Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Q and...Q?

So, word today is that the Knicks want to bring in Qyntel Woods to fill their hole at small forward. Qyntel Woods? THE Qyntel Woods? Forget for the moment that—in a decidedly questionable move—we at SLAM proclaimed Qyntel to be the rookie of the year before he played a single NBA minute, and remember that this is a guy who got in trouble for mistreating dogs in Portland, and is being paid $400,000 by the Celtics this year to NOT play for them. Last I checked, the Celtics weren't exactly running away with the East.

Nothing against Qyntel personally—I've never even met the dude—but does he really sound like a Larry Brown guy? I mean, the TRAILBLAZERS waived him, and they keep a guy like Ruben Patterson around? I understand that Patterson has a lot more money due him than Qyntel did, but Ruben also—despite being absolutely insane—plays some tough D and is super competitive. Well, maybe a little too much. And let's not forget Mighty Mouse, Damon Stoudamire, like Popeye, a superhero who relied on the green stuff. Or Darius Miles, who only got suspended for cursing out then-coach Mo Cheeks. The Blazers then later fired Cheeks. Not exactly an overly strict franchise. Of course, Qyntel was actually convicted of a crime, while the others skirted the long arm of the law.

Vague rumor has it that the Knicks released Matt Barnes, who'd actually been their starting small forward for five games, because he was a loner in the locker room and that went contrary to Brown's desired family atmosphere. How's Qyntel going to fit in? Kid from the deep South, already been on three NBA teams, convicted of animal abuse. Yeah, he'll be a favorite for sure. Don't get me wrong, I believe in second chances, I just don't know whether this particular one is a good idea.

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