Knicks-Magic Trade Analysis
Posted Feb 23 2006 6:58PM
Scottie Pippen and Don Casey look at Steve Francis going to the Big Apple
Scottie Pippen on the Francis Deal
I am pretty much befuddled with what New York has done.
I am not a great fan of Steve Francis. He rubbed me the wrong way when he came into the league and demanded that Vancouver trade him. He just isn't the type of player that can make your team better or that can get you where you are trying to get to. He is very talented, but his skills are built around his individual success and not around the success of a team.
Any time you take on such a brilliant nickname as "Franchise," that name has to have some validity behind it and I don't think he has shown that he is a franchise player. It is not going to work for him even moving to New York.
Isiah has brought in players on top of players. He isn't giving one player an opportunity to succeed. You have Stephon Marbury there. Then you bring in Jamal Crawford. Now Steve Francis.
What are you going to do with these guys?
These are three guys that love to pound the basketball and create their own shots. Who is going to succeed at that position? To me it seems like they have just told Isiah to just go out there and continue to see if we can have the highest payroll.
I don't see any chemistry with New York. I don't see that trade helping the Knicks in any way and as for Orlando, they have written this season off and are preparing themselves to continue rebuilding their young team. They want to get guys in there that can in the next three or four years be part of what they have been able to establish.
It is going to be the same type of situation. A lot of it has to do with the individual players. Players in today's game are not geared for winning. They aren't geared for a team concept. They're basically trying to get into the game and they have no knowledge as to what the game is really about.
It is going to take a lot of work between Stephon Marbury and Steve Francis to coexist on the basketball side.
It will be a very interesting concept if these guys can coexist.
The Magic gave up on Francis and Francis gave up on them. He didnít like the style of play at all. When he first got there, he thought Johnny Davis and Paul Westhead were going to run the Loyola-style break. They didnít run the break.
When Cuttino Mobley left and he looked around and saw it was going nowhere he just didnít feel comfortable and he wasnít "The Man."
Will he be revitalized in New York? Yes. Will they have a little surge at first? Yes. Is it something that will work out in the long run? There are only 30 something games to go. I have my doubts, but again, that is an explosive backcourt with Marbury and Francis.
Penny going to Orlando is interesting after he was pegged for allegedly having a meeting to oust Brian Hill. Now that he's back in Orlando, maybe Hill wants to have a meeting with him. What goes around comes around in the NBA and the Magic clearly acquired Penny for his contract which comes off the books after this season.