But Thomas said Balkman was the guy he wanted all along, and although most thought he would have been available with the 29th pick, Thomas knew Phoenix was set to take Balkman at No. 27. Sure enough, Phoenix traded out of the draft once Balkman was off the board.
"I thought, 'If we take Balkman at No. 20, somebody will drop to us [at No. 29],' " Thomas said last night. "If we didn't get Collins, we had a backup. But Balkman wouldn't have been there at No. 29."
So what was the attraction of a player who received little pre-draft fanfare? "We wanted to get defenders," Thomas said. "We have enough offensive players. We need guys who defend."
I think he got scared but he could be correct. Renaldo sounds like he can be a solid player even if he doesn't live up to his draft status.
whoever said balkman was 6'5 is an idiot he is 6'8
What does it matter? A 6'8" guy who can't play basketball is just as bad as a 6'5" guy who can't play basketball. Good Lord, why are you Gotham Kool Aid drinkers defending this insane pick, or anything else that Thomas does for that matter? The Knicks under Isiah are by far the worst pro franchise I have ever seen...or will ever see. Zeke is a joke. The Knicks are a joke. It will be a looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong time before they recover from Isiah's foolishness.
But go ahead, keep rationalizing the incompetence, if it makes you feel better.