Wow – Adrian Wojnarowski destroys James Dolan in video essay

This is awesome. In light of the Charles Oakley fiasco and the persistent mess called the New York Knicks, Adrian Wojnarowski unleashes on James Dolan in this video essay.

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Model Elaine Alden is dating Knicks guard Landry Fields

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New York Knicks guard Landry Fields is dating model Elaine Alden according to the latest from Jimmy Traina at’s Hot Clicks.

Our friends at photographed Elaine and this stunning blonde bombshell was the October 2009 Featured Model. Here’s a slideshow of 8 great photos from that shoot.

Jason Kidd bolts to the New York Knicks

I’m not sure who is worse off after this move – fans of the Dallas Mavericks of fans of the New York Knicks?

Are the Knicks really better after signing an ancient point guard? It also sounds like they’re going to pay big money to keep Jeremy Lin. He’s a good player but will he be worth the salary? The Knicks are still a mess.

Meanwhile, the Dallas Mavericks that won a title last year are officially dismantled. They made a big push for Deron Williams, but that smart strategy didn’t pan out. Now Kidd is gone along with Jason Terry and most of the gang that surrounded Dirk for the title run. Now what?

ESPN “dismisses” employee responsible for Jeremy Lin headline

New York Knicks Jeremy Lin stands on the court in the first quarter against the Sacramento Kings at Madison Square Garden in New York City on February 15, 2012. The Knicks defeated the Kings 100-85. UPI/John Angelillo

ESPN has released a statement following the backlash over Friday’s headline “Chink in the Armor,” which was either in reference to the Knicks losing their first game in 13 days or as a way to describe Asian-American Jeremy Lin. (Or both.)

Here’s ESPN’s statement, which is currently posted on the network’s official website:

At ESPN we are aware of three offensive and inappropriate comments made on ESPN outlets during our coverage of Jeremy Lin.

Saturday we apologized for two references here. We have since learned of a similar reference Friday on ESPN Radio New York. The incidents were separate and different. We have engaged in a thorough review of all three and have taken the following action:

• The ESPN employee responsible for our Mobile headline has been dismissed.

• The ESPNEWS anchor has been suspended for 30 days.

• The radio commentator is not an ESPN employee.

We again apologize, especially to Mr. Lin. His accomplishments are a source of great pride to the Asian-American community, including the Asian-American employees at ESPN. Through self-examination, improved editorial practices and controls, and response to constructive criticism, we will be better in the future.

I would rather believe that the headline was unintentional and just a massive oversight by ESPN employees because then that would mean racism never entered the minds of those involved. They simply posted “Chink in the Armor” because it served the purpose of describing that the Knicks finally displayed a weakness or a flaw since “Linsanity” started.

But then again I’m not that naïve. There are tons of other headlines that ESPN could have used to describe the loss. Here’s one: “Flawed after all.” It’s short and sweet, it rhythms, and hey, it’s devoid of any ethic slurs, which I think is its best attribute. Win-win-win.

Even if this situation was just a bad mistake, how anyone could be that dim as to not think the headline would cause a stir is beyond me. Headlines are supposed to draw attention, so you’re telling me people at ESPN didn’t stare at that thing 20 times before posting it to the site? It’s almost more believable that someone posted the headline as a terrible crack at humor rather than foolishly thinking it wouldn’t create controversy. And to use the slur twice in one day (once in print and once out of an anchor’s mouth) is brutal.

What’s done is done. ESPN took measures to correct the mistake and apologized, so it’ll take it’s medicine and hopefully learn from the experience.

Five burning questions about the Knicks

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) and head coach Mike D’Antoni (L) react in the final moments of the second half of Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Massachusetts April 19, 2011. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)

It’s time to discuss the Knicks. ESPN is running a five-question series with its network of bloggers, and I’ve been tossing in my two cents (which is worth about one and a half cents in today’s economy). Anyway, off we go:

1. Fact or Fiction: The Melo trade, as constructed, was a mistake.
Fiction. The Knicks didn’t gel right away (and never really did), but they still added a Top 15 player and anytime you can do that, you’ve won the trade. This question was never going to be answered in 2011. It’s going to be answered over the next four or five years.

2. Fact or Fiction: The Knicks will eventually form their own Big Three.
Fact. I’m not sure how they’ll do it, but the prospects of playing in New York with Carmelo and Amare would have to convince some point guard somewhere to force a trade or take a less than market deal.

3. Fact or Fiction: Landry Fields is a legitimate starter for a contender.
Fiction. But only because of the word “is.” He has the potential to be a legit starter on a contender, but I don’t think he’s there yet. He has to find his niche on the perimeter alongside Anthony, who holds the ball too much and that doesn’t jibe well with Landry’s game. But he can shoot, rebound and defend, so he can certainly develop into a legit starter.

4. Fact or Fiction: This is the final season in New York for Mike D’Antoni.
Fiction. Give D’Antoni a full season — wait, there’s a lockout isn’t there? I don’t think that the Knicks are going to find a better coach unless they’re somehow able to coax a revitalized Phil Jackson out of retirement. I think D’Antoni is capable of shaping the Knicks into the Suns of the East, but he needs to find a point guard to run the show.

5. Fact or Fiction: The Knicks are a top-four team in the East.
Fiction. I’d still take the Heat, Bulls, Magic (for now) and Celtics (for now) over the Knicks. They’re a “next four” team — should make the playoffs every year, but they aren’t going to make that next step until they find a good point guard.

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