The issue with Mike Chicken Little...is he thinks IF he has a certain player to do 1 thing he LIKES..everything is fine...A coach teaches n work with WHATEVER he has...Riley came here with no Magic n taught Defense with CBA Ballers..The issue until he fired is what he teaches..Just Shoot the BAll in 7 sec..THAT IT...No Cutters n Box out or Defense Rotation Help...WORSE OF ALL...AMARE is worse than Lebron with NO POST GAME..Melo SHOULD BE Feature in the POST 60% of the time...#1 of all HE ALWAYS Get out coach by Rookies that preach DEFENSE!!!
I can't stand D'Antoni and can't wait until they get a real coach in hear who gives a damn about defense but, lets face facts there's not a lot of talent on this team and it remains to be seen if the stars can play together.
At least we stopped jacking up threes (even though we might have had more of a chance to win the last two games if we did with the way they were playing).
In my opinion, Amare and Melo's lack of chemistry all comes down to the coach. They don't play well off of each other, because of D'Antoni's lack of structure.
Case in point: the oldest, most effective play in the book, between bigs and wing players: the pick and roll, does not seem to be used by these two. Amare never screens for Anthony; and if he did, I doubt Anthony would pass the ball to a rolling Stoudemire.
As others have said here, it's up to the coach to motivate the players to go to this potentially devastating strategy.
The first few games have, so far, featured use of the pick and roll between Melo and Chandler, with STAT standing behind the 3-point line. This makes no sense, whatsoever.
Bingo, it's up to coach to get his team together. If his players don't fit into his system, change the system. The problem is D'Antoni looks at each player very indivudally, he moves Amare toward being a combo forward because Tyson needs a lot of space in the low post, he keeps Carmelo playing isolation, because this is his game. He forces Douglas to keep shooting threes, because that's where Toney feels he's good at. And that's why it looks we are not a team but a group of random individuals. D'Antoni has to make a scheme that would be something between players' favors and team's needs.
He got his team together tonight and those 3's dropped for them but I got to see the knicks working with both amare, melo, and Chandler before I say extend that coach
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lastly him becoming head coach is too Isiah Thomas-esq of a choice. If anything Adelman would of been great though he sucks on Defense as well. Honestly it should come down to either a new coach from a particular tree but who knows who will be available if D'antoni doesn't deliver.
I believe, though it pains me to say it, that this team needs to take an approach similar to Boston's, with very deliberately run plays offensively, and a well communicated defense.
That will require a new coach, as far as I see it, and an appropriately adjusted game from Baron Davis. He can't compare to or emulate Rondo, but he can play a high % role on either end. We have a very capable defensive team that needs a whip steered HC.
In my perfect world, anyway.