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Dennis Kucinich

Posted by Joel on April 17, 2008

Dennis Kucinich was probably the least respected out of the presidential candidates. He didn’t run on a platform of change, didn’t have the glitz and depth, wasn’t well-respected, or had as impressive of a dossier as the other candidates running for the Democratic nomination. But through it all, he was his own man. He stood on principles that he agreed with and fought the good fight, even when he was not invited to debate with his Democrat brothers (and this year, sisters).

Kucinich, through it all, has kept grinding, meeting new friends along the way, and even has a hot chick on his side. He has come up with fresh ideas, some controversial, some similar to what others bigger and better before him have come up with. But he will still continue to fight the good fight, even facing certain defeat. After all, he just wants a little recognition among his peers every once in a while for his craftiness.  Dennis Kucinich, man of the people…

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Isiah Thomas Acts as if He’s Done Nothing Wrong…What a Dork

Posted by Thomas the Terrible on April 17, 2008

Knicks president Donnie Walsh won’t make any decision on Isiah Thomas until at least Thursday, saying he wants to sleep on his thoughts about the team’s future before “rushing” into a decision. Basically that means he’s figuring out the proper wording to embarrass Thomas the way Thomas’ coaching skills (or lack thereof) have embarrassed the Knicks.

Walsh repeatedly deflected questions about Thomas’s fate Wednesday night, less than an hour before New York faced his former team, Indiana, in its season finale. Walsh still has not set a timetable for an announcement.

“I’m thinking all that out, being coach, whether it’s another role, and when I come to a final decision I’ll announce it,” Walsh said in the same building he called home just a month ago. “You know, these are people’s lives we’re dealing with and I’ve always treated it that way. So I think it deserves to be given that kind of dignity and respect.”

Hours before Walsh spoke, Thomas sounded like a man resigned to his fate. A man who knows his goose is cooked and since he ruined the CBA league, even that can’t save him now.

With rampant speculation about whether he’d return for a another failing season as Knicks coach, a subdued Thomas spoke philosophically about New York’s dismal season. He acknowledged it’s been one of the most challenging experiences he’s ever had in basketball and defended the job he did as both president, before Walsh arrived, and as coach.

Yes readers he defended his horrendous overall record and his asinine skills that somehow landed him a general managers position.

“What I’ve been asked to do and required to do by the Knicks, I’ve tried to perform to the best of my ability,” Thomas said before the team’s pregame shootaround. “This is a very disappointing season. I’m not used to being at the bottom. But this is what it’s like on the bottom, and this is how you get treated on the bottom. That’s how it is.”

Isiah you were asked to win games by the Knicks that hasn’t happened and if this is the best of ability then try another line of work. McDonalds is always hiring. So quit the Socrates act and step down like a man.

While the Knicks have endured seven straight losing seasons, none have compared with the turmoil of this one.

Thomas and guard Stephon Marbury engaged in a public feud that sent the season spiraling out of control after only five games. Marbury left the team in Phoenix after Thomas threatened to remove him from the starting lineup, and the Knicks lost their next six games.

Marbury was only part of the problem.

Thomas also had disagreements on the bench during games with Quentin Richardson and Zach Randolph, and his decision to replace center Eddy Curry in the starting lineup led to a loss of Curry’s confidence and a regression in his play.

“It’s hard not to take all that into consideration, because that’s the image of your franchise, but I don’t put that above doing the right thing,” Walsh said. “Obviously, some things have been much publicized and I’ve not gotten into those things. But it also overshadowed a lot of things he did that were very good for the New York Knicks.”

And even players are bracing for the expected offseason moves.

“We know that when the season winds down, there are going to be changes,” forward Jared Jeffries said, “because whenever you have a season as turbulent as we have, there are going to be changes.”

Only nine players dressed for the Knicks after their latest round of injuries. Travis Henry has nine kids alone. Backup forward Renaldo Balkman (USC dud) sat out after getting hurt in Monday night’s home finale against Boston, and forward Wilson Chandler sat out with a sprained left knee.

“I’m not looking for sympathy or anything like that,” Thomas said. “That’s sports, and basketball has been extremely good to me. You can’t be on top all the time, although I want to be. You’ve got to overcome the bad times and hold onto your dignity.”

To bad you won’t be able to hold on to your job.

“In basketball, just like in football or golf or baseball or whatever sport you choose, there are some times you get it right and some times you don’t,” he said. “I’ve had many high points in my life, and I’ve definitely had my low points. But none of it is permanent, and you keep moving forward.”

Not permanent? A church league team wouldn’t touch right now or next year or the year after or year after…

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