Marc and Jay talk about the Rockets and Hawks games, Shumpert trade rumors, secret surgeries, Chris Smith joins us, much more
|This weeks ranking were very hard to put together because I didn’t want an 11 way tie for last place. Some players are too high, but sitting on the bench doing nothing at least doesn’t kill the team as much as the play of other players has.|
|Rank||Player||Comments||Last weeks Rank|
|1||Anthony, Carmelo||Have to bump Melo up to #1 after his 45 point game. He’s still been very inconsistent shooting, but with the entire rest of the team other than Bargnani playing like crap Melo has to be in the top spot this week.||2|
|2||Bargnani, Andrea||I can’t believe Bargs is up this high after we tore him apart for the first 4 games. He’s been great on offense for 5 straight games and has even rebounded well in 3 of them. This is as good as it gets with Bargs and I’m more than happy with this level of play.||3|
|3||Shumpert, Iman||It looks like the trade rumors have been getting to him a little bit, that and being the latest Knicks to get a secret knee surgery over the summer. Seriously are there any Knicks who DIDN’T get a secret knee surgery this summer, and do they all do to the same doctor and bump into each other in the waiting room? Anyway, he’s been consistently decent and one of a very few Knicks that don’t make me yell and throw things constantly.||8|
|4||Prigioni, Pablo||Why Pablo doesn’t get more playing time is beyond me, he might be the Knicks best point guard at this point.||4|
|5||Hardaway Jr., Tim||THJ hasn’t done anything great when he’s been on the court but he hasn’t done anything terrible either. Sadly, that’s enough to earn a top 5 spot on this team. Continue reading|
We recorded this show after the Hawks game and before the Rockets game becaus we wanted to record after a win. We talk about Bargs improvement, the trade rumors involving Shumpert, the newest starting lineup, upcoming games, possible realistic trades and much more
|I just thought of doing this so there is no week 1 and two. This is based on how the player has played over the previous week(s), not on total talent.|
|Rank||Player||Comments||Last weeks Rank|
|1||World Peace, Metta||Ron Artest (I’m not calling him Metta) has been the Knicks best bench player. A few dumb hacktastic fouls aside he’s been the least aggravating Knicks to watch over the first two weeks.||–|
|2||Anthony, Carmelo||Melo has been shooting like crap all season but it’s easy for opposing teams to gang up on him when there are no other scoring threats and Melo probably wouldn’t pass if there were.||–|
|3||Bargnani, Andrea||Bargs offense has come alive the last two games. I have absolutely no expectations of him rebounding or playing defense so this is as good as it gets.||–|
|4||Prigioni, Pablo||Pablo has been defending and shooting well in fairly limited minutes. Two things Felton has not done well at all so far.||–|
|5||Hardaway Jr., Tim||It’s not so much that THJ has been good it’s that everyone else has been so bad. Continue reading|
We talk about the win against the Bobcats and the thrashing from the Spurs, JR comes back from weed suspension and has his typical Sunday game, our new centerless rotation, trade rumors and much more
- Welcome back from weed suspension JR. Oh how we missed all your wild shots, terrible shooting percentage and unforced turnovers.
- Hey Woodson, until Chandler gets back Aldrich is the only real center on the team and can actually rebound, make sure you keep playing him less than 10 minutes a game.
- Amare didn’t have any turnovers this game. I guess he was too busy missing shots and fouling players instead.
- Nice rebound Bargnani. I don’t have to be more specific as that was the only one for the whole game.
- Hey Metta, hacking at peoples arms does not qualify as good defense.
- I jokingly told my girlfriend that I would go shopping with her if the Knicks went down by 30. My ass just got back from clothes shopping. Thanks a lot.
OK, I know it’s only 6 games into the NBA season and every single team in the east other than the Pacers have 3 or 4 losses already but I have to wonder if it’s time to reevaluate what was an almost universal understanding that the Knicks would finish 4th or 5th in the conference.
On the plus side JR is coming back tonight, adding some much needed offense and Bargnani had his best game as a Knick with 25 points, 8 rebounds and 5 blocks. Even NBA betting lines seem to feel the Knicks will be competitive even against teams like the Spurs.
The other side of this is Tyson Chandler is out for 4-6 weeks (at least) and as Harris Decker from The Knicks Blog points out, scoring against Zeller and Biyombo is slightly easier than scoring against the Duncans, Gasols and Hibberts of the league.
I’m leaning towards agreeing with our listeners, of whom everyone seems to feel the Knicks will go below .500 in the next 23 games but it should also be noted that as of yet no one in the east is stepping up to bump the Knicks down a spot or two and Pierce and Garnett look completely washed up so far.
I guess what I’m trying to say is I don’t know what to think anymore. My gut says this season is a mess and we should all panic but my eyes are telling me the east is turning out to be as top heavy as always and if the Knicks can stay close to .500 with Chandler out they’ll still hold on to a top 5 seed.
What do you think?
Robert Silverman from Knickerblogger.net joins Jay as we talk about Woodsons adjustments, what going big really means, Bargnani, how the Knicks are affecting our health, Hardaway Jr’s future role on the team and much more