The Knicks are in Los Angeles tonight to take on Shammond Williams and the struggling Lakers. L.A. has dropped its last 3 straight and sure doesn't wanna lose a fourth to the New York team that narrowly beat them in January. The key difference is that Kobe Bryant (and Williams, of course) will be involved this evening. His absence in the last game put the reins in the hands of Lamar Odom, who was a matchup nightmare, but ultimately could not lead the Lakers to victory. Kobe relishes these games against the Knicks, and will certainly be looking to bury his recent struggles. The Lakers have two solid youngsters at center- Andrew Bynum and Ronny Turiaf- who can make some noise, but have trouble containing Eddy Curry. If Mittens stays out of foul trouble and remains patient, he can put up some great numbers. Anyway.
The Knicks need a win like whoa. Either tonight or tomorrow against the Warriors (if not both), we really need to get to that 23-win benchmark, put Larry Brown's treacherous ass behind us, and make a run at the postseason after the all-star break. All of this lollygagging- a win here, two losses there, two wins here, another loss- is not going to amount to a playoff berth. I want more than anything to see a killer instinct and a chip on the collective shoulders of these Knicks. Everyone is healthy, no one is suspended, and the schedule only gets easier, so there are no excuses left to make.
For more on the history of the Knicks-Lakers matchup (including video of Shaq-Fu demolishing a totally unexpecting Chris Dudley. By the way, remember the three Chrises- Dudley, Childs, and Mills? Didn't Chris Dudley go to Yale? Whatever happened to Chris Mills? He wasn't too bad. Kind of a fatty, though. Is this the longest parenthetical interruption ever? Possibly.) I reccomend stopping by The Association Blog for a good read. This is a game thread, so leave any comments on the game, Chris Dudley, jackals, shoeboxes, "Biodome", and skinny dipping as the night goes on.
It's a late game (10:30), and I tend to get more emotional when tired, so I'd appreciate the company whilest I exult or weep. Game notes cominatcha later. Go Knicks. Peace.
EDIT: Big news in the blog world. TrueHoop is going big league, and hooking up with ESPN. Congratulations to Henry Abbott and to the worldwide leader for signing on such a great blogsmith.
EDIT2: Knicks fans should swing by Bench Renaldo. Mutoni's got a Knicks rap video from 2000 (I think). In a related story, I still have a "Knicks 2000" license plate frame that I don't know what to do with.