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    Default NOW Mike D'Antoni doesnt believe in Duhon

    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]'s man crush on [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] is over.
    In the summer of 2008, D'Antoni convinced [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] that Duhon was the bridge to 2010 -- the point guard who would bring a winning attitude to a losing culture. Duhon possessed a high basketball IQ, leadership, defense and intangibles [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] did not bring.
    The two-year deal has turned into an [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]-like blunder. The bridge has collapsed. Duhon, newly named captain, is going down with the Knicks' ship.
    The Knicks are in chaos as they take their 1-6 record into tonight's game vs. the Jazz to begin a four-game homestand. Duhon's role as starting point guard is under intense scrutiny again.
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    With backup [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] still out with an ankle sprain, Duhon's starting job is safe until Robinson returns. D'Antoni yanked Duhon 2:32 into the third quarter Saturday for good. Duhon scored one point, committed three turnovers, and was 0 for 4 from the field. Duhon is shooting 25 percent, has played sloppy and looks like what everyone in the league figured he was in the summer of 2008 -- a good backup.
    "I thought he [was] struggling and took him out," D'Antoni said. "He's not the only guy, but he's struggling right now. Hopefully, we can get him out of it."
    D'Antoni said after the Bucks' blowout it's "soul-searching" time. The Knicks have fallen behind by 20-plus points in five of their six losses and the players are rattled, confused and sick of hearing about the summer's cap space. Who would've thought the Knicks would anxiously await center [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]'s potential return to practice tomorrow?
    The Knicks could equal the franchise's worst nine-game start (1-8) with two more losses. Compare that to last season's 6-3 start after which Walsh made his two cap-clearing trades and shot to death the next two seasons.
    After the Jazz, the Knicks host the rising Hawks, who boast [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], sacrificed in last November's bloody cap-clearing massacre.
    It must have killed D'Antoni to see rookie Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings look so much quicker, and so much more fluid than Duhon on Saturday. It must kill D'Antoni to read Jennings say how badly he wanted to be drafted by the Knicks, how badly he wanted to play for D'Antoni, how he and [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] would make the perfect tandem one day.
    D'Antoni does not run the draft -- he is one voice among many. D'Antoni won't give his true assessment on whether he had Jennings higher than [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] on his personal list.
    But know this: The Knicks scouts didn't have Jennings close to Hill on their board. The club's European scout Kevin Wilson liked Jennings, but did not push Walsh hard enough. The Barcelona-based Wilson, close to the Ricky Rubio family, probably thinks Rubio will land in New York eventually. Jennings played limitedly last season in Italy.
    Walsh and D'Antoni had flown to Treviso, Italy, for a draft camp to investigate selecting Jennings, who never showed. Walsh felt he didn't have enough information to make Jennings the eighth pick. Not good.
    And now they're stuck with Duhon for the year -- without a point guard of the present or future. D'Antoni wanted [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]. Walsh balked. Yes, rookie [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] is impressing D'Antoni lately, but he's not a bona fide starter.
    "I do like what I'm seeing out of Toney, he's getting better all the time," D'Antoni said.
    Duhon tried to be a leader nine days ago when he told MSG Network in Charlotte players were "joking around" too much on the layup line. But the remarks ticked off some players, including [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]. D'Antoni wished he said it to the guys and not MSG's post-game show.
    "One of those stretches it seems like everything's going wrong," Duhon said. "I'm caught in a downward spiral. The only way I can get out of it is fight my way out of it."
    For all the recent bad times, this was one of the worst weekends in recent Knicks history . James thrashed the Knicks Friday night, the Bucks thrashed them Saturday night. Worse, James ominously said: "When that day comes next summer, I want to win. If I feel like the team is capable of winning, then I will make my decision based on that."

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    Good article even though it makes you mor depressed to be a Knick fan lol.

    After seeing Douglas last game we can all say that he should take over for Duhon. It doesn't matter if Douglas has a bad next game...the fact is that he has a good outside shot that Duhon lost compeltely. Douglas has an attitude to take over games and win at all cost which Duhon lacks. Douglas is showing up Duhon in prime fashion by coming in and almost winning an impossible game for the Knicks and being the only bright light in a dark knicks game.

    Duhon should stay on the bench all year and not be resigned at all costs.

    Douglas should start untill nate comes back. Make Douglas our sixth man in the back court if Mike D wishes.

    WE HAVE TO play Douglas more than Duhon...this has gone on long enough.

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    Damn! the article shows a division in the lockerroom, and what makes it bad is the division is against the teams starting PG (ala Marbury).

    On any team u want "all" the players to look-up, accept, and trust the starting PG. He is supposed to be that "neutral" player the team respect for his ability to compromise arguments between teammate vs teammate and teammate vs coach.
    Alot of people did not see any of the above "tools" in Brandon Jennings which caused him to slip in the draft, mainly b/c he did not go to college, plus wasted a season in Italy just to sneak in the NBA draft.

    I believe something earlier in the season was written and said about Nate Robinson and also rookie Jordan Hill about their joyful actions after a Knick lose by one of their Knick teammates, which makes me question the long 2 to 3 week absense written the next day after Nate sprained his angle.

    I know I am forever blaming Donnie Walsh & Mike Dantoni (new regime) for every negative factor about the Knicks staying a losing team, but someone has to take the blame for "Duhon, Nate, Chandler, Harrington, and Lee" not getting together several times this offseason to be the "five" top players to run and control this Knick team (Starters & Bench unit) to be on the "same-page" during this 2009-10 season.

    All this silly individual and single player action to be captain by talking to the press and no actions of unity with teammates on the court has to come to an end.
    Nate Robinson maybe a joker playing games to much, and David Lee maybe a quiet player chilling in the back ground.....but these two players talent and complimentary performance out weigh Duhon & Harrington best performance "80 to 20" on any given night.....Nate & Lee know how to form a winning team formular by playing to their teammates best talents and not to their flaws. Being a .450 team is alot better than being a 1-7 team at the start of the season...

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    Yea at this point not even duhon believes in duhon.

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