I had the chance to go to both practices today (Wed)….my random thoughts (for what they are worth)
*Nate looks great…he certainly seems like he will flourish in this system…what an athlete!!! One Nate story from today…at one point of practice he was trying to tell Houston a joke…Houston told him to be quiet and pay attention to the coaches…Nate then went out and hit a 3pt, got a steal, and made the hoop…another reason to keep Houston!!!!!
*Marbury was clearly the best player on the floor…I was shocked at how obvious this seemed…I guess I always knew this fact, but seeing it live today was eye-opening…but then again so was Marbury’s whole day….for most of the day he sat alone, and didn’t talk to anyone. It seems that Jerome James is the one guy who he has a real relationship with….Marbury sat out the last 30 minutes of the 5 on 5 at practice because his Starbury tore apart (plenty of people made fun of him for that) and he apparently didn’t like the other pair of shoes the equipment guy brought him…it was quite a scene…funny and sickening at the same time…for all his dominance on the court…I still left convinced that he has to go…but I also think he is going to have a monster year for someone.
*Jeffries looked very good…I think he fits this system well and he looks to be slotted in to the rotation
*James worked pretty hard…seems like a funny guy…at one point he went down the lane to throw one down…instead he got stuffed by the rim….it was a riot…even Marbury was doubled over laughing.
*Ewing was the first guy shooting and the last guy off the court…one great finish in transition…looked a little confused in the offense…but they have to keep him.
*Lee, Q-Rich, Craw….all worked hard and looked solid
*Can’t help but be impressed by Rose’s professionalism…
*Duhon struggled…hope it iis the learning curve
*watched Gallo hit a number of 3s after practice…very smooth
*I thought Mardy looked good..strong…one tremendous finish in the lane
*Would have liked to see more from Chandler
*Houston is an incredible shooter…he was doing a shooting drill with Roberson and Marbury…there were two balls and people would shoot until they missed and then rotated…Houston barely missed…at one point he must have made 12-15 in a row….in the 5 on 5 he made a couple nice hoops…one of his 3s had Q yelling “H2O for threeeeeeeeeeeeee”…didn’t notice him too much on D…which is good
*loved D’Antoni’s style…he was laidback, yet direct…and seemed funny (people were laughing at what he said in the huddle)….great to watch him…
Well…just my random thoughts for the day…it was a blast…this team might not win a lot of games…but Knicks’ fans should feel confident that this organization is going in the right direction.