What started as an innocent tweet by Tim Howard has turned very real very quickly.
— tim howard (@TimHowardGK) July 17, 2014
A day after the dominant Team USA keeper poked fun at the state of the Knicks on Twitter, the organization has responded in typical Knicks fashion, offering Howard a one-year contract for the veteran’s minimum on Friday afternoon, per a team source.
“Both James Dolan and Phil Jackson are enamored with Howard’s ability to save his team time and time again,” the source says. “With the Knicks owing three mediocre players — Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire, and Andrea Bargnani — a combined $68 million next season, they are in dire need of saving.”
Many forget Howard was a star basketball player in high school before hanging up the sneaks for cleats. Potentially starting his NBA career at the ripened age of 35 is something the bruised franchise is apparently willing to overlook.
“This is not a PR move,” the source stressed to us. “They were mediocre defensively even before trading Tyson Chandler. They’re all-in on Tim Howard’s saving ability and the initial feedback is he’s willing to give hoops a shot.”
Can Howard protect the rim the same way he protects the goal?
For a team set to have one of the highest payrolls in the Association again this coming season, we knew they had to get creative in acquiring new talent. It appears Jackson is willing to look anywhere and everywhere in an effort to light a fire under the perpetually disappointing, embarrassment of a franchise.
Can the best keeper in the nation — if not the world — save the New York Knicks?