Kemba Walker scored 18 points and made the tiebreaking basket with 1:31 remaining as the Charlotte Bobcats escaped with an 85-83 preseason win over the Knicks 85-83 on Friday night.
With Smith and Anthony on the court together, the ball often stops, which would hurt the ultra-effective Felton/Chandler pick-and-roll. Smith also doesn’t apply the smart, heady defense that’s needed with the rest of the starting five.
For the Knicks to make a serious run to the NBA Finals, they have to improve their defense. There’s a few ways that a team’s defense can be improved.
Smith wants the starting nod from coach Mike Woodson. That said, if the Knicks reprise his role as the go-to guy off the bench, he’d be OK with that, too.
Woodson will have a lot of flexibility when it comes to finding the proper offense/defense balance. He can go with a dual point-guard lineup with Prigioni or start a bigger two-guard like Shumpert or Smith.
This is the way the Knicks’ season has to start. It’s so disappointing, but also so typical at the same time. Dolan would have it no other way.
Melo has refused to discuss the possibility of leaving the Knicks via free agency.
Knicks head coach Mike Woodson is still tampering around with his lineup, only guaranteeing starting spots to three players: Tyson Chandler, Carmelo Anthony and Raymond Felton.
This will be the season when the Nets-Knicks rivalry will blow up and evolve into one of the greatest in pro sports.
Tim Hardaway, Jr, CJ Leslie, Andrea Bargnani and Ron Artest are the new members of the club. But is the team better? How will they compete with an improving Eastern Conference next year?
He can establish that second unit that comes in and challenges opponents when the starters are winded. He can completely change the game, get the crowd pumped up and propel the Knicks forward.
When the moratorium lifts on Wednesday night and teams around the league execute all the deals reported over the last 10 days, the Knicks will still be left with many holes to fill and very few good options to fill them.
The Knicks are often too quick to trade away first round picks, since that is the best way for a team to acquire cheap assets. Picks are one of the most valuable NBA assets.
The New York Knicks loaded up on old guys last season while building a playoff team, and now they have a chance Thursday to mix in some youth.
The NBA Draft is just three days away, and it is perhaps the most important part for the Knicks as they head into the offseason.