For the 2013-14 New York Knicks, it's not enough to have played years as a basketball player to deliver solid defense. As Andrea Bargnani showed on Thursday night, sometimes you need a flashlight, treasure map, spelunking equipment and a clue—and it still might not be enough.
It's like defense by The Goonies.
What you have here is a warm slice of hilarious from the Knicks' eventual 105-101 win over the San Antonio Spurs.
In it, you will see Bargnani switch on defense, oh, about two or three too many times in the span of a few seconds. He looks like any of you searching for your keys while trying to leave for work.
It's time to give up on the Knicks ever improving on defense this season. Instead, we should admire play on that end of the floor for New York for what it is: damn entertaining television.
The Wall Street Journal's Chris Herring writes the simple and obvious issue affecting this team on defense: "The Knicks look flat-out confused on the court with all their defensive switching. Too often, the result is no one protecting the rim."
To that end, Herring even quotes Tyson Chandler, who offered the following after New York's 123-94 Christmas Day loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder: "There are a lot of holes (on defense). If I started going over them all, I wouldn't make it home and allow my kids to open their gifts."
If you don't believe it, just turn down the volume of the TV and turn up "Yakety Sax" when the Knicks are defending the rim, because it makes the entire game more enjoyable.
If you want to see how simple things can be for opposing teams, take another gander at Damian Lillard waltzing into the lane for possibly the easiest bucket of his young career.
He had time to take a selfie.
This is all to say the Knicks, at 10-21, are a bad basketball team. But that doesn't mean they aren't extremely watchable. Like movies so bad they are good, they are well worth your time.
Now savor the rest of the season as Knicks defenders embark on that epic journey to find whichever guy they are supposed to guard. Who knows, maybe Peter Jackson will do the movie version.
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