Kiya, in my experience on other message boards I have come to realize that posters like yourself who are so vehemently against a particular GM, coach or player are a waste of time to debate with. We will have to agree to disagree on this one. I for one am not losing any sleep over losing Landry Fields. He was a nice player for us in his rookie season but regressed badly last season. I am confident that the Knicks will be able to replace his production without much trouble. What I am concerned about is Shump's rehabilitation like you mentioned (which is a legitimate concern). I have no concerns about this GM, to me he has proven he knows what he's doing.
STAT what he is trying to say is that Grunwald put all of our time and effort in getting Nash when we needed to be addressing our current players and other important positions first. We didn't land Kidd because he woo'd him here, we landed him because of Kidd and Chandlers relationship. Grunwalds a good GM but a young one that doesn't understand that you can't just sit and wait for one player in FA, you have to address what you can control in the mean time. Nyets didnt wait for Deron to make his decision before adjusting their roster, instead their FO pulled the Joe Johnson deal with no knowledge of him coming back or not. We wasted time starving over Nash and guys that could have been decent role players slip through our fingers. Grunwald has got to learn how to manage different scenarios at once and not wait for what he expects or hopes to happen before improving our roster.
Free agents get recruited by their friends all the time in the NBA. Tyson Chandler said himself he thought Jason Kidd was going to sign with Dallas & was as surprised as anyone that he chose the Knicks. Do any of us know any of the conversations that were happening between Grunwald & Kidd or his agent prior to him choosing us? Why is it automatically assumed that Grunwald had nothing to do with Kidd signing here & it was all Tyson Chandler's doing? I don't get this mentality. It was Grunwald that chose to forego being big players in this year's free agency pool by trading for Tyson Chandler last year, & he proved to be a very valuable addition to our franchise. It was Grunwald who picked up Lin & Novak on waivers, when there were plenty of other guys he could have signed instead. It was Grunwald who drafted Iman Shumpert & Josh Harrellson, both of whom were contributors last season & Shumpert looks to be the best defensive guard I've seen in a Knicks' uniform in over a decade. How does anyone say all those moves were "no brainers" when no one on this forum would have ever guessed that Lin, Novak & Shumpert would have blossomed into the players they became for us last season?
As for the Nets, we're not sure how their moves will work out but I for one think they screwed themselves royally by committing so much longterm cap dollars into players like Joe Johnson & Gerald Wallace. I don't think they will be able to get Dwight Howard anymore, & to me he's the only player they could have gotten that will truly impact their franchise to become championship contenders, as great of a player as Deron Williams is, he needs another stud to play with him to get that team to where they want to go. Joe Johnson & Gerald Wallace are not the players that will do it for them.
Just because the Knicks were after Nash does not mean they were planning on letting Lin go if we were successful. I don't believe for a second that the Knicks were thinking of letting Lin go under any circumstances. It is my belief that even if we were to have gotten Nash, we would have still matched Houston's offer for Lin to be the backup for a year or 2 & then take over when Nash was in the last year of his deal. The marketability of that kid cannot be underestimated, Dolan wouldn't let that cashcow walk to another franchise.
4. Can you honestly quit with this ****, MELO ISNT GOING ANYWHERE. I honestly don't know why you bother being such a troll and keyboard warrior over such a moot point. It was "ISO MELO" for the first half of the season because he was asked to do things he hadn't done before and be the point forward in the DIRE lack of a point guard.
During Linsanity when he was constantly attacking the basket, it was amazing, Allen Iverson-like. He knocked down mid-range and three point shots efficiently, and I do hope he improves his shooting, but I don't want him to do a lot of it. Of course, when teams started figuring him out/played him harder he couldn't do it as much, but he has the skills and work ethic to maybe get back to that. I'm all for mixing it up, but the constant attacking would be huge and be an example of for the rest of the team not to settle. I couldn't ask anything more from him on offense when he was attacking and never settling during Linsanity.
I just hope he's working on his Handles, Dribbling and Ball security, No doubt he can get to he rim but the turnovers must decrease.
Control and ability to read the defense is KEY.
I hope he does too, because that really opened up the floor for everyone, made his assisting easy.. But I hope it takes it easy sometimes.. I mean he seriously got BEAT UP every single game, and it really worried me. I don't want him to get injured again
I hope he passes it to someone other than Landry Fields.
Because he's gonna have to now.
Penetration was what was missing from the Knicks before Linsanity. That horrible stage of Toney Douglas purgatory.
The 2 that will benefit the most from penetration are STAT and Melo. STAT, obviously can reforge a bit of faith throughout the fan base if he can establish (figure out is probably more fitting) a good P&R/P&P with Lin and start hitting those jumpers again.
Chandler, naturally will benefit as well, Novak needs Lin like rapey people need vans.