When I was a college kid pledging a fraternity, we occasionally talked about “package deals.” It was in the context of rush. Hey, we can’t give this kid a bid unless we give this one, they’re a “package deal.” Whenever that kind of talk popped up, it got quickly squashed. It was stupid. You should look at a kid as a kid. WTF is a package deal anyway? And that was at a college fraternity. 19-year old kids. My point? There was more sense there than at a professional sports organization. I am talking of course about my New York Knickerbockers.
Most of the time I try to just enjoy the recent versions of the Knicks for being semi-relevant and watchable again. I attempt to block out the talk of Dolan and CAA and all this nonsense, despite having little doubt that many of the fundamental practices of running a franchise are likely absent here. GMs coming and going leaving amid confusion and uproar? I made a choice to rise above and try to ignore. Eat the sausage but don’t pay any attention to how it’s made. Somewhat hypocritical, fine. I liked it that way.
But this…this reminds you that it’s really all a f-in joke. It only really hit me tonight. Chris Smith was a package deal with his older brother J.R. Not that this is a new discovery. It’s just jolting to say it and acknowledge it. A handshake agreement between mightily-powerful CAA and Knicks management. Grown men playing this ridiculous game. Now, a player with ZERO right to be on an NBA roster has a spot and a contract. Grantland summed up his “credentials” nicely:
Smith’s 2013 NBA preseason statistics: three games, 20 total minutes, 1-of-7 from the field, three points, three rebounds, two assists, one turnover, two fouls. Chris Smith’s 2013 Las Vegas summer league statistics: five games, five points per game, two rebounds per game, 1.8 assists per game, 22 percent shooting, and 11 percent 3-point shooting, all in just a bit under 20 minutes a game. Digging deeper, in five summer league games, Chris Smith was 1-of-6, 4-of-15, 1-of-6, 0-of-5, and (yay!) 3-of-9. Also, Chris is 26 years old and plays point guard, a position at which the Knicks have three players under contract. Also, the Knicks desperately need cover for Tyson Chandler.
No matter that he’s going down to the D-League. It’s a waste of a roster spot that could’ve been filled with more value by several players on the Knicks bench only days ago. Diogu. Leslie. Tyler. All players that might have helped this Knicks team at much more pressing positions with much more needed skills.
Chris Smith delivers little to no value…unless you consider his role in landing J.R. Smith back in a Knicks uniform. That is the case, plain and simple. A package deal made by supposed professionals running an NBA franchise. Really mind-blowing when you think about it.
Ladies and gentlemen…your…New…York…Knicks!
About the Author: Cecilio's Scribe is the founder of The Legend of Cecilio Guante and a generally pessimistic fan of the Mets, Jets, Knicks and Rangers. A fine NYC-based gentlemen who hones his marketing skills as his primary trade by day. Husband, chef, father of a newborn and after-hours blogger by night. Proud alum of the mighty Big Red of Cornell. University. Hot sauce devotee. Staunch protester of the continued wussifcation of American sports. Sometimes I rhyme slow, sometimes I rhyme quick.