Amare does need to get better at rotating in a timely fashion consistently. Turiaf does this beautifully. We just need a couple more guys who can rebound and clog the middle.
I really think Jorts can help in this area. JJ possibly too. Some other moderately priced C also.. Prysbilla, Foster maybe?? They can help no?
And what's Amare and his 2 blocks per, chopped liver? Not saying he's KG defensively or anything but..
Won't getting the best perimeter defender at his position help us greatly defensively? Can any of the let's get a big over Paul folk deny this??
Paul has sure-fire 2 way greatness. We need that. Every team needs that.
He wants to bring his game here and play w his boys, cut the heart out of Lebron and Co and bring a legit great team to MSG... Smh at anybody who can't embrace this.
Doc Rivers was average as hell before getting that core together. Having 3 guys like that makes everything easier dude. That's basketball fact. Acknowledge it!
You're so enamored by this "big 3" you're blinded by the obvious. We need size & depth to build around Melo & Amare. The "big 3" worked in Boston because of too many factors we don't have. Chris Paul does not address our needs & IMO it's an unrealistic thinking he will sign here.
I would take Doc and Frank in a heart beat compared to what we have sitting on our sidelines.
Doc may not be a great coach, but he is a very good motivator, which is the element of the makings of a very good coach.
Plus he knows to keep guys around him, to help be successful.
Thibbs first, now Frank.
But I will say now that we have two offensive weapons that are not premier defenders, they need to be surrounded by enforcers in the paint, as well as a high caliber distributor.
You get that core together first.
And why would he not sign here when he wants to be here?? That's been established from what I can remember..
We're one step away from a 6 yr window of dominant contention. Hang tight..
Peep this article. It's titled: Chris Paul Doesn't Regret 'Big Three' Toast At Melo's Wedding
Nothing to crazy or telling but it does give one a feeling that he wouldn't mind teaming up w our two Allstars.
NEW ORLEANS -- If the Knicks are to have the best chance at landing Chris Paul in 2012, they may want to consider keeping Mike D'Antoni around.
Paul, who faces the Knicks tonight at New Orleans Arena for the first time since his infamous champagne toast at Carmelo Anthony's wedding in July, heaped unsolicited praise on the Knicks coach, saying he is "a huge fan."
It may mean nothing. In 2012, it may mean everything. Paul becomes a free agent then. Knicks president Donnie Walsh purposely signed point guard Raymond Felton to only a two-year contract to make sure they have 2012 cap space for the Hornets' superstar point guard.
Paul was asked innocently after Hornets' practice about tonight's Knicks game.
"It's going to be a tough game," Paul said. "I'm a huge fan of Coach D'Antoni's, and he really has those guys going right now. And any time you have a personality like Amar'e [Stoudemire] on your team and Raymond running your show, you're going to be tough."
Paul, as reported in The Post, gave a toast during Anthony's Manhattan wedding reception to one day forming a "our own big three" in New York with Stoudemire and Anthony. Yesterday, Paul was asked by The Post if he regrets the toast.
"I don't regret anything during the summer," he said. "Everything that happens makes you stronger. Now I'm just happy to be on a great team that's playing really well."
In Sports Illustrated last week, Paul downplayed the toast, saying, "We were there having a good time. You're joking around; all different types of stuff is said."
Indeed, Paul is definitely a happy man -- for now. At least he's much happier than this past summer when he said if New Orleans isn't committed to winning, "I'm open to being traded."
Last night, the Hornets staged their holiday party and Paul was more apt to toast the Big Easy than the Big Apple.
"The summer is over," Paul said. "I'm just so happy it's the season now. We don't have to worry about [the speculation] anymore. It's all about the next game.
"We're playing. We're in-season. I don't think about anything, but trying to stop Raymond Felton and Amar'e in that pick and roll [today]."
Still, Paul keeps in touch with his buddy Stoudemire.
"Every now and then we talk," Paul said. "Most definitely [he's happy]. Especially whenever you can reconnect with a coach like that, especially Coach D'Antoni.
"I'm sure Amare's happy. Those guys are playing well. Amare's one of those guys who's going to play hard. That's what I love about him. He's just always going to compete and his game keeps getting better each year."
Stoudemire will be around five years. D'Antoni's contract expires after the 2011-12 season. With the Knicks at 10-9 -- first time over .500 this late in the season since 2004-05 -- D'Antoni could be offered a contract extension before the season is up if they continue winning.
As much as Paul is a big fan of D'Antoni, having played under him on the 2008 Olympic gold-medal-winning team, he's also a big fan of Hornets rookie coach Monty Williams.
New Orleans got off to its best start in franchise history with an 11-1 mark. The Hornets have dipped since to 13-5, but there's no chance they will trade Paul this season.
Knicks fans may want to root for the Hornets to flounder. The Hornets' attendance still is, ranked 25th in the NBA after drawing 10,866 Wednesday -- their lowest since 2008.
Team owner George Shinn is still trying to complete a sale.
"Even when we were 9-0, we kept saying if it was football season, it would look really good, but 82 games, 9-0 is nothing," Paul said.
Williams, a former Knicks first-round pick, and Paul have hit it off. Paul has adapted to Williams' San Antonio-style system after the Hornets' old Princeton offense initially installed by Byron Scott was scrapped.
"If he's changed, he's involving guys more and managing games better than he did in the past," Williams said. "He bought into my ideas. I've meshed mine with his. I think we make a fairly good team. We're building trust. He's a once in a lifetime point guard and I don't want to mess with it."
The Hornets' new team president, Dell Demps has made Paul believe in the franchise's diligence to make moves to win.
Demps, a former Knicks personnel director, traded for Trevor Ariza in the offseason and the Hornets' defense has improve. Ariza is the lockdown defender on the opponents' best player. Last month, Demps traded for Knicks-killing point guard Jarrett Jack to be Paul's backup.
And for now, Paul declines to elaborate on his 2012 future or Anthony's.
"I ain't talking about that," Paul said. "I have no clue. All I can do is worry about Chris Paul's future and right now my future is to shower and pick up my son from school."
He seems to really like D'ant. Hmmm..
Last edited by ronoranina; Jul 19, 2011 at 22:22.
That being said we need good defense in the center. If there's no MLE how do you think we will get a player like Jeff Foster? It all depends on the CBA. If the CBA has a hard cap of like 75 million then we could easily sign a third max AND pick up a good center. But if the CBA comes in at what it is now and the MLE is eliminated then it's going to be much tougher for the Knicks to pick up a good center.
I'm kind of tired at the moment. Didn't sleep well. So...I didn't read all the new posts today, I'll try soon.
I think both of sides (including me) are focusing too much at the PG and C position.
On my side, yes, the amount of centers out there are slim.
On the max PG side, that's not filling a need, that's just improving the position. I don't think we should spend money on a max PG just because we can't get a center. We need a back-up PG too. T-Mac and Anthony Carter would be perfect along with Billups.
Why is it that we should go after Paul if we get get a few guys with that money around two superstars? I think that people who want Chris Paul is admitting we have to assault teams on offense because of what our two superstars have shown on defense. If you say we can get any center available otherwise with the MLE, then I think that defeats the point of the argument that there is no centers available. And if we did get Dalembert or something, then we should spend the rest of the money on a SG and a another defender or two (Chuck Hayes).
Dalembert never said he's gonna accept the MLE either. If we can't get him or whatever, let's spend the money on other positions.
AND WHAT IS WRONG WITH BILLUPS? You people just want to say he's injury prone because you're head is in fantasy land about the beauty of a Chris Paul run offense when offense isn't our deplorable side of the court, at least talent wise.
Billups isn't injury prone, you want him to be. Why don't you hide in the shadows and try to tackle his legs so you can get Chris Paul.
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Really the thing is we need to have players buy in to a defensive system and actually concentrate on playing defense.
I don't recall Paul Pierce or Ray Allen being great defenders earlier on in their careers but they played well in a good defensive system because there was buy-in and a good coaching staff. That's what we need - guys who will try to get Amar'e and Carmelo to use their physical tools to play defense. Carmelo and Amar'e are two of the league's most athletic players, and they have ridiculous length, reach, and strength. Seeing them fail on defense is just sad.
First you said he was 7'2'' now he's 7'. Which is it brah?
He's 6'11'' dude. Pau I think is over 7' and he looks it. He definitely looks taller than KG.