Even while chasing championships in Detroit, Chauncey Billups couldn’t help but notice the comedy of errors playing in New York.
Larry Brown, his beloved coach with the Pistons, lasted just one tumultuous season with the Knicks before a contentious parting that went all the way to Commissioner David Stern’s office. Isiah Thomas, one of the all-time greats as a Detroit player, became a spectacular failure here as a coach and executive.
In New York City, the Motor City and beyond, the Knicks had become a punch line.
“Anything that goes on in New York is everywhere. It’s not just in y’alls’ papers, it’s kind of everywhere,” Billups said Monday, a day after the Knicks clinched their first playoff berth since 2004.
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