First of all, welcome to the newsgroup, Katie. As for what you said, I
think it goes without saying that the Knicks would miss having Starks
around. Whether it be for better or worse, Starks always brought that
emotion and energy to the game that could save or sink the team,
depending on whether or not he was trigger-happy from downtown. There's
no question that he's a fan favorite, so he will be missed. That kind
of goes without saying.
> Why? Because while Starks is the kind of player who can lose a game for
> you, he can also win one for you. How often have you seen the Knicks begin
> games on the weak side of an 18-2 score. Then Starks comes in, has like 10
> points in 5 minutes, and they're right back in it. Obviously, I'm
> exaggerating, but I'm sure you know what I mean.
As the Knicks continue to evolve and focus more on getting Allan Houston
more into the offense (and preferably, he'd be the first option),
Starks' role will continue to decrease, so the need for his
contributions decreases. Houston's at a point where he should be ready
to go, game in and game out, although if the season started today, he
would have a few problems having recovered from arthroscopic knee
surgery during the offseason.
Starks still has quite a few uses for the Knicks coming off the bench,
but because Houston's role has grown to be so big, Starks would
definitely not be the team's sixth man for 1998-99. He wouldn't be
scoring the same way and while the energy may be there, it may not
translate into offense that is as efficient as it has been in the past.
> Now, I know this NG is slightly harsher than most of the hockey ones. So,
> before I'm mercilessly flamed, just consider the fact that this is
> OPINION. Thanks.
Don't worry about it. I honestly don't believe there's a chance in hell
that you'll be flamed for your thoughts on Starks, unless you count
those stupid trolls by our resident Bulls bandwagoning idiot, GlenBob.
Again, welcome to the newsgroup, Katie.
> Katie Baker - the chick with the hockey stick ;-)
> "He looks like Secretariat racing at the state fair."
> -Don Cherry, on Wayne Gretzky playing for the Kings.
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