'Baseball, I've often said, is a social institution'
Bio: Howard Megdal is Writer At Large for Capital New York, and a contributing writer for Sports on Earth. His books include The Baseball Talmud, Taking the Field and Wilpon's Folly. Follow Howard on Twitter @HowardMegdal.
Carlesimo knows the only way he can stick around is by reviving Williams. One of his first acts as head coach was to sit down with Williams; his message, according to Carlesimo, was straightforward.
“I told him exactly what I needed him to be,” Carlesimo said Tuesday. “I needed him to be Deron Williams.”
As coach Mike Woodson answered questions less than 90 minutes before tipoff of Tuesday night's game against the Portland Trailblazers, a 105-100 loss, neither he nor anyone in the press room knew what his lineup would be.
At Thursday afternoon's press event to commemorate the firing of Avery Johnson, Brooklyn Nets general manager Billy King answered questions. So did Johnson, even though he wasn't a member of the Brooklyn Nets anymore.
The New York Knicks, after their 21-8 start, are entering a new phase of the season.
EAST RUTHERFORD—We'd gathered at a location that no longer makes sense to see a coach who was fired for reasons no one outside the Nets organization fully understands.
When Avery Johnson won N.B.A. Coach of the Month honors, the Nets were 11-4 and looked like Eastern Conference contenders.
The New York Knicks faced the Phoenix Suns Wednesday night on the road, knowing that without Carmelo Anthony or Raymond Felton, they'd need other players to assume roles they previously hadn't.
Sometimes, the results on the court deviate greatly from the expected results of an offseason distribution of talent.
Did that win on Sunday over the 76ers mean that coach Avery Johnson and the Nets figured things out, after losing eight of their previous ten games?