If Stoudemire doesn’t nearly singlehandedly return the Knicks to respectability in 2010, does Carmelo Anthony demand a trade to the Knicks? I think not, but there’s no way to know for sure.
This was not a bad loss for the Knicks. They had no business even being in the game. It was, however, a brutal game for Mike Woodson.
The Knicks are an arrogant basketball team. It should have cost them a win on Monday night, and they were lucky it didn’t. It could cost them this season if they don’t figure it out soon.
The Knicks looked great in the first half on Sunday. It was November all over again. It was beautiful basketball. Then the second half started.
For all the talk about Anthony, if the Knicks don’t get consistent performances out of a good percentage of their second-tier players, they aren’t going to win. It doesn’t have to be every guy every night, but they need a few to play well every night.
Everything else will take care of itself if the Knicks start to guard people. It’s all that matters. It’s everything.
There’s no other way to say it: Wednesday night’s loss to the Pacers was a disgrace.
For Knicks fans, there might be some rumors over the next two days — but don’t expect any movement. Sometimes, that’s for the better.
The Knicks can still win an NBA championship if they make adjustments. They CAN beat the Heat. Will they? Let’s see if the players and coach do what’s necessary to do it.
The scary things for Knicks fans is that these weaknesses aren’t hard to see or diagnose. Every NBA team runs the pick-and-roll incessantly, and most have quick guards to get into the lane.
All those worries can all be swept away. STAT has done something Carmelo Anthony wouldn’t be capable of — he’s happy riding in the passenger’s seat.
The next five opponents are the Bucks, Kings, Pistons, Wizards and Timberwolves, who have a combined record of 86-137.
No one is advocating Anthony taking 12 three-pointers per game, but the Knicks will be far better off if he is doing a lot more catching and shooting, and a lot less holding, waiting, dribbling, pumping and forcing.
The old adage turned out to be true: You never know what you truly have until you lose it. Welcome back, Raymond Felton.
Whatever they do, the Knicks’ success will be determined by how they control Rondo. In many ways, their success this season will be determined by how they control the opponent’s quick guards off the dribble.