As long as you have Lin, you win.
if Melo and Stat buy in?
Do we still need another coach?
Personally I don't know if we do any more. My main problem with the Knicks was fourfold.
1) Lack of heart - No hustle, bad attitudes and a "Melo and Stat will do it all" mentality.
At the same time Melo and Stat are competing with each other rather than working together to be part of a cohesive unit. Jorts is a player who I believe also helps in this department.
2) Lack of ball movement and movement off the ball. Lin has sorted this out sure but it's not that simple. Chandler is improving massively as an offensive threat, Fields and Shumpert's movement seems to improve by the game.
3) Lack of defense - As big to the Knicks as the start of the Lin Dynasty has been the defensive play of Bill Walker, Jared Jeffries and Tyson Chandler and when you see Steve Novak facing up Pau Gasol and getting the steal then you know it's rubbing off in a good way. We've got high energy and smart defense all over the court now so there are very few easy baskets for teams and when you have Lin beasting at the same time we're at this moment a match for anyone.
4) Lack of leadership - Lin and Chandler are clearly the leaders of this team now and thought different in style they compliment each other well and the others seem happy to follow them.
The ball movement and PG is down to MDA. Sure he got lucky but sometimes you need a little luck and he's using Lin brilliantly and the offense as a whole is improving by the game and that's not ALL down to Lin because Lin is learning as well. It's a great mentoring job so far from MDA and credit is due.
Defensively? Yeah this isn't down to MDA at all. When I hear statements like the one he came out with about JJ then I know that we're moving in the right direction.
So whose name hasn't come up who is I believe at the centre of this revolution?
The whole persona of this team has changed and even it seems the attitude of the coach and that can't just be a coincidence. I believe that MDA has bought into Woodson and so have the players and when you've got a player like Chandler to lead that defense, you've got someone who can carry that message home.
Melo and Amar'e should NOT be allowed to just walk back into this team and resume their sub par attitude and performances. They will have to adapt, realise they arn't the be all and end all any more and buy in. If they do that we could be frightening. If they don't the only question will be what kind of package we should look to accept for them.
As long as you have Lin, you win.
The Knicks will be championship contenders next year, if they fire Antoni.
That's too much of an opportunity to pass up. Antoni's gotta go.
Jeremy Lin is the new head coach of the Knicks.
If Lin can't make Melo and Stat play to an elite level I don't think Chris Paul would have.
I don't' care how bad offensively JJ, Walker, Jorts etc are I'd rather see them out there working as a unit than go back to watching Melo and Amar'e jack up stupid shot after stupid shot.
As I say, they have the talent to take this team on to contention but they have to buy into the new mentality that has engulfed this team.
If they do that then the sky really is the limit.
In all honesty when and if this team gets Melo and BD healthy and STAT recovers emotionally from his brothers death this team has potential to be one of the best in the league.
The biggest issue is like some of you said Melo and STAT have to buy in mostly Melo STAT has played this style and thrived before on the offensive end. Melo has to play off ball more, keep the ball moving, and focusing on just finishing plays.
As for BD when and if he gets back healthy if he's coming off the bench that would be a huge plus, if he could play like he did for the Cavs last year he can be a legit top 6th man and a real leader for the Knicks 2nd unit.
Lin gave major props to D'Antoni today. If Lin wants him to stay, D'Antoni can stay.
Absolute championship contenders when Melo and Stat buy in.
This is the only answer.
Good post. After tonights win my hate towards MDA is waning. On a scale from 1-10 I was at 100. I almost blew a gasket last week when we played Boston.
I'm still hating him plenty but I'm down to a 10 on a scale from 1-10. I would still like to see him play Jordan some.
MDA seems to be more involved on the sidelines now. He even called some timely timeouts.
Drew up a play after a T O for a three to Novak.
Didnt overuse the kid Lin to badly the last two games.
I think we'll be a force, BUT we have to hit our outside shots at a better clip.
1. when our 2 stars learn to FULLY gel together
2. When our 2 stars learn to move the ball around MORE
3. when we get ALL our players back at full health
4. When Stat&melo bring the defensive intensity every night like (shump, and chandler)
THEN and ONLY THEN will we be unstoppable
Well ball movement with STAT won't be a problem if he has a PG running the PnR for him. The stagnation came when no one was there to create for him, he might occasionally get the ball and bring it down low and get it swiped at and stolen, like he did so many times last year, but I expect him to be more comfortable on the court with Lin.
And I don't see the situation with Melo being that much different from when Billups got traded to Denver, and Melo deferred and let Chauncey run the show. Melo played off the ball more than he ever did at any point in his career after Billups got there. The issue is that Karl's system is predicated on scoring inside and getting to the free throw line, which would sometimes manifest itself in Melo holding the ball and taking his man one on one. But he was also fed the ball in the post, and we know he's a good passer, and willing passer (you don't average 4 assists if you're super selfish, he's 5th amongst SF's in assists per game behind James, Pierce, Iggy, and Hedo) So there's no reason why he can't move the ball if he trusts his teammates, and with the way things are going, and how he was talking to Lin & co. all night during the game last night, I don't see why he wouldn't trust them.
No more Melo playing point forward, and STAT has a PG to get him the ball, where he wants the ball.
Now it's just up to buying in on the defensive end, playing with heart every night, avoiding stupid mistakes, and MDA managing minutes and his rotation.