Rigs, it all goes back to Scott Layden's dad, Frank, who was known to have had a, shall we say, sense of urgency towards having white players on his teams. While I wouldn't go so far as to imply that Scott Layden was an out-and-out racist, I do think he tried VERY hard to stay away from very ethnic (read: thug) players.Originally posted by Riggins44@Feb 15 2004, 08:15 PM
Jetsman 57, fair enough. Thanks for the reply. As anyone will tell you, I don't mind politically incorrect posts on just about any subject. It would be boring around here, if we all posted the same things.
But I think Layden was questioned all the time for these moves. He was singled out by ESPN after trading for Van Horn, with Jay Marriotti leading the charge. Talk about unfair?
In Layden's 3 or 4 seasons, whatever, he had just Doleac and Van Horn that he traded for. He also used 3 2nd round picks on European players. None of those players ever played with the Knicks, and 2 aren't even in the NBA today.
OK, so Layden was called out on ESPN. Like I said, with all these players that Layden got over the stretch of several season's, he was questioned about the racial makeup of the team by ESPN. Now, in a matter of a few weeks all 5 or 6 of those players that he drafted or traded for are gone...right out the door, swiftly.
What can I say? Just wondering aloud about this, because I felt what the cats on ESPN said about Layden was unfair.
Would it be unfair to Zeke too? Probably would be, but it wont matter. If Zeke get's hammered on a few message boards for a few days, who cares? Especially if he's just trying to improve the team, right?
However, Layden and everyone close to him had to hear him getting a lecture (and being slandered) on national TV for the same thing--done to a lesser degree :o