What They’re Saying About the Knicks 11/08/05
First, Trevor Ariza has to replace Matt Barnes as the starting small forward.While Barnes is a better on-ball defender, he is just killing them offensively by shooting 40% and averaging a meager 6.7 points per game. Opponents don’t even bother guarding him, because he’s so ineffective from outside, and he lacks Ariza’s energy around the rim. Besides, Ariza is no defensive slouch; he’s averaging over two steals a game. (Barnes does, however, hold an unequivocal advantage in hairgel consumption. His ‘do has more lard than the fry station at Wendy’s.)
The NY Daily News’ Frank Isola:
“If you look at every team, the guys that play are going to be happy and the guys that don’t play are going to be unhappy,” Brown said. “There’s an excuse jar that I’ve had for my whole life: ‘I don’t know what my role is.’ ‘Just let me play my game.’ I got 100 of those things.
“The bottom line is we don’t have a rotation, we don’t know who can play. So it’s going to take time. Eventually we’re going to have an eight- or nine-man rotation and we’ll probably have nine happy guys and five that are unhappy.”
The Portland TrailBlazers have been linked to the Knicks recently for various reasons. There?s the trade rumors that sometimes pop up with the names Darius Miles and Ruben Patterson and then there?s also the family factor with Stephon Marbury and younger cousin Sebastian Telfair.
Crawford & Ariza need to start, according to (82games). Our team is better when they are on the floor. Funny how the youth, if given more time- with n8, JC, ariza, frye and Mo are ridiculously better than the starters.
And a first, a message board poster admitting he was wrong:
Admitting I was wrong about Channing Frye
Well I knocked the drafting of Channing at 8 with superior talents (IMO) like G. Green and D. Granger left on the board, I thought that Channing had not proven his worth in college, and that he was too soft. I know it’s early but he has already shown nme some things I was never sure he would. He isn’t half as soft as he was in college, he has some post moves, and as we all knew he could hit the mid range J all day. He attacks the boards much harder than I thoguht he did. He is a ocmpletely different player than the one that sutied up for the University of Arizona last year, that Frye didn’t want to dominate..this Frye does. I was wrong, Isiah was right. If anyone else watched him in college tell me if you’ve noted the same aggressiveness/body language/attitude changes. He’s always had the talent..he’s just seemed a bit too tentaive.
And I saved the best for last, Real GM’s Christopher Reina:
Starting Jamal Crawford in his stead will give real responsibility to a talented player that could use it and would surely cherish it. The bode of confidence would spark his play that needs a spark as he has become the lost man during the initial LB days.
The most important reason to bring Marbury off the bench is that it would make him a Ben Gordon super-sub and resuscitate his career from the brink.