Knicks' streak snapped by Wizards
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#1 Jan 18, 2008
Just like my Chinese food, I prefer my basketball with no MSG.
#2 Jan 19, 2008
Last night showed the difference between a 21-17 team and the 12-27 team that Isiah assembled. The Knicks moved the ball well, shot fairly well, attempted to defend, and yet still lost because the other team did all of these things too, only better. The two best players on the court (Butler and Jamison) were not Knicks. It is hard to win consistently when you don't have the horses.
#3 Jan 19, 2008
Knicks lost a little focus on D. Still played well considering Wizards beat Bos 2 times and the knicks beat them last week. Good to see James back in, even for a couple of minutes. If Isiah can bring him along slow he could be a contributer on the shotblocking where they are woeful. McMillan used to use James only in the beginning of games where he was most effective. Isiah should try to duplicate. If he can block a shot or two in beginning will set tone for game, then at end of game could stop opponent....limited min. though.
A couple of players I would like to see more of are Rose, Collins and Chandler. Collins is a good all around player, he can rebound, play d, run the court, pass and bring the ball up, thats big. All those skills add up when u have 1 player on the court performing them. Chandler can block shots and is an active body. He is a good rebounder and adequate scorer. Rose is a good all around team player. His biggest strengh is his overall intensity which will filter down to the younger players.
I think the minutes for the players should look something like this:
Craw: 35 min
Curry: 25 min
Randolf: 25 min (should play when Curry isn't, except for rare occasions when you have a slow opponent.)
Nate: 25 min
Lee: 20 min
Balkman: 20 min
Jeffries: 20 min
Collins: 15 min.
Rose: 10 min.
Richardson: 10 min.
James: 10 min.
Chandler 10 min.
Jones 10 min.
Morris 5 min.
Total 240 min.
By utilizing all your players you benefit from them being rested and motivated. Everyone is contributing. Minutes can be rearranged as players prove themselves. It is key to use all players as Portland does and to let the players know it, so when they are in there for 5,10, 20 minutes, they know they can go all out and not have to pace themselves. Also this helps develop players and keep them happy.
Next year with the addition of a shotblocker who can run the court the Knicks should be in good shape. Like I said before they turned the corner in the San Antonio game and are ready to play .500 or better.
Next year when Marbury returns, he will have no pressure as the team is already winning. He will have had time to recover emotionally and physically. He will be a great sixth man...and may even win the sixth man award. Bringing him in fresh, he's only 31, in the fourth quarter will give the Knicks the shot in the arm they need to win many close games.
GO KNICKS,(maybe I'll see a championship before I die yet :>))
#4 Jan 19, 2008
Hey Jerry, By the amount of time that you must have spent on the above you must be taking this team seriously. I suggest that until the coach is replaced dedicate your time to a more worthy endeavor.
#5 Jan 19, 2008
Isiah is full of it; and totally incapable of even coaching a good HS team. I am very serious. It's amazing.
He spoke as if he coached a good first place team; when he stated he wasn't upset and "every once in a while you run into a team that plays better than you. etc."
Is he out of his mind ? He has to be ! Will somebody please chllenge his idiotic statements on occasion ?
The Knicks won three in a row; mainly because they got very hot from outside and also played very tired teams.
Last night the Knicks took SIXTY outside shots and only NINETEEN layups. Out of those 60 outside shots; TWENTY FIVE were 3 pt. attempts !!! Is that coaching ? On a team that is one of the worst statistical shooting teams from the field, theline, and 3 pts, in the league ????
If they got hot as they do on occasion; they have a chance to win. If not [which the law of averages say is going to happen most games]; they will continue to lose many more games than win.
All of Isiah's talk of leadership, unselfishness, rythm and flow, and doing what is taught in practice are absolutely, unequivival mistatements or lies due to terrible basketball coaching IQ; OR just an innate propensity to defraud those he comes in contact with.
That is, was, and will continue to be the case as long as he is here in NY; no matter who puts on the Knick uniform.
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