Notes: Jerome James gets first action of the season
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#1 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 :>))
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