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    What irks me about Fiz is where is the Frank, Dotson, RJ, Knox, MRob lineup? Let those 5 play serious minutes together.

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    KP, Frank, Dotson, Knox and Robinson are all drafted by that Lazy Phil. Think he was trying to destroy a team. What Knicks fan would like to have that team on the floor? Well the problem is that no consistency in getting those last 4 on the floor no matter what happen. That will built on the other 'C' word Chemistry.

    Why is it that we fail in F.A. but we did so well in the draft? Well, WE DIDN'T!! If you play RJ all those outlandish minutes he playing. He should put up numbers. Now does he move the needle? NO!! Does he make other around him better? No!!(couldn't even make a lead bound pass to Frank on a break the other night). I have spoke of odd pieces(players) on this team. RJ is a odd piece. Has RJ had a game like the kids Walker and White? Making a string of 3's and exciting the crowd? NO!! He is not a super star and isn't going to be one. He is an average player at best. Let trade RJ while the hype is high to Magic for Issac.

    CP is 34 years old and some seriously consider that move. D. Rose is 31 and would be better for Frank. I don't understand the reasoning behind CP move. Getting a vet PG is IMO to late. Just put the above mention players and Morris on the floor and inject Trier, Ellington and Bobby into the mix. That an 8 man rotation and with a trade of RJ, DSJ and Randle that could bring us Issac, Porter Jr. and Jaxon Hayes & Walker.

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    S. Bondy:

    If the New York Knicks part ways with Steve Mills and Scott Perry, they have already been linked to Masai Ujiri, but they could also pursue Sam Presti to run their front office.

    James Dolan has long had interest in Ujiri. Frank Isola of The Athletic reported this week that the Knicks again have interest in Ujiri.

    Presti has been general manager of the Oklahoma City Thunder since 2007. Presti is entering into a transitional phase with the Thunder after trading away both Paul George and Russell Westbrook this past offseason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mafra View Post
    S. Bondy:

    If the New York Knicks part ways with Steve Mills and Scott Perry, they have already been linked to Masai Ujiri, but they could also pursue Sam Presti to run their front office.

    James Dolan has long had interest in Ujiri. Frank Isola of The Athletic reported this week that the Knicks again have interest in Ujiri.

    Presti has been general manager of the Oklahoma City Thunder since 2007. Presti is entering into a transitional phase with the Thunder after trading away both Paul George and Russell Westbrook this past offseason.
    I was a big Sam Presti guy a couple years ago. Now, I’m not so sure. Lots of things went wrong in OKC.

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    ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on the Knicks - “He is not safe. His job is very much in peril right now. This is a Knicks team that is in somewhat of a spiral... The dismissal of David Fizdale is inevitable. There was a bond broken between management and their head coach.”

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    Who should be the backup C?

    Portis or Gibson?

    Taj Gibson: How the little things can make a big difference

    The vet has made a strong case to be the Knicks’ backup center

    By Knicks Nuance Nov 13, 2019, 2:30pm EST

    Which brings us nicely onto Taj Gibson. The 34 year old, even in his prime with the Chicago Bulls, was never more than a high-end role player. Taj was molded by former Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau, in an ecosystem that demands a strict adherence to defensive fundamentals. Gibson will be making on-time weakside rotations well after he retires, through sheer force of habit. ​

    It’s not news that Gibson is a significantly better defensive player than Portis, but he also has quiet offensive virtues that make him a neater fit in Fizdale’s system.

    So far this season, the Knicks run the most off-ball screens in the league, but are 28th in the NBA in points per possession — 0.75 — off these plays (per NBA.com Synergy Advanced Stats). Screening is an under-appreciated and under-publicized NBA skill, and in a screen-heavy Knicks offense, elite screen-setters stand to have a big impact.​

    In limited minutes this season, Gibson has been a devastating screener. According to NBA.com hustle stats, the veteran is averaging an impressive 5.9 screen assists — leading to 13.3 points — per 36 minutes. This mark is by far the highest on the roster, notably dwarfs Portis’ 2.2 screen assists — good for five points — per 36 minutes. ​

    The Brooklyn native also — whilst we’re on the subject of under-the-radar fundamentals — leads the team in box-outs per 36 minutes at 8.7. Portis is right behind him, with 6.4 box-outs per 36 minutes. Good screens and consistent box-outs. Elbow jumpers and hard rolls to the rim. A general sense of industry, of calming competence, of hard-earned experience. These are the blue-collar specialties of Taj Gibson, the epitome of a steadying role player.

    (Where art thou Kurt Thomas)

    This is not (entirely) an indictment of Portis’ game as much as a recognition of Gibson’s. There is value in finding him more minutes; for his fit on this roster, in Fizdale’s screen heavy system, paired up for the most part with a talented, but defensively-limited frontcourt partner in Julius Randle. The reality, with Portis, is that he’s a gunner. Capable of blink-quick scoring bursts, but also one-dimensional and inconsistent. On this Knick team, perhaps, Bobby is better utilized as an ad-hoc energizer, deployed sparingly.

    Gibson is short of a great basketball player, or even at this stage of his career a very good one. His game will not raise the ceiling of this Knicks team, but it will raise the floor. Having started the season 2-8, and having been on the wrong end of some truly painful blowouts already, this team cannot turn down the opportunity at an incremental bump in collective competence.

    Portis will win one in every ten games by himself, as we saw in his vengeful outburst against the Bulls earlier this season. Gibson will do the dirty work — the little things — to help his team win every night.

    aj is at the tail end of a career spent in the NBA trenches. Gibson is battle-tested, and probably a little deaf after eight seasons of being berated by a gruff-baritone Thibodeau, whose heart beats for defensive minutia. One thing he doesn’t need is minutes on a rebuilding Knicks team to validate his 11 years in the NBA so far. There were, no doubt, 10 million other more persuasive reasons he chose New York in free agency this past summer.

    Either way, the Knicks sure could do with utilizing another player who does the little things, that — piled up over a quarter, a game, a season — can make a big difference.

    https://www.postingandtoasting.com/2019/11/13/20957605/taj-gibson-how-the-little-things-can-make-a-big-difference
    Last edited by mafra; Yesterday at 23:35.

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    I think it is time to admit that there is zero hope for the Knicks to ever become a winning organization.Dolan and MSG stockholders could give less of a damn about what happens on the court as long as the Knicks continue to be the number 1 money making franchise in the NBA.

    You can’t really blame Dolan when it is all a business.If any of us had to choose between making a billion dollars or watching the Knicks make the playoffs every year I am sure that we would sign up for the former without hesitation.I would sell my left nut to be rich off of the Knicks but I would have second thoughts of doing the same thing for a Knicks championship.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mafra View Post
    Who should be the backup C?

    Portis or Gibson?

    Taj Gibson: How the little things can make a big difference

    The vet has made a strong case to be the Knicks’ backup center

    By Knicks Nuance Nov 13, 2019, 2:30pm EST

    Which brings us nicely onto Taj Gibson. The 34 year old, even in his prime with the Chicago Bulls, was never more than a high-end role player. Taj was molded by former Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau, in an ecosystem that demands a strict adherence to defensive fundamentals. Gibson will be making on-time weakside rotations well after he retires, through sheer force of habit. ​

    It’s not news that Gibson is a significantly better defensive player than Portis, but he also has quiet offensive virtues that make him a neater fit in Fizdale’s system.

    So far this season, the Knicks run the most off-ball screens in the league, but are 28th in the NBA in points per possession — 0.75 — off these plays (per NBA.com Synergy Advanced Stats). Screening is an under-appreciated and under-publicized NBA skill, and in a screen-heavy Knicks offense, elite screen-setters stand to have a big impact.​

    In limited minutes this season, Gibson has been a devastating screener. According to NBA.com hustle stats, the veteran is averaging an impressive 5.9 screen assists — leading to 13.3 points — per 36 minutes. This mark is by far the highest on the roster, notably dwarfs Portis’ 2.2 screen assists — good for five points — per 36 minutes. ​

    The Brooklyn native also — whilst we’re on the subject of under-the-radar fundamentals — leads the team in box-outs per 36 minutes at 8.7. Portis is right behind him, with 6.4 box-outs per 36 minutes. Good screens and consistent box-outs. Elbow jumpers and hard rolls to the rim. A general sense of industry, of calming competence, of hard-earned experience. These are the blue-collar specialties of Taj Gibson, the epitome of a steadying role player.

    (Where art thou Kurt Thomas)

    This is not (entirely) an indictment of Portis’ game as much as a recognition of Gibson’s. There is value in finding him more minutes; for his fit on this roster, in Fizdale’s screen heavy system, paired up for the most part with a talented, but defensively-limited frontcourt partner in Julius Randle. The reality, with Portis, is that he’s a gunner. Capable of blink-quick scoring bursts, but also one-dimensional and inconsistent. On this Knick team, perhaps, Bobby is better utilized as an ad-hoc energizer, deployed sparingly.

    Gibson is short of a great basketball player, or even at this stage of his career a very good one. His game will not raise the ceiling of this Knicks team, but it will raise the floor. Having started the season 2-8, and having been on the wrong end of some truly painful blowouts already, this team cannot turn down the opportunity at an incremental bump in collective competence.

    Portis will win one in every ten games by himself, as we saw in his vengeful outburst against the Bulls earlier this season. Gibson will do the dirty work — the little things — to help his team win every night.

    aj is at the tail end of a career spent in the NBA trenches. Gibson is battle-tested, and probably a little deaf after eight seasons of being berated by a gruff-baritone Thibodeau, whose heart beats for defensive minutia. One thing he doesn’t need is minutes on a rebuilding Knicks team to validate his 11 years in the NBA so far. There were, no doubt, 10 million other more persuasive reasons he chose New York in free agency this past summer.

    Either way, the Knicks sure could do with utilizing another player who does the little things, that — piled up over a quarter, a game, a season — can make a big difference.

    https://www.postingandtoasting.com/2...big-difference

    Taj Gibson was a great pick-up .. Yes, Gibson's 10 yr experience belong in the Knicks starter lineup over Randle's weak performance, and Portis inconsistent performance. Hopefully, when MitchRob return Gibson's skills/talent would be put alongside Mitch in the starter lineup as the Knicks PF.
    The Knicks front-office should've gave DeAndre Jordan the $30M contract they gave to Portis in the off-season, to start the 2019-20 Knicks season having some playoff experience players in the starter lineup. Plus the growth of all the Knicks young-core players performance would grow having a 11 yr experience DJ, and a 10 yr experience Gibson in the locker-room.
    Morris was a great pick-up .. Yes, Morris performance belong in the Knicks starter lineup, plus to guide 2nd season Knox as backup.

    Randle's performance turned-out to be a big problem on both sides of the court .. his team-ballin are poor .. he dont picknroll, he dont screen or box-out a defender for any of his teammates. he's a poor one one defender, he slow getting back on defense, plus he's a poor passer when ever he grab a defensive-rebound. And as a point-forward Randle has to be the worst ever in the NBA.
    Fizdale's judgement to let Randle bring the ball up more than Frank the past two games, and DSJ too .. need to be removed asap.
    We have 19 - 74 record head-coach Fizdale calling the shots ........

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    In a nut shell this is how bad we are yet Fiz clings to that notion Randle is a bigger James Harden and puts DSJ on the floor when anyone else but him even Randle would be a better PG, and he has the nerve not to send him to the GLeague to let him get a rhythm down there instead of blowing games when they count. The guy has to go ASAP.

    The Knicks are 30th in offensive rating, 23rd in defensive rating, 30th in net rating, 26th in pace, 29th in true shooting percentage, 29th in effective field goal percentage, 27th in assist rate, 23rd in 3-point attempt rate, and 25th in opponent effective field goal percentage. These are not hallmarks of a well-coached team. Yes, the roster is clunky and not very good, but the expectations, at least from fans, weren’t very high. Expecting the team to be improved from last year and not lose half their games by double digits isn’t a high standard.

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