I don’t wanna get all paranoid and Nick Nolte on you, but Penny Hardaway’s point shaving in the film “Blue Chips” looked more natural than the meltdown the veteran guard presided over in the final moments against Sacramento last night. The last time one player did nearly as much to prise an opposition defeat from the jaws of a Knicks victory, it was Reggie Miller making the choke gestures at Spike Lee.

(Penny confronts the smothering D of Mike Barnes, a player who has stopped some the biggest names in the game. At practice).