Let him walk
Resign him and keep him long term
Resign him and trade him January 2013 with Amare
Amare seems to be slowly getting back to normal, Melo still can't really play his game, and Lin just is not ready yet. Those are the 3 biggest player issues but in my eyes the biggest issue is with MDA I think a better coach would have all these player meshing a lot better than he has by now.
Lin seems to have lost that killer instinct and aggressiveness that started the winning streak. Of course that was without our "Max Cats" in the lineup. Now Lin has to play NBA Politician and make sure everybody gets their shots.
This is my first post on the Knicks forum.........
And I will admit, I'm here solely because of Jeremy Lin..... I have never been more addicted to an individual player. My team happens to be the Clippers, and they're now playing even worse than the Knicks.
First some observations......
As some here realize, Carmelo is a one-on-one clearout type player. I personally think he should be on the floor whenever Jeremy Lin is off the floor. The times they are on the floor, the team should mix plays through Lin and plays through Melo. But because Melo is passive off the ball, it becomes so much easier for the defense to converge on Lin. So these players should only be together against less-than-stellar defensive teams. The only time they should be on the floor together is at the start of a game, or if they need a big basket late.
The one thing nobody talks about in Jeremy Lin's game is his defense. I think this is the one part of his game that made "Linsanity" possible. (Steve Nash gets great offensive numbers, but his teams still lose because he can't play defense.) He does get a lot of steals, but he also alters a lot of shots, and is an above-average on-the-ball defender. He seems to be learning fast in fighting through screens. The only time Tony Parker had trouble driving to the basket was when Lin was guarding him. (Which I find surprising because Parker had no problem with Shumpert.) He was the only Knicks player that played decent "D" against the Spurs. My only worry about Lin as a defender is he should maybe play less pressure early, to avoid foul trouble.
I think Lin's weaknesses are curable...... Weak left hand, tends to shoot cold early (his shooting gets better late in games), and sometimes tends to look down when in traffic, losing sight of open players. But again all fixable.
And finally, we need a backup center whose purpose is to disrupt things in the paint. Harrellson is not quite that player, and should not be shooting three point shots.
Starting lineup: Lin, Stoudemire, Shumpert, Carmelo, and Chandler
First bench rotation: Novak or Fields for Shumpert, Jeffries for Carmelo, Harrellson for Chandler.
Second bench rotation: Baron for Lin, Carmelo or JR Smith for Stoudemire.
Second half and leading: Same as starting lineup. Maybe play Fields instead of Shumpert.
Second half and trailing: Jeffries or Novak instead of Carmelo.
Second half small lineup: Lin, Davis, Shumpert, Novak, Jeffries.
Crunch time offense: Lin, Carmelo, Novak, Shumpert, Stoudemire.
Crunch time defense: Lin, Shumpert, Jeffries, Davis, and Chandler.
Play Carmelo as much as possible whenever Lin is on the bench.
Last edited by tkrieger; Mar 08, 2012 at 02:32.
Yeah, Lin is not the best defender, but he is not the worst defender either.
He lacks experience, height, weight and long arms to be a great defender.
But he has speed and quick hands to make it difficult for any PG to dribble. Tony Parker didnt get so many points because Lin couldnt defend him. Duncan did a good job to block Lin , only Amare did a bad job to switch and to hinder Parker to shoot.
Lin has proven that he is a very good player who can lift his team. He should be aggressive again, but with Melo + Stat he doesnt play his natural style.
Melo killed Linsanity and the Knicks season ONCE AGAIN. What's the Knicks record with him this year? 10-20?? 8-1 without him? Shooting 40%fg and under 30% from 3. Can we have a refund? God, please trade him before the deadline.
I think only Shumpert and Jeffries are better defenders than Lin. And it makes me cringe that D'Antoni hasn't noticed this, when he platooned Lin to the bench on defense at the end of regulation in Boston.
Lin does needs to slow down a bit. The 2 old guys just can't keep up...
It doesn't help when your STAR teammates can't hit a damn shot. Or when your STAR PF does a pick n' roll with and lets the entire WORLD know he's open by immediately throwing both his hands up into the air. OHHH OHHHHH LOOK AT ME EVERYONE IM OPEN!! You gotta be incognegroe with that **** as you roll to the basket. If he could jump and catch an ally, it would also help so teams would play back on him on the roll. Instead they crowd him so he can't get a low pass.
Melo cant make a jumper to save his life. 38% shooting for the season.
J.R. Smith cant shoot since first game here.
Fields can't play with Melo on the floor cause Melo is stagnant and doesnt keep the defenders moving.
Lin gets trapped and double teamed constantly cause the only person he can pass to and know is gonna sink a shot is Novak who is now being smothered by the other team.
There is a reason why every time we won in the past 15 games, Lin had 8+ assists and Novak had 15+ points. It's not rocket science people. Our star PF is no longer the threat he was inside and our star SF has lost his shooting touch because he cant jack 20+ shots a game anymore. Simply put Melo and STAT need to perform with Lin or sit the **** down and let the guys who have proven to perform with him, PLAY!