction- the trade deadline has passed, and the Kincks have way too many guards. They should have gotten Ratliff for Crawford, NEVER gottne Rose, and would have had a future all-star in N. Robinson to back up "Starbury" and "Franchise". But now..... Robinson isnt even active, the Knicks are one of the smallest teams in the NBA- and Curry and Frye are going to get killed in the paint with those two ballhogs. Unless the y get a rebound- dont expect to see any balls headed down their way. Francis wasnt even necesary- theye should have tried to land a big ticket player after this dismal season.

posted by redsoxrgay at 11:45 AM on February 25

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