Great post. I agree, Melo has the defensive ability to take his defense to the next level but he just needs the heart & pride to do so. George Karl could never get Melo to play defense on a consistant level, no coach can; it's all about the heart of the player.
I also agree, I feel the Knicks will get hot come playoff times. It's only been 12 games. What were the Heat's record after 12 games? MIA has an entire offseason of training camp, 30+ preseason games & an entire preseason before tying to gel. Also, what were the Knicks record after our 1st 12 games of the season? That was also with a full offseason.
We've only been a team for 12 games with 1 or 2 practices at the most; with 5 starters who weren't here last year. I'm sure MDA & the players already have a "great feel for one another". The players have been the one's who have played 'down to the level of their opponents' but that doesn't change the fact that we're 5-2 against winning teams since the trade.
This is not the 'finished product'...