Larry Hutcher has to go to great lengths these days to see his beloved New York Knicks, who prior to Tuesday night, had won nine straight games. Hutcher has been a Knicks season ticket holder since the 1975-76 season, less than two years following the last New York NBA championship in 1973. His tickets were revoked by Madison Square Garden in October.
Well, it finally looks like the circus has officially Barclays Center in Brooklyn. From the moment Kyrie Irving landed in New York in 2019, to mortgaging the farm for James Harden in 2020, until Wednesday night, when it was reported that Kevin Durant was traded, the Brooklyn Nets franchise has been a mess. Now will Nets' owner Joe Tsai make someone pay for his team's calamity?
These days, it's easy to forget that Brooklyn started their season in complete turmoil. The offseason was a complete mess with perennial MVP candidate Kevin Durant requesting a trade. Then, seven games into the season, they fired their head coach, Steve Nash. 3 days later Kyrie Irving was suspended, almost as expected, and any hopes of an NBA championship were burning in a dumpster at the Barclay Center. Things have changed. Nash's replacement, Jacque Vaughn, has seemly put one fire out and started a new one, a positive one.
Rob McClanaghan always seemed like a go-getter. He was a walk-on for Jim Boeheim at Syracuse and later took his learned skills to becoming a trainer for some of the NBA’s biggest stars. Now McClanaghan is being accused of a horrific crime that allegedly occurred at a Boston hotel last week.
The story is as old as professional sports. Star athletes make it big one day but never plan for tomorrow. Then bad things happen after they can't play anymore and we hear about them in the media. Donte Greene, who played at Syracuse University during the 2007-08 season before leaving for four seasons in the NBA, has just been added to the list of sports figure tragedies.