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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

KBlogger, TrueHoop TV talk Knicks

Yesterday I took a break from wallowing in my own tears to sit down with Beckley Mason (of HoopSpeak and TrueHoop fame) for a good ol’ fashioned Skype grillin’. we spent about a minute each on five topics: The Carmelo Anthony “problem,” Stat’s woes, D’Antoni’s job security, Baron Davis’ comeback, and, of course, Iman Shumpert’s status as the greatest basketball player who ever lived. Considering I can barely get all four of my tires filled with three full minutes of air, it’s pretty incredible we managed to pull this off in one take.

Oh, and sorry about the “umms” and “uhhs.” Those are just code for pee dribbling down my leg.

Check it out like Caramello! (See what I did there?)

20 comments on “KBlogger, TrueHoop TV talk Knicks

  1. Z-man

    Very impressive, Jim, and generally right on point. For the record, I was one of the fer who jumped for joy when we selected Shump. I must say that while I love his potential, I am growing a tiny bit concerned about his propensity to miss point-blank shots and put up absolute bricks. It’s one thing to miss contested jumpers, but his misses are truly ugly. Dude can play some ferocious D, though, and his court vision is much better than Toney. Also a very good ball-handler for his size. Still thrilled that we drafted him.

  2. Bruno Almeida

    very nice Jim, congrats!

    Shump will be ok, those layups will start falling, it’s just a matter of getting used to the pace of the NBA game… his defense is already top notch, and I feel he’ll be much better once Baron is healthy and he can play the 2-guard.

  3. Bruno Almeida

    pretty decent price tag for Gallo, I thought he might ask for 13-14 million a year.

    even though the Bobcats are awful, last game showed that Amare can be a much better player with the ball moving… I still don’t think he’s worthy of a max contract, but it was a good sign.

  4. tastycakes

    Nuggets are getting a steal. Gallo in his prime (24-28) for only ~10M per?

    Compare that with the bum we traded him for, and how much cap space he occupies.

  5. dogrufus

    LMNYKFAN4LIFE:
    Thanks for the great piece guys. I have some views on the Knicks and what they can do trade wise. Please check them out here is the link

    http://my.nba.com/go/thread/view/80733/28867775/What_if_we_made_a_good_trade!!!!!&pg=last#515438957

    I would love any and all comments. Who knows you might actually have fun with the concept of what we can do to better our team via trade. So once again please check it out everyone. Thank you in advance.

    tastycakes:
    Nuggets are getting a steal.Gallo in his prime (24-28) for only ~10M per?

    Compare that with the bum we traded him for, and how much cap space he occupies.

    LMNYKFAN4LIFE:
    Thanks for the great piece guys. I have some views on the Knicks and what they can do trade wise. Please check them out here is the link

    http://my.nba.com/go/thread/view/80733/28867775/What_if_we_made_a_good_trade!!!!!&pg=last#515438957

    I would love any and all comments. Who knows you might actually have fun with the concept of what we can do to better our team via trade. So once again please check it out everyone. Thank you in advance.

    Come on, buddy… there is literally no trade offer we could make right now that would get Rubio. Maybe if we did like Shump/Fields/Melo and picks for Beasley/Rubio/their worst contracts. The time to get Rubio was when he was before he started…

  6. Bruno Almeida

    there’s no way in hell Minnesota trades Rubio, it’d have to be a total godfather offer, otherwise they would antagonize their entire fan base (even more than 5 stupid rebuilding years) and their best player (Love) in the very same move.

  7. stratomatic

    The magic formula for the Knicks to improve their offensive efficiency was demonstrated last night.

    GET THE BALL OUT OF MELO’S HANDS.

    There is a huge difference between being a legitimate offensive threat from anywhere on the court and being a highly efficient scorer from anywhere.

    Melo is not a very good 3 point shooter.

    Melo has a good mid range game, but those are generally not desirable shots because they are less efficient than the average TS%.

    All of his drives into double/triple teams and contested jumpers are obviously idiotic.

    All the ISO plays are obviously idiotic unless there’s only a few seconds left on the shot clock.

    The one thing he is good at is getting to the FT line and converting them.

    If he would dramatically reduce his usage and focus on getting to the FT line, he could raise his efficiency, lower his TOs, and continue to be a very good rebounder and decent play maker.

    Amare should be the #1 scoring option because he can be highly efficient if he gets the ball in good spots.

    We should continue to try to get the ball to Chandler inside also because he’s a beast.

    If we could continue getting good looks for Douglas and Fields and up the tempo further to get them more transition points, we already know they can also be highly efficient.

    MELO = THE PROBLEM.

  8. dogrufus

    One thing we’ve all had to take for granted lately as Knick fans, due to the unbalanced and flawed nature of our roster, is that our swing players are playing out of position most of the time they play on the court.

    Shumpert has shown flashes but he’s clearly not a natural PG right now. He can be a positive on offense when he’s finishing plays and driving to the basket, but he’s been asked to do too much and his decision-making is not there yet. Sliding him over to SG will allow him to play to his strengths. His efficiency will go way up due to him not shooting so much off the dribble and more easy opportunities set up by Davis. Look for him to flourish in this role.

    As for Fields, he’s been playing out of position since we drafted him and he’s mostly suffered for it. His game is about slashing, not shooting, and being guarded by smaller players has made it tougher for him to get to the basket. And how many times have we seen him torched by the likes of Ray Allen? It’s not that Landry doesn’t try- he’s just not equipped at 6’7″ 215 to chase NBA guards around screen after screen. He’s a SF, and moving him to our 6th man might just bring back the Fields we saw early last season.

    I think we could potentially do some great things here, provided we have the guts to try unconventional things like playing STAT/Melo apart from each other a lot of the time.

    We could have 2 primary units:
    Jorts mainly, some TC
    STAT
    Fields mainly, some Melo
    Walker mainly, some Shump
    Davis

    and

    TC
    JJ mainly, some STAT
    Melo
    Shump mainly, some Fields
    TD mainly, some Davis

    This way we capitalize on STAT’s strengths while he’s in by surrounding him with a strong playmaking PG and shooters, while Melo plays with our best defenders and a PG who’s better off the ball in the Billups role, so he can do what he does best. One run and gun open court unit and one half court grind-out unit… Is it so crazy?

  9. Z

    Bruno Almeida:
    there’s no way in hell Minnesota trades Rubio, it’d have to be a total godfather offer, otherwise they would antagonize their entire fan base (even more than 5 stupid rebuilding years) and their best player (Love) in the very same move.

    I honestly don’t know if this is true. The Nuggets would have demanded Rubio, Love, and draft picks from Minnesota for Carmelo. And they probably would have gotten them all if Carmelo had said he would sign an extension there. Khan has said that his plan when he took the GM position was to acquire assets to trade for a superstar. ( http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2010/04/david-khan-wants-a-superstar-in-minnesota/ )

    Carmelo’s perceived value is still very high in the league. I think that Khan WOULD trade Rubio + filler (and Minn has some pretty good filler and 0 bad contracts) for Carmelo. Sadly, I don’t think Dolan would do it, though.

  10. Juany8

    So even after Carmelo does what everyone asked of him, namely to take less shots, play within the flow of the offense, and set up his teammates, people take it as proof that Carmelo is the problem? Is it that hard to be positive and root for the players on your roster to improve on their weaknesses? Everyone seems to love Shumpert, even though his offensive shot selection looks like a parody of Melo’s, and I’m loving how Fields has started to play without failing to notice that he’s air balled wide open 3′s the last 2 games. Carmelo is passing more than at any point in his career, he’s been playing surprisingly engaged and active defense, he seems to be making the effort to change and yet people attack him for not being there already. Seriously if by the time the playoffs start Carmelo is still bringing the ball up the court and trying to do everything on every possession, then yes the trade failed. We’re about 3 months of basketball and an actual point guard away from that being a possibility, it’s honestly premature to judge a trade made for the next half decade on the first 50 games.

  11. Z

    Juany8:
    So even after Carmelo does what everyone asked of him, namely to take less shots, play within the flow of the offense, and set up his teammates, people take it as proof that Carmelo is the problem? Is it that hard to be positive and root for the players on your roster to improve on their weaknesses? Everyone seems to love Shumpert, even though his offensive shot selection looks like a parody of Melo’s…”

    Rookies tend to improve. Veteran “superstars” don’t.

    If the game had been close, Melo would have played hero ball, broken wrist, broken ankle, 0-7 Fgs, and all.

  12. Juany8

    I guess that answers my question about being optimistic. It only works if you like the players, go ask THCJ if he thinks Shumpert’s shot selection and shooting percentages will improve. Melo doesn’t actually have to get better (more skilled), he just has to start making better decisions, which veteran players actually do as they mature. He could not, Shumpert could stay the same, and Amar’e might actually be this bad regardless of Melo or PG play. I choose to be optimistic that Melo will face the first real adversity of his career and start shooting less and having a better feel for the game. I also realize it doesn’t matter what Melo does if the supporting cast remains the same, so I’m hoping the front office manages to do a good job on that. I guess we’ll see

  13. Brian Cronin (@Brian_Cronin)

    So even after Carmelo does what everyone asked of him, namely to take less shots, play within the flow of the offense, and set up his teammates, people take it as proof that Carmelo is the problem? Is it that hard to be positive and root for the players on your roster to improve on their weaknesses? Everyone seems to love Shumpert, even though his offensive shot selection looks like a parody of Melo’s, and I’m loving how Fields has started to play without failing to notice that he’s air balled wide open 3?s the last 2 games. Carmelo is passing more than at any point in his career, he’s been playing surprisingly engaged and active defense, he seems to be making the effort to change and yet people attack him for not being there already. Seriously if by the time the playoffs start Carmelo is still bringing the ball up the court and trying to do everything on every possession, then yes the trade failed. We’re about 3 months of basketball and an actual point guard away from that being a possibility, it’s honestly premature to judge a trade made for the next half decade on the first 50 games.

    I don’t think it’s too early to judge the trade as a bad one, but at the same time, I don’t think it is wrong to feel optimistic about the way the Knicks have been playing recently. I totally agree that it is great that Melo has been passing more and shooting less. I don’t think he should get crap for it. I know I won’t give him crap for it – I am pleased with it.

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