Notes from Last Night’s Match-up of the Bulls vs. Developmental League Knicks

Was this guy really supposed to be our savior at point guard???

  • Do you remember how everyone was worried that when Baron came back he would insist on taking over the starting role from Jeremy Lin. Well Lin is out for the year and Baron still insists on playing back up point guard even if we don’t have a goddam starting point guard.
  • How do the Knicks choose which quarter not to play each night? Did they pick the 2nd quarter out of a hat before the game?
  • Why can’t this team be good at both offense and defense. Last year they rocked on offense but couldn’t play a lick of defense. Now since Woodson took over they have the best defense in the league and a pathetic offense. Do the Knicks need to bring D’Antoni back as Woodson’s offensive coordinator? Continue reading
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Episode 117: Injury Prone

We do the top 5 things that could go wrong the rest of the season.  We talk about the Atlanta and Cleveland games and we try to figure out how to stop tanking and exactly what the Bobcats strategy is.  Download Episode 117

The ABC’s of the Cavaliers game – 3/31/12

C is for Cavaliers: Who with Irving and Varejao out were nice enough to put a bunch of D-leaguers and players no one has ever heard of on the court.

L is for Lin:  Unfortunately we found out before the game that we’ll have to go the rest of the season without him.

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Episode 113: Mike Woodson: Greatest Coach of All Time

The Knicks played two very winnable games against the Indiana Pacers and showed everyone the team we all thought we were getting at the beginning of the season.  Faried vs Shumpert, Fisher vs being homeless, Woodsons performance for the rest of the season vs chances of keeping his job for another season.  Download Episode 113

Knicks Roster Mid-Season Grades

Grades:

Carmelo Anthony – B:  He played too much iso-ball in the beginning of the season, but since coming back from his injury has been making a huge effort to move the ball around.  His shot is way off right now but we expect him to look more like himself after the all-star break.

Mike Bibby – F:  I know he’s getting old and he’s lost a step, but how did he forget how to shoot and pass as well?  We had to play shooting guards at the point because he was too bad to play more than five minutes.

Tyson Chandler – A: Exactly what we wanted when we signed him. Excellent defender, low post presence and when a good PG is playing can be a factor on offense too.  He’s currently leading the league leader in field goal percentage.  Needs to calm down on techs or he’s going to be suspended for a number of games in the second half. Continue reading

The Knicks are about to sign J.R. Smith

Anyone want to fill me in on the logic of this move?

This is my guess as to what the GM was thinking, “Hmmmm, I think I’d rather sign a 4th shooting guard and continue to play Jeremy Lin 40 minutes a game instead of signing a backup point or even a backup big man.  OK so I’ve talked myself into a SG, but our 4th SG can’t be just any SG.  What we need is a ball stopper.  Preferably one who’s a very streaky shooter like Jamal Crawford was.  Oh let’s make sure he is suspect on D and has a bad attitude, things were getting a little too happy around here, we need to make things interesting.  I know, J.R. Smith!”

Last I checked we have Landry Fields, Iman Shumpert and Toney Douglas all fighting for minutes at the 2.  Obviously Douglas is currently the odd man out, but it looks like Shumpert will also lose most of his playing time when Smith arrives.  You know, our best wing defender.  Also a young player that needs to get some run to develop. 

I hope this works out, but I have a feeling I’m going to be waching the game from my computer (not my couch because MSG still has their channel blacked out in NY) and thinking about this post when he’s in the middle of a 2-14 game and Shump looks miserable on the end of the Knicks bench.

The Knicks Depth

Remember a few weeks ago when we were complaining that the Knicks went 4 deep with one of the worst benches in the NBA?  Well now if Baron Davis ever comes back we’re suddenly 2 deep at every single position.

Jeremy Lin                Baron Davis
Landry Fields             Iman Shumpert
Carmelo Anthony      Steve Novak
Amar’e Stoudemire   Josh Harrellson
Tyson Chandler         Jared Jeffries

And that’s with Toney Douglas, Bill Walker, Renaldo Balkman, Mike Bibby and Jerome Jordan all getting zero minutes.

Are we actually resembling a real team?