Knicks Morning News (2015.10.01)

  • [New York Post] Carmelo Anthony and Derek Fisher revise expectations for Knicks (Thu, 01 Oct 2015 04:01:11 -0400)

    Though he said Monday he held "no expectations at this time'' for the 2015-16 Knicks, Carmelo Anthony amended the remark two days later, saying the title still is "our big-picture…

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    “Based on the fact we don’t have a certain caliber of player on our roster other than Carmelo, people assume we’re rebuilding,’’ Fisher said after Wednesday’s second day of practices. “Was Atlanta rebuilding last year when they didn’t have quote-unquote [name] player on their roster. We think our group, as we figure it out, will be more competitive than people think. But rebuilding doesn’t mean we’re not trying to win right now.’’

    Not very confidence-inspiring when the head coach contradicts himself in the same sentence. My guess is they are trying to put a bit of lipstick on this one.

    Put lipstick on what? They haven’t played a single game and have been in training camp for 2 days and you think they’re all ready thinking they actually suck?

    I get exactly what he’s saying. Everyone has a championship or bust, you’re either completely tanking and rebuilding or you’re winning a title and going all in mentality. But Fisher is just saying that it doesn’t have to be that way. You can rebuild and compete.

    My view on basketball is that you can understand most of what you need to know about a player by looking at his box score stats, teammates, and some general data on his defense. You can learn more about his intangible qualities by watching him perform under pressure, especially in the playoffs.

    When I look at that data for this Knicks team, I come away thinking this is a 30-35 win team. I rarely reject “the numbers” when I gamble. But the more I think about this team and compare it to our 54 win team from 2012-2013, the more I think we are going to be WAY better than we look on paper if the team remains reasonably healthy and we get anything decent out of Porzingis, Grant, and Galloway. We may have some trouble scoring when Melo is off the court, but this is actually a fairly well constructed team with potential upside from several sources. With any kind of luck at all I think we can get to .500 or even above. My money is going where my mouth is. I’m betting over and I can’t wait for this season to start!

    One week until the juggernaut known as Bauru comes to MSG for our first preseason game.

    (Bauru – is that a remote island in the Pacific Ocean where everyone is 6’9″ tall?)

    It appears that the draft is at 8pm EDT. I received this email after I signed up:

    You have chosen to participate in one of our live online drafts, which is set for Sat Oct 17 8:00pm EDT

    I agree with everyone that says that we can’t compare this team to last year’s mess. There are only 2 rotation players that are back (Melo and Calderon) from the team that started last year. And both of them were hurt. (I don’t consider Early a rotation player and Galloway didn’t start on the roster). We have a center we can count on to play defense. We have some rookies we’re hopeful about. We have some real professional type players. There are a few high-upside gambles but we have alternatives if they fail. I’m cautiously optimistic.

    Put lipstick on what? They haven’t played a single game and have been in training camp for 2 days and you think they’re all ready thinking they actually suck?

    Putting lipstick on a 30-win pig?

    I agree with you that nobody knows for sure what they are (in obvious rebuild mode, Fisher’s claims to the contrary not withstanding – plus having to learn the Triangle and all), but it’s pretty safe to say that unless something truly extraordinary happens (like Porzingis becoming Dirk right out of the gate) this is a poor team, fully deserving of the 30-wins projections. I hope I’m wrong, though.

    I get exactly what he’s saying. Everyone has a championship or bust, you’re either completely tanking and rebuilding or you’re winning a title and going all in mentality. But Fisher is just saying that it doesn’t have to be that way. You can rebuild and compete.

    It depends on what “compete” means. Technically, even the worst team in the league is “competing”. But if “competing” means having a chance of holding its own against the best teams (like being, say, top 12 in the NBA), then this team can’t be expected to “compete”.

    It would take a whole lot of favorable breaks for the Knicks to even make it to .500, but as a fan I hope they do. I hope we are all pleasantly shocked by Fisher & Co.. We need it. Badly.

    I have joined the Yahoo league as well! Been playing fantasy bball and baseball for the past 12 years or so now, I’m excited that we are in a league together! I really wanted to make my team name “Pau-er Overwhelming” (if you played Starcraft you would get it).

    One thing I like about this year’s team is that there’s probably only one likely rotation player who is truly a lost cause on the defensive end: Calderon. Last year we had Calderon, THJ, Amar’e, Bargs, Jah, JR… That’s a lot of poor defensive players. The team leader in minutes was Shane Larkin, a short guy with little T-Rex arms who couldn’t guard anybody very well.

    This year’s team is a lot longer, and has a bunch of guys who should at least provide SOME defensive value. Arron Afflalo may be past his prime, but he’s still a more high-IQ defender than JR. Grant is 6’5″ and plays the passing lanes well– he should be a defensive upgrade over Larkin. Lopez is obviously a strong defender. The frontcourt is in general big and burly with several of the frontcourt players best described as “banger” types. Porzingis is still a work in progress but he should be a good shotblocker right out of the gate.

    It might be a pretty decent defensive team.

    I hope you guys don’t start to obsess with the fantasy league like I used to do. It can become very annoying to nonparticipants.

    @reub – I’m with you on that. I think we should make a rule that all fantasy chatter (smack talk) happens on the Yahoo site. I’ve run a fantasy baseball league for a long time (next season will be our 25th year) and I make a point (these days) to not discuss my team or the league outside that circle – unless I’m trying to recruit new owners. Fact: Nobody cares about your fantasy team except for you.

    I don’t know about this Grant kid. He’s got some pretty messed up feet. The kid should get the Barkley treatment and hit up some mani/pedi place. Like now. Gross.

    KP tweaked his IT band. Can we get a doctor’s analysis? Is the extra weight a detriment?

    No. 15 pounds for a frame that size would not cause much biomechanical compensation. Even if it did, extra weight causes an increase in angle and base of gait which translates to less lateral stress (where the IT band is) and more stress on the medial structures. Detriment would be any of the multitude of ways inversion stress is put on the affected leg. For example, change to varus wedged shoe or one with a softer midsole on the lateral side of the shoe versus the medial side. Overdoing leg adduction weights/exercises is another example. Without having privy to his recent hip injury, you cannot rule its association with that problem as the contractile fibers for the IT band are actually in the hip. Finally, you may laugh about this one, but there is an outside chance that KP could be going through (or just finished) another growth spurt.

    Still growing? Forget Shawn Bradley, we’ve got Gheorghe Muresan reborn here.

    Only better.

    I hope.

    Please?

    I feel lucky, got my fantasy team spot. Bidiong’s Bombers. Can’t wait to get the season going. I agree though, no fantasy chat on here once the season gets going.

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