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Derek Fisher (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Knicks Coach Derek Fisher Needs To Shorten His Rotation

The Knicks need to play their best players and force opponents to match up against them. It’s the only way this team is going to forge an identity and figure things out.

11/13/2014

J.R. Smith puts up a three-pointer in the closing seconds against the Orlando Magic on November 12, 2014 at Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Jesse Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

J.R. Smith Insists He Took ‘Right Shot’ At Buzzer In Loss To Magic

The ball never got to Carmelo Anthony, who appeared to be calling for it. “If I forced it into him, what kind of shot will he really have — a turnaround, fadeaway?” Smith said.

11/13/2014

Knicks head coach Derek Fisher speaks to his team during practice at Madison Square Garden on October 26, 2014. (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Dissecting Knicks’ Issues In The Triangle

There’s an adjustment that has to happen, but as coach Derek Fisher and president Phil Jackson have both said, the team isn’t making basketball plays when the system affords the opportunities.

11/12/2014

The Knicks’ Iman Shumpert, right, battles the Hawks’ Paul Millsap for a rebound during the second half at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 10, 2014. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Schmeelk: The Numbers Lie — The Knicks’ Defense Is Still Horrid

If you just look at the stats, it appears the Knicks are playing pretty good defense this season. Teams are only averaging 98.4 points against them and shooting 44.7 percent from the field. But those numbers are illusions hiding a simple fact.

11/11/2014

Carmelo Anthony (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images); Joe Johnson (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Still Developing Identities, Knicks And Nets Set To Meet At Barclays

The New York Knicks are still laboring with their new triangle offense and that could make it challenging for them to extend a three-game win streak in Brooklyn.

11/07/2014

Derek Fisher (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Derek Fisher Was The Difference In Knicks’ Win Over Cavaliers

The Knicks would not have beaten the Cavs last year. Not with Mike Woodson as their head coach. Not in a million years.

10/31/2014

Kirk Hinrich of the Chicago Bulls drives around J.R. Smith during the first quarter against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on October 29, 2014. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Phil Jackson Says Knicks ‘Not Ready For Showtime’ After Opening Night Dud

“Embarrassed? No, I am not embarrassed,” Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony said. “We will get better. I believe that.” But it’s not about to get any easier.

10/30/2014

The New York Knicks during open practice at Madison Square Garden on October 26, 2014. (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: In Transition Season, Knicks Will Finish Over .500 And Make Playoffs

I’m landing the Knicks at 43-39, getting the eighth and final seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. It will be a good start to the Jackson and Fisher era.

10/29/2014

Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks shoots the ball during open practice at Madison Square Garden on October 26, 2014. (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)

Rebuilding And ‘Rejuvenated’ Knicks Host Bulls In Season Opener

Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks are hoping a full season under team president Phil Jackson can help them return to the playoffs. It starts Wednesday night against Chicago.

10/29/2014

J.R. Smith #8 of the New York Knicks drives to the basket as Amir Johnson #15 of the Toronto Raptors defends and Quincy Acy #4 of the New York Knicks looks on during their preseason NBA game at the Bell Centre on October 24, 2014 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Dave Sandford/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: 10 Questions That Will Determine The Knicks’ Success

Here are the 10 things that will determine the Knicks’ success this season, in order of importance.

10/28/2014

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NYC’s Priceless Things To Do This Week: Oct 27th – Nov 2nd

Check out the Priceless Things To Do this week in NYC, week of October 27th- November 2nd.

10/27/2014

Carmelo Anthony #7 and J.R. Smith #8 of the New York Knicks shake hands during a game against the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden on October 22, 2014. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Schmeelk: What To Do, What To Do? Breaking Down The Knicks’ Lineup Options

The only starters that appear certain are Carmelo Anthony (likely at small forward) and Jose Calderon. The other positions all seem to be, potentially, up for grabs.

10/24/2014

J.R. Smith (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

J.R. Smith: I’m Not Used To Putting The Team Over Myself

“Trying to think about the rest of the team over myself or my scoring is something that I never really had to do before.”

10/24/2014

Knicks guard Pablo Prigioni goes up for a layup during a preseason game against the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden on Oct. 22, 2014. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Phil Breaks Down Roster, Says Knicks Athletic Enough To Run Triangle Offense

As far as Phil Jackson is concerned, Carmelo Anthony is the Knicks’ only star, but that doesn’t mean he and his teammates together won’t be able to run the triangle offense efficiently.

10/23/2014

Shane Larkin (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Schmeelk: Knicks’ 1 Way To Win? Groom Young Guards Into 2-Dimensional Players

Most of New York’s players are what they are: one-dimensional guys. Shumpert, Hardaway and Larkin can be more than that.

10/22/2014

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