Continuing the Knicks post (rant) from Nov 8th… (http://topofthethread.wordpress.com/2014/11/08/a-realistic-ny-knicks-assessment/ )
How long should we wait for a contending New York Knicks team?
Oh yeah… how many years ago were we ‘tanking’ the season and playing the ‘salary cap game’? 4 years ago?
Oh yeah we were going to get Lebron James! Are now we’re AGAIN ‘tanking’ to get Duke’s Jahlil Okafor? Are we? Is that the plan?
Two Bright Spots.
Amar’e Stoudemire seems “healthier” than in previous seasons but it would be a major accomplishment if he makes it through the season… I hope so, but really doubt it. If smart, the Knicks will keep him at 20 – 25 minutes per game. He’s having a good year and it’s one of the few bright spots in a dismal season. The other bright spot? Jason Smith. It’s a shame no one notices it. See his stats. Give him 25 minutes. If you are going to run The Triangle Offense and need someone to hit an open ‘J’ (other than Melo), give it to Jason Smith.
The Triangle Offense. The Triangle Offense. The Triangle Offense.
That will save us! You can have a triangle, parallelogram, or octagon offense… if you do not have talent you won’t win! The Knicks have one player who would start on a GOOD NBA team; Carmelo Anthony. Many of the other players are nice second team players but certainly not starters for a contending team. (Even Amar’e should come off the bench.)
And Carmelo Anthony is not the prototypical team player. He’s a great shooter and, on this team, one of the better passers. He is, by no means, a leader who makes the players around him better. When the shot clock is down to 5, give it to Melo and there’s a good chance he’ll bail you out and score. As far as the triangle, IMHO, it seems the offense may ruin his career.
Backward Logic and Strategy
Does everyone listen to ESPN Radio or other sports radio? Recently there has been a lot of discussion about (football) quarterbacks and offensive schemes. A good quarterback is an incredible asset and the scheme needs to meet his strengths. The quarterback and team will not be successful if you do not leverage the strengths of the QB. You need to put him in a position to be successful.
The same hold true for basketball and the Knicks. Carmelo Anthony is one of the top 5 – 10 players in the NBA. Does The Triangle Offense fit his skill set? The Triangle is a read-and-react offense. Melo is a great scorer but does he have the basketball IQ to work in this scheme and raise himself and his teammates to the next level. I won’t pretend to know but he’s the Knicks $124 million asset and he’s not getting any younger. How long do you wait before implementing an offense that fits Melo’s skill set?
Phil Jackson is New York’s Messiah
Before the season started everyone was excited about Phil Jackson coming to NY. Well… it seems he’s come to NY at least part time ;). All those championships! The Zen Master! Blah blah blah… The Triangle Offense… Oh come on…
As a Knick fan, I hope he has what it takes to be a general manager. He’s never been a GM.
He has shown he can coach teams to NBA Championships with rosters stacked with 2-way Hall of Fame players. Michael Jordan. Scottie Pippen. Kobe Bryant. Shaquille O’Neal.
Does it take a certain type of personality to manage these stars’ personalities? Absolutely yes. Props to him.
Is Phil in the same situation here in NY? No. Does he have the talent to convert a bottom dweller to a championship team? Maybe. Who knows? But he has no track record in these conditions.
I hope he can do it.
Frankly, I am not sure why any star player would want to come to the Knicks. It would seem the only reason Melo stayed is because he could sign for more money on his current team.
Sorry for all the gloom and doom. Deep down I’m hopeful for a Knicks turnaround. It’s just hard being both a New York Knicks and Jets fan.