I've been too optimistic latey. Time for a change up. Long time readers on this site remember metrocard for being too hard on management. Well its time to keep it 100% metrocard.
I want to assess two big transactions we did the past year.
A. the Carmelo Anthony trade
B. Tyson Chandler signing.
A. I've been alarmed about the Melo trade considered how many good players we gave up to get him.
This is the most important thing here. I truely believe Danilo Gallinari is the most misunderstood NBA player today. People see this guy and just think of a tall ass Kyler Korver. But that isn't Danilo.
Today, Danilo and Aaron Affalo shut down Kobe Bryant, one of the greatest scorers in the history of basketball. Kobe shot 6-28. The previous game Kobe went 6 - 18 I did take time to watch this game and Danilo has totally matured since his rookie season in the NBA. Gallinari right now is a GOOD defender. B level defender. He's been playing good defense for Denver. Gallinari has also been streaky to, but many young players are.
Carmelo is the superior player and scorer, but Gallinari was all around too valuable to let go like that. This isn't a diss to Carmelo, he's great...especially when he tries on defense. But theres some trades that work out and some don't...Carmelo Anthony name looks great on paper, but we really shredded our prospects and went from being one of the deepest teams in the NBA to a really weak bench.
Don't you think we would of stand stronger against Boston in the playoffs if we had more healthy weapons? Amare was hurt, and Billups wasn't 100%. Kudos to Melo and his amazing performance...but this is a situation where depth is important. Thats playoff basketball for you folks. This is why Dallas > Miami Heat in 2011. This is why the Spurs have been elite for over a decade. A quality all around deep team will get you to the promise land. A lot of people really chugged the kool-aid on this 3-Superstars-to-Success method
Chandler, Mosgov, Gallinari are NBA starters...all quality players...all players can play defense and have specialties on offense...young players too and most important homegrown.
This Denver-Knicks trade will always kill me. It makes zero sense. We already had 3 young quality small forwards. The SF position wasn't a problem. It's like having a well rounded meal for breakfast...you got your egg whites, you got your toasted bagel...you got your muscle milk....but then you trade that away for a calorie overload at McDonalds breakfast.
Just like all the Isiah Thomas transactions, this trade was unnecessary.
If we were going to trade our top prospects for someone it should of been Chris Paul or Deron Williams.
B. Am I the only guy in the planet who believes Tyson Chandler isn't worth 14 million a year? Chris Paul makes around that amount of money and he's an elite player. Chandler isn't a top 50 NBA player, period. Never was and never will be.
No QUESTION Chandler's size, length, presence, defensive ability are tremendous assets that gives us a quality center. But for 14 million a year puts us in a desperate position in acquire more quality players to surround this team around Amare and Melo.
It was just a terrible signing in my opinion. Especially since we have a coach who won't utilized Chandler's defensive attributes and it'll just confuse the offense and create traffic with a big body standing under the hoop waiting for someone to lob it to Chandler but our best passer on the team is Carmelo who's jacking up shots since no one can't create their own shots so no lobs for Chandler. I apologize for the massive run on sentence but I'm sure that made sense.
Amare/Chandler offensively will be a disaster. Amare was successful last year because of his inside and outside game he mixed up so well. He had enough space to utilize his footwork and post moves. When you make the court smaller for a big man, it becomes more challenging to score. This will never be fixed unless Amare becomes Dirk Nowitzki and can spread the floor and do all that cool stuff Dirk does.
Disagree, agree. This is how I just feel about the whole situation. Knicks problem's will be repeated and unsolved. We don't have a coach who handles adversity well, and our players are not all around and able on both sides ofthe courts like our roster we started with in 2010. We will be a mediocre team. **** your hope and your optimism.