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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Take That Heat!

Jamal was incredible against the Heat; the rim must have looked like a hoola hoop. The most impressive aspect of his performance is that he opened up his entire arsenal. He shot well from 3pt. range but took them mostly in the flow of the offense. He used his bounce to attack high percentage areas of the floor, keeping defenders off-balance. But then he also ran tight off screens and ran the floor. When Crawford is in constant motion like that, rather than engrossed in his intricate choreography of crossover and between-the-leg-dribbles, he is a tough, tough cover.

Perhaps the most impressive aspect of last night’s win is that Miami never really put together a run that cut significantly into NY’s lead despite an impressive game from Dwyane Wade and decent bench production from ‘Toine.

Although Crawford’s night is the main story here, a few other facets of this game are noteworthy as the Knicks go forward. First, Marbury was excellent in the first half but sat much of the second half. His tendinitis is going to be a problem all year long. Second, Channing Frye had a nice bounce-back game with 16 points, 6 boards, 2 steals and a block in pre-garbage minutes, following a pretty worthless effort at Miami last week. In his last 10 games Frye has averaged 11 points, 5.4 boards, 0.8 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.4 blocks. After getting off to such a rocky start Frye may be starting to find his place. The Knicks are going to need both he and David Lee to play well if a run at the playoffs is in this team’s future. Third, the team got another almost ho-hum double-double from David Lee, excellent energy from Balkman off the bench, and even decent minutes from “Big Snacks” in Eddy Curry’s absence.

63 comments on “Take That Heat!

  1. jon abbey

    Balkman looked maybe the best he has all year, just because he was actually finishing at the offensive end. that drop pass by Steph to him on the break was an impressive throwdown. the other noteworthy thing is that Isiah finally dropped Jeffries from the starting lineup, hopefully not a temporary thing. and hopefully Q will be healthy soon, because we need him.

  2. Dan Panorama

    It was totally lost in the rest of the excitement, but Jeffries played some great ball in his limited minutes – he didn’t force up ridiculous shots, played some defense, and had a couple of alley-oops. He should not be starting, though, and Balkman is making a much stronger case for his minutes in general.

  3. jon abbey

    I was going to mention Jeffries too, but his inability to hold onto the basketball on about three straight plays right under the basket nullified some of the good things he did earlier.

  4. Matthew

    Don’t be fooled by Crawford’s performance last night. That’s what he does, he has nights like this that make you forget about the 3/14 nights, which happen a lot more often. I think the long term success of the Knicks can’t involve Crawford.

  5. mase

    why aren’t the Knicks pursuing Kidd if he is available?
    id take him over almost any available player out there,he is exactly who we need running the team!
    Kidd
    Q
    Lee
    Curry
    Crawford

  6. Dan Panorama

    Also he’d be wasted on us. He’s got one or two years max left and if we’re not making a run for the championship with him it’s just a distraction from rebuilding.

  7. Hudson River

    1. The Nets won’t trade him across the river, it just won’t happen
    2. He’s old
    3. We couldn’t possibly have that lineup because at least 2/5 of it would go away in the J-Kidd trade

    But i do agree that if he were 5 years younger I would trade Marbury (who i like) for him. Too bad the Nets did exactly that.

  8. mase

    it would take one hell of a sales pitch to get him your right about that but they may trade him across the river precisely because he is old, thats in our favor!

    Im dreaming I know but is there anyone out there that would make an impact as much as Kidd?

  9. jon abbey

    I think if this team has a chance to do anything this season or next, it actually is largely on Jamal’s shoulders. I don’t think we can make a trade that will improve us, any draft picks will likely take longer to make a serious impact, and our front line is young and talented and playing well now, at least offense and rebounding.

    so we need more consistent guard play. Marbury is Marbury, we’re not going to get much more from him than we’ve been getting and Q is also giving it his all. but Crawford is the one with all the latent potential, as we saw last night. if he plays half that well once Curry is back, we’re going to be very tough to guard on offense.

  10. mase

    Crawford is not consistent, never has been. so either you put a PG next to him that will play to his strengths or trade him.

  11. Will

    Marbury’s injured just like last year. Curry’s hurt.The ingredients is a recipe for disaster.I thought things could get ugly real fast. But the pressure collapses in on this team and a star emerges.

    This team is willing to fight against all of the odds of winning against so called superior teams in the league and ignore the criticism coming in from all directions that no other team in the nba seems to be under.

    They are hard to figure out but with the proper refining this team can have a winning future.
    Remember this is mostly a young group of nba players.

  12. Dan Panorama

    We’re not rebuilding? I thought that’s the reason there are all these young guys on team developing.

    If Kidd, Carter, and Jefferson couldn’t make it to the finals, Kidd and whoever’s left (probably not Lee/Frye at the very least) wouldn’t have a better chance.

  13. Alex

    These trade Jamal post are stupid. Is he going to be on every night. No! But he is as good as it gets when he is at his potential. Last night they used him the right way by running him off screens like they used to do for Reggie and the way they do for Rip. Just like Curry many current Knicks need to be developed & put in a position to suceed by highlighting what they can do. Please… if Marbury can evolve at 30 I think Crawford has a chance to be great. Stop thinking the grass is greener this guy is a phenomenal talent who needs to harness his skills. I think there is some serious reason to feel good about this team. Same goes with Lee, Frye, Nate & Balkman. Even Q is evolving into a force. The key is to use these guys strengths to put pressure on defenses. Curry-post, Frye-midrange, Q-spot up& post, Jcraw-shooting & penetration, Marbury-penetration. This team is way talented on offense they just don’t know their own strength yet. Last thing is Isiah needs to exploit mismatches. Stop Beechin!

  14. jon abbey

    “Crawford is not consistent, never has been. so either you put a PG next to him that will play to his strengths or trade him.”

    it’s possible to develop consistency, Jamal is still in his prime (26, 27 in March).

    and when you can drop 52 (while barely getting to the line!), you don’t need to be consistent, half of that every game is just fine and dandy. in fact, when you consider that he scored 42 of those in a 23 minute stretch, maybe he’s still got more upside.

    I think the future of this team is the Crawford/Curry axis, with Lee as the dominant role player. those are the three guys I wouldn’t trade right now for pretty much anything, just let them build chemistry.

    the increasingly obvious trade chip, if there is going to be a trade, is Frye. I’d trade him in a second for any of the three PGs that were taken ahead of him (Paul, Deron Williams, Felton), I’m positive none of those other teams would do that. what do you guys think about Frye for Telfair and a 2008 first rounder? Frye would probably end up being very good for the much hated Celtics, but it’d be cool to let Marbury groom his cousin to take over here. I haven’t seen Telfair much this year, but he’s still only 21 and he’s slipped to third string in Boston, I’d seriously consider this.

    Marbury/Crawford/Q/Lee/Curry, Telfair/Balkman as your main subs, plus Rose/James/Cato pick up any PF/C backup minutes (ideally about 18-20 combined per game). Jeffries gets pom-poms unless someone’s hurt. I’d like to come into training camp next year with that team, plus Chicago’s #1.

    I’m not sure that Steph and Telfair actually get along that well these days, though, in which case this wouldn’t be an option. anyone know the current scoop there?

  15. jon abbey

    likely. there are probably less than 10 players in the league they’d trade that for straight up, and Frye’s not even close to that list.

  16. KnickerBlogger

    Jason Kidd. That’s funny.

    As for the Frye/Telfair+1 trade, it sounds intriguing, for me probably more for the #1 pick (which will probably be protected). I like Telfair’s potential, he can’t hit a jumper, but he seems to be working on it. I wonder if we could get him a bit cheaper though, since he’s fallen on BOS’ depth chart.

  17. sm

    You guys are nuts if you’d trade Frye for Telfair and a 2008 #1. Telfair stinks, and with Pierce back and Oden/Durant/whomever that 2008 pick is what, #7 or 8 at best? Are we gonna get somebody better than Frye?

    Look, I know people have been disappointed with Frye this year. I have too. But the guy’s 6-11, and put up a PER of over 18 in his rookie year despite being jerked around by Larry Brown all year. I know it seems like we kind of have a logjam at PF/C with Frye and Lee and Curry, but really, 3 guys for 2 positions isn’t that bad – that’s what, 32 minutes each? Plus Lee can kind of fake SF anyway – frankly, I think we’re a better team when we go big and have all three of those guys out there.

  18. jon abbey

    Telfair is 21, he’d clearly be the first PG drafted this year if he had gone to college for a few years, probably a top 10 pick (Chad Ford has the top PG at #17, Dominic James of Marquette). I hardly think it’s nuts, there are arguments to be made both ways.

    I’m fine with standing pat, but if we’re going to make a deal, it needs to be something to try to improve the long-term PG situation, Marbury’s not getting any younger and I don’t see Nate ever being a quality starter. maybe there’s someone out there better than Telfair, I like the NYC connection but if you have a better idea, let’s hear it.

  19. confucius

    I dont like Telfair for Frye, especially when you already have Nate on the roster. There is alot of emotional capital invested in Nate and it appears that he is learning to play under control. If his defense on Steve nash is not an aberration, he can develop into a good player.

    And, the book is still open on Mardy Collins.

    If the Knicks make a trade it should be a top level superstar. Especially if they going to give up their young talent. Adding another suspect young player is not the right way to go.

  20. dave crockett

    I typically hate trades that make you smaller while weakening the bench. If the team is going to move Frye I’d like to see it target a big man that can defend.

  21. mase

    don’t like that Telfair idea either.
    A young big man who can shoot from the outside is a commodity worth holding on too.
    You might be able to get Telfair for Nate but I’d prefer Rondo.

  22. jon abbey

    “I typically hate trades that make you smaller while weakening the bench.”

    this wouldn’t weaken the bench, it should actually strengthen it if you include the first rounder, adding two young talented players and taking away one.

    “If the team is going to move Frye I?d like to see it target a big man that can defend.”

    to play what position in lieu of who?

    Toronto did something like this last offseason, Villanueva for Ford, and it really helped them, although they didn’t have someone like Marbury on board already. anyway, just throwing it out there, it certainly makes a lot more sense all around than any possible Jason Kidd deal…

  23. jon abbey

    this tape-delayed game is a very irritating concept, not to mention I have a conflict at 6, so I may have to tape the tape. GO KNICKS!

  24. mase

    its all hypothetical, but why on gods greens earth would you not want J-Kidd on the Knicks?

    He has exactly what we sorely miss,
    he’s a leader, he’s clutch with a High IQ who can pass, defend and rebound!
    Even with his age and injuries he’s 2nd best only to Steve Nash, who else is better?

    Also, The Knicks aren’t rebuilding!
    they are inexplicably trying to win now, what other player if you were to add someone could facilitate this process any better?
    not KG because hes not a leader, maybe Ray Allen… it makes perfet sense but the Nets would probably never trade him across the river.

  25. KnickerBlogger

    “its all hypothetical, but why on gods greens earth would you not want J-Kidd on the Knicks?…
    The Knicks aren?t rebuilding!”

    That mindset exactly.

    I love Jason Kidd’s game, but he’s on his last leg. He’s 33 years old & how many more years does he really have left? Typically guards don’t last that long. Isiah Thomas retired at 33. Frazier too.

    Even if you think he’d be productive for another few years, it’s not like this team is a PG away from competing with the best teams in the East, nevertheless the West’s best. This isn’t the 1999 Knicks. We’d still be missing an outside shooter to free up the middle. We’d still be bad on defense (as opposed to our current status of awful).

    But more importantly this team *should* be rebuilding (and last I heard from Isiah, this is still a rebuilding team). A true superstar in/near his prime (Garnett) would make us a competetor, but other than that we shouldn’t be looking for All Stars past their prime. We should be more concerned with laying the foundation for the future, and not be concerned about winning now.

  26. Ted Nelson

    First of all, well said KB.

    As far as Telfair, IMO the number one problem facing (and hurting) the Knicks right now is consistency: putting forth a consistent effort. They clearly have the talent. They’re able to compete with the best teams in the league, but seem to lack the consistency and veteran savvy to beat even the worst teams consistently.

    This is why I would stay as far away from Telfair as possible, unless they were giving him away. The guy is inconsistency defined, a younger version of probably more Crawford than Marbury. At 20, or so, everyone was saying that if Crawford could develop consistency and basketball IQ he’s an All-Star. 5 years later we’re saying the same thing. When he entered the league everyone was saying if Marbury could be a team player and play some D he’s a great point guard. It took a decade (although he was a lot better than Crawford or Telfair when he entered the league).
    I think we need to go for some high character guys and some team players with high basketball IQs, not young punks running around shooting rappers. I also wouldn’t give up Frye to bring in a young PG to, essentially, backup Marbury and compete for time with Nate, Mardy, ?Francis?, etc. As far as a backup PG the #1 guy on my list would probably be Chris Duhon (who’s riding the pine in Chicago and hits free agency after next season).

    The Knicks inconsistency is also why I would probably support trading Jamal Crawford. I don’t know what the market for him would be, although his 52 point outburst has got to help. It tears me apart a bit because the guy is so talented, and I agree with Jon Abbey that for the Knicks to be a better team he’s the one who has to be more consistent. OR the Knicks could just trade him for someone who’s already consistent.

    I mean, he leads the team by 3 FGA/game and 0.5 3 pt. FGA/game despite shooting under 40% from the field and 31% behind the arc. This on a team with 2 of the top 5 guys in the league in FG% and several other scoring weapons. I guess JC’s biggest strength is his ability to create his own shot, but playing in an offense with so many other weapons not only does he not need to create his own shot, he also needs to create more shots for others.
    Most of his shots come totally out of the flow of the offense: jacking up a 3 in transistion or just as the offense is getting set, holding the ball for 15 seconds before driving, etc. Showing a decided lack of basketball intelligence. His attitiude is also a bit disturbing: my FG% is low because my teammates count on me to take shots as the clock expires and last second shots. NO. First, you are not Jordan, you cocky bastard. Your FG% is low because you take shots so early in the shot clock and completely out of the offensive flow. The fact that 90% of the time we have a last second shot everyone clears out to let you go one on one and you jack up a contested three point shot is not a good thing (although this might be Isiah’s fault, and Crawford can hit a last second shot a good % of the time if it’s not a stupid clear out, contested 3).
    He makes some great defensive plays, but, on the whole, I would consider him a below average defender.
    So, in the end, I think that the Knicks have a better chance to improve if they get rid of Crawford and acquire someone who’s already consistent and plays D and shoots at a high percentage and plays smart.
    I haven’t really seen him play enough to say anything about his consistency or effort, but I would like to see the Knicks take a run at free agent to be Mickael Pietrus either before the deadline or this offseason. If he can improve his shot and play guard at this level, Alando Tucker might be available with the Bulls’ pick. At the same time, a good defender/outside shooter can often be underrated and aqcuired cheaply via free agency, as was the case with Bruce Bowen and Raja Bell. Basically, I think the Knicks could be a better team even if they plugged in a less talented SG, if he was a shut-down defender, hit the three, and had a high basketball IQ.

  27. jon abbey

    first of all, Steph is untradeable, probably under any circumstances, given his contract. so unless you’re going to send him to sit home like Francis (which I doubt he’d actually go for), you can’t have Kidd on this team. that’s ignoring the points that NJ wouldn’t trade him to us and the very valid point from KB that we don’t need short-term fixes unless they’re also going to help long-term. I’d like to trade for LeBron or Wade too, but that’s not happening either.

  28. mase

    “We?d still be missing an outside shooter to free up the middle. We?d still be bad on defense”

    I disagree with you…
    Channing Frye and Q-rich are both good outside shooters. Crawford is a tough cover and Kidd is clutch.

    Defensively, we’d be good enough.

    Adding Kidd, as old as he is gives the team an identity without that you have nothing. My point is it worth the risk considering we are trying to win now anyway.

  29. Ted Nelson

    My question about Kidd is if he’s still the 2nd best PG in the league and would help us so much, why are the Nets 2nd in the Atlantic and under .500 with RJ, VC (in a contract year), and himself???

  30. jon abbey

    nice post, Ted. I don’t like Duhon much, but Pietrus is interesting. he’s not a real FA, though, he’s restricted, and GS will do all they can to keep him.

    “I think the Knicks could be a better team even if they plugged in a less talented SG, if he was a shut-down defender, hit the three, and had a high basketball IQ.”

    you mean someone like a healthy Quentin Richardson? :)

  31. mase

    “My question about Kidd is if he?s still the 2nd best PG in the league and would help us so much, why are the Nets 2nd in the Atlantic and under .500 with RJ, VC (in a contract year), and himself??? ”

    I think they are doing pretty well considering RJ has been hurt, Kristic is out for the year and starting Jason Collins who is a back up center.

  32. jon abbey

    the even more annoying thing about this game being tape-delayed is that they’re probably going to flash the ongoing score during the SA-LAL game, so I can’t watch that too closely either if I don’t want to know the score beforehand. but at least I managed to bump my 6 PM meeting until tomorrow night… :)

  33. mase

    “I?d like to trade for LeBron or Wade too, but that?s not happening either.”

    not sure if that statement was directed at me but i’ll reply to it…If you want to argue that Wade and Lebron are as valuable as Kidd thats your perrogative but I’ll say in his prime Kidd’s more valuable to your team than both of them.

  34. mase

    “I love Jason Kidd?s game, but he?s on his last leg. He?s 33 years old & how many more years does he really have left? Typically guards don?t last that long. Isiah Thomas retired at 33. Frazier too. ”

    Nash is in his prime and is closing in on 33.

  35. Ted Nelson

    Mase,
    The Nets were 9-12 (by my count) in games where both RJ and Kristic played. Nash is the engine behind arguably the best team in the league.

    Jon,

    Yeah, a healthy Q at the 2 and either Balkman (with an outside shot), Lee (with an outside shot), Jeffries (with the D that was advertised and maybe an outside shot), or someone else, like Pietrus, at the 3 would work. Especially because Nate and ?Mardy? could pick up the “combo-guard” skills you lose with Crawford.

    I don’t mean to hate on Crawford and think that if he would limit, and make, his shots and play more consistent D he’d be a very good player. Just that on a team which is generally inconsistent, having the master of inconsistency, and a bad shooter, as your leading shot taker is a bad idea (actually, it’s never a good idea).

    I agree that Pietrus would have to be aqcuired through a sign-and-trade (especially b/c he should fetch more than the MLE), and given his success under Don Nelson I don’t know if he can be acquired at all.
    I don’t know if the Warriors would want Crawford given that they already have CGs in Baron Davis, Monta Ellis, and Sarunas Jasikevicius. Actually I think Pietrus might be a pretty great fit for GS, so the Knicks might either have to a) overpay(both to Pietrus and by taking a bad contract, likely the surest bet), b) convince Pietrus that NY is a far better situation than GS, c) hope that GS can’t afford him/ wants something else we can give them (maybe in a 3 team deal). So, maybe Pietrus isn’t the best guy to go after, but I’d love to have him. Maybe the best chance is if he and Harrington become redundant and Jackson and Jasikevicius flurish under Don Nelson.

  36. mase

    Im watching the PHX. game and imagining how good they would be with Curry in the middle…Isiah probably had that vision in mind when he constructed our roster, its all for naught If you dont have the PG who can strive in that style offense.

  37. mase

    “The Nets were 9-12 (by my count) in games where both RJ and Kristic played. Nash is the engine behind arguably the best team in the league.”

    they aslo went to the finals a few years in a row…and they dont have a center, its ridiculous

  38. KnickerBlogger

    “Im watching the PHX. game and imagining how good they would be with Curry in the middle”

    Curry would be great in PHX, if he was allowed to ride a segway up the court.

  39. mase

    “But more importantly this team *should* be rebuilding (and last I heard from Isiah, this is still a rebuilding team). A true superstar in/near his prime (Garnett) would make us a competetor, but other than that we shouldn?t be looking for All Stars past their prime.

    I want to be a contender, not a competitor…
    If we were rebuilding we would never have signed Francis, Isiah is full of it!

  40. mase

    “Curry would be great in PHX, if he was allowed to ride a segway up the court.”

    why?
    the ball would be down court and in the hole, he wouldn’t have to cross half court.

  41. Ted Nelson

    Mase,
    I would also love a contender. The Knicks, however, are not. Jason Kidd in 2007 would do nothing to change that. Jason Kidd of 2000ish on the Knicks of 2007 might.
    Extremely confused by your last comment, what value does Curry have if he’s not the one putting the ball in the hole? He’s not exactly a defensive force.

    Golden State has a few other guys I’d like to see the Knicks target if Pietrus is unattainable. Matt Barnes might not be a starter (IMO), but he’s a solid defender and he can shoot from outside. I also really like how hard he must have worked to improve his game: as I remember the guy couldn’t shoot a lick just last year. Kelenna Azubuike is also a free-agent after the season, not sure how he’s shooting .404 on 2s and .517 on 3s? But otherwise a good athlete, defender, and outside shooter who likely has a chip on his shoulder after going undrafted. Both those guys will probably come fairly cheap, shouldn’t demand too many minutes, and wouldn’t be seen as huge busts if they were, well, busts.

  42. Brian Cronin

    You see the Suns are trying to acquire Diener?

    How funny is it that Diener is actually a guy teams are TRYING to get?

    The amount of nice talent in the back of the draft is impressive.

    I’m surprised the Heat haven’t tried to get Diener. How neat would it be to see him playing with Wade again?

    I have no idea why I am so interested in Diener today…hehe.

  43. jon abbey

    Stoudemire is a much better fit in Phoenix than Curry would be, if that even needs to be said.

    we don’t need Barnes or Azubuike. I wouldn’t mind taking a shot at Pietrus if he’s unrestricted in another year, though.

    we really don’t need to mess with whatever minimal chemistry we’ve built so far, though, unless it’s for a huge impact player. we need to mostly build through internal improvement by the guys we’ve got now, maybe this game will finally push Crawford to become more consistent.

    “in his prime Kidd?s more valuable to your team than both of them.”

    in his prime, Kidd never got out of the first round in the West. he’s a fantastic complementary player, a perennial All-Star, a Hall of Famer, but he’s not a main guy. and yes, we’d be better with him instead of Marbury, but that’s not happening.

  44. mase

    “Extremely confused by your last comment, what value does Curry have if he?s not the one putting the ball in the hole? He?s not exactly a defensive force.”

    Meaning that they are super charged and an extremely efficient offense, Curry would add to the efficiency. Of course he can’t keep pace with them for 40 minutes but in half court sets it would be interesting.

    Also, don’t forget that Curry has just turned 24, has great hands and has improved his conditing considerably this season.

  45. mase

    “Stoudemire is a much better fit in Phoenix than Curry would be, if that even needs to be said.”

    that is stating the obvious but why couldnt Amare slide over to the 4 when Curry was playing?

    “in his prime, Kidd never got out of the first round in the West. he?s a fantastic complementary player, a perennial All-Star, a Hall of Famer, but he?s not a main guy..”

    couldnt disagree more…absolutely a main guy, you build your entire roster around his toughness and decision making, he is the best in the business and always has been.

  46. Dan Panorama

    Rashard Lewis and KG are the only trades I can think of worth risking our chemistry and development. Lee, Frye, and Curry might be playing together for the next half a decade or more for all we know, maybe Crawford as well, and these guys have to learn to get the most out of each other. They’re getting better at it every game, especially the Curry-Crawford duo. And Frye’s jumper is finally starting to go in – he’s going to be just sick on offense when paired with Curry once he gets a little more consistent.

  47. Seth

    umm…about jason kidd. doesn’t anyone else hate him as a player? where’s your sense of rivalry?

    i wouldn’t take him no matter how good he was.

  48. mase

    my sense of rivary is what makes me respect Kidd so much, he talks the talk and walks the walk. has kicked our asses up down the court for years!

    “Rashard Lewis and KG are the only trades I can think of worth risking our chemistry and development”

    what chemistry and development?

  49. DMull

    Dan –

    Agreed that Curry-Frye should be a dynamic offensive duo…but Curry does need to become a better passer if it’s ever going to become as deadly as it should be.

    And Seth –

    I also hate Kidd. I respect him as a player but I just can’t stand him. I won’t go as far as to say I’d never want him, but yeah I definitely dislike him.

    …meanwhile how tough is it to not bring up espn.com gamecast or anything … i still haven’t decided whether or not to just do that or to hold out.

  50. Ted Nelson

    Agree on KG, but (I haven’t seen Seattle much and maybe he’s improved) Lewis would only hurt our D and, while he’s an excellent shooter, he takes a lot of shots.

    First, I’m not talking about this year necessarily, but maybe this offseason and I just threw Barnes and Azubuike out there because as I thought Pietrus might be unattainable and I considered candidates in the Bowen, Raja Bell mold two guys from the Warriors entered my mind.

    I agree that we’re going to improve a lot as our young guys develop (both individually and into more of a team). That said I’m not sure that this roster is the perfect complement of players, especially defensively. Inside we seem pretty set with Curry, Lee, and Frye. (Hopefully all three can step up their D to the point where they compensate for none being a great defender, and they can pick up the interior passing.)

    So, to improve on both sides of the ball I think the easiest way to start may be to replace a terribly inefficient Jamal Crawford with someone who demands less shots but makes more (at least % wise). This way you might relieve the defensive burden on the bigs a little, and free up more shots for more efficient shooters.

    Barnes, Azubuike, or any other unproven free agents are far from sure things, but they might be good low risk guys for the Knicks. There are easily a dozen other names to throw out there. I don’t know whether Azubuike will be the next Raja Bell or a total bust, but I also don’t make millions of dollars to make those decisions and hopefully Isiah or his successor would be able to.

  51. Ted Nelson

    “This way you might relieve the defensive burden on the bigs a little”

    I also meant to say replace Crawford with a lock-down defender.

  52. Ken

    Anyone else unable to see the game today?

    It’s pretty pathetic that NY is one of the larger nba markets in the nation and you can’t watch the home team.

    ABC broadcasting is pathetic if they believe that Lakers, San Antonio is going to bring higher ratings than the Knicks in the NY area.

  53. jon abbey

    “that is stating the obvious but why couldnt Amare slide over to the 4 when Curry was playing?”

    do you watch Phoenix ever?

    “couldnt disagree more?absolutely a main guy, you build your entire roster around his toughness and decision making, he is the best in the business and always has been.”

    he’s very good, but that’s not good enough to win playoff rounds as the best player on a team in the West.

  54. jon abbey

    “Anyone else unable to see the game today?

    It?s pretty pathetic that NY is one of the larger nba markets in the nation and you can?t watch the home team.

    ABC broadcasting is pathetic if they believe that Lakers, San Antonio is going to bring higher ratings than the Knicks in the NY area.”

    I don’t think they do regional broadcasts, they just pick one game. the game was televised on tape-delay on MSG at 6, just ended, another brutal one-point loss screwed up at the end by Isiah (when the other team gets the ball up by 2 with 27 seconds left, you foul, especially the way Jamal was heating up). at least he had time-outs left, though! ughughugh.

    the rotation is getting better, though, it’s almost where it should have been 2-3 weeks ago. Balkman got Jeffries’ minutes and looked pretty awesome, finishing, getting boards, tipping balls, blocking shots, 12 points, 8 boards, 4 steals, 2 blocks in 19 minutes! you have to find him 20 minutes a game somehow, he’s developing before our eyes. now Isiah just needs to start Lee for Frye and he’ll be good.

  55. Hudson River

    I don’t want to see a move for Barnes because we had him last year and Isiah screwed up with him. I don’t think the Knicks should go for any big-name free agents, the last two season’s offseasons haven’t been tremendously sucsessful. I wouldn’t mind a random name nobody has heard of who’s ripping up the Euro-leagues (Anthony Parker on the Rapters)or the D-League(Frank Williams?).

    I just want to mention Jerome James’s 3 straight jumpers including the behind the back dribble. I was at a friend’s house and we went absolutlely wild after we saw that kind of production out of him. Does anybody believe he actually used to be on the Globe Trotters like Clyde claims? He also claims Eddy Curry could do a standing backflip when he was drafted. I’m glad we have comic moments from Jerome James because he wouldn’t be worth the 6 million a year if he wasn’t entertaining. (I’m kidding that hes even close what the Knicks pay him, but he is hilarious)

  56. Gene

    Speaking of possible trades, Marcus Banks is being shopped by the Suns. With Marbury and Francis falling apart before our eyes, Banks would be a nice (though expensive) pick-up.

  57. jon abbey

    Kobe suspended for tonight after hitting Ginobili on Sunday, got to like catching a break like that (unless you paid a lot for the tickets, of course). now WIN THE DAMN GAME! thank you, that is all.

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