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Saturday, September 20, 2014

2011 Game Thread: Knicks vs. Timberwolves

For your in-post game thoughts.

205 comments on “2011 Game Thread: Knicks vs. Timberwolves

  1. NYK Ewing

    There’s no way Ronny Turiaf (CT) lets Kevin Love repeat his performance. At worst tonight, I think our starters play them to a stalemate (thats assuming fantastic play from their frontcourt, which is looking great with Darko actually playing decently, and mediocre play from our starters). Then we crush them with our depth as they have to go to their pitiful bench.

    In other news, it looks like our prime target for trading Bill Walker is Jason Williams. I really like this move. A cheap ex-star with an expiring contract that knows how to pass and can hit the occasional open three. My only concern is that he can run fast enough to really make the best of Dantoni’s offense.

  2. rohank

    secondies? just kidding.

    So no one responded to my question 2 threads ago about Amare for MVP, Fields for ROY, or Chandler for most improved so far this year. What do you guys think?

    As far as J-Will is concerned, I doubt we’ll need to use him for more than 15 or 20 mpg, and he should be able to run fast for that

    Also, random note (and I’m sorry in advance if this isn’t allowed by the admins), but if any of you have tickets to Knicks/Thunder that you don’t want/need. Can you let me know? I’m coming home for 11 days and the knicks only have 2 home games in that span =(

  3. Spree8nyk8

    rohank: secondies? just kidding.So no one responded to my question 2 threads ago about Amare for MVP, Fields for ROY, or Chandler for most improved so far this year. What do you guys think?As far as J-Will is concerned, I doubt we’ll need to use him for more than 15 or 20 mpg, and he should be able to run fast for thatAlso, random note (and I’m sorry in advance if this isn’t allowed by the admins), but if any of you have tickets to Knicks/Thunder that you don’t want/need. Can you let me know? I’m coming home for 11 days and the knicks only have 2 home games in that span =(  

    I asked Alan Hahn yesterday if he felt Stat was a contender for MVP and he said you won’t know anything until after the tougher games next week, that’s when he could become a real contender.

  4. Spree8nyk8

    Fields has no shot at ROY (blake hands down), he could be second in the voting though which would still be huge. Chandler has a great shot at being sixth man of the year. idk about most improved, although I would imagine that’s going to be westbrook

  5. d-mar

    I think in a way it’s a good thing that the Wolves humiliated us in that debacle in Minneapolis; it gives us some motivation for a game that we normally might have trouble getting up for. I would actually be surprised if we didn’t crush this team from the get go (everyone can yell “jinx” but with the way this team is playing I can make a statement like that with confidence)

  6. d-mar

    Regarding tickets, I posted this a while ago, but I’m a season ticket holder with some good seats for 7-8 games. I’m just looking for face value and would rather sell them to you guys than some anonymous Craigslister. Email me at knickstickets2010@yahoo.com if you’re interested and I’ll let you know what games, price, location, etc. Thx.

  7. rohank

    Spree8nyk8: Rohank are you in the military?  

    Haha no I’m in medical school. Someone else here was in the military though – I remember reading that on a previous thread.

  8. Spree8nyk8

    Alot of people didn’t give Darko a chance.

    And i’m not worried bc a lot of teams start off well against us.

  9. Robert Silverman

    Re-incorporating Turiaf is effing up the Nix spacing/offensive rhythm. They have to play him, it just may take a game or so

  10. Spree8nyk8

    Oh well, wanna know how good the Knicks are? Against prob the best shooting quarter they are gonna face this season they are down 4….big whoop…

  11. latke

    both coaches right now: “We’re playing well. They are making a lot of tough shots. Just keep playing like you’re playing on offense and pick up the D.”

  12. Michael Cline

    We have played well and should be pumped that we are even still in this game after that lights out performance by the T-Wolves. And it’s not really like our defense is playing that bad (at least, not as bad as the Knick announcers are making it out to be). Minnesota just can’t miss.

  13. Bruno Almeida

    what the hell is this lol, I can’t believe we’re only down 4, it’s almost like that game the Pacers hit 20/21 in one quarter

  14. Spree8nyk8

    david: now 3 – -is that some kind of record?  

    No Indiana had a perfect quarter earlier in the season until someone missed a shot with 2 seconds left.

  15. Robert Silverman

    Spree8nyk8:
    No Indiana had a perfect quarter earlier in the season until someone missed a shot with 2 seconds left.  

    Josh McRoberts missed a three. Good hands, Moz!

  16. Michael Cline

    That was an ugly drive by Mosgov on the PnR. Was that a “floater”? or a “hook?” who knows…

  17. Robert Silverman

    Another sentence I never thought I’d type — Nix caught a serious break if Milicic is indeed out for the rest of the game

  18. Michael Cline

    What a pass by Mov! The assists per bucket ratio is great tonight.
    And in other news, I am enjoying watching the game while conversing on the board here. I need to do this more often (though by the end of the game, you all may disagree)

  19. Bruno Almeida

    Michael Cline: That was an ugly drive by Mosgov on the PnR. Was that a “floater”? or a “hook?” who knows…  

    yeah it was ugly, but he had a pretty nice pass for TD the next play.

  20. Spree8nyk8

    Kevin Love has the ugliest looking 3pt attempts i’ve ever seen for someone that is making them.

  21. Flipswitch

    This is an insane offensive performance from both teams. Damn, the knicks would be up by 15 if the t’wolves aren’t shooting like a team possesed.

  22. Bruno Almeida

    our defense is terrible, I admit, but that is way too lucky, that Brewer shot, this last Love 3 pointer… that’s just a lucky team having a wonderful night.

  23. Michael Cline

    Bruno Almeida: our defense is terrible, I admit, but that is way too lucky, that Brewer shot, this last Love 3 pointer… that’s just a lucky team having a wonderful night.  

    Couldn’t agree more. The home announcers want to blame every basket on “poor defense.”

    Milicic is already gone. Maybe we can knock out Love too and run away with this thing

  24. Spree8nyk8

    wow now this idiot gets to the line because he chucked the ball backwards over his shoulder after getting fouled….really?

  25. ess-dog

    We really don’t match up well against the Wolves for some reason. They’re frontcourt has our number.
    Thank god we’re hitting some threes…

  26. Flipswitch

    ess-dog: We really don’t match up well against the Wolves for some reason.They’re frontcourt has our number.
    Thank god we’re hitting some threes…  

    This is the first game where I’m absolutely thankful for all the tre’s the knciks are throwing up.

  27. Spree8nyk8

    Yeah the announcers actually said the knicks gave up an easy shot when beasley scored on a no glass reverse scoop shot lol. Not sure i’d ever call that shot easy.

  28. Mulligan

    Man, Luke Ridnour look’s like his name should be Remus or Cletus or something. He looks ike he belongs in a makeshift meth lab or something..

  29. Bruno Almeida

    ess-dog: We really don’t match up well against the Wolves for some reason.They’re frontcourt has our number.
    Thank god we’re hitting some threes…  

    they do have an above average frontcourt, Love is awesome and Milicic is playing incredibly, but we can’t let Beasley penetrate whenever he likes, that’s just a bad defensive effort.

    but how can you blame the Knicks defender when Love is 3/3 from 3 with hands on his face on his last attempts, and everybody else except Telfair and Johnson are hitting all their shots?

  30. Spree8nyk8

    ess-dog: We really don’t match up well against the Wolves for some reason.They’re frontcourt has our number.
    Thank god we’re hitting some threes…  

    Idk about that, we were drilling them by 21 before the knicks went icecold in the first game, and this game idk… I mean if they are gonna drill every ugly ass shot they put up, well then you just gotta tip your hat to them. I mean Love has hit 3 very ugly 3pt shots and numerous other players for the wolves have hit some other crazy shit. And if they can do it for a whole game, whatever, happens sometimes but it’s a fluke. Sometimes you just run bad.

  31. Mulligan

    Before he hit that, I was going to say that it looked like the twolves were coming back to earth… one can only hope. I still think we got this

  32. Doug

    Ridnour?? You’ve got to be kidding me.

    I think the halftime break will cool the T-wolves down. There is no way they sustain that level of !@#$ing lucky shooting.

  33. Bruno Almeida

    Mulligan: Before he hit that, I was going to say that it looked like the twolves were coming back to earth…one can only hope.I still think we got this  

    yeah, getting beaten by this kind of bullshit would be incredibly frustrating.

  34. Robert Silverman

    I’m going to go get pissed watching the Jets-Pats game, just for a different flavor of aggravation

  35. ess-dog

    Fields and Gallo are killin’ us out there. We might have to see more Wilson and Shawne in the 2nd half. Have to admit, Wilson has taken his game to a whole other level. I wonder what kind of contract he gets next year if he keeps this up? At least the mid-level. Maybe something like the Milsap contract? 8 mil per? maybe more like 7…

  36. Mulligan

    Man, I love Raymond Felton. He is so much better than I thought he would be. I love the personalities on this team.

  37. jaylamerique

    ess-dog:
    Although I’d rather have Chandler frankly.  

    yah Beasley over-rated. He clearly takes too many long 2s and he seems like a ball stopper. so basically al harrington with a lower ts %

  38. Doug

    Now that’s more like it. About 5 deflections out of bounds on that possession, followed by Felton intercepting the inbounds pass the last time.

    Clyde pointed out that the T-wolves kept getting their passes tipped because Felton was denying Ridnour the inbounds pass, so I watched Felton/Ridnour square off on the next inbounds play. Sure enough, Felt picks a long, crosscourt inbounds attempt out of the air. BASKETBALL~

  39. Bruno Almeida

    Mulligan: Man, I love Raymond Felton. He is so much better than I thought he would be. I love the personalities on this team.  

    me too, I never imagined he was such a passionate player, he plays with incredible intensity every minute.

  40. Bruno Almeida

    I mean, where was this Shawne Williams hiding?

    I remember watching him on the Pacers and thinking he was terrible.

  41. TheRant

    a) Who is this Shawne Williams
    b) Where did we find him, and
    c) How do I pronounce “Shawne”?”

  42. TheRant

    Bruno Almeida: I mean, where was this Shawne Williams hiding?

    I remember watching him on the Pacers and thinking he was terrible.

    Hey, Bruno. Sorry to double your simultaneously posted note.

    Didn’t see it.

  43. Mulligan

    TheRant: a) Who is this Shawne Williams
    b) Where did we find him, and
    c) How do I pronounce “Shawne”?”  

    As P&T says, the “e” is for effort!

  44. Bruno Almeida

    TheRant:
    Hey, Bruno.Sorry to double your simultaneously posted note.Didn’t see it.  

    no problem man, Shawne surely deserves it today lol

    nice block by Turiaf, great awareness, now defense needs to keep it up.

  45. David Crockett

    Breen on Love: So much of his success is based on desire.

    I would add… and a big wide ass.

  46. Frank O.

    Flipswitch: So when the hell is Amare gonna start being including in MVP talks?  

    Several writers have mentioned it, but we’re only 21 games in

  47. Frank O.

    I have to say, I’ve watched Minni a few times this year and I really like them. Milicic when he’s playing is really solid. Love is very good.
    They are young and make mistakes, but they’re going to be good.

  48. Brian Cronin

    I love how Williams does that one thing really well, but A. he does it better than Bill Walker and B. he is not awful at the other stuff, making him a non-liability to leave on the court.

    Such a helpful player to have.

  49. Spree8nyk8

    And damn once again on a night where I thought NY would get some help in the standings they are getting very little, although they will gain a game on toronto and Orlando, but I was really hoping they’d pick up a game on ATL and CHI.

  50. Mulligan

    Brian Cronin: I love how Williams does that one thing really well, but A. he does it better than Bill Walker and B. he is not awful at the other stuff, making him a non-liability to leave on the court.Such a helpful player to have.  

    Absolutely. Kind of ideal for what you want off the bench.

  51. Mulligan

    Frank O.: STAT is such a finisher in the fourth  

    Ha. That’s just the kind of statement Ted Nelson would jump all over. Where did he go? Is he on sabbatical?

  52. Bruno Almeida

    another 4th quarter against an inferior team, another dominant performance by Amare.

    it’s so refreshing to see a Knicks team that’s actually better than a lot of opponents and has a true finisher.

  53. Frank O.

    Mulligan:
    Ha. That’s just the kind of statement Ted Nelson would jump all over. Where did he go? Is he on sabbatical?  

    He’s disappeared.
    I think on that one he’d have to agree. The knicks have been riding him in the fourth

  54. Spree8nyk8

    Dude, people can talk all they want about how easy the Knick schedule has been, but jesus man how often are you going to beat a team that shot the way Minny did in the first half today? I mean seriously, it’s not like your gonna do better than 71%….This team is bad ass and no matter how tempered you are trying to keep your predictions for this team, you really don’t know how good they are yet. I know we are gonna find out pretty soon, but damn this team is good.

  55. Mulligan

    I feel like this has been written before, but isn’t STAT basically just the PF equivalent of Melo?

  56. Frank O.

    Spree8nyk8: Dude, people can talk all they want about how easy the Knick schedule has been, but jesus man how often are you going to beat a team that shot the way Minny did in the first half today?I mean seriously, it’s not like your gonna do better than 71%….This team is bad ass and no matter how tempered you are trying to keep your predictions for this team, you really don’t know how good they are yet.I know we are gonna find out pretty soon, but damn this team is good.  

    amen,

    but the fouls are killing us right now.
    This game isn’t done. The refs are keeping it close. Knicks also aren;t making it too tough on the refs either…

  57. Mulligan

    Frank O.:
    He’s disappeared.
    I think on that one he’d have to agree. The knicks have been riding him in the fourth  

    Man. How can he just stop posting? People weren’t even beating up on him that much. That’s too bad..

  58. latke

    off topic, but anyone think there’s a chance that the east all-stars freeze Lebron out ala Jordan back in 85?

  59. Frank O.

    Mulligan:
    Man. How can he just stop posting? People weren’t even beating up on him that much. That’s too bad..  

    Well, a couple folks were asking that he be blocked and a couple others were complaining about his lengthy posts, and he and i and the other Frank were mixing it up and forced Mike to set a character limit. So he took a few hits.
    A bunch of us stood up for him, but…

  60. Bruno Almeida

    DRed: Kevin Love is a beast, but Amare has to grab more than 5 boards.  

    yeah, in the 1st half there weren’t many around for him to grab, but he needs to be more assertive, Fields and TD have more rebounds than him.

  61. Frank O.

    Frank O.:
    Well, a couple folks were asking that he be blocked and a couple others were complaining about his lengthy posts, and he and i and the other Frank were mixing it up and forced Mike to set a character limit. So he took a few hits.
    A bunch of us stood up for him, but…  

    By forced, I mean we were writing so much Mike had to do something…

  62. ltmurray

    Spree8nyk8: I hate PS3 but that Gran Turismo commercial is funny as crap…  

    Yeah my PS3 died two days ago — no more reppin’ the Knicks online in NBA 2k11!

  63. David Crockett

    latke: off topic, but anyone think there’s a chance that the east all-stars freeze Lebron out ala Jordan back in 85?  

    Why would they?

  64. Mulligan

    I bet it was the character limit that pissed him off. Dude never seemed to care what people had to say to him.

  65. Brian Cronin

    Man. How can he just stop posting? People weren’t even beating up on him that much. That’s too bad..

    A whole comment section was filled with complaints about him, when he wasn’t even around to defend himself. I don’t blame him for stopping commenting, but I do wish he’d come back. Especially since the Knicks are winning now!

  66. Mulligan

    Brian Cronin:
    A whole comment section was filled with complaints about him, when he wasn’t even around to defend himself. I don’t blame him for stopping commenting, but I do wish he’d come back. Especially since the Knicks are winning now!  

    But weren’t most of those complaints by people who never posted here before? I just don’t see that bothering him. But, yeah.. he obviously put a lot of work into his posts, I could see him moving on if he felt like he wasn’t appreciated.

  67. Frank O.

    Mulligan: I bet it was the character limit that pissed him off. Dude never seemed to care what people had to say to him.  

    Personally, I think he elevated the discourse, IMHO

  68. Spree8nyk8

    Brian Cronin:
    A whole comment section was filled with complaints about him, when he wasn’t even around to defend himself. I don’t blame him for stopping commenting, but I do wish he’d come back. Especially since the Knicks are winning now!  

    The thing about him is that he tends to jump all over anyone that doesn’t yield to his superior intellect. Even if you can show a good argument he belittles it and tends to be an uber snob sometimes. I think that is why he got so many negative comments.

  69. Mulligan

    Frank O.:
    Personally, I think he elevated the discourse, IMHO  

    I agree, but he could be overly argumentative and nitpicky sometimes, which I think bothered people sometimes. I enjoyed his comments and would love for him to come back and post, but I don’t think all of the criticism of him was unfair. He definitely rubbed people the wrong way with the way he posted and sometimes seemed to be looking for a fight…

  70. Bruno Almeida

    Frank O.:
    It’s u. :)
    Felton has played a tough game. He got some rest late.  

    yeah, I’m probably taking a good performance from Felton for granted these days, he’s been incredible.

  71. Frank O.

    Frank O.:
    It’s u. :)
    Felton has played a tough game. He got some rest late.  

    His five threes in the first half helped the Knicks survive that onslaught.

  72. latke

    David Crockett: Why would they

    The reason they froze out jordan was because they though he was cocky. Seems to me LBJ has done more to earn that moniker than Jordan ever did.

  73. ltmurray

    They fought hard for that one — overcame ridiculous shooting by Minnesota in the 1st half, and answered with improved D and great shooting of their own.

    Love the shooting numbers from downtown: Ray 5/8, Will 2/6, Gallo 2/5, and WILLIAMS 3/4.

    NICE!

  74. TheRant

    Bruno Almeida: yeah, I’m probably taking a good performance from Felton for granted these days, he’s been incredible.

    I also think that much of what looked like weak coaching by DAntoni last year was actually coach lacking a serious point guard who could work the system. (Sorry, Duhon. The snub is intended.)

    So when we take Felton for granted, it’s also cause the ball movement and PnR are working nicely this year, which makes everyone look better.

    Seems Felton is a good fit for DAntoni.

    Ben

  75. Frank O.

    I also love that D’Antoni was coaching even on the Gallo dagger, when he really should have found Amare down low rather than heave a prayer with 3 seconds on the clock.

  76. Count Zero

    10 out of 11? Really?!?! I mean — REALLY?!?

    I don’t care if it was against the NBDL — I feel like this is just way more than I can handle after all these years of ineptitude…my brain may implode.

    I’m going to have to stop watching games just to come down off this cloud for a few days.

    I apologize to STAT — for a full year I have been dissing him and saying how he was the wrong man for the Knicks to pursue. I bought into the “he would be mediocre without Nash” mantra. I’m big enough to admit I was wrong about him. He has proven he was more than I envisioned and a leader to boot. And obviously D’Antoni understood him better than I ever did.

  77. d-mar

    Man, can you have a better 5 game stretch than Amare? And every one of those games he’s been huge in the 4th quarter. Yeah, I guess he’s nothing without Nash lol.

  78. SeeWhyDee77

    tonite’s game really leaves alot to be desired, but that doesn’t mean i’m any less excited. Amare- 5 STRAIGHT 30+ POINT GAMES?? as d-mar said:

    d-mar: Yeah, I guess he’s nothing without Nash lol.  

    lol..dude is friggin awesome.

  79. Bruno Almeida

    latke:
    The reason they froze out jordan was because they though he was cocky.Seems to me LBJ has done more to earn that moniker than Jordan ever did.  

    LBJ sure is cocky, but this isn’t the same NBA… all those guys came up together playing since high school, there are no rivalries like those from the 80′s anymore.

  80. Z-man

    Great win, softened the debacle in Foxboro a bit. Still waiting to hear from the folks who think Lee is better than Amar’e.

  81. TheRant

    Count Zero: I apologize to STAT — for a full year I have been dissing him and saying how he was the wrong man for the Knicks to pursue. I bought into the “he would be mediocre without Nash” mantra. I’m big enough to admit I was wrong about him. He has proven he was more than I envisioned and a leader to boot. And obviously D’Antoni understood him better than I ever did.

    Here’s the other thing I never thought I would be saying:

    This summer the Knicks sought LeBron and it seemed that Amare was a consolation prize. This fall Amare is playing better than LeBron, with less attitude than LeBron, and seems a much better deal.

    Granted he’s two years older and has shakier knees. And perhaps the Heat will develop some chemistry too, eventually. But right now, we seem to have had the best (and certainly the Landriest) summer of them all.

  82. rama

    Man, glad Darko couldn’t finish that game – he was really, really strong early on. Wanted revenge, I guess…In general, it looks like the Wolves actually have the building blocks for a pretty decent team. Hard to believe, considering how bizarre Kahn’s moves have been, but Love was obviously a great draft pick, and they got lucky in the “free up cap space” dump of Beasley. Ridenour is decent, and some of their young players look good, too. If Rubio comes over and they pick up just one more quality wing, there’s no reason they shouldn’t be next year’s most improved team. (Except the coaching…)

  83. Z-man

    I think we are not seeing Minni as they truly are, they had three good halfs against us but have been pretty dreadful for the most part. They are basically the Western Conference’s version of the Nets at 5-16. They typically shoot pretty poorly.

  84. Nick C.

    I can’t believe I cut out of watcing this in real time @ the half to watch the friggin Jets. That D in the 3rd was crazy (by the Knicks). There must have been @ 5 straight possessions where the Knicks stole the ball and converted turning a 7 point deficit into a lead they never relinquished. Props to Amare, Shawne, Chandler, Felton, daggerman Gallo and all the rest.

  85. rama

    Another mediocre game from Gallo, but one thing to like about him no matter what is his killer instinct. I’ve never seen him choke on free throws at the end of the game. He seems to like crunch time; sometimes the problem seems that he doesn’t try to raise his game until crunch time. If he played with that killer instinct the whole game, I think he would become the player everyone believes he could be.

  86. Spree8nyk8

    I get a little perturbed by all the “shaky knees” comments about amare. Since his knee injury which was in 2005 he has played in 82, 79, 53 (missing 29 games due to an EYE injury for which he now wears the goggles), 82, and all 21 games this year. So aside from an eye injury since the knee injury five freakin years ago the guy missed 3 games. THREE GAMES!!! Please stop referring to his health like he’s a creaky kneed old man. Look at the way the guy plays? Does that look like a guy with bad knees? He had a very bad injury five years ago but has since fully recovered and barely missed a game. i mean even if you count the games he missed due to the eye injury he’s missed only 8 games per season, you know how many players miss 8 games per season? A good bit. The difference is his all came at once, but aside from that the dudes been an iron man.

    He’s fine….

  87. Spree8nyk8

    rama: Another mediocre game from Gallo, but one thing to like about him no matter what is his killer instinct.I’ve never seen him choke on free throws at the end of the game.He seems to like crunch time; sometimes the problem seems that he doesn’t try to raise his game until crunch time.If he played with that killer instinct the whole game, I think he would become the player everyone believes he could be.  

    I mean the dude had 17 points on 11 shots, that’s not really bad.

  88. Spree8nyk8

    oh btw for those that care, with Dallas and golden state not playing today Amare officially moves into 4th in the league in scoring today!

  89. BigBlueAL

    Cant believe that this is the first time since the end of the 2000-2001 season when they finished 48-34 that the Knicks are 4 games over .500. My God have they really been that bad these past 9 years?? We really have suffered through hell as Knicks fans this past decade. lol

  90. Spree8nyk8

    Yeah, which is why everyone is so tempered about saying how good this team is. They are so used to bad teams idk if they really recognize a good team.

  91. BigBlueAL

    BTW Im gonna have to change my order of my Top 10 favorite Knicks ever. I did sneak Amar’e in there in the bottom of my list when I voted but right now I might have to move him into my Top 5 if not Top 3 already behind only Ewing and Houston. lol

  92. Frank

    I missed most of the game last night watching that utter disaster in Foxboro — but I’ll take it easy on Gallo. 17 points is 17 points, and the Knicks have won 10 out of 11. He’s doing what the NYK need him to do right now — hopefully he steps it up during our brutal stretch coming up, because you know the good defensive teams are going to spend 80% of their effort slowing Amare down. Will need Gallo (and Extra E Williams) to step in and punish them for collapsing on STAT.

    Man, how good has Extra E been. A TS of 87.5%! 10/12 from 3! I’m sure he’ll go 0 for his next 14 but still, he has been awesome.

  93. Frank

    Interesting retrospective reading at Draftexpress re: extra E –

    http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/Shawne-Williams-296/

    Clearly he’s on a ridiculous hot streak and will come back to earth – but DX was pretty high on the guy with weaknesses just being that he needed time to develop and to become more disciplined. Great find (so far) by Donnie.

    Interesting comparables in one of the articles too — Boris Diaw and Tim Thomas. I think those guys did pretty well for D’Antoni.

  94. taggart4800

    I am stepping down a little from my stance that we don’t need aanother center, but only a little. The only big man I think we should chase as the perfect piece for this team is Kevin Love. He is a better fit for this team than Melo or any other of the leagues stars. He is tall, obviously, has great range and consumes boards. Trying to guard him and Amare at the same time down the strech would be nigh on impossible. His range would create acres of space for Amare towork in, while guys like Chandleer could still provide the shot blocking. He has 2 years left on his contract but I am happy to watch this team for another year and a half and then use our cap space on him.
    I think he is likely going to be lured to LA somehow but I think he is a far greater Asset than Melo or Paul to this tem especially with the way Felton has been playing.

  95. TDM

    Re Beasley: I brought this up yesterday, but what a steal. MN basically got him for Andy Rautins – a second round pick.

    Re Milicic: DAntoni didn’t give him a shot and now the guy is leading the league in blocked shots. Still not a great rebounder but certainly better than Mozgov today. Hopefully Timo will develop in the future but the Knicks could use a guy like Darko.

    Re Shawne Williams: it seems Donnie has a reclamation project every year. Last season, it was (can’t remember his name) that 7-footer with bad knees. This year it’s Shawne. Glad to see PEJ playing in Reno instead of this guy right about now.

    Re Ted Nelson: I think the character limitation installed by KB has caused his head to explode from the backup of commentary.

  96. NYK Ewing

    @ Spree

    I agree. I think most people were harping on his knee because of his dropoff in production though, not missing games. But I think that had more to do with being dissatisfied in PHX, and thank god he had an attitude change here.

    Also – Starks is also my #1 – got the dunk autographed right above my bed.

  97. TheRant

    Spree8nyk8: I get a little perturbed by all the “shaky knees” comments about amare. Since his knee injury which was in 2005 he has played in 82, 79, 53 (missing 29 games due to an EYE injury for which he now wears the goggles), 82, and all 21 games this year. So aside from an eye injury since the knee injury five freakin years ago the guy missed 3 games. THREE GAMES!!! Please stop referring to his health like he’s a creaky kneed old man.

    Sorry, Spree. I’ll lay off the knees.

    Can I at least make fun of the P-Funk goggles?

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