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The Reason Knicks lost to Heat: Lack of Patience down the stretch

April 16, 2012

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Watching the Knicks vs. Heat game today on ABC was really entertaining and could potentially be a playoff match up between these two squads. There was a lot to learn from this game today at Madison Square Garden. The key thing was the lack of patience the Knicks had at the end of the game on the offensive end.

The last six out of seven possessions with four minutes remaining were three pointers. The Knicks were only down three with 4:43 remaining in the game and Carmelo decided to chuck a three. The lack of patience to try to get to the basket or get a better look was killing them tonight. Granted, Carmelo did have 42 points on the game but he didn’t perform down the stretch like the Knicks need him too. In order to beat the Hear and the Bulls, #7 needs to be the best player on the floor. That doesn’t only mean offense. I am also talking about assists, and rebounds, and free throws.

But let’s get back to today’s Heat game. I am really worried about the Knicks point guard play without Jeremy Lin in for quite sometime. They have been able to get away with Baron Davis and Mike Bibby for the past few games but in today’s spotlight game it really showed their weakness. Baron Davis had 5 huge turnovers and one costly down the stretch. That impatience at the end of game could cost the team a chance to make a run to the NBA Finals.

Finally, I want to know if that was the strategy of Mike Woodson. Was it take 30 three pointers today and make them rain, or get to the basket and force Wade and Lebron into foul trouble? They got to the free throw line early but lost that confidence once they stopped rebounding the basketball.

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It’s a big concern to me and Knicks fans all around the country because this team has potential; they just need to make smarter decisions. And six three pointers with four minutes remaining is not a smart move in any type of game.

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Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire on Sesame Street

April 9, 2011

This is an awesome video of the new Knicks stars on Sesame Street with Grover. I love that they understand that Sesame Street is a major icon and they want to be a part of it because they used to watch it when they were young. Good to see them make a difference not only on the court but in the studio…

Carmelo Anthony says that the Knicks are going to have to wait till next year to compete

March 22, 2011

Via ESPN NewYork:

The words no Knicks fan wanted to hear came out of Carmelo Anthony‘s mouth during the last sentence he uttered Sunday afternoon before exiting into the cold, rainy grayness that ushered in the first day of spring in Wisconsin.

“It might take [until] next season,” Anthony said after the Knicks had their lowest-scoring quarter of the season — putting just nine points on the scoreboard over the first 12 minutes — in a 100-95 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks that wrapped up what can best be called a lost weekend.

After noting that the core of the team has been together for only three weeks, Anthony was asked how close the team is to being on the same page.

“We’re almost there. If everybody gets 100 percent on the same page, it might take [until] next season,” Anthony said. “Right now, in this short period of time, we’ve got to come together as a unit and just check out what we’re going to do, and do it. As far as everybody jelling and the chemistry clicking to where we want it to be, it’s going to take some time.”

So there you have it, 15 games into the new era that began with an atmosphere of euphoria, the timeline for achieving success has been publicly adjusted by the player who is expected to take the Knicks to the next level.

Photo By John Angiolillo (UPI)

With the Knicks already knowing that they are headed to the playoffs — something they’ve known since the day the big trade went down — the urgency that would come with fighting for a playoff spot is just not present.

And as a result, the Knicks are not only unpredictable and inconsistent, they are flat.

“We’re a ways from where we need to be,” Chauncey Billups said. “We have got a ways to go on both ends getting familiar.”

If you ever wanted to see flatness manifest itself into a 12-minute window into the soul (or lack thereof) of a team, you’d need to look no further than the first quarter of this game.

The Knicks weren’t sloppy in that first period, committing just one turnover. They weren’t passive, outrebounding Milwaukee on the offensive boards 3-1. They just looked bad, missing 21 of 25 shots as they fell behind by 23 points to create a deep hole they had to spend the rest of the day digging out of.

Dig out they did, getting themselves back in contention before halftime and twice pulling within one point in the third quarter.

Wilson Chandler and Raymond Felton are 10-4 since being traded to Denver.

But again they couldn’t get the stops they needed down the stretch (the Bucks scored on eight of their final nine possessions), again a referee’s discretion did not help them (Anthony was called for an offensive foul on a jump shot with 4:06 remaining, two days after he failed to get a whistle when Chris Wilcox of the Pistons appeared to foul him on a last-minute shot), and again they played down to the level of their opponent in dropping to 7-8 since the trade, remaining in seventh place in the East as they head into their first post-trade matchup with the Boston Celtics on Monday night at Madison Square Garden.

Chemistry is an issue. Cohesiveness is an issue. The center spot is a major issue, and the lack of any kind of reliable depth is an issue, too.

And then there is the issue of whether Anthony is refusing to buy into coach Mike D’Antoni’s offensive system, something Amare Stoudemire signaled was happening after Friday night’s loss at Detroit when Anthony bolted from the locker room and headed straight for the team bus without saying anything about his 0-for-5 fourth quarter and his 6-point performance.

“That was just one night, man. I don’t really focus on that night. It happened. Whatever happened, happened. Tonight, it is what it is,” Anthony said. “My thing is just to go out there and just really focus on trying to do what I have to do within the system, within the offense. And I never want guys on our team to feel like I’m going out of the system to get what I have to get, and do what I have to do. My thing is to focus on getting the system down pat. This is the system we’ll be running from here on out, and I just want to learn it and become great at it.”

The system produced three 20-point performances as Stoudemire scored 25, Anthony had 23 and Billups 21 before he fouled out, but the pace of play was again slower than the speed D’Antoni would prefer, and the inability to get a stop down the stretch was another chapter of a recurring theme.

“We’re frustrated with trying to finish games off and trying to win and all that, but I would think other than being frustrated, [the team’s morale] is good. We’re going to try to get this done,” D’Antoni said. “We’ll get it done, it’s just a matter of being calm and knowing our problems and working through.”

And what exactly was D’Antoni’s “it”?

The “it” he’s certain they’re going to get done?

“Playing well. That’s the it,” D’Antoni said. “It’s up and down, we’ve had some good games, we’ve hit a little stretch here where we’re pressing and not playing well.”

That about sums it up, and that is not the type of summation the Knicks wanted to have when they had a 15-game body of work behind them.

As Anthony said, it may take until next season.

That is not what he was saying when he arrived, but circumstances have forced him to temper his expectations.

At this point, merely playing a competitive series in the first round of the playoffs may be as good as it gets for these Knicks. But the possibility of it getting worse cannot be discounted, either. The final 13 games of the season will be telling.

Really Carmelo Anthony? This is what I ask myself every time I listen to a Carmelo Anthony press conference. All he has done since he has gotten to New York is complain and bash his own team in the media. To lose to Indiana twice, the Bucks, and now the Celtics after last night’s loss is completely depressing. I can’t take the losing anymore, let alone a guy saying they won’t be competitive till next year. Now my question is, “Is he giving up?” Cause honestly, it sure does look like that. He had a great game against Miami when he first got here but that is about all he has contributed to. He has not played defense, has not been a team player, and has not been able to bring the Knicks to victory. Notice how I keep mentioning the nots rather than the rights. As of right now the trade looks terrible because of the way Carmelo is responding to his team and the media. His former team, the Denver Nuggets are 10-4 in his absence. Says a lot about a certain superstar. But In the end, I hope he can get his act together and start caring about his team rather than the #7 on the back of his jersey…

Carmelo Anthony savior to the Knicks season?

February 24, 2011

Here is an article from ESPN and it states from a New York Knicks perspective of why this deal could backfire and not be what they wanted right now.

Via ESPN Commentary:

The New York Knicks just figured out a way to give up everything but the coasters for a borderline franchise player and still be a couple of years away from being ready to compete for an NBA championship.

In this case, a three-team, nine-player trade isn’t worth what some are going to try to make you believe. The Knicks gave Denver a king’s haul of three starters (Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton and Danilo Gallinari), a raw (but promising) 24-year-old 7-footer (Timofey Mozgov) and their 2014 first-round draft pick, yet the assumption will be that acquiring Carmelo Anthony will put New York right there with the Miami Heat in challenging the Boston Celtics for Eastern Conference supremacy.

But instead, the Knicks didn’t get a savior in Anthony, they got a big piece of bait. And in the process, they relinquished some of their most encouraging talent.

Yes, Anthony gives Amare Stoudemire a bona fide partner, one who can be a big help in matchups against the superstar-heavy Celtics and Heat. He finally gives the Knicks the relevancy they’ve craved.

But let’s briefly allow the facts to intrude on the fantasy. The Knicks already are the second-highest-scoring team in the NBA, and they just traded away half their roster for another offensive-minded player.

Right now, New York is slightly better than a .500 team, and it likely will stay that way for the rest of the season because the trade leaves it with a thin bench, an aging point guard (Chauncey Billups, who comes along with Anthony from Denver) to run a fast-paced offense and a nonexistent defense.

 Supposedly, one of the biggest reasons Anthony was worth getting at any cost was that it’s assumed he’ll coax Chris Paul, Deron Williams or Dwight Howard to come to New York when they become free agents next year.

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But while we don’t know what the salary cap will be in the next collective bargaining agreement, it’s very likely the Knicks will have limited payroll space if the cap is anywhere near what it is now. No matter how trendy it becomes for stars to join up with other stars, as LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh did in Miami, I can’t see any quality superstar giving the Knicks the kind of discount they might need to complete a Heat-like triumvirate.

I’m not ready to call the Anthony trade a bad deal for New York, but I am saying it’s less than ideal. The Knicks’ reality is selling another fantasy.

For the Nuggets, this was a best-case scenario. They didn’t receive equal value for Anthony, but they got more than enough, including second-round picks in 2012 and 2013, which the Knicks had acquired from Golden State when the Warriors signed David Lee last summer.

Anthony, by the way, deserves credit for that. By making his intentions known to the Nuggets from the beginning, Denver had the opportunity to recoup its losses.

Just ask Cleveland how important a heads-up from a superstar can be.

I’m not suggesting the Knicks don’t need Anthony. Who can’t use a 25-points-per-game scorer who can fill up the basket from any spot on the floor?

 But I question their strategy. I’m just not convinced this is the best way for the Knicks to make themselves championship contenders.

And their own history proves it.

When they were consistent competitors in the 1990s, they put a terrific group of role players around their superstar, Patrick Ewing. Those Knicks teams had ferocious defenders who exuded toughness. The Knicks’ championship team in 1970, revered for winning the franchise’s first title, was built around Willis Reed and also had the NBA’s top-ranked defense.

Prior to the Melo deal, the Knicks seemed to be building their team in that mold. Felton and Chandler have become very solid players. Gallinari is finally proving why he was the sixth overall pick in the 2008 draft; he leaves the Knicks averaging a career-best 15.9 points per game. Of course, none of them have Melo’s star power or his individual offensive ability, but they are better pieces in a team’s whole than people realize.

The Melo deal is troubling because it seems as if New York is more concerned with restoring its reputation as a franchise that can attract big stars than setting up a viable long-range plan.

Remember, the Knicks were once convinced they would get James, too. Despite the now-infamous toast Paul made at Anthony’s wedding last year, which indicated he was open to joining Stoudemire and Anthony in New York, a lot can happen between now and the summer of 2012.

There’s no question it played to Melo’s advantage when James shunned New York for Miami. It made the Knicks desperate, and I’m not so sure they needed to be.

As special as Anthony is, he isn’t James. He doesn’t have the kind of game, leadership or charisma that can instantly transform a team. There’s a reason Anthony’s teams have been eliminated in the first round of the NBA playoffs six times in seven years, including once by the Clippers.

But let’s not let those inconvenient facts spoil this for New Yorkers.

They’ve landed their bait.

…This is the greatest article I have read about the deal. It comes from my perspective of the deal but it also states that right now the Knicks gave up the future for a scorer. Is that the right thing to do? For me, it hurt a lot because you gave up 4, twenty to twenty-six year old kids who were coming into their own. They got 3 thirty year olds out of this deal. How bad is that? I am sorry but right now the Nuggets got the best out of that deal. They are ready to win while the Knicks are ready to form their Big three with Melo, Stoudemire, and CP3 in 2012. As a Knicks fan, I loved the team that I was watching for part of the season because they were a team to like. They only had one superstar and they played for the heart of the game…

…That is why I love the Nuggets now and everyone on this blog knows that I am a Memphis Grizzlies fan because they don’t have a superstar. I hate that word when it comes to the NBA. SUPERSTAR. What a bad word and I hate the meaning of it when you are talking about the NBA. Does anyone remember the #8 seed Warriors beating the #1 Mavericks in 2008. Who was a star on that team? How bout the 1999-2000 Knicks when they reached the Finals. Who was their star? I can’t stand that word and it makes me realize that the NBA is all about these great big market teams and then small market teams will literally have to will their own way to win. That is why if you love the game of basketball you root for teams like Thunder, Warriors, and Sacramento Kings. They don’t have stars but play as a Team and love of the game…

…This deal showed to New York and the NBA that we are all about the money and winning later in life when we get the best players in the league. This needs to change soon because I am sick of that. I love Carmelo and what he brings to the table but let’s see if the Knicks can be playing playoff basketball come the summer time…

The New York Knicks plan

July 11, 2010

Going into this Free Agency Period the New York Knicks had a plan. Regardless if they got Lebron James or Dwayne Wade they were going to make some moves and they did…

The first move they made is they picked up big man Amare Stoudemire who will control the middle for them. This gives them much-needed rebounding help, post presence, and defensive help. This was a need for them because that was their big trouble last year.

The Knicks established their power forward spot but needed someone to get Amar’e the ball. They went out and signed free agent point guard, Raymond Felton to be the captain of the offense. Raymond Felton brings the Knicks a very good passing game, good offensive tempo, solid outside shot, and he is not afraid to bring the ball to the basket. His career averages are 13 points and 6 assists a game which will allow the Knicks to win a few more games next year with his veteran experience. Scouts and experts criticize the Knicks that they do not get a good point guard every year.  But this year, the Knicks found themselves the player they wanted.

Then they went out and picked up two other big men that needed to clog up the middle and play the center position. They went out and picked up Milwaukee’s 44th pick in the draft, Jerome Jordan, a 7 footer from Tulsa. He is long, athletic,and can block shots. He averaged over 2 blocks from his sophomore to senior year. He works well in the D’Antoni system because he can run the floor, play great defense, and score at the rim with relative ease. The other big man is Russia center Russian center Timofey Mozgov. Mozgov has been rated DraftExpress’ #1 International Free Agent prospect for the past two years. He is a big, strong, athletic center with very nice upside. (Check videos below for more of these two players)

With the front court set and the point guard position handled, they couldn’t possibly bring back the fan favorite David Lee. Trust me fans, David Lee is my favorite player on the Knicks and will always be my favorite player in the league but he couldn’t stay and play with Amar’e. Instead they made a sign-and-trade and got Anthony Randolph, Ronny Turiaf and Kelenna Azubuike. Anthony Randolph has been quoted by GM Donnie Walsh as a “special talent” and that means a lot. The kid is only 20 years old and he is lean, athletic, and can play defense. Put him alongside of Amar’e in this D’Antoni system and the two will mesh like spaghetti and meatballs. I really like the guys they got out of this trade. Another big man who plays defense, a great shooter, and a top talent in the league. While it is sad David Lee is gone, these players really excite me and I can see them producing right away.

…The point to this whole post is the Knicks had a plan. They filled all the pieces they needed and they will ultimately become a much better team. I think Jordan will turn into the future center after a solid summer league, Amar’e will give them more wins, and with the point guard help of Raymond Felton giving the ball to hot shooter Gallinari and Chandler, I think this team has a bright future. Not to mention they have more money for next years free agency. They already have 13 million. Get rid of Eddy Curry’s 11 million and maybe Carmelo Anthony will be calling a visit to the Big Apple soon. But the key was getting rid of players like Al Harrington and Chris Duhon who were hurting the team rather than helping. Next years team will be so much better because there is a PLAN in place…