For some reason, we’re still keeping an eye on the ongoing slog toward season’s end for the Knicks. (We’re fascinated by Bill Walker, we guess.) So we couldn’t help but notice that down the stretch of the Knicks’ loss to the Rockets at MSG yesterday, there were three former Knicks on the floor: Jordan Hill, Jared Jeffries, and Trevor Ariza. It worked: The Rockets held off Toney Douglas and the Knicks 116–112, in Tracy McGrady’s first game against his former team, if you still consider that a story. The real fun was before the game, though, when Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni, in response to a question about why he didn’t play Jordan Hill, said, “I don’t like to play bad rookies.” Hill, who has been much better for the Rockets than he was for the Knicks, took the insult in stride, probably because Houston has thirteen fewer losses than New York.