Marc and Jay talk about the rumor Phil Jackson is seeing what he can get for draft picks, Derrick Rose, steroids, the draft, crazy trades, cheap owners, and more
Written by Nicholas McGowan
The New York Knicks continue to explore their options when looking to upgrade the current roster. The laughable trade proposal for Kevin love had no shot of being accepted but it at least shows us that Phil Jackson is still looking to make improvements. There is certainly room for improvement as we inch closer to the start of the season. In particular there are two restricted free agents that would make a whole lot of sense on the Knicks roster. The first of these free agents is the disgruntled power forward/center Greg Monroe. Monroe averaged 15.2 points, 9.3 rebounds, shot 65% from the free throw line, shot just under 50%, and averaged around 1 steal and .6 blocks a game. Monroe has expressed his interest in leaving a crowed Detroit frontline that includes young and talented center Andre Drummond and the highly paid and overrated Josh Smith who apparently has the full support of Stan van Gundy. The other restricted free agent is point guard Eric Bledsoe of the Phoenix Suns. Bledsoe really came into his own last year as he made the jump from role player to starter. Despite only playing in 43 games due to an injury Bledsoe looked like a polished starter as he averaged 17.7 points, 5.5 assists, 4.7 rebounds, 1.6 steals, and shot a respectable 35.7% from three. Bledsoe is certainly a better option than any of our current point guards. He doesn’t have the three point shooting or knowledge that Jose Calderon possess but he has defense agility needed to stay with John Wall, Kyrie Irving, Derrick Rose, and the other point guards of the East. The Knicks will have to give up quite the package to acquire Bledsoe seeing that the Suns have said they will match any offer. Monroe on the other hand should be easier to obtain. Let’s take a look at what it cost the Knicks and how Monroe and Bledsoe would fit into New York’s system. Continue reading
Written by William Lee
|How do you even judge a team that wins two in a row by a total of 68 points and then loses by 41 two days later? Can the Knicks now only beat bad teams that are missing at least two starters? I’ll try again to make sense of this crazy roster.|
|Rank||Player||Comments||Last weeks Rank|
|1||Anthony, Carmelo||The Melo everyone wants showed up to the Nets and Magic games. Anthony took only good shots and as a result had his first back to back over .500 shooting nights of the season, he rebounded and he got a good amount of assists. The bad Melo showed up in Boston, but I can only penalize him to much considering the bad version of everyone showed up against Boston.||2|
|2||Prigioni, Pablo||Pablo was one of two players to show up against Boston. The team shot 65% for the 17 minutes he played and 22% for the 31 minutes he didn’t. Is Woodson the only one who doesn’t understand that Priggy makes this team better? Lets make sure he definitely plays less than 20 minutes a game because Felton is super awesome.||4|
|3||Chandler, Tyson||Chandler is in week 5 of rehab and is talking about maybe coming back before new Years which would make his 4-6 week recovery period about 8 weeks long. No one wants him to come back before he’s totally healthy but I think we learned that he’s the #1 most important player on this roster.||7|
|4||Hardaway Jr., Tim||Rook has been looking real good. He better be careful though, if he keeps this up he’ll end up on the trading block. Also, is anyone else worried that he’s using JR’s 3-point celebration on the bench? I like the enthusiasm but I hope he’s not using JR as a role model.||5|
|5||Martin, Kenyon||Raise your hand if you’re surprised that lifting his minutes restriction, and playing him heavy minutes at center would result in sore joints. At least he got to miss the Boston Massacre. Continue reading|
|Four games and four losses since last weeks rankings. I will now try and rank the varying levels of awfulness that make up the Knicks roster.|
|Rank||Player||Comments||Last weeks Rank|
|1||Anthony, Carmelo||Last night was the first night in a long time Melo has shot over .500, but he’s also fighting constant double teams due to the lack of help around him. A few more assists would help but I can’t complain too much considering he’s currently 2nd in the NBA in scoring and a very impressive 11th in rebounding.||1|
|2||Martin, Kenyon||Huzzah! An actual Knick player that plays defense. He can rebound too! He’s been playing over 25 minutes a game. Anyone else terrified at what this team would look like if K-Mart went down?||6|
|3||Bargnani, Andrea||Bargnani went ice cold for a few games but who am I going to put above him? He’s been grabbing 5 boards a game which is…not the worst I guess. Would still like to see him get more touches in the 2nd half of games, especially when he’s productive in the 1st half. Looking at you Melo and JR.||2|
|4||Udrih, Beno||With Felton out Beno has bene our resident ‘PG who lets every opposing PG run past him on just about every play’ guy. He’s up this high for his performance in the Indiana game because 1 great game is 1 more than the players ranked 5-15.||9|
|5||Stoudemire, Amar’e||You know this team is in trouble when we’re putting Amare in the top 5. Yes his defense is still the worst but he’s been scoring and rebounding at a very efficient rate which is all you can expect from him at this point. Continue reading|
|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|
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?
Top 10 Reasons the Knicks traded for Bargnani
1. They no longer wanted Amare to be the worst defender on the team.
2. They won a lot of games last year with a bunch of injured players so naturally they will win even more games if you add more injury prone players.
3. With JR possibly leaving they needed another extremely inefficient scorer badly.
4. Anyone who can’t crack the Raptors rotation is someone I want on my team.
5. They had to take Bargnani to make up for the Raptors taking Landry Fields last season.
6. You can’t have too many soft bigs on terrible contracts.
7. Figuring out who to draft is so complicated. It is just easier to not have draft picks.
8. They need someone who can’t play defense for when Chandler is on the bench.
9. They wanted to prove that no terrible contract is really unmovable.
10. The Knicks hate their fans.