Copeland needs some playing time especially against the Pacers.
Didn't Copeland play well against them last time or am I mistaken? I didnt do my research on that.
Get rid of Amare? You crazy. He's with us for better or worse. I doubt we will be able to trade him at this time because of his hefty price tag and his health liability. Amare will be back and much better. I'm sure he will put up all star numbers. Melo trusts Stat with scoring more than anyone else in the team. They just need more playing time together to gel. Felton is a really good point guard and just what the Knicks needed. Stat will do just fine with him at PG. It would be nice to have CP3 at PG but Felton is just so much cheaper and almost as good. Ray is obviously not the same caliber as CP3 but he isn't far behind at all. They are both pass first PG's that can score. CP3 is definitely the better passer but their ball handling and scoring are really similar IMO. CP3 might be a little better but the price jump isn't worth it. I think the difference is like 13.5 Million per year!Quote:
We gotta find a way to get rid of Amare, Novak, and Camby this summer. That's like 30 mill in salaries we can use to sign CP3 and a starting 4
Lets see how JR finishes the playoffs before we look to sign him.....remember not about regular season its about crunch time and what happens....his silly elbow, partying the night before the game and his inability to hustle back in game 5 is what got us to a 6 game series with the celtics.....which in turn lead to Melo having his shoulder hurt by KG
I agree. Novak sucks and he is a waste of 4 million dollars. Novak would only be effective with teams like the Miami Heat because they have superstars that drive to the hoop at will and ball handle well. The Knicks have basically one ball handler in Felton so Novak never gets open shots. Plus Novak is an embarassment because teams put their point guards on him and he is 6'10. He never shoots with guys guarding him close and he doesn't pump fake enough or shoot long 2 pointers. He doesn't play defense and sucks at rebounding. AND he gets more minutes than Copeland which I still to this day dont understand. He is not worth 4 million and we should dump him asap.
I was referring to Rob Low's post.Quote:
Not sure what you're responding to. This thread is about Novak.
I will be the lone person to disagree I guess. I like Novak. Always have. This year his his shooting percentage is down, but I would argue he's still one of the 5 best shooters in the league. his percentages is down because when Mike Woodson took over, he took away crucial plays which made Novak successful. Novak should be part of pick and rolls/pick and pops at the very least ONCE a game, a couple of screens for the man please. I mean you put him out there and have him just waiting for a pass that rarely comes, is ridiculous play calling. I blame Woodson for not finding plays to run for him, and I truly believe an offensive minded assistant coach is in order for next season. His defense is bad yes, but the point some made during this discussion about crawford scoring the points on him is funny to me. listen, Crawford is a shooting guard, he's 6'5. For the most part a 6'5 guard would beat a 6'10 forward off the dribble 70% of the time.
Look, I know he's not a great defender, but I think he's serviceable enough especially if he's hitting his shot. I think if you put the man in a position to do that, he will open up the court and make it much easier for the team to score.
I like copeland, and I like Novak. I don't agree though that if given the same amounts of outside shots, that Cope would be more efficient than Novak. This year, given Copelands limited playing time, his stats are nice, and he can do more than just shoot the ball (which I love) ... but if you are looking for a straight shooter, I would still go with Novak. And I think the Knicks need to implement both Novak and Copeland in their rotation. But putting them in the game means nothing if Woodson doesn't run plays to allow their shooters some room to get their shot off. His (Novak) defense may not be great but if used strategically -(Guarding Mahinmi or Hansbrough) he could be hidden on the defense end and still succeed on the offense end.