Is D'Antoni really stepping out of his strict regime of running players ragged?
(Knicks coach Mike) D’Antoni said though his two rookies — center Josh Harrellson and first-rounder combo guard, Iman Shumpert — had poor shooting nights, they will be in the opening-day rotation. The two youngsters combined to shoot just 4 of 22, but they have added defensive grit to go along with Chandler’s defensive demeanor.
“It’s going to be a pretty long rotation all year,” D’Antoni said. “It should be at least 10, 11 guys, maybe even 12. I think the two rookies, they are going to be a part of everything and have earned some time.’’
Well, well! Looks as if the HC is changing his (overplayed) tune. He's never been afraid to throw rookies in the mix, clearly, but this is a whole new sway for a D'antoni ball club. Last season's obvious wear and tear on STAT was probably the catalyst.
I like the idea - adding cohesion to 2, or more, units.
Presumably, he'll be keeping a star on the floor, as he did against NJ with Melo, and will no doubt rely on his second unit - which may or may not be under the tutelage of Mike Brown - for defensive purposes.
Something along the lines of:
Bibby, Shump, Balkman (?), Jefferies and Jorts as the second.
And tonight's starting 5 remaining as the go to at tip off.
● Davis and Iman, IMO, will be the question marks here; how their play alongside our Big 3 pans out determines the role of Fields and Douglas, who, and this a matter of personal opinion, would be better in backup roles, leaving a 2nd unit along the lines of:
Douglas, Landry, Balkman (?), Jeffries, Jorts and perhaps Novak, in collusion with Melo as our best offensive player. As far as I see it, that is still a decent 5 to have on, and I'm happy to see that Mike is not stuck in his mode.
Have at it, gentlemen!