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Knicks Morning News (Friday, Mar 16 2012)

  • [New York Daily News] D’Antoni ‘Wood’ not cater to Melo like Mike (Fri, 16 Mar 2012 04:45:58 GMT)
    You walked into the Knicks’ training site Thursday in Greenburgh, and right away you saw that most of Mike Woodson’s new plays ended with either a jumper from the elbow by Carmelo Anthony or a dunk off a cut by Amar’e Stoudemire.

  • [New York Daily News] Stop the Linsanity? Knicks may change PG (Fri, 16 Mar 2012 03:36:10 GMT)
    Jeremy Lin’s days as a starting point guard could be numbered.When Mike D’Antoni walked away from the Knicks he may have taken Linsanity with him.

  • [New York Daily News] Knick announcers are not so Melo (Fri, 16 Mar 2012 01:55:02 GMT)
    Carmelo Anthony is running the Knickerbockers, but he’s not in charge of the Madison Square Garden Network. While he has an assortment of flunkies fronting for him, James (Guitar Jimmy) Dolan is still the man in charge there.

  • [New York Post] Center staying in Orlando instead of vanishing (Fri, 16 Mar 2012 04:08:52 -0500)
    So, Dwight Howard, who has held the Magic captive for months in Jack Scott’s car trunk first inhabited by Patty Hearst, decided at the bewitching hour to “opt-inâ? for the final (next) season of his contract.
    I can just hear David Stern crowing, “I told you the system works…

  • [New York Post] Jeremy says he will be fine with change (Fri, 16 Mar 2012 03:59:34 -0500)
    Mike D’Antoni’s speedball offense was a perfect fit for Jeremy Lin, but new Knicks coach Mike Woodson’s offense most certainly won’t be.
    Woodson is known for running an isolation-based offense that is the diametric opposite to D’Antoni’s system, which was predicated on spacing and…

  • [New York Post] Woodson ready to bury Lin, ride established stars Melo & Amar’e (Fri, 16 Mar 2012 05:13:13 -0500)
    Jeremy Lin may be a global phenomenon, but he is no longer a Knicks phenomenon. Linsanity was the flavor of February, but he appears not to be new interim coach Mike Woodson’s favorite dish.
    Woodson, calling Lin “in a learning stage,” said yesterday he is turning the focus of…

  • [New York Post] Anthony: I slowed fast-paced attack (Fri, 16 Mar 2012 02:00:47 -0500)
    Carmelo Anthony said he’s willing to take the blame for halting Mike D’Antoni’s speedball offense but said it’s unfair to call him a coach-killer.
    “If I’m the one who messed Coach Mike’s system up, you want to blame me, I’ll take it along…

  • [New York Times] Coach Now Calling the Shots Says Anthony and Stoudemire Will Take Them (Fri, 16 Mar 2012 05:43:18 GMT)
    Mike Woodson will try to fix the Knicks with coaching lessons learned under Red Holzman, Bob Knight and Larry Brown.

  • [New York Times] Dwight Howard to Stay With Magic for Now (Fri, 16 Mar 2012 05:43:15 GMT)
    Dwight Howard, Orlando’s star center, agreed not to opt out of the final year of a contract that will pay him $19.2 million next season.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Lakers Acquire Sessions and Trade Fisher to Rockets (Fri, 16 Mar 2012 05:43:18 GMT)
    The Los Angeles Lakers acquired point guard Ramon Sessions from Cleveland on Thursday in a four-player trade sending Luke Walton and Jason Kapono to the Cavaliers.

  • [New York Times] Shirt Sales Tell Tale of a Lin Fadeaway (Fri, 16 Mar 2012 07:20:09 GMT)
    The celebrity surrounding the Knicks’ Jeremy Lin has quieted down in all sorts of ways, on the court and off.

  • [New York Times] Nowitzki Scores 27 as Mavericks Beat Bobcats (Fri, 16 Mar 2012 05:40:21 GMT)
    Dirk Nowitzki scored 27 points and the Dallas Mavericks rallied from 14 points down in the second quarter to beat the lowly Charlotte Bobcats, 101-96.

  • [New York Times] Mavericks Floor Determined Bobcats (Fri, 16 Mar 2012 05:39:34 GMT)
    The Dallas Mavericks survived a late claw-back by the league-worst Charlotte Bobcats to give the NBA champions a 101-96 victory on Thursday.

  • [New York Times] Brown Scores 21 as Short-Handed Suns Beat Clippers (Fri, 16 Mar 2012 05:33:09 GMT)
    Shannon Brown scored a season-high 21 points, including four free throws in the final 1:33, and the short-handed Phoenix Suns beat the Los Angeles Clippers 91-87 on Thursday night to end a four-game road losing streak.

  • [New York Times] Hayward, Millsap Get Jazz Past Timberwolves in OT (Fri, 16 Mar 2012 04:30:08 GMT)
    Gordon Hayward scored 18 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, and Paul Millsap made a flurry of key plays in the final minute to lead the Utah Jazz past the Minnesota Timberwolves 111-105 on Thursday night.

  • [New York Times] Mavericks Floor Determined Bobcats (Fri, 16 Mar 2012 03:48:56 GMT)
    The reigning champion Dallas Mavericks survived a late rally by the league-worst Charlotte Bobcats to record their first back-to-back wins in nearly a month with a 101-96 victory on Thursday.

  • [New York Times] Durant Scores 24 as Thunder Rout Nuggets, 103-90 (Fri, 16 Mar 2012 03:39:07 GMT)
    Kevin Durant scored 24 points, Russell Westbrook had 23 and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the short-handed Denver Nuggets 103-90 on Thursday night.

  • [New York Times] Wall Carries Wizards Past Hornets, 99-89 (Fri, 16 Mar 2012 03:03:10 GMT)
    John Wall had 26 points and 12 assists, and the Washington Wizards won hours after making a multiplayer deal at the NBA trade deadline, 99-89 over the New Orleans Hornets on Thursday night.

  • [New York Times] Trail Blazers Fire Nate McMillan, Release Oden (Fri, 16 Mar 2012 04:12:09 GMT)
    Nate McMillan came to Portland in 2005 with a mission to rebuild the Trail Blazers into a Western Conference contender and repair the once-proud franchise’s tattered image with its adoring fan base.

  • [New York Times] Lakers Get Ramon Sessions From Cavs in Trade (Fri, 16 Mar 2012 00:06:52 GMT)
    The Los Angeles Lakers acquired point guard Ramon Sessions from Cleveland on Thursday in a four-player trade sending Luke Walton and Jason Kapono to the Cavaliers.

  • [New York Times] The Closer: A Sad End for Oden (Fri, 16 Mar 2012 03:59:41 GMT)
    Being released to free up a roster spot is hardly the end to his career with the Trail Blazers that Greg Oden would have imagined.

  • [New York Times] On Pro Basketball: For the Knicks, Linsanity Has Left the Building (Fri, 16 Mar 2012 09:00:09 GMT)
    The resignation of Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni has altered the calculus and prospects for point guard Jeremy Lin.

  • [New York Newsday] Jeremy Lin's role to be reduced under Mike Woodson (Fri, 16 Mar 2012 00:02:29 EDT)
    You know that crazy three-point shot that Jeremy Lin made to beat the Raptors last month? Well, don't expect to see anything like that again now that Mike Woodson is the Knicks' interim coach.

  • [ESPN.com - New York Knicks] Less shots for Lin? (Fri, 16 Mar 2012 01:02:51 EDT)
    The end of the Mike D’Antoni Era may also signal the end of Jeremy Lin taking 15 shots a night.
    During his introductory news conference on Wednesday, Mike Woodson said he’d make “changes” to D’Antoni’s system.
    He mentioned that he’d try to get Carmelo Anthony more opportunities in the post and get the ball to Amare Stoudemire in the paint.
    Chris Trotman/Getty ImagesJeremy Lin is working to learn Mike Woodson’s system.
    One veteran Eastern Conference scout also thinks that will mean fewer shots for Lin, who had been taking 14.

  • 19 comments on “Knicks Morning News (Friday, Mar 16 2012)

    1. art vandelay

      In analyzing how the coaching change will impact the team´s on-court performance (at least this season), one thing I have begun to consider is what were the systemic problem´s to Mike´s coaching style regardless of personnel during his 4 seasons and how might these failings be rectified under Woodson.

      Besides attention to detail, we discussed on this site the lack of DISCIPLINE MDA instilled in his players, and I think this was apparent throughout his tenure, as the Knicks consistently got off to slow starts (particularly during home games and particularly on the defensive end of the court) – last year I analyzed opp FG% per quarter and the Knicks from what I recall gave up a strikingly higher opp FG% in 1st quarter and 3rd quarters compared to 2nd and 4th (this is true of the league in general, but Knicks´s opp FG %´s were higher than league averages); this problem was exacerbated in games @ MSG.

      I am curious to see now going forward how the Knicks come out to start 1st and 3rd quarters, especially in home games, under Woodson. Even if we assume the offense doesn´t improve dramatically under him or possibly regresses, if he can simply get the players to be motivated and focused (especially defensively…and especially StoudeMelo) to start halves (by being more of a hard ass than MDA and stressing accountability) I think Woodson could be a net-plus as a coach relative to MDA this season.

    2. cgreene

      art vandelay:
      In analyzing how the coaching change will impact the team´s on-court performance (at least this season), one thing I have begun to consider is what were the systemic problem´s to Mike´s coaching style regardless of personnel during his 4 seasons and how might these failings be rectified under Woodson.

      Besides attention to detail, we discussed on this site the lack of DISCIPLINE MDA instilled in his players, and I think this was apparent throughout his tenure, as the Knicks consistently got off to slow starts (particularly during home games and particularly on the defensive end of the court) – last year I analyzed opp FG% per quarter and the Knicks from what I recall gave up a strikingly higher opp FG% in 1st quarter and 3rd quarters compared to 2nd and 4th (this is true of the league in general, but Knicks´s opp FG %´s were higher than league averages); this problem was exacerbated in games @ MSG.

      I am curious to see now going forward how the Knicks come out to start 1st and 3rd quarters, especially in home games, under Woodson. Even if we assume the offense doesn´t improve dramatically under him or possibly regresses, if he can simply get the players to be motivated and focused (especially defensively…and especially StoudeMelo) to start halves (by being more of a hard ass than MDA and stressing accountability) I think Woodson could be a net-plus as a coach relative to MDA this season.

      Do we really see the offense regressing from its 23rd ranking? I think the offense will become more efficient. The style of play will lead to fewer turnovers. Amare has turned the corner on his offensive efficiency in the last 10 games in a major way as well. Those 2 things alone should lead to better offense even if it is slowed down and iso’d.

    3. d-mar

      The last 2 times the Knicks have had must win, should win, need to win games, they’ve crapped the bed (at Milwaukee, home against Philly) If they come out tonight uninspired and lose at home to Indy, I think I’m checking out for a while.

    4. art vandelay

      I don´t understand all this checking out stuff I see here on this board recently…all the despair…you folks all obviously are serious fans who take the time to analyze the team and it´s performance to the nth degree and post comments on this board for a reason…if you made it through 2002-2009 you clearly can cope with an underachieving team this year as it works through its problems during a lockout-shortened season full of roster turnover.

      I am not saying to be happy…on the contrary, I understand the pent-up frustration and we should all be irate (and the most productive way to express that disgust is through Occupy MSG), but to say you are giving up on the team or checking out or its over based on a possible regular season loss when we haven´t even been disqualified from the playoffs I think is misguided and premature. If you are a real fan you didn´t check out on the team during the dark ages under Isiah and you won´t now.

      I am not trying to be all rah rah, but I have been seeing an inordinate number of comments recently on here about giving up on the team…if you want to become Brooklyn Nets fans next season by all means go ahead, but let´s not fly off the deep end.

    5. d-mar

      art vandelay:
      I don´t understand all this checking out stuff I see here on this board recently…all the despair…you folks all obviously are serious fans who take the time to analyze the team and it´s performance to the nth degree and post comments on this board for a reason…if you made it through 2002-2009 you clearly can cope with an underachieving team this year as it works through its problems during a lockout-shortened season full of roster turnover.

      I am not saying to be happy…on the contrary, I understand the pent-up frustration and we should all be irate (and the most productive way to express that disgust is through Occupy MSG), but to say you are giving up on the team or checking out or its over based on a possible regular season loss when we haven´t even been disqualified from the playoffs I think is misguided and premature. If you are a real fan you didn´t check out on the team during the dark ages under Isiah and you won´t now.

      I am not trying to be all rah rah, but I have been seeing an inordinate number of comments recently on here about giving up on the team…if you want to become Brooklyn Nets fans next season by all means go ahead, but let´s not fly off the deep end.

      Yeah, I get that, and if they get their butts kicked tonight, I’ll probably still watch every single game. To me, I just want to see effort and desire and hustle and all those other cliches. I watched the Bulls without Rose put a hurting on Miami the other night, and it was ALL about hard work and effort, not about stars. That’s all I ask from this team.

    6. duchamp fitz

      They say the definition of insanity is to repeatedly make the same choice, expecting a different result. We’ve seen the Knicks fire or otherwise dispose of some of the greatest coaches and GMs in it’s history. (Not to mention players…Marcus Camby and Patrick Ewing, for example.) I was pissed at the way Larry Brown was treated, and feel the same with D’Antoni. Every great coach with a system requires that players buy into it completely. That’s the only way a system works. For some reason, Dolan doesn’t get this, and his coaches are constantly undermined. I think the guy’s on drugs, but that’s another matter.
      For all those saying D’Antoni should have adjusted to his players, I remind you of the early conflicts between Kobe and Phil over the Triangle. In the end, Kobe bought in, and titles ensued. The coach is supposed to be the coach. The player is supposed to play. If the coach isn’t allowed to coach, why should he be there, except to pat the stars on the butt and smile in the team photo?
      I know I haven’t posted here before, but I’ve been reading the articles and comments for a long time. I only post now because…well, I’m (metaphorically) standing on the Brooklyn Bridge, wondering whether to make the jump. I loved last year’s team, pre-melo. I loved this year’s team when the stars were absent. The best teams, and the ones that build a synergy with fans, are the teams you watch develop and grow into greatness. When that happens, the fans become more invested in the players, because they’ve watched them struggle and overcome. The players feel the same attachment to the fans, for the same reason. It becomes a relationship. Buying a team rarely works, in any sport. It’s more like (sorry for the language) star-effing. In that kind of relationship, neither side really gives a damn about the other. They’re just looking to get something out of the other. Sorry about the long first post, but I needed to vent.

    7. Z

      misterma:
      I still think Jeremy Lin is the best point guard on the team. What about you guys?

      I think that the ONLY fun I’ve had in the past 12 years of watching the Knicks was the 2 week linning streak in February. And now they are taking it away fom us, in an effort to eek into the playoffs, yet again. As long as we have the real __________ owning this team, there will be no joy in Mudville. We are a traveling circus, so we may as well have a novelty act on the court as well.

      Let the Linsanity continue, or rot in hell you awful, flea-ridden, rat-infested, pathetic excuse for a franchise.

    8. Gideon Zaga

      Hahahaha yeah right, hey but just my opinion

      misterma:
      I still think Jeremy Lin is the best point guard on the team. What about you guys?

    9. Gideon Zaga

      @Art no one is checking out, the Knicks is like that ex wife you can’t say no to, and you keep checking out what she’s up to. Hahaha they said the same years ago and yet their still reading this blog right now.

    10. misterma

      That’s all I asked for.

      I worry though, that Baron Davis hasn’t had a good season since 2008. The best way to develop players is to play them.

      So is this year’s playoff run worth burying Lin?

      Gideon Zaga:
      Hahahaha yeah right, hey but just my opinion

    11. Nick C.

      From reaidng between the lines I think the accountability etc. Woodson referred to was Lin with the TOs, shooting the ball etc. and Landry for the TOs. At first I thoguht he was referencing defense with Amare and broken plays by Melo but I think otuherwise. Anyhow we shall all tune in and see.

    12. Gideon Zaga

      Without MDA his development will be stalled but istill think he’s the future

      misterma:
      That’s all I asked for.

      I worry though, that Baron Davis hasn’t had a good season since 2008. The best way to develop players is to play them.

      So is this year’s playoff run worth burying Lin?

    13. hoolahoop

      Some of you just don’t get. CADWCAD
      Melo needs to get his twenty plus shots per game to be happy. Anything short of that is not going to be fun for him. Yes, he really wants to win, but not as much as he wants to be the “Man”.

      As far as I’m concerned, Melo is a piece of shit and not the guy you want to build your franchise around. Just plain selfish.

    14. TheXman

      I’m rooting for this team to lose, Woodson’s Iso Joe offense is a joke, does it really win ball-games? K maybe the Hawks were able to make the playoffs, we’ll see. We’ll see if Iso-Melo & Amare works. Going 8-15 works, but oh that was D’Antoni’s system so yeah it was his fault. Let’s bury a kid who brought the Garden back, what a joke. I genuinely hope Lin leaves then lights the Knicks up each time he comes back to the garden…just like every other goddamn player who’s left the Knicks.

    15. cgreene

      What’s the matter w people here today. Jeez. Ok fine you don’t like Melo. We get it. MDA didn’t do his job which was to get wins. For a bunch of people that rave about the 90′s Knicks and JVG you sure have short term memories about how awful those teams could be to watch play offense.

    16. chrisk06811

      Man. so many of the articles in the links these days appear to just be someone phoning something in by a deadline. Is it really news that the new coach wants to give the established, struggling players the majority of the shots? and that he wants the PG to distribute first and shoot second? Do we really want Lin taking anything but layups and open shots? Lets get Amare running the pick and roll with him, let him dish, let carmello try to be carmello again. We’re not going anywhere with any other plan.

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