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Slick Pinkham
02-28-2006, 11:59 AM
The NY circus just gets better and better.

not sure which is worse, Francis asking to go get his clothes or the Knicks thinking it was a good idea.

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http://www.nypost.com/sports/knicks/60413.htm

CASE CLOTHES WITH FRANCIS

By MARC BERMAN


February 28, 2006 -- Steve just makes it on time

SAN ANTONIO - All logic and sense have left the Knick franchise.

Yesterday's Steve Francis fiasco was the latest example. Francis nearly missed last night's Spurs-Knicks game and was held out of the starting lineup after arriving before 55 minutes tip-off only after a private plane was chartered to bring the Knicks new guard from Orlando to Alamo City.

Incredibly, the Knicks - who lost 121-93 - permitted Francis to go home to Orlando after the Washington game Saturday night to collect some belongings.

But Francis was a no-show at yesterday's morning shootaround and called a club official during that practice to inform the club he won't make it for the game.

Francis told the Knicks his 6-month-old daughter was ill.

When Francis' camp realized a public-relations nightmare was ensuing if Francis missed the game, a plane was chartered to get him to San Antonio after he missed his commercial flight. A Knicks official said he was unsure who paid for the charter.

The Knicks' strictest dress code in the league, which forces players to wear suits and ties on the road, took precedence over Francis preparing for last night's game apparently.

Francis makes $13.9 million this season and has $49.7 million more left on his pact. Francis could have purchased a suit and tie in San Antonio or had his laundry dry-cleaned at the hotel.

According to an employee at the team hotel in San Antonio, slacks can be dry-cleaned for $7.50, dress shirts for $6.50. A laundry service also exists where undergarments go for $2.50 and t-shirts $3.75.

"What could we have done," Brown asked. "He had no clothes. I think we were all hopeful he'd be here [for the morning], and under normal circumstances, he would have been. It was the only chance he could go home and get some clothes.

Maybe if he was going to just wear [a polo-shirt] and jeans, he wouldn't have to worry about it, but we travel with ties and jackets."

According to his agent, Jeff Freed, Francis' daughter, Shaylin came down with a virus.

Francis' departure called into question whether he wants to be a Knick. The flaky Francis, who refused to go into a game a month ago, has given off a lukewarm vibe. Freed said he and the Magic mutually agreed to a trade and claimed the Knicks "were targeted from Day 1."

"He's thrilled," Freed said. "He's just in a little shock. He wanted to play in New York." That the Knicks allowed Francis to leave the team is baffling, considering he had not practiced with the club. No one needs to be with the team more than Francis, who also missed an optional practice Sunday.

Fool
02-28-2006, 12:37 PM
Dolan is meeting with the team while they are in Texas. Reports are that IT's job isn't at risk yet but rumors are that he's gone by the weekend.

btowncolt
02-28-2006, 12:38 PM
Dolan is meeting with the team while they are in Texas. Reports are that IT's job isn't at risk yet but rumors are that he's gone by the weekend.

There's a coaching job in Southern Indiana open that he's always dreamed of...........

:canofworms:

Slick Pinkham
02-28-2006, 12:40 PM
There's a coaching job in Southern Indiana open that he's always dreamed of...........

:canofworms:

:shudder:

:shudder:

:censored:

:puke:

Slick Pinkham
02-28-2006, 01:37 PM
Drastic times call for drastic measures.

Go Knicks!

:eek:

I hope that they do reasonably well UNTIL the IU head coach is hired, and let's all hope... no

:pray:

that the new IU head coach is NOT named Isiah Thomas.