Hmm not sure what MDA is thinking making comparisons between Melo and Bird lol unless CP3 been coaching Melo over the summer I think he's dreaming...The Knicks had to lose Chauncey Billups to acquire Tyson Chandler, but Mike D'Antoni feels comfortable moving forward without a proven point guard.
D'Antoni says that Toney Douglas is capable of running the point guard position and that the offense will run through Carmelo Anthony as the Celtics did with Larry Bird.
"We got a lot better real quick," said D'Antoni of the Chandler acquisiton.
Melo is an able passer. With MDA type ball movement, the assists of Melo may reach Paul Pierce+ type figures this season; if we bring in any guard with actual PG skills, too, that man + Melo could get the job done.
I'm also guessing that MDA is figuring out a way to maximize Amare's effectiveness, and utilizing Melo in this way may actually help Amare's game, too in the ned.
I wouldn't say Melo's passes are as nimble and nifty as, eg Gallo's were, but I can't wait to watch this go down.
If he can change that then great but 7 years of bad habits don't disappear in 1 offseason.
That's my reservation in calling Melo a "great" passer. Idk for sure if he has the chops to have an offense legit run through him like that.
He definitely can make very strong passes, though, with quick, competent decisions. Def true.
IMHO, I just have never seen the touch or creativity in passing ability that you've seen in certain NBA forwards who have had offenses run through them as point forwards at some time in their careers.
Not to say Melo *can't* develop his passing game more, though. When MDA first said Melo could be averaging tripple doubles here, right after he signed and MDA had seen him up close and personal, it wouldn't surprise me.
im liking the idea, melo has shown good skills as a facilitator when he needed to be and with this team as formed he could be. sure we can get a respectable C but the focus of the offense is running through Melo and stat, and dont forget MDA is a great offensive genius he could make a system work with the guys we got so dont be worried about that end
The Knicks future will be thrown out the window when they release Chauncy
Billups to amnesty.
The Knicks moved 3 steps foward lastseason to only go 5 steps backwards
at the start of the 2011-12 season by waiving Billups to amnesty.
Just when I thought Billups accept being a Knicks during the offseason to give
this decade misguided Knicks franchise some REAL leadership on/off the court
in a short 66 game season....Dolan & parties give Billups the boot.
What do Melo know about the Eastern Conference? hint, the same as Dantoni....
first round knockout.
Melo is going to lead the Knicks in Defense & offense ha-ha...if this is the
same Melo I watch in Syracuse & Denver the only thing Melo will lead the
Knicks in is scoring and shot attempts.
that charge, I'll take that stance. ... At the end of the day, we
will be a great defensive team.” quote Melo
Toney Douglas need a year or two of Billups guidance to controll
the super-Big ego Melo & Amare. Shump will have to make the
jump into the NBA without any leadership in the backcourt....who
team is the Knicks? Melo vs Amare vs Dantoni = misguided!!!
We got the best Frontocurt in the NBA(Anthony-Chandler-Stoudemire) and we can now focus on our backcourt but even if we dont Douglas-Fields-Shumpert are gonna be phenomenal defensively and will fill in their roles on offense perfectly. Hopefull we bring over Jerome Jordan as our back up C and re-sign Shawne Williams we are better defensive team than we were last year and just as good offensively maybe better since we have a Center who can finish. Plus our staff is better with an Offensive guy in D'Antoni and a Defensive guy in Woodson
The Knicks are back...........you better be happy
Knicks make major moves, bring CP3 and D12 over, bring Wilson Chandler back, and start Paul, Chandler, Anthony, Stoudemire and Howard... Kiyaman flips out on how bad we are and are totally screwed because we can't do anything without Mozgov and Mardy Collins...
I agree completely with MDA on this one. Being able to play point foward is the difference between Melo and Lebron/Kobe. I think I made a thread a while back, never really thought it could come true.