The Knicks Offseason So Far

Nothing has actually happened in the offseason so far, but there are tons of rumors floating around.  Since we don’t have much else to do other than watch the last few highly predictable games of the conference finals I figured I’d briefly mention a few of the current items of note.

Carmelo Anthony said he would embrace playing for Mark Jackson.  No duh.  From what I saw of Jackson in Golden State it looks like plays are not his strong suit.  Which means plenty of opportunity for iso-Melo.  The fact that Melo would be happy to play for a coach that lets him monopolize the ball is no shocker.  You should probably go to the top sportsbooks and wager it all on Melo being happy with any coach that gives him enough leeway as Woodson did.

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2013/14 Knicks Roster Power Rankings – Week 25

The Knicks are officially eliminated so now they are beating playoff teams that are still fighting for playoff position because Knicks. A 2-0 week and two games to go to end this miserable season.
Rank Player Comments Last weeks Rank
1 Anthony, Carmelo The 5 days off did Melo good as he’s back to the great play we’ve seen most of the season. Melo had the best season of his career and yet misses the playoffs for the first time in his career. Props to Melo for trying until the very end. He could easily have half-assed his way through the last few games and no one would have blamed him. 3
2 Stoudemire, Amar’e Amare has hardly missed any games this season and is still healthy. Figures that for the first time in 4 years he’s healthy for the playoffs and still won’t get to participate. 2
3 Smith, J.R. JR isn’t on the record setting pace he was last week but still hit 8 3’s in the two games on a decent percentage. So what was up with the first 4 months, injury or just mental? I’d say injury but he seemed to instantly get 200% better the day after Woodson sat him for a full game as punishment. 1
4 Shumpert, Iman Look at that defense! So glad everyone is rounding into form 2 weeks too late. 4
5 Chandler, Tyson A grand total of 7 points in the last two games. OK, not everyone is rounding into form at the end of the season. 5
6 Prigioni, Pablo Pablo passes the ball and he’s not Raymond Felton, that’s good enough for 6th place before we even mention he’s 2nd in the league in 3 point percentage. 6
7 Aldrich, Cole Aldrich has done a nice job at backup center when he’s called upon. Which is about once a week for reasons only known to Woodson. 9
8 Felton, Raymond Not a bad week for Felton. Not a good week but considering the way this season has gone I’ll gladly take a mediocre week from Felton. 7
9 Hardaway Jr., Tim THJ really regressed the last few weeks. He still has potential and hopefully will grow next season. Looking back at the draft there isn’t one player that got picked after him that I’d rather have. 8
10 Murry, Toure’ Murry played 1 more minute than Brown this week for a total of 1 minute played. Why develop players when you’re eliminated from the playoffs when you can add wear and tear to your vets for next year! 10
11 Jeremy Tyler Same comment as for Murry, why in the world not play these guys 30 minutes a game to give them some run considering there is nothing to play for now. 12
12 Shannon Brown Zero minutes this week but at least he got to wear a jersey. 11
13 Martin, Kenyon Still getting dem checks. 13
14 Bargnani, Andrea If you don’t have anything nice to say…. 14

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2013/14 Knicks Roster Power Rankings – Week 24

The Knicks beat Brooklyn last week, getting our hopes up just enough so that the losses to the Wizards and Heat hurt as much as possible. This is the 2nd to last rankings of the year and last one before the Knicks are officially eliminated. For those still paying attention the Knicks need to go 4-0 and the Hawks need to go 2-4. Possible but not bloody likely.
Rank Player Comments Last weeks Rank
1 Smith, J.R. Against Miami JR made a franchise record 10 3’s and took and all time NBA record 22 attempts as well as an NBA record 14 attempts in a half. He has also hit an NBA record 24 3’s in 3 games while shooting efficiently. My one complaint during all this is the end of the Miami game where JR though he was invincible and took 26 foot fadaway 3’s with LeBron in his face. 2
2 Stoudemire, Amar’e For the first time since joining the Knicks it looks like Amare will be fully healthy for the playoffs….. 5
3 Anthony, Carmelo Melo is injured, his arm is numb and as a result he can’t shoot. A normal coach would sit him for a few games so he heals and comes back 100%. In the Knicks world he plays 40 minutes and Melo takes 17. I bumped him down a little because of the 17 shots, not because of the injury. He could have played a facilitator role. 1
4 Shumpert, Iman His offense hasn’t really been there but his defense has looked really good. Woodson might not appreciate defense but I do. 6
5 Chandler, Tyson Great call not selling high on Chandler. I really look forward to albatross Tyson next season. Still playing OK, but all signs point to a huge regression next season. 4
6 Prigioni, Pablo He played a few decent games before getting shredded by Miami. Still, he does basketball things like passing the ball, which is a nice and rare commodity on this team. 3
7 Felton, Raymond It didn’t happen this week, but maybe next week we can see Felton lead the team in assists. That would be a cool thing for our starting PG to do. Still, props for not letting an opposing guard have a career high for two straight weeks! 9
8 Hardaway Jr., Tim It would be really cool if multiple Knicks played well in the same game. On the same night JR went off from 3 point land THJ went 0-7 with a +/- of -26. Ick. 7
9 Aldrich, Cole And now we get to the 6 players who don’t play for reasons only Woodson knows. I’ll rank these guys in order of how I think they would have done if they did play. Cole would have gotten a lot of rebounds and played decent defense. 8
10 Murry, Toure’ Hopefully Jackson is aware of the things Murry does on the non-offensive side of the court aka playing defense because Woodson sure doesn’t. 11
11 Shannon Brown Brown got 2 steals in 6 minutes this week. That’s 12 steals per 36 minutes! Sign this guy to an extension! 10
12 Jeremy Tyler Did Tyler really regress or did Woodson forget he was on the team? Both are just as likely to have happened. 12
13 Martin, Kenyon Keep getting dem checks. 13
14 Bargnani, Andrea I’m not even mad at Bargs anymore, but I will be all over again once I find out who Toronto drafts with the Knicks picks. Guaranteed to be an all star. 14

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Knicks Vs. Clippers – 1-17-14 – Game Recap

Written by William Lee
New York played their fourth game in five nights, and started an eight game home stand against the Los Angeles Clippers Friday night, there was no rest for the weary. The Knicks returned to the Garden, after being completely outclassed by the league best Indiana Pacer Thursday night. Before the game even began there was bad news, it was announced that Amare Stoudemire and Kenyon Martin would both be sidelined for two weeks with sprained ankle injuries. The Clippers are a surprising 5-1 since star point guard Chris Paul went down with a shoulder injury, and came off an improbable victory over the Dallas Mavericks Wednesday night, winning the game despite being down 17 points with 4: 35 remaining in the game.
The game can be summarized by three Los Angeles Clippers run, where they were able to keep the Knicks from scoring a single field goal close to five minutes in all occasions. The first occurred at the end of the second quarter, when starting point guard Raymond Felton sat down because of foul trouble with 5:18 remaining in the first half. Mike Woodson decided to not play Beno Udrih, a veteran point guard, and went with combo guards. Toure’ Murry did not look comfortable running the offense Friday night, passing the ball too low to Tyson Chandler on consecutive possessions. New York matched their turnovers per game (12.6) by the first half alone with 13 turnovers. Although during the five minute spam of no field goal, the Knicks were still able to score, getting to the line with some generous calls from the referees. New York would not be as fortunate with the referee’s whistle, when this again occurred again in the beginning of the third quarter and towards the end as well. Scoring only on a few free throws during this spam, New York only made four field goals in the third quarter, being held down to 18.2% shooting for the period. The Clippers ended the third quarter on a 15-4 run to take a 76-67 lead.
The game was actually tied up at the half 50-50, with both teams shooting a low percentage. The Clippers were able to generate points by pushing the ball up the court, scoring 23 fast break points in the first half alone. This kept the Clippers in the game despite shooting only 32.6% in the first half. Blake Griffin brought the ball up and went coast to coast a few times after collecting the defensive rebound. Griffin would barely be met with any resistance going to the rim, highlighted by an end to end score where Griffin made a behind back crossover and dunked over Jeremy Tyler. New York jogged back on defense seemly every possession, only once in the first half was Griffin ever fouled hard. O how I miss the good old days of 90s Knicks basketball, where hard fouls was a norm, and no layups were allowed. Too many times be it Griffin or another Clipper sprinted straight to the rim and was met with little to no resistance. Griffin had 15 points in the first half, finishing the game with 32 points 7 rebounds and 3 steals.
Any hope of a New York comeback was completely destroyed when Los Angeles hit three consecutive threes in a row in the fourth quarter. You felt momentum shift when Blake Griffin knocked the first three, who is a career 23.6% three point shooter. Jamal Crawford exploded for 14 points in the fourth quarter to help close the door on New York, creating an inside outside game for the Clippers. Crawford finished the game with 29 points, as the Clippers won easily 109-95.
With the double digit deficit early in the fourth quarter, it is questionable why Mike Woodson did not hack either DeAndre Jordan or Blake Griffin on purpose, and send them to the line every possession. We have seen throughout the years, all the top coaches implement this strategy, including the current Clipper coach, Doc Rivers do it during his Boston Celtics rein. Jordan is a career 42.1% FT, and Griffin is a career 62.8%, which makes it very appetizing to send either to the free throw line. This was a missed opportunity for New York to gain extra possessions, instead they watched the Clippers rain down five threes in the fourth quarter.
Some positives to look forward to, is that New York will face mostly teams with losing records during their home stand. Jeremy Tyler looked serviceable during his 14 minutes of play Friday night, and probably will see more time with how decimated Knicks frontcourt is. Another positive from the injuries is, it is encouraging to see Carmelo Anthony help rebound. Grabbing 20 rebounds, which was two off tying his career high. This was especially encouraging because Anthony had a terrible shooting night, missing 19 shots, it got so bad, that on a made three, he was signaling thank god that a shot fall down. New York will need divine intervention to even keep afloat and remain respectable for the rest of the season, that is for sure.

Knicks @ Rockets – 1-3-14 – Game Recap

Written by William Lee

Friday night New York continued their Texas Triangle road trip, taking on the Houston Rockets, after a very impressive victory over the San Antonio Spurs the previous night. Jeremy Lin made sure to let his former team know what they were missing, scoring seven points in the opening four minutes. Lin penetrated into the paint for a couple of layups, and knocked down a three, which quickly gave the Rockets an 11-4 early lead. James Harden would also get into the act, easily getting into the paint for a layup as well. Mike Woodson decided to substitute out Beno Udrih in favor of the home town native Toure’ Murry for his defense. Murry and Iman Shumpert made a good defensive backcourt, and it sparked an 18-9 run to end the first quarter, to give the Knicks a 24-20 lead.

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2013/14 Knicks Roster Power Rankings – Week 7

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