I have gone into great detail to back up my assertions and until someone can actually make a cogent argument against any of my points I will stand by my points.
Are you referring to superior coaching like not playing Rose and Boozer for almost entire 4th against us? BTW, didn't we beat the Bulls twice this year so far?
KBlack -- rebounding is a problem (which has been helped with D'Antoni playing Mozgov more often), but defense is where we are seeing are greatest downfalls. When our offense stutters, you get this sinking feeling that we won't be able to close out games because we rarely get consistent stops (especially against the better teams).We DO play similar defense to Atlanta on the whole. Are we better? No. But we aren't being blown away on the # of points per possession we give up, it's relatively close between a large chunk of teams in the middle...there are 7 teams sort of bunched at the top, a bunch of teams in the middle, and a number of teams bunched at the bottom. We are in the middle with ATL. It's 3 points per 100 possessions, we play similar defense per possession to ATL. The real problem is rebounding, we aren't even doing the BASICS when it comes to rebounding, which I see as a problem in personnel.
The Knicks can play better defense then they are now, but its not emphasized.
They tailored the gameplan to the roster, not the other way around.
As for Free Throws...well, they can be one of two things: Free Throws, or Foul Shots. A team that takes Free Throws gets free points. A team that takes Foul Shots gets points wiped off the board that they should be getting. The year Dallas was really good they brought in a free throw coach, the only team in the league to do it. Coincidence that they finished top team in the league that year? Maybe, but probably not.
I would bet that if I took the W-L record of teams that outrebounded and shot a better free throw percentage than their opponents, it would be insanely high. That is what a lengthy study would do...just use it to show that rebounding + free throw percentage are up there as the most important factors in determining win/loss.
Then I see (most) games where its like they forgot how to play defense all together. Guys get into the lane way too easily, one guy rotates (late), and then no one else rotates to cover his man. Just sadness defined.
I grew up with the mid-90's Knicks. I grew up on a fundamental basketball. I grew up with a back-to-the-basket post presence. I know that is not what we have, but we need to at least defend. We need to play tough on both sides of he floor, but because of our style of play, I think our players are just too tired to play defense many games. That's why we don't see it as often (an especially as of late).
The All-Star Break is well needed at this point.
But we do the exact opposite. It's not only about how many FTs you take per game (those numbers could get misleading with a guy like STAT on the team) but you should probably try to use more of the shot clock and keep the possibility of getting to the line open...early shots kills both of those tactics. Offense should be inside out, and defense should be outside in. But instead we look for the early outside shot, and we let everyone penetrate from the outside to make attempts around the basket, and every once in a while our guys will but their athleticism on display and block a shot. But the opposition is getting to the spot they want, when they want to, and they're allowed to do what they want to.
Those two points do not portend to anything having to do with Mikes philosophy. Are you saying we should not have picked up Amare or Felton? Were those pickups a result of obtaining the best players available or some attempt to placate D'ants system?
Further, we traded David Lee for 3 DEFENSIVE players in an attempt to sure up our D.
Azbuikie - potential all-star wing and elite perimeter defender. (when healthy)
Turiaf- Heart, hustle, defense and rebounding. (when healthy)
AR- potential is that of a two way player that can guard any position, alter shots and grab boards.
But how could this be!? D'ant only wants offensive players on his team as you assert yet we picked up 3 defenders...
Just to reiterate another one of my many points that you seem hellbent on ignoring evidenced by this latest post:
Jeffries, in fact, presents a strong counter-argument to those who contend that D’Antoni cares only about offense. Jeffries was easily the Knicks’ least skilled offensive player. Yet he started 37 of 52 games this season and was sixth in minutes per game (28.1). He led the Knicks in charges drawn.[Only registered and activated users can see links. ]“I think that Mike’s a realist,’’ Jeffries said. “Defending, like anything else in the NBA, is a talent level. And you can’t have people that are not great defenders and expect them to be great defenders. Just like you can’t have people that aren’t great scorers and expect them to be great scorers. He put me out there to be a defender and he puts guys out there to be scorers. He does focus on defense, but if you don’t have defensive players, then you’re not going to be a great defensive team.’’
Just the facts folks!