In 2010, the Knicks were expected to better their 33 wins from the season prior. The returning players should have reaped the benefits of familiarity with D’Antoni’s offense. The team had multiple young players which should have improved. And the addition of two first round picks should have assisted with filling out the roster. However D’Antoni’s team floundered in his second season, finishing 4 games worse than the year prior. The 2010 New York offense was nearly identical to 2009. Both teams finished 17th in offensive efficiency (107.6 in 2010, 108.1 in 2009) with good shooting (10th in 2010, 12th …continue reading
In December of the 2010 season, Donnie Walsh reached back into his past and summoned Jonathan Bender. In 1999, Walsh drafted a teenage Bender for the Pacers with the 5th overall pick. Bender is the only player of the first 10 selected that failed to amass 20,000 minutes played in the NBA. Bender failed to live up to his NBA expectations due to injuries not lack of talent. He managed only one season with more than 60 games played, and retired at the tender age of 25. Away from the league for 4 years and joining the team mid-year, Bender …continue reading
The entire KnickerBlogger crew gets together to hand out some grades on the trades.
Jon Abbey has evolved from commenter to writer. And he has a plan.
Lots of good info from the Knicks’ beat writers. Whoda thunk a 1-9 team with no draft pick and no game for a few days would merit so much good ink? First, Newsday’s Alan Hahn nails it with “Knicks had to get it right, and didn’t”. Meanwhile, Donnie Walsh and his staff had to get this draft pick right. Not only because of how valuable a lottery pick can be to a rebuilding franchise, but because the team doesn’t have a first round pick in2010. Every criteria had to be exhausted when considering all of the draft candidates at No. …continue reading
Before the 11/6/09 Cleveland game I was able to ask Mike D’Antoni and Donnie Walsh a few questions. Mike Kurylo It seems like the team is struggling from three, except for Gallinari. In the preseason you had a few guys like Joe Crawford and Morris Almond who could knock down the three… Mike D’Antoni Morris Almond was never in the preseason… He was in the summer league. Mike Kurylo I’m sorry you’re right summer league. Are there any thought of bringing in another shooting guard? Mike D’Antoni No. Mike Kurylo Do you … Donnie Walsh Where are you from? Mike …continue reading