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    Originally Posted by MSGKnickz33
    Sadly, I think Zach does come to play every night. He has his off nights where he does his really dumb things like that 3pt attempt against the raptors, just one of many examples. He does love to play basketball, i think part of the problem is that hes not motivated. He is very talented and has made some really nice passes, and when it comes to talent I believe hes on the level of Starbury. Both of them have talent, clearly the 2 most talented players on the team.

    If I was the Rockets i would be hesitant to take Z-Bo, i believe he has the potential to be a good team player but he hasnt proven it. Of all the teams you listed I think Cleveland would be the best destination. Zach occasionally can even play within a team defense, I almost feel wrong giving him credit but he really does have alot of talent. He would be one of my favorite players if he was on a winning team, but again part of his sloppy play could be due to lack of motivation/not liking the coach.
    If you look at some of my old posts, I actually suggested a few years back that we go after Randolph. Don't feel wrong for liking Zach, he is a talented player and you are right when you say that on a good team he could be a plus. On the Knicks with the current roster, he doesn't fit because his game; that being his strengths and weaknesses, mimic all the other players on the team. So, what that creates is a HUGE hole when every player has the same weaknesses; no balance what so ever! I wouldn't be apposed to keeping Randolph if they change the personnel around him. I think you could successfully build around Zach if done properly. If we had a GM that understood the nuances of team chemistry and balance. Again, you could make the same argument for Curry, knowing his strengths and weaknesses, pairing him up with players that fill in the gaps. Think about it; say you parked Boozer next to him and let Boozer bang in the paint and clean up. Let Curry concentrate on what could make him successful. So if he was to be doubled or even tripled, you have an equalizer that could come into play. Every team that has won has had balance. They all play the inside outside game. You have the scorer next to the guy that can clean up. You kink it out to the long range threat. When the Knicks take the floor, you have 5 guys that want to score with jump shots and not play any D. Ewing had Oakley, Hakeem had Thorpe and Horry (in the playoffs)... Cartwright had Grant... Laimbeer had Rodman. See what I am saying? Balance with each player being strong in the area that their counter part was week in. That is how you have continuity and balance. That is the definition of TEAM play and not just a bunch of players out on the court trying to get theirs. That is what I hope the next GM can do for us.

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    I agree with you, hometheaterguy. I think Media takes away from Randolph, by always pointing out his negatives. These are the facts. I'm not making this up. On the 2005-2006 season, the Trailblazers won just 21 games. Then, on the 2006-2007 season, With Zach Randolph, Brandon Roy, and Lamarcus Aldridge all on the team, the Blazers improved to 32-50. That's an 11 game increase. Instead of pointing this out, all people do is say Randolph is a blackhole. Yes, Zach Randolph is selfish and he has no defense. However, the bottom line is he's a top 10 powerforward in the NBA. You don't just go trading away players with that kind of talent, unless you're gonna get something good in return. Considering he has such a huge contract, the Knicks aren't gonna get anything good for Zach. That's why I think the Knicks should try and use him for next year, and try and see how he plays with the young guys. Who knows, maybe the Knicks will improve next year, like how the Blazers did, last year with Randolph-something nobody gives Randolph any credit for. Another thing people don't point out is that Randolph leads all frontcourt players on the Knicks in assists and EFF(which shows how the team plays when you're on the court). He leads the team, with an EFF of 19. If he has hurting the team, his EFF would be lower.The fact that his EFF is high means that the team plays better when he's on the court,than when he's off the court. Crawford, for example, averages 20 ppg, but because he is getting too many minutes, at 41 mpg, that's why his EFF is only 15, even though most players with 20 ppg have a higher EFF than him.

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    Originally Posted by abcd
    I agree with you, hometheaterguy. I think Media takes away from Randolph, by always pointing out his negatives. These are the facts. I'm not making this up. On the 2005-2006 season, the Trailblazers won just 21 games. Then, on the 2006-2007 season, With Zach Randolph, Brandon Roy, and Lamarcus Aldridge all on the team, the Blazers improved to 32-50. That's an 11 game increase. Instead of pointing this out, all people do is say Randolph is a blackhole. Yes, Zach Randolph is selfish and he has no defense. However, the bottom line is he's a top 10 powerforward in the NBA. You don't just go trading away players with that kind of talent, unless you're gonna get something good in return. Considering he has such a huge contract, the Knicks aren't gonna get anything good for Zach. That's why I think the Knicks should try and use him for next year, and try and see how he plays with the young guys. Who knows, maybe the Knicks will improve next year, like how the Blazers did, last year with Randolph-something nobody gives Randolph any credit for. Another thing people don't point out is that Randolph leads all frontcourt players on the Knicks in assists and EFF(which shows how the team plays when you're on the court). He leads the team, with an EFF of 19. If he has hurting the team, his EFF would be lower.The fact that his EFF is high means that the team plays better when he's on the court,than when he's off the court. Crawford, for example, averages 20 ppg, but because he is getting too many minutes, at 41 mpg, that's why his EFF is only 15, even though most players with 20 ppg have a higher EFF than him.
    The other thing to look at as well is how you define defense. Randolph traditionally is a double double, he usually leads his team in rebounds. An area within defense that he is week in is that he doesn't body up his opponent. Take Rodman, Oakley and even Anthony Mason for example; they were prolific rebounders but they were also a prolific stoppers. Not with shot blocking but with using their body to disrupt their opponents. They would keep the other players off their game by denying them the ability to set and post up as well as taking away the lane. This is what Randolph and Lee for that matter lack. Lee is another player that could put up a consistent double double in his career. He is still young and might be able to develop some of the other skills but right now he looks like a player that will get 10+ rebounds a game as well as 10+ points a game but will give up points as well. This is the area that needs to be addressed. Same with the perimeter. John Starks (to use an alumni) was a great perimeter defender. Yes, his offensive game was similar to Crawford's whereas he would hoist up a tremendous amount of long range shots but he did take it the paint and he defended his position tremendously. You know, I would rather have Bruce Bowen sitting out there than Crawford!! This is the direction we need to go. Also, I am not saying I want to get rid of Crawford, to me he should be a 6th man type. I think his game would be best used as a change of pace guy and long range specialist. He could play both the 2 and 1 spot. But there is just not enough room for all the scorers and this should be #1 priority in the off season!!!

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