One gets the feeling that the volatile Brown is due to go off at any moment, but so far he has kept his frustrations reasonably in check. During one postgame press conference he even apologized for being "feisty" in one of his answers. Sooner or later, though, the inscription on the coffee cup that he carries around at practice is bound to hit home: I COULD USE A LITTLE MORAL SUPPORT. A LITTLE IMMORAL SUPPORT WOULD BE FINE, TOO.
For Ewing, the eight defeats are two more than he endured in his final two seasons at Georgetown. And there are many more to come. He was asked how he's making the mental adjustment. "What can I do?" he answered. "There's nothing to do." With customary reticence he deflected questions about his elbow injury. "But thanks for asking," he added. Thanks for asking?
Meanwhile, players like Bannister and Thornton are getting more than their share of media attention, but wisely have not let it go to their heads. "I never thought I'd get this far in basketball," says Thornton, UC-Irvine's third-leading scorer (12.7) in his senior season. "I know one thing," says Bannister, "I could be gone at any time when people start getting healthy."
Grunfeld tried to put the mess that is the Knicks into perspective. "Honestly," he said, "we are trying our best."
Sadly, he's absolutely right.