Yes, but last game we lost because of something else, and the game before something else, and then Melo was shooting like crap and then STAT couldn't hit the side of a barn door and then Lin turned it over too much and then we lacked Tyson and then Jeffries and before all of that it was because we had no point guard.
Originally Posted by kinein
There's enough excuses to fill a warehouse with this team, but never have I seen such apathetic coaching go by unchallenged. I think anyone in any sport with this kind of record vs talent would be getting fired and MDA's time is over. Simple.
i agree 100% the defense intensity is down & i never expect it to be "high" because neither stat nor Melo are defensive players the front office knew this when we signed stat and when they traded for melo, but offensively you say melo's game is iso i agree it is iso, but do we really want melo Iso'in half the game and taking contested shots or do we want him getting free getting open shots off of "plays" when melo is open Lin rarely gives him the ball. Our offense is P&R and ISO. the P&R is not working teams are locking down the paint majority of our points come from bad ISO & LIN DRIVES. When Lin is having a hard time our Whole offense has a hard time because there are no Plays being made the ball is playing hot potato east and west until someone takes a bad shot or Lin throws the ball over to Melo because the pressure is starting to make him sweat and he gets scared to do anything with the ball.
Originally Posted by munco
When your pg is taking more shots than your stars there is a issue there.
Amare thrived last year because he played center and we surrounded him with shooters who can stretch the ball as far as the 3 point line. Melo is not some lethal 3 point shooter like Gallo was and Amare cant spread the floor to the 3 point position like Wilson chandler did. I think Dantoni is trying to mimic what he had with Felton and the former knicks squad we had where we move the ball around and try to play the p&r game, but thats just not Melo's game & when he misses these shots you scratch your head like how can he miss those. Melo is not a spot up shooter he is a iso player & has always been just that now your asking him to move the ball around and let Lin set him up and stripping him from his strengths, but when Lin fails to set him up he's in a situation where he has to take a bad shot.
We need to either build a iso team around carmelo.
Build a MDA team which means SOMEBODY has to go.
I really cant see us going anywhere far with both Melo&Stat they show flashes of making it work but not consistently enough to make any championship runs. they both need the ball in the same certain spots which makes it arguably easier to guard our offense. Chandler packing up the paint does not make it easier offensively and then you have fields who is a terrible outside shooter.
We were on a winning streak when Amare & Melo were out not just because of the hustle but because it had the pre melo trade knicks feel where the ball moved around smoothly which favors Bumtoni's style. Like i said he is lost when Amare&Carmelo are on the floor at the same time.
Add that with our stars not knowing how to play with Lin and you just create more issues as we see now on this losing streak.
Originally Posted by Almost_famous718
:beer: :agreed: :beer:
u hit the hammer right on the head....whether KO members want to accept the
truth (there is no system or set plays) its on them, if someone wants to believe a
3-ball shot is a design play when the game is not on the line....let them.
If they havnt notice that Lin-Sanity put a stop to the team having the Green-Light
to shoot 3-balls its on them....if they think Lin-Sanity was wrong for not passing
the ball to Stat & Melo in the final 4 minutes of the Bulls game, then they need
to count all the offensive-rebounds the Bulls grabbed 6 minutes before the final 4
minutes of the game....they need to ask someone who job is it to help Tyson Chandler
with the defensive-rebounds?
Originally Posted by munco
1) we didnt pick or screen before Lin-Sanity, we was a greenlight 3-ball team
2) Jared Jefferies brang all the energy & effort to get teammates to co-exist
3) we dont have a 2nd unit, we have 3-new players added in the rotation
4) a 2nd unit is 4 to 5 bench players in a lineup getting 6 to 8 minutes of straight
playingtime in a quarter....our so-call 2nd unit has not had 90 minutes on the court in a lineup
in 42 games.
Call our so-call 2nd-unit what they are "BENCH-PLAYERS" with different minutes of
playingtime each game.
Our headcoach has been giving 34+ minutes of playingtime to our big-3 frontcourt
players for 42 games....and the 3 bigmen players are lost on offense, and lost on
defense to where we have made our oponents look like Dennis Rodman, Pippin, and Jordan...
I agree. Watching that 7 game Lin streak was the most fun i've had watching the Knicks in over a decade and that is dead now. I don't even care I just don't want Melo here. I just don't like his game, even when its effective, which its not. He never really showed his game made teams all that much better anyway. Id say the time they went to the conference championships was more to do with Billups leadership than anything. If he was at a lower contract and we had someone else like Billups that could take over in clutch situations then I'd be fine with melo. But we don't. Melo's ego will never allow a guy like Lin to take over games at the end instead of him.
I don't like melo's attitude as much as the next. But can't blame him for everything. Some of it has to go to Stat and MDA too.
Originally Posted by Forrest17
Whats obvious is our two superstars lacking ALOT of effort on a nightly basis but expect/demand the ball for 20+ shots whilst only hitting a low percentage of them. Melo especially with his outside shots and bad shot selection just kills the offense.
Stat with his disappearing act on the boards and on the defensive end. MDA with his inability to coach anything resembling defence and reducing our offense to one on one basketball.
I wonder what Donnie Walsh, who made all this happen, must be feeling?
IMO something like: "the Knicks are toast and out of playoffs + Indy is doing ****ing great. Good job Donnie." :teeth:
Originally Posted by quiggle
Originally Posted by smokes
The Knicks without Melo and Amare - average 90 pts allowed and scored 9+ pts then they do with Melo and Amare.
* Its a lot of things true but I'll summarize it - and recommend you do what I did and obtain recordings of the last 15 games -re-watch them all and analyze : hustle, defense, rebounding, energy, oh and hustle. Melo and Amare are making 38$ million this year - they are secured with a lot more money over the next few years - and now that they've been outed, the knicks won't be able to trade them away. 1-dimensional players at an over-paid price. No one wants them. Though if you put Jeremy Lin on the market, he's insta-gone.
Leadership and accountability. I think the Coach and team needs to make Chandler and Lin the leaders - I think those two have the best combination of maturity, heart, and work-ethic.
How do you coach a player that doesn't even join the team huddles for coaching?
Anthony appeared frustrated when the period ended and sat on the bench, rather than join the huddle.
"I do that every game," he said.
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^ This is symptomatic of what's wrong with the culture of the NBA, too.
D'antoni neither can nor has any inclination to go about changing that as one man.
When a coach beefs hard with a star two things almost always happen:
the beef between player and team/city grows
player is traded
Let's just be real, in the NHL the behavior of Amare/Melo wouldn't happen, on any level.
If it did, they would be told to sit their lazy ****ing asses down....by some combo of coach or OTHER players on team.
And that would happen if they dogged but *one* play/rebound.