It’s Only Preseason

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“Its only the preseason” is the claim that many will make regarding the perfect shift Iman Shumpert put in during the Knicks opening preseason game versus Boston on Wednesday night.  For those of us who have been watching Knicks basketball for years, it was confirmation of what we have been whispering for over a year.  Iman Shumpert is ready to take the next step into stardom in the NBA.
Shump was flawless from the field, going 7-7 including 3 from behind the arc.  The most encouraging improvement is his shot selection.  There were many times early in the game when a younger Shumpert would have forced a shot or had one of those pointless drives into the paint.  On Wednesday night, Shumpert drove and created, making plays happen for his teammates.  How many years has it been since the Knicks has possessed a player with a solid combination speed and scoring ability?
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Knicks Player Tweet of the Week

A deep tweet from our man Iman:

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Michael (@delacmi1) scours twitter all week to find our Knicks player Tweet of the Week every Monday morning.

Knicks Player Tweet of the Week

Instead of blaming other people or complaining about playing time Shumpert just admits failure.  Classy.  And that’s why he gets the tweet of the week.

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Michael (@delacmi1) scours twitter all week to find our Knicks player Tweet of the Week every Monday morning.

Knicks Player Tweet of the Week

It’s been a slow week, hopefully that means everyone is focusing on tonights game.  JR hasn’t been on twitter in 6 days!  Shumpert wins shoes and tweet of the week!

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Michael (@delacmi1) scours twitter all week to find our Knicks player Tweet of the Week every Monday morning.

Tweet of the Week

After last nights win we have to go with Iman Shumperts tweet this week:

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Michael (@delacmi1) scours twitter all week to find our Knicks player Tweet of the Week every Monday morning.

Knicks Player Tweet of the Week

Gotta go with Iman Shumpert and his kind words for Amare after his most recent setback.

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Michael (@delacmi1) scours twitter all week to find our Knicks player Tweet of the Week every Monday morning.

Episode 174: Finding the Problem

Jay and Marc feel that lately even when the Knicks win it’s ugly and not a formula for success in the playoffs.  They try and figure out if the problem is coming from the coaching or from certain players.  There is a lot of criticizing this episode but almost none of it is about Amare.  Jay comes up with a few trade proposals that Marc finds very unrealistic.  Download Episode 174

February is off to a good start

  • The Knicks started off the 1st half in usual annoying fashion, falling behind by double digits before winning by a decent margin at the end.  This lack of enthusiasm for the first two quarters is going to really bite them in the ass against better teams.
  • Amare has developed this mini-hook that has been really really effective.  If he is going to continue to score 15-17 and grab 6-8 rebounds in 25 minutes off the bench while playing semi-tolerable defense while not complaining about his role I’m all in.
  • Tyson Chandler: 20 rebounds.  Awesome.
  • Felton hurt his previously broken finger.  After clearly showing some pain and icing it for a while he came back in and hit a few shots.  Lets hope it was just a bump and not a refracturing or the 2nd half of the season is going to be really long.
  • Kudos to the Knicks for finally not getting burned by not one but two fast point guards.  Also, after fast starts by Dunleavy and Ilyasova the Knicks contained them in the 2nd half as well.  In other words, no Knick Effect for tonight!
  • I’m really glad the Knicks won tonight, but they are playing tomorrow and I would have rathered Melo not play 44 minutes tonight.
  • In the 3rd quarter Shumpert got pulled after one minute for missing a defensive assignment.  I like that Woodson holds players accountable but it would be even better if he did that for every player.  Like when Melo all but sits down on the floor with his arms crossed like a 3 year old when he doesn’t get a call.

Knicks Roster Mid-Season Grades

In Episode 170 Marc and Jay gave their mid-season grades for the Knicks roster.  Here are the results:

Jay’s Picks

Carmelo Anthony – A
Ronnie Brewer – C-
Marcus Camby – F
Tyson Chandler – B
Chris Copeland – B+
Raymond Felton – A-
Jason Kidd – A+
Steve Novak – D
Pablo Prigioni – C+
Iman Shumpert – B+
J.R. Smith – B+
Amare Stoudemire – C+
Kurt Thomas – C-
Rasheed Wallace – B+
James White – C+

Mike Woodson – B

Marc’s Pics

Carmelo Anthony – A-
Ronnie Brewer – C+
Marcus Camby – D
Tyson Chandler – B+
Chris Copeland – B+
Raymond Felton – B+
Jason Kidd – A
Steve Novak – C+
Pablo Prigioni – A-
Iman Shumpert – B
J.R. Smith – B+
Amare Stoudemire – C+
Kurt Thomas – B
Rasheed Wallace – B
James White – D

Mike Woodson – C+

Episode 170: Knicks Roster Midseason Grades

Marc and Jay talk about the Boston and Philly games and then give their mid-season grades for every player on the Knicks roster.  Download Episode 170