Although the Knicks are likely to be preparing for next season by the time you read this, they managed to make the aborted season interesting, if not wholly absorbing. It wasn’t just their unprecedented playoff run which captivated hoop fans---it was a sudden shift in style that made watching fun. Instead of the thuggish, predictable play brought to you yearly by Charles Oakley and Patrick Ewing (robitrons and rubitrons of Pat Riley, psyche master of boringball) we got to see some exciting games this spring.
And just when it seemed like all of the NBA was following Riley into oblivion a number of teams seem to have suddenly realized that you need to put the ball in the basket. And, fans prefer to be entertained.
The Sacramento Kings, with a running wild style almost toppled the follow-the-manual Utah Jazz.
The Portland Trailblazers can run and did---right past Utah. They eventually got beat by the Spurs who play great defense---but not at the expense of putting the ball in their own hoop. The Spurs, by the way, have lost just one playoff game thus far---to the run-n-gun T’Wolves.
The let-it-fly Philly 76ers beat the staid Orlando Magic. Even the disappointing Lakers proved better than the heavier-than-mud Houston Rockets.
With the exception of the Indiana Pacers, all those teams who play crawl ball are just part of the TV audience now.
Miami’s been out of the playoffs for weeks and nobody’ll remember how boring a performance the Atlanta Hawks turned in.
Cleveland just canned Mike Fratello an architect of the siesta offense and
There might just be life left in the NBA.
Boyle-ing Points; Rugby honcho and former Playgirl centerfold Bob Johnson was seen last Friday---tux in tow---on his way to the chapel. He and his pulchritudinous girlfriend Traci made it official at a Long Beach church. Best wishes,
**You read it here. And here was the only place you could’ve read it because no other expert picked Lemon Drop Kid to win the Belmont last Saturday. But Skipper Edwards, never a believer in Charismatic, used this column to tell the world he liked the 29-1 longshot, Lemon Drop Kid.
(PS: not having the courage of his own convictions, Skipper failed to put the two bucks on the winner).
Much more conviction was shown by Marian Dunn who called to correct em. "Affirmed never won the Triple Crown!" she crowed. "I know. I know it was Seattle Slew. I was there. I have the ticket. And I saved it because Seattle Slew was the last Triple Crown Winner."
"Don’t but nothing. I know. Affirmed never won the Triple Crown. Period."
She certainly shook my confidence. Later, after double-checking, I called her back and told her how much I hate to tell people they’re wrong.
**The South Queens Angels, a girls hoop team full of Rockaway talent, will compete in the nationals in Orlando at the end of July. This group of 10 year olds could use some bucks to help pay the cost of such a trip. If you see some youngsters doing some curbside fundraising, please help ‘em out.
**Frequent Boyle-ing Point guest, Ray Corrigan, was honored with the "Princeton Cup" at Poly Prep. The prestigious cup goes to the best athlete in the school---not bad for a kid who’s just a soph.
**Besides the Lemon Drop Kid tip, I believe it was in this space, and this space only, which labeled Latrell Sprewell a "gunner on roll" who would be exposed. I’m now going for an MRI because I got hurt patting myself on the back.
**John McLoughlin, showing uncommon political savvy some months back when he jumped of that sinking ship, the U.S. Stabile, is thinking about running for Al Waldon’s state senate seat. John, a highly valued member of The Wave’s editorial staff, would be tough to beat. He’s Jewish with Irish roots---kinda like a Rockaway version of Sammy Davis jr.
I hate to see Waldon go but the thought of a special election with a bunch of locals clawing each other for the job is just too good. See, in this kind of race, all you need is 1000 signatures to run. You don’t need a pile of money; you don’t need the political machine. It’ll be wide open---and a hoot.
**Tyree Allison, a Beach Channel graduate in 1994 was drafted by the New Orleans Saints of the NFL and is in camp now.
**Tsk, tsk. We hear a Little League manager is losing it---making kids do push-up or else, making fun of other kids for their size or shape.…grabbing somebody by the throat. Now there’s talk that charges might be filed. When a manager has as good a chance as ending up in the Police Blotter as he does on the sports pages---it’s time to step down.