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June 14, 2012

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I agree. The Knicks, weirdly, are a better team without Melo, though he is -- on paper but more than just that -- the "best" player they have. But it really is a team sport, which is why we loved our Knicks so, the ones that played like a team and brought home the last two world championships the richest franchise in the league has won. I like Fields, Chandler, Lin, and the other rookie guard, who plays defense so well but got hurt in the playoffs. (I'm having a Casey Stengel moment here.) And I hope we can hold onto Novak -- or get Galinari back -- and wouldn't it be nice if Steve Nash came to town to teach Jeremy Lin how to be just like him? DL

Catherine,I like you your literary criticism-basketball commentary. They are a great fit. A late blooming bb fan of only the last 10 years or so, i would not presume to argue Melo's merits. All i know is, watching him doesn't make me happy, like watching Paul Pierce does for example, or watching Dwayne Wade on a good night. Now, having read your essay here, I know why. It's the difference between settling in with a book by a self-absorbed style wiz (..i'll keep my prejudices to myself) and a book by a master. The wiz leaves you admiring his talent yet feeling alienated. The master connects you to your humanity, win or lose.

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