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Wednesday, April 27, 2005

All-Isaiah Playoff Team

There was a nice piece on the renaissance of Antonio McDyess over at Straight Bangin' that got me thinking about all the ex-Knicks Zeke gave up on that are currently on playoff contenders.

G DerMarr Johnson (Denver): Another great comeback story, after his career was almost ended in a car wreck DJ ended up in NY at the end of last season. With the acquisitions of Jamal Crawford and Trevor Ariza, his services were "no longer needed", despite being a 6'9 guard who was only 24. Johnson headed to Denver for a bench spot on their promising team. Voshon Lenard blows out his knee in Game 1 of the campaign and after a half season of Greg Buckner as the starting 2, George Karl is hired to save the sinking ship. The miracle run pops off and DJ replaces Buckner in the starting lineup for the upset minded Nugs.

F Antonio McDyess (Detroit): Moved in the deal that got Starbury, McNasty moved to Motown in the off-season to fill the void left by the departing Mehmet Okur and Corliss Williamson. Dyess is currently providing excellent minutes off the bench for the defending champs and showing flashes of his old self, averaging 13.5 and 8 in the first 2 games.

FC Michael Doleac (Miami): Dubbed the "best backup I ever had" by Shaq, Doleac seemed to have good chemistry with Steph, cleaning up on the open midrange jumpers Marbury found him on. Currently getting minutes stolen by this years Desperate Big Man (see Karl Malone last year) Alonzo Mourning, but hey, at least he got a line in that commercial where Shaq gets miniaturized.

C Dikembe Mutombo (Houston): Moved in the sign & trade that got Jamal Crawford and Junk Yard Dog (undersized PF, holla!). Deke got moved once more to Houston and currently backs up Yao Ming, providing solid defense and offensive rebounding.

C Nazr Mohammed (San Antonio): One of the better acquisitions Zeke made, Nazr never got the chance to play a full year in NY after being moved for Malik Rose's contract and a late first round draft pick. After injuries to Rasho Nesterovic, Nazr is currently starting for the Spurs.

Left off: Keith Van Horn, Shandon Anderson

3 Comments:

  • At 3:04 PM, Blogger Joey said…

    Paul, I'm liking the site. This is going on my blogroll and I'll give you a shout. Nice job, son.

    As for your team, it looks good. I know he has yet to do anything in the L, but I also liked Maciej (sp?) Lampe, and I was so mad when Isiah just gave him away in that Starchild deal. Phoenix didn't even ask for him.

    I saw Lampe play at the Pro Summer League a few years ago in Boston (before it was moved to Las Vegas) and he obviously had talent and good ball skills.

     
  • At 6:21 PM, Blogger Zodiac Digital said…

    whats up. good shit you got going here, no homo. you should probably mess around w/the template, since this same look is given to thousands of blogs. changing just a little will make it more "your own." nhjic.

     
  • At 12:43 PM, Blogger Paul Rizzy said…

    Thanks, I'll try to mess around with it to make it my own.

     

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