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Knicks Morning News (Monday, Feb 13 2012)

  • [New York Daily News] Melo faces Mission: Linpossible (Mon, 13 Feb 2012 07:41:51 GMT)
    We’re guessing that the whole idea of Carmelo Anthony being the Knicks’ “point-forward” has gone by the boards, absurd as that was from the very start of the season.

  • [New York Daily News] Harvard’s Lin takes off like Facebook (Mon, 13 Feb 2012 04:28:19 GMT)
    Jeremy Lin has already done one thing Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Michael Jordan didn’t. Okay, it’s actually two things if you include getting accepted into Harvard.

  • [New York Daily News] Lupica: Lin’s tale an American classic (Mon, 13 Feb 2012 04:17:51 GMT)
    There are so many elements to what has happened already to Jeremy Lin, because the rest of the league missed him and the Knicks nearly did.

  • [New York Daily News] For better or worse, Knicks stars to join Lin (Mon, 13 Feb 2012 04:03:37 GMT)
    The Knicks, and in some ways Jeremy Lin, are about to change for better or worse. Amar’e Stoudemire will rejoin the team on Monday after spending last week in Florida following the death of his older brother Hazell, who died in a car accident.

  • [New York Daily News] Lins head upstateALL for sibling revelry (Mon, 13 Feb 2012 03:53:33 GMT)
    Less than 24 hours after he put the finishing touches on the Timberwolves in Minnesota, Jeremy Lin dialed down the Linsanity and traveled to upstate New York to cheer on his younger brother, Joseph, who is a freshman backup point guard for tiny Hamilton College.

  • [New York Post] Jeremy: Melo, Amar’e returns not chemistry problem (Mon, 13 Feb 2012 05:35:38 -0500)
    It is the elephant in the Knicks locker room.
    What happens to their season-high five-game winning streak, what happens to “Linsanity,” what happens to their perfect team chemistry created by minimum-wage role players when the Knicks’ two superstars return tomorrow in Toronto.
    Jeremy Lin, the Knicks’ new point-guard phenomenon, said…

  • [New York Post] Phenom’s success could prove too costly (Mon, 13 Feb 2012 05:35:38 -0500)
    If some team is willing to splurge and offer more than $5 million a season to Jeremy Lin, it could steal the Knicks’ point-guard phenomenon this summer.
    It may be premature to speculate after his five-game spree, but Lin is set to become a restricted free agent in July and…

  • [New York Post] The Linsanity song (Mon, 13 Feb 2012 05:18:16 -0500)
    A couple of songs have surfaced on the Internet regarding Jeremy Lin, including this one that hit yesterday by recording artist, Stephanie K.
    She is a longtime season-ticket holder of the Pistons and sat behind the Knicks bench when the two teams met last month in Auburn Hills, Mich.
    With…

  • [New York Post] PG handles fame (Mon, 13 Feb 2012 05:18:16 -0500)
    Ten days ago at Boston’s TD Garden, Jeremy Lin entered the Knicks’ game against the Celtics late in the first quarter and crickets were heard all the way to Harvard Square. The Beantown faithful had no idea who this Lin kid was, no idea he had starred for four…

  • [New York Post] Not only Linning boy in NY (Mon, 13 Feb 2012 04:31:46 -0500)
    So after playing seven games in 10 days and leading the Knicks to a five-game “Linning streak,” what does the point-guard phenomenon Jeremy Lin do on his off day?
    Of course, he drives four hours to frigid central New York to watch his brother, Joseph, play the final regular-season of…

  • [New York Post] Dolan’s formula put to test (Mon, 13 Feb 2012 02:49:26 -0500)
    While Msg Network has understandably been playing Jeremy Lin for all he’s worth, the irony of the last two weeks is inescapable:
    Lin’s and the Knicks’ recent successes represent a total repudiation of the Knicks’ ownership and management blueprint throughout the 16-year Dolan Period, a.k.a. The…

  • [New York Post] Fields feeling (Mon, 13 Feb 2012 00:39:15 -0500)
    Late Friday night, after Jeremy Lin had scored 38 points and led the Knicks to a win over Kobe Bryant and the Lakers at the Garden, Landry Fields tweeted, “Most fun I’ve ever had playing ball. Plain and simple.â?
    Fields looked like he was having plenty of fun Saturday…

  • [New York Times] Before N.B.A. Passed on Jeremy Lin, Many Colleges Did (Mon, 13 Feb 2012 06:30:08 GMT)
    Despite a stellar high school career, Jeremy Lin eluded the radar of top college programs. Lin received no Division I scholarship offers.

  • [New York Times] From the Pulpit and in the Pew, the Knicks’ Lin Is a Welcome Inspiration (Mon, 13 Feb 2012 11:06:57 GMT)
    The story of Jeremy Lin, a committed Christian, has worked its way into church services — notably those in New York with large numbers of Asian-American congregants.

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: Lakers Beat Raptors for Eighth Time in Nine Games (Mon, 13 Feb 2012 06:39:06 GMT)
    Kobe Bryant made a jumper with 4.2 seconds left as the Lakers beat the Raptors for the eighth time in nine meetings.

  • [New York Times] ‘Linsanity’ a Marketing Dream in Asia (Mon, 13 Feb 2012 09:25:56 GMT)
    As the first ripples of “Linsanity” hit Asia, ethnic Chinese-American Jeremy Lin’s fairytale rise has marketing men rubbing their hands with glee as they contemplate a potential candidate to fill the very large shoes left by last year’s retirement of Yao Ming.

  • [New York Times] Chicago’s Rose to See Back Specialist (Mon, 13 Feb 2012 07:10:50 GMT)
    Chicago’s Derrick Rose, last season’s National Basketball Association MVP, is to see a specialist about ongoing back problems.

  • [New York Times] Jefferson Leads Jazz to 98-88 Win Over Grizzlies (Mon, 13 Feb 2012 05:45:31 GMT)
    Al Jefferson had 21 points and a season-high 15 rebounds, and Gordon Hayward added 23 points as the Utah Jazz snapped a three-game losing streak with a 98-88 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday night.

  • [New York Times] Guards Lead Warriors Past Rockets 106-97 (Mon, 13 Feb 2012 04:45:35 GMT)
    Monta Ellis had 33 points and seven assists, David Lee added 15 points and 13 rebounds and the Golden State Warriors beat the Houston Rockets 106-97 on Sunday night for their second straight victory over a Western Conference playoff contender.

  • [New York Times] Miami’s Big 3 Leads Heat to 107-87 Rout of Hawks (Mon, 13 Feb 2012 09:27:43 GMT)
    LeBron James scored 23 points, Dwyane Wade added 21 and the Miami Heat blew out the Atlanta Hawks 107-87 on Sunday night after racing to a 22-point lead at halftime.

  • [New York Times] McGee, Wall Help Wizards Rout Pistons 98-77 (Mon, 13 Feb 2012 01:48:31 GMT)
    JaVale McGee had 22 points and eight rebounds, and John Wall dished out 14 assists as the Washington Wizards routed the Detroit Pistons 98-77 on Sunday night.

  • [New York Times] Kobe-Mania Reigns in Lakers Win Over Toronto (Mon, 13 Feb 2012 00:19:35 GMT)
    ‘Linsanity’ may be the NBA’s newest smash hit but the Kobe Bryant Show remains one of professional basketball’s longest running acts.

  • [New York Times] Off the Dribble: Putting Lin’s Streak in Historical Context (Mon, 13 Feb 2012 02:37:49 GMT)
    Since the 1985-86 season, 41 players have had a four-game streak similar to Jeremy Lin’s for the Knicks, according to basketball-reference.com.

  • [New York Times] Off the Dribble: The Harlem Globetrotters Go Big (Mon, 13 Feb 2012 02:46:16 GMT)
    The Harlem Globetrotters have added Paul Sturgess, who at 7 feet 8 inches is the world’s tallest professional basketball player.

  • [New York Times] Off the Dribble: Knicks in a Position to Keep Lin (Mon, 13 Feb 2012 00:04:46 GMT)
    Jeremy Lin will be a restricted free agent this summer, and if the Knicks want to keep him, the team has every means to do so.

  • 40 comments on “Knicks Morning News (Monday, Feb 13 2012)

    1. Brian Cronin

      This Lin Early Birds Rights thing is such a mess that I just edited out the Lin content period from my earlier discussion about Lin and Fields’ contract statuses.

      It just isn’t worth it. Like Larry Coon mentions, no one really knows for sure what the answer is right now, so it really doesn’t make sense to discuss it when we don’t have all of the facts. My apologies to anyone who relied on my piece (which, by the way, currently seems to have been right the first time…before I edited it relying on Larry Coon. Ah well, que sera, sera).

    2. Eternal OptiKnist

      Brian Cronin: This Lin Early Birds Rights thing is such a mess that I just edited out the Lin content period from my earlier discussion about Lin and Fields’ contract statuses.

      I am once again employing the Jedi mind trick (as I did with Baron Davis) as it relates to Lin’s contract status. For now,….it just doesn’t exist. I’m having fun.

    3. Eternal OptiKnist

      VERY interesting post on Melo’s twitter that I haven’t heard anyone comment on…see below:

      carmeloanthony Carmelo Anthony
      I didn’t realize that. Thanx4update “@tomtomphilly: Wonder if @carmeloanthony knows or cares how terrified #Knicks fans are about his return”

      WOW…he’s definitely acknowledged that he’s aware of the talk! I wonder how this will affect his swagger. I’m all about him playing within the team, but performance is about confidence and if he’s going to be down on himself that will not be good. Hopefully he’s strong enough mentally to power through, because if he can adapt his skill to the system we’re unbeatable.

    4. daJudge

      I would really like to see Novak continue to get substantial burn. His ability to stretch is critical, IMO. Can you imagine the open looks he will get when the team is at full strength. I love the idea that teams may have to pick their poison and Novak’s stroke is textbook and so money. How do we work him into the line up? Can he possibly play some 2 at times, running Linn, Novak, Melo, STAT and Chandler, w/ Fields and Shump first off the bench? I know Linn has been fabulous, but Novak has also excelled and will continue to excel if he gets open looks. In fact, he can be deadly. Don’t y’all love when he shoots the three? Final thought, pre-Lin the offense was sheer chaos. We could not even run rudimentary plays–it was that bad. I know I’m stating the obvious, but that has changed and the difference is substantial, fundamental and goes to the core of what makes a sound team.

    5. TDM

      Apologies if this has already been discussed, but I am curious how Lin’s great play has affected Baron’s mental state.  Prior to the past 5 games, Baron was seen as the heir apparent to the Knick’s pg position.  It was his to lose, and much was expected of him.  With Lin’s emergence, there is less pressure on Baron, and the possibility that he could be rushed back prior to getting fully healthy has been reduced.

      Baron Davis, however, like a certain past Knicks is prone to letting his emotions affect his play.  Throughout this season, Baron could be seen courtside smiling, cheering on his teammates and even mentoring the younger players during breaks from play.  

      I’m curious whether Lin’s play has made Baron feel relieved or disappointed?  Is he still an asset or now  a liability?

    6. Brian Cronin

      I guess my only issue with Baron Davis is that I don’t believe he has ever been a back-up. Is he ready for that? I guess they can play them together. Did you know that the Atlanta Hawks started Spud Webb and Doc Rivers together over 50 times over two seasons? How weird does that sound ?

    7. Degree_Absolute

      Eternal OptiKnist:
      VERY interesting post on Melo’s twitter that I haven’t heard anyone comment on…see below:

      carmeloanthony Carmelo Anthony
      I didn’t realize that. Thanx4update “@tomtomphilly: Wonder if @carmeloanthony knows or cares how terrified #Knicks fans are about his return”

      WOW…he’s definitely acknowledged that he’s aware of the talk!I wonder how this will affect his swagger.I’m all about him playing within the team, but performance is about confidence and if he’s going to be down on himself that will not be good.Hopefully he’s strong enough mentally to power through, because if he can adapt his skill to the system we’re unbeatable.

      This seems absurd to me. You actually think Melo, a perennial All-star and go-to scorer on the US Olympic Gold medal team, is gonna lose his “swagger” because he acknowledged some loser’s Tweet? He is not in grade school and online bullying is not going to affect his game. You should be more worried about his nagging injuries than some Tweet. Talk about manufacturing controversy.

    8. Gideon Zaga

      Dude Melo does that all the time, he never really tweets the fans. He only acknowledges the losers. I like how he has this be seen but not heard mentality.

      Eternal OptiKnist:
      VERY interesting post on Melo’s twitter that I haven’t heard anyone comment on…see below:

      carmeloanthony Carmelo Anthony
      I didn’t realize that. Thanx4update “@tomtomphilly: Wonder if @carmeloanthony knows or cares how terrified #Knicks fans are about his return”

      WOW…he’s definitely acknowledged that he’s aware of the talk!I wonder how this will affect his swagger.I’m all about him playing within the team, but performance is about confidence and if he’s going to be down on himself that will not be good.Hopefully he’s strong enough mentally to power through, because if he can adapt his skill to the system we’re unbeatable.

    9. Gideon Zaga

      Again, I kinda like it, he has a jeter -esque thing to him where he’s seen but never heard. That’s good cos if he does he’s gonna get bombarded with nonsense.

      er:
      Has there been a melo interview since he was injured?

    10. hoolahoop

      Melo coming back and fitting in is a twofold process.
      First, obviously, he has to be willing. Willing to play in the flow of the knicks revived offense which relies on a lot of ball movement and trust in teammates. It means a reduced role in scoring and less holding the ball. His importance won’t be diminished, but he may perceive it to be a demotion. It’s a big step and takes courage, faith and a whole lot of humility. Not easy for any of us, but especially challenging for a talented proud guy like him who has always been the “man”.

      Secondly, can he play a different role? Does he know how? Will he figure out what to do. It’s a seismic shift in style. He’s always played the role of the iso-scorer, not a move-without-the-ball player. He’s not a catch and quick pass player. It’s like asking a musician in a band to switch instruments. Some can do it. Some can’t.

      After the Denver meltdown, he clearly showed “some” restraint. I’m not sure he thought he was doing as much as he could
      /should in that role, in spite of it being extremely positive for the team. Is he able to sustain that for most of the game, every game?

    11. Brian Cronin

      There should easily be enough shots available for Melo and STAT to both average 24 points a game, so I think they’ll both be happy with the amount of points that they’ll be scoring. In all seriousness, if Melo wasn’t already mentally prepared to see a reduction in his points per game, there’s no way he would want to go to a team with another dominant scorer like Amar’e. If, say, Michael Jordan’s scoring numbers were falling down into the 24 points per game level, then I think Jordan’d be pissed because there was no one else on that Bulls team that he felt should be scoring enough that his scorng numbers would drop that low. Melo, though, knows STAT is there, so I think he’ll be fine with averaging 24 points a game, which is extremely doable for both him and STAT under the SSOL system. He also knows that the best Nuggets team he played on saw him scoring the fewest points per game he averaged since he was drinking age. He must be fine with that.

    12. Gideon Zaga

      Im getting tired of this, when Melo gets back, we will know what will happen. There wil be no ifs or buts, we will know.

    13. alsep73

      Howard Beck just tweeted a clarification on Lin’s contract status that he said has “been verified at the highest levels” and he’s 100 percent confident in:

      “Lots of confusion out there. To repeat: Lin will be restricted FA. No Bird rights. But Knicks can match any offer. Under “Arenas” rule, no team can offer Lin more than avg player salary, approx $5 mil. Knicks can match using midlevel exception.”

    14. Eternal OptiKnist

      Degree_Absolute: This seems absurd to me. You actually think Melo, a perennial All-star and go-to scorer on the US Olympic Gold medal team, is gonna lose his “swagger” because he acknowledged some loser’s Tweet? He is not in grade school and online bullying is not going to affect his game. You should be more worried about his nagging injuries than some Tweet. Talk about manufacturing controversy.

      Heya pal…not sure if you’ve picked up a newspaper, listened to the radio or wathced televsion in the last week. EVERY SINGLE NBA “analyst” with access to a microphone or camera has been raising the question of how Melo will fit in when he gets back. Unless I’m mistaken, that tweet is his first acknowledgment or pseudo-response to that question and as you guys pointed out, he’s done no interviews, really. Everybody has been speculating what will happen when he gets back and he, himself, via that tweet is saying that he’s aware of it….i think thats pretty interesting. I’m surprised you dont find that newsworthy. I’m actually not worried about his injuries…I think its been a godsend that he’s been able to rest his body and the team’s held it down (advanced in the standings actually!). I dont know what the collective view of the group here is, but i can’t wait for STAT and Melo to come back…we’re going to be beastly IMHO.

    15. Eternal OptiKnist

      Degree_Absolute: This seems absurd to me. You actually think Melo, a perennial All-star and go-to scorer on the US Olympic Gold medal team, is gonna lose his “swagger” because he acknowledged some loser’s Tweet? He is not in grade school and online bullying is not going to affect his game. You should be more worried about his nagging injuries than some Tweet. Talk about manufacturing controversy.

      Tweet from no name fan = how millions of people are feeling about his return. He’s not responding to that one fan, per se…he’s saying to the world…”i know what you are all saying about me”. Do you seriously not see that?

    16. Brian Cronin

      Howard Beck just tweeted a clarification on Lin’s contract status that he said has “been verified at the highest levels” and he’s 100 percent confident in:

      “Lots of confusion out there. To repeat: Lin will be restricted FA. No Bird rights. But Knicks can match any offer. Under “Arenas” rule, no team can offer Lin more than avg player salary, approx $5 mil. Knicks can match using midlevel exception.”

      Thanks!

      So my original piece was correct? Argh!

    17. alsep73

      Brian Cronin: Thanks!

      So my original piece was correct? Argh!

      Apparently. The one thing this means is that the dream of getting Nash to mentor Lin, Obi-Wan-style, is pretty much dead, unless Nash loves D’Antoni so much that he’d come here for the vets minimum. But given that we all expected to have to use most, if not all, of the mid-level to sign some kind of point guard in the off-season (be it Nash, Felton, Sessions, or — in the event of miraculous play and health — Baron), I’m fine using it on Lin if he maintains anything in the ballpark of his recent performance.

    18. Degree_Absolute

      Eternal OptiKnist: I’m surprised you dont find that newsworthy.

      I apologize if I came off a little strong. I had seen some people mentioning this particular Tweet in previous topics, but I had held off on responding.

      I don’t think it is newsworthy. Instead of talking about hope and the scary possibilities that having three legit offensive weapons gives a team, we are talking about how the perceived selfishness of our biggest offensive weapon will hurt the chemistry of our overachieving, makeshift lineup. Honestly, I think this dish is one part idle speculation, one part media manufactured controversy with an over-sized dollop of anti-NY cynicism.

      Knicks fans, apparently, are not allowed to have positive things happen to their team and if, by some miracle, they do happen, the media will do its best to change the subject to something negative. It is more than a little frustrating.

    19. Brian Cronin

      Apparently. The one thing this means is that the dream of getting Nash to mentor Lin, Obi-Wan-style, is pretty much dead, unless Nash loves D’Antoni so much that he’d come here for the vets minimum. But given that we all expected to have to use most, if not all, of the mid-level to sign some kind of point guard in the off-season (be it Nash, Felton, Sessions, or — in the event of miraculous play and health — Baron), I’m fine using it on Lin if he maintains anything in the ballpark of his recent performance.

      I agree. And the Knicks can wait and see if no one will try to offer Lin the MLE. If no one offers him the MLE, then they can re-sign him for the Bi-Annual Exception for one year and then have his Early Bird Rights for the next season. There’s no guarantee that another team will offer him the MLE if they know that the Knicks will match.

    20. alsep73

      Brian Cronin: There’s no guarantee that another team will offer him the MLE if they know that the Knicks will match.

      I’d say if he stays close to this level of performance, a team will absolutely make him an offer, just on the off-chance the Knicks are too dumb to match. His marketability alone would make him an incredible bargain at $5 mil per.

    21. Eternal OptiKnist

      Degree_Absolute: I apologize if I came off a little strong. I had seen some people mentioning this particular Tweet in previous topics, but I had held off on responding.I don’t think it is newsworthy. Instead of talking about hope and the scary possibilities that having three legit offensive weapons gives a team, we are talking about how the perceived selfishness of our biggest offensive weapon will hurt the chemistry of our overachieving, makeshift lineup.

      No problem cheify. I, just as you do, think that we are going to be a team to be reckoned with when those guys are back. You mention 3 legit offensive weapons (assuming you mean, Melo, STAT and Lin), but i might say it’s 3.5 – 4 when you roll in what Tyson can do on the P&R. Whether you think its silly or not for people to speculate whether Melo will “fit in” or not, the fact that he addressed the situation with that tweet IS newsworthy.

    22. Brian Cronin

      I’d say if he stays close to this level of performance, a team will absolutely make him an offer, just on the off-chance the Knicks are too dumb to match. His marketability alone would make him an incredible bargain at $5 mil per.

      I’m writing up a once and final article on Lin’s contract status, and there is one other tricky way where teams can try to steal Lin away. I’ll detail it in the piece.

    23. ephus

      Brian Cronin: I’m writing up a once and final article on Lin’s contract status, and there is one other tricky way where teams can try to steal Lin away. I’ll detail it in the piece.

      Brian — When you are writing it up, here are the questions that I think everyone wants to know:

      1. Can the Knicks match any offer that Lin receives?

      2. If the Knicks match an offer to Lin, do they have to eat into the MLE to do so?

      3. #1 and #2 are really a proxy for — Can the Knicks resign Lin and use the MLE on Nash? I have dreams of the following rotation for the Knicks next year:

      PG – Nash
      SG – Fields
      RG – Lin
      RG – Shumpert
      SF – Melo
      PF – Amare
      C – Chandler
      RF/C – Jorts
      RF – Novak

    24. Brian Cronin

      The piece is up!

      http://knickerblogger.net/finally-a-definitive-answer-on-jeremy-lins-contract-status/

      As a quick reply, though…

      Yes, the Knicks can match any offer for Lin. But no, they’d almost certainly have to dip into the MLE to do so. They’ll still have the $2 million Bi-Annual to work with, however, so that’s something! Unless somehow no other team offers Lin more than the $2 million exception, in which case they can sign Lin for the $2 million exception for a year and then give him a raise next year. And then use the MLE on someone else. That is highly unlikely, though, as someone is assuredly going to offer at least $3 million to Lin. So unless Nash is willing to take $2 million…well, pigs could fly, right?

    25. Gideon Zaga

      Hey Frank, was it not you that likened Melo’s previous role or Lin’s current role to a drummer on a band. Well they just mentioned it on ESPN ny. So I’m convinced you either work on the show or the ESPN folks read this blog. They also brought up some advanced stats which I thought was weird because they never do that lol. So which is it.

      Frank: +11111111111111

    26. hoolahoop

      It’s ironic how this resembles the discussion before Melo arrived. Some of us were clearly against the trade and thought that Melo would not be a good fit for this team. The Melo defenders screamed and ranted how idiotic that idea was.
      Now, some of us are concerned that he will not fit in with the current cohesiveness the knicks established in the five games he missed. The Melo defenders, again, cannot conceive of him not fitting in perfectly with the new and improved knicks.
      So, some of the posters here do not have the vision to see that Melo may, possibly, not fit into the current offense – again. Yet, have full faith that Melo will change his vision of his role and style of his play. Irony.

    27. Degree_Absolute

      This new iteration of the “Will Melo Fit” discussion should be one-sided in favor of those who think he will fit. For some reason it isn’t though. Those that think he won’t fit are basing this on nothing except their own personal beliefs. Those who think he will fit have at least one game to point to where he did fit and we won.

      Discussion over.

    28. hoolahoop

      Mr. “Know-it-All”, know nothing, Mike Francesca, will be interviewing D’antoni in about ten minutes on 660.

    29. Gideon Zaga

      You guys forget that Melo scored a grand total of 1 point when we blew out the bobcats earlier this year. If that’s not fitting in, then I wander what is.

    30. bob cook

      What helps, I think, in the “will Melo adapt” issue is the horrendous losing record we had pre-Lin. If we had been winning as was anticipated, there would be the “why change; we’re fine” argument which flourished last year prior to the Denver trade. Elite athletes like Melo want to win and the early part of the season must have been bitter soup for him and the whole team (and us fans). So he’ll get the ball in position to either pop a shot or drive to the basket (something he’s very good at). What’s not to like? And Melo, being a fine passer, will have plenty of chance to pass also. For gosh sakes, Jeffries has been racking up some assists; it’s contagious.

      On another issue, I agree with everyone else that Novak’s earned more time. Why can’t he be first forward off the bench? You want Walker? (ha-ha, only kidding). JJ, who’s busted his ass can play more center subbing TC and Bibbi disappears once Baron shows up. Woo Hoo.

    31. hoolahoop

      bob cook: On another issue, I agree with everyone else that Novak’s earned more time.

      Dantoni said that if Novak gets hidden going forward, he (Dantoni) needs to do some soul searching.

    32. Eternal OptiKnist

      I think the last issue to be worked out will be STAT and chandler occupying the same space in the paint. I think one of the sobering realities of the season was that STAT is most effective at center. That question is independent of Linsanity.

    33. Gideon Zaga

      The verdict is out on Melo guys. He said after practice that he will give Lin the ball and just get out of the way. A bit cynical but at least he sounds like he’s acknowledged the good stuff that’s going on.

    34. johnno

      Why is there ANY question regarding whether Melo can play with the offense running through a point guard? In Denver, he played with Andre Miller, then Allen Iverson (an offensive black hole if there ever was one) and then Chauncey Billups and scored 24ppg with the offense running through each of them. When he came to the Knicks, he scored 25ppg with the offense running through Billups. He can’t be an elite scorer with the offense running through Lin? And he can’t play in a fast tempo offense? Why??? The fact is that the Nuggets are ALWAYS among the league leaders in “pace” and he did just fine on offense there. And let’s dispel the myth that he and Amare can’t coexist on offense. In the 2 months before the trade last year, Amare averaged 24.8 points on 52% shooting and, after the trade, he averaged 24.2 points on 50% shooting. After the trade last year, the Knicks were among the league leaders in scoring and offensive efficiency. Their problem was no defense. This year, they are in the top 10 in the league in defensive efficiency (and only slightly behind the top 6!). And has anyone noticed that Melo has really put in a great effort on defense? My advice to Melo (as if he needs it) — on offense, do EXACTLY what you did last year and, on defense, do exactly what you did before getting hurt this year. By the way, is Melo sometimes a “ball-stopper?” Uh, yeah, but then again, so are Kobe, Durant, Nowitski, Pierce, and just about every other great iso-scorer in the history of the NBA…

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