Posting & Toasting — or P&T, as it’s called — is one of 30 loosely affiliated fan-run basketball communities, a small part of the 312-blog hydra that is SBNation, an online sports network that claims 20 million hits a month. SBNation’s basketball blogs all have different moods: the Nets blog is generally angry; the Lakers blog is stubbornly triumphalist; the Heat blog is weirdly deserted and unloved — and P&T is mordant, intermittently hilarious and a little absurd.
Posters & Toasters noticed long ago that Knicks point guard Raymond Felton resembles a duck or a penguin, and recent injuries to Felton’s hands have inspired hundreds of heartfelt posts from fans worried about his "flippers" and the delicate webbing between his toes. Joe Flynn, who provides game previews and analysis from a desk somewhere in China, begins his posts by supplying the Mandarin names for Knicks opponents.
Fans who have noted the distressing tendency of Knicks management to understate the severity of players’ injuries have taken to reinterpreting the scant medical data the team releases. When Carmelo Anthony missed two games with a hyperextended knee, panicked Posters & Toasters concluded, after some debate, that the star forward’s leg had fallen off.