Balk's performance was a real eye-opener yesterday. I agree with what some of you guys are saying -- I don't think it's that he never had an offensive game, I think it's more that he was never given a real shot and any leeway to show what he could really do.
I mean can he possibly have a role on this team now? I for one never thought so, but after yesterday, hey, maybe man. Dude did it all -- that jumper does look improved -- question is 'how much'? Is it a go-to weapon now? iJoe's right -- he's always had one..He did take and make a few 3s during his 1st tour with the Knicks under Isiah but Oldtimer's right too -- it was sporadic back then at best. Balk taking 3s back then felt more like a gag reel. Now it looks more serious. Looked pretty solid shooting FTs too, showing nice touch and form at the line.
Again, I thought this guy was a waste and like everyone else, wanted him off the team asap -- not so sure now. I think I was wrong...He might be able to help us. Tell you what: if this guy can provide a little scoring now along with his trademark hustle/defense/rebounding run-the-floor/push-the-ball approach (dude surprisingly has a decent handle too -- he actually has the ability to rebound the ball and run the break, even showing the ability to go coast to coast and finish it all by himself on ocassion), he might have some value. Gotta be what Mike's thinking after witnessing his performance against the Nets. Maybe the Shawne Williams replacement has been right under our noses the whole time. I wanna see him get the same amount of playing time Wed. night. We need to see how much of an impact he has on the game for another lengthy stretch. Dude can impact the game in a lot of ways, esp. if he can score the ball now a little bit. Can't wait to see more.