Probably the easiest identifiable (and correctable) weakness right now -- we're relying heavily on Kurt Thomas and Ronnie Brewer to get us through some tough times and they're both not up for the challenge. Flat out just ain't getting it done..Ain't cuttin' it....Starting to throw away games because of it imo..Suddenly depth isn't looking like a strength on this team anymore...Sprinkle in some James White, a guy who's available to Woody but obviously not even good enough to step in for the struggling Brewer (let's call it like it is--Brew's been awful lately on both ends and starting to look more like a below average signing rather than a steal)...I think we could use an upgrade at both of these positions (2/3 and backup 4/5). We don't have the chips to make a big trade or even cap space to absorb uneven salary in a deal...Ain't happening..So what do we do? Sit on our hands and continue to throw these guys out there (guys we know can't get the job done on a steady/consistent basis) and hope for the best or look to be proactive & improve a different way?
Easiest move we can make right now -- buy out/outright waive Kurt Thomas and James White (still willing to keep Brewer around for the time being), open up the 2 roster spots and import some solid D-League talent at these positions on league-minimum contracts. I recommended the 6'10" JaJuan Johnson and Chris Douglas-Roberts from the NBDL, although there are plenty of guys out there that fit this mold (PF Kevin Jones was a guy I thought could help us but the Cavs scooped him up a couple of weeks ago)...CDR's off the table now btw -- just got called up by the Mavs (strange because they waived Derek Fisher--you'd think they'd go for more of a PG like a Shelvin Mack or Ben Uzoh, not another wing--they're stacked at the 2/3--but whatever, it was just a matter of time before CDR got the callup from someone--he earned it and I'm glad for him. Missed opportunity for us big-time if you ask me---this guy's a better talent than Brewer and White put together and would've made for a nice 2G tandem to go along with JR Smith while we continue to wait on Shumpert who's more than a month away)...JJ's a young big man who's still wet behind the ears, that's true, but he's everything Kurt Thomas isn't -- taller, longer, indisputably more talented, younger/more athletic, would be a better rebounder (we're getting killed on the glass nightly and KT isn't making up the difference), he's a shot-blocker and would be a better scorer at this stage. This kid's worth taking a chance on. With Sheed out now indefinitely with the stress reaction and Camby pulling his usual nonsense with injuries, we need help up front right now however we can get it. Don't care that the imports I'm talking about are young players (we can't add anyone else--we don't have the trading chips or cap room to add more experienced talent) or that Amar'e & Shump are almost back. They ain't back yet and I don't wanna throw away another game...Go get me this kid JJ and then continue looking for a 2G upgrade on the cheap somewhere. They're out there man. Go find one...Kidd's been a nice surprise but is starting to come back down to Earth, plus the last thing I wanna do is run him into the ground.
3 earlier qtrs his offense was main reason of our weakness, so one qtr doesn't repair it when we lose game.
,,At least Raymond brings dribble penetration and a pretty good mid range jumper(on most nights at least), the penetration being something the knicks SORELY need."
Kidd should run offense, and Felton play SG if he wants take so many shots.
Kidd can only play a certain amount of minutes. Prigioni as well.
the mass hatred of felton on this forum makes me shake my head.
other than losses to Houston and Chicago, Knicks are 19-3. was Felton really responsible for all losses?
and what percentage of his play was he responsible for the wins?
remember, he's playing with 2 bruised hands!
the man can't even jerk off!
We're talking about last game, I don't balme him for all our losses. Sometimes he takes too many stupid shots. Felton has bad shot selection. If he's running offense, he shouldn't take such stupid shots, but create open position for teammate and pass to him.
Our worst losses came against the rockets, they beat us because our perimeter defense is bad. So there you have it.
The heat got a championship without being the best rebounding team, but boy.. did they have a good small ball defense last year!
I have a rule regarding trusting knee injury rehab/return... gotta see it to believe it. 99%IMO don't make it back to 100% of their old self. But if he does that should be a big boost.
Lol at the hair... which has me thinking of "the hare"
And Kidd will probably finish games in place of Felt unless Felt is on fire. Melo at the 4 should only be done in extreme circumstances. I would like to get use to Melo at the 3, stat at the 4.
I agree we should surround them with defenders and ball movers, but STAT has to pick up the rebounding slack and offensive slack when Melo is cold or in foul trouble.
As the "experts" keep saying: "the Knicks can keep up thier great perimeter shooting because it comes in the flow of the offense...." I agree for the most part. The problem comes when you play teams like the Bulls that chase you off the 3 point line. Then you really need to hammer the ball inside. STAT returning should fix some of that. Sheed/Camby should help as well. We should be able to play frontcourt by committee. Funny thing is melo is our best post player. Our bigs should rebound better once we get healthier. This team is still a work in progress but "in Melo we trust." Having that superstar covers other team deficiencies. Example: melo's 19 in the 4th last night to save our bacon vs the loveless t-wolves. I bet The end of Friday nights Bulls game would have been a bit different if melo hadn't been shown the early gate.
Found this video that talked about Knicks weaknesses and what happened in that Houston vs NY game.
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Basically, our 3 point offense is designed so that we don't really have players in the paint for offensive rebounds, and that kills us. Additionally, some notable players really hurt our defense if you watch the video.
Too many 3's is also a big problem, because the % is bound to come down.
I forget the stats but our record is great when we keep the opposition under 100. That's indicative of rebounding and lack of penetration. I watch these quick guards run circles around us and it pisses me off.
We looked like a legit contender last year when our def was on. Shump was a big part of that and we will be legit once he's back.