From beat the Newsday beat writer:
As for David Lee….I’ve often suggested to him privately that he needs to be more aggressive with his moves to the basket. David knows he’s not a top three option when he’s on the court. He’s an active rebounder, that’s his main role. I think he’s developed just fine. He had 13 boards last night. When he gets minutes, he gets rebounds. Sometimes with players you see them reach a certain point and that’s when you have to decide: is this what they are? Can they be better? I think David can be a double-double guy, but more of a 10 and 10, like last season, or, at best, a 15 and 10. I don’t know if he’ll ever be a 20-10. Not his game. But there’s a reason why a lot of GMs out there ask for him, first, whenever there is a discussion regarding personnel.
First it must be great to be able to talk to the players and give them advice. I mean it’s like you’re an assistant coach or something. Second it’s nice to know that a lot of GMs think David Lee has value for their team. Imagine the column said “a lot of GMs out there ask for X first” where X is: Jeffries, James, Randolph, Marbury, Richardson, Rose, Curry, etc. I can’t.
Now for the illustrious New York Post:
There was a lot of talk about Kobe at practice today but also a lot of talk about where Eddy Curry stands right now within the offense. Curry was ticked that he didn’t touch the ball in the fourth quarter in the Golden State loss. Jamal Crawford’s response: Curry wasn’t open.
Stephon Marbury was a much better post passer than either Nate or Jamal. The Knicks, who get the Lakers tomorrow night, are getting too comfortable with the idea Curry doesn’t have to dominate games.
The article was titled: “Jamal, Nate must find Curry” which is just wonderful for one reason: I didn’t know you could separate two entities with a comma. Wow, I’ve been typing out the word “and” all these years.
That being said I’m probably in the minority here when I say I agree that the Knicks should go to Curry just about every time he’s on the floor. That’s because he doesn’t do much else than score. So if he’s on the floor and he’s not scoring, he’s hurting the team. Of course I also think Curry should only be playing 15-25 minutes a game, coming off the bench.
The second odd thing is how Berman thinks Marbury is a better post passer than Jamal or Nate. That’s laugh out loud funny, especially in Crawford’s case. Jamal has a better rapport with Curry than anyone else, due to the pair being teammates for nearly their entire careers. On this issue I have to agree with Jamal. Despite facing a smaller frontcourt at Golden State, the Knicks bigs did a poor job getting open in the paint.