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Chandler Says Knicks Need To ‘Man Up’; Where’s Baron?

NEW YORK (WFAN) — It seems with each Knicks loss, the drum for Mike D’Antoni’s job beats with renewed vigor.

After Saturday’s 97-84 loss to the Houston Rockets, Amar’e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler deflected some of the heat from their head coach — and placed it squarely on the shoulders of their teammates.

“We have to prepare ourselves better as individuals,” Stoudemire said. “Coaches give the game plan. We have to be ready to execute the game plan. If we’re not ready to execute the game plan, we’re not helping our teammates.”

The Knicks (7-13) have lost nine out of their last 10 games.

“We have to learn to comprehend and learn from our mistakes,” said Stoudemire, “and right now we’re not doing that.”

Baron Davis (back) practiced with the team last week but wasn’t deemed ready for in-game minutes. According to the New York Post, some teammates were “surprised” that Davis didn’t make his debut on the team’s road trip.

Carmelo Anthony, meanwhile, has been on the bench with thumb, wrist and ankle injuries.

Chandler said after Saturday’s loss that his teammates have to stop with the excuses and “man up.”

“We all have to look at ourselves and figure what we can do better to help the team,” he said. “Everybody’s banged up. It’s times like this you have to dig deep. It’s about the team that wants it more.”

Who do you blame for the Knicks’ prolonged slide? Sound off below…

  • boppinbob47

    Charles, I guess you would prefer Melo going 5 for 22, instead of anyone else shooting. No team is going far in the playoffs without defense. With Melo on a team there is little chance of the Knicks going very far, with his “ole” style of defense. The opposing team will just run their offense at Melo and win convincingly. The Knicks need to dump Melo anyway they can and build team that is team and defense oriented and not “get the ball and shoot” oriented like Melo. With Melo there is no flow, he is a ball stopper and that turns everyone into ball stoppers because they know that they will not see the ball again. Amare was doing fairly well before the Melo trade, when he had solid role players around him, it is too bad that the Knick management tried to copy the Heat, I thought that the Knicks were going in the right direction before the Melo trade.

    • Charles

      Boppinbob, Yes I would…in case you forgot the Knicks have one playoff berth since 2004…That came due to Melo… Quote from wikipedia”Carmelo Anthony ensured the franchise’s first winning season since 2000 on April 10, 2011, against the Indiana Pacers, as Anthony scored the game winning basket for the Knicks and subsequently blocked Danny Granger’s shot in the final seconds of the game” I call a block to win the game defense…. So one winning season since 2000!!! if you think they were good before melo I have to question your basketball IQ… Without melo it would be more losing seasons and misery in the garden.. I remember a man callled MJ who also had a “get the ball and shoot” mentality(not comparing MJ and Melo) but how did that work for the Bulls?? Not one thing you mentioned made any sense at all…They need talent to win…Chandler is nice but without Dirk(another shoot first pass second player) on the Mavs, he would not have a ring or the contract he has today…Every team needs a scorer and role players..Melo is our scorer and he is the best thing to happen to NY since Ewing!!!! and now maybe they have something to build around…

      • boppinbob47

        What is the Knicks record since they aquired Melo. I think you will find that it is a losing one. They gave up way too much for a ball stopper. I will agree that Melo could play defense, he just doesn’t want to. They need a strong PG/leader like Billips to run the offense. Instead the Knicks have young guys who are in awe/intimidated by Melo. Melo will continue to be one of the better players to never win a championship.

  • Charles

    The whole team is a mess..Chandler has no offensive skills at all, Amare is half of what he used to be. The bench is abismal and D’antoni is the worst coach in the league. You can never win games with Billy Walker, Jared jeffries, jeremy Lin,Mike Bibby, Toney Douglas, Steve Novak playing extensive mnutes. You have to look at the overall lack of talent on this team. Melo is the only scoring threat, and you have Amare and Chandlwer talking “move the ball” ….My question is move it to who??? I prefer to see Melo taking tough shots, then anyone else taking open shots. As proven this year so far, noone can make open shots…Amare, jeffries shooting 3’s??? Am I crazy??

    • flea

      Where is Isiah when you need him ?

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