The New York Knicks don’t do many things well. One thing they are great at is selling the next savior. Isiah Thomas, Stephon Marbury, Larry Brown, Donnie Walsh, Amar’e Stoudemire, Mike D’Antoni, Jeremy Lin, and Carmelo Anthony are just some of the names that were supposed to restore the Garden to its former glory.
Phil Jackson came to New York roughly two years ago with an impeccable basketball resume. He won 11 rings as a coach, plus another as a player learning at the foot of legendary Knicks coach Red Holzman. There was legitimate optimism within the fan base that the Hall of Famer who roomed with Clyde Frazier as a rookie would finally turn the franchise around.
Sadly for New York, the song at the Garden has largely remained the same since Phil’s hire. There has been no improvement to the on the court product. The Knicks record currently sits at 42 and 102 under Jackson as they limp to the conclusion of another playoff-less season in the mediocre Eastern Conference.
The intense drama and shocking conclusion to the battle between the Mountain and the Red Viper justifiably overshadowed the setting. Seriously though, how awesome was the arena that they fought in?
I have not read far enough into the books to know if there are any more trials by combat coming to King’s Landing. It would seem Tyrion has already played that card one time too many times.
I need more of the King’s Landing combat arena in my life. It is far too splendid to be a one off set piece. I’d like to suggest to the producers some real world alternative uses for their grand construction.
The arena would obviously make a great venue for the next big UFC fight. How much more excited would you be for the Weidman vs Machida fight if the octagon was set in the middle of the floor, on top of the dual Lannister and Baratheon sigils. Dana White could sit with Lord Tywin and compare who has more money and power. Floyd Mayweather is the consummate showman. I'm sure he’d relish fighting...