Playing really well today against the Bulls.
i thought JR Smith would be a ky pick up for the knicks. but i will admit i was wrong. HE SUCKS!
He's doing a great job on the reigning MVP. Stepping up big time.
Has anyone else noticed Shumpert kind of looks like Stoudemire? Especially the nose.
this is why i love this game! MELOOOOOOOOO
Melo the man, 2 huge buckets, end of regulation and end of overtime.
Him and Avery Bradley are two of the peskiest defenders in the NBA.
Iman is A BALLER..... and Btw Melo is a beast and Ty Chandler was the MVP of that game with his tip outs
Iman must have stripped D Rose six times or so. It was ridiculous. D Rose was rusty though. JR had a bad shooting night but he is a key for that teams success.
Iman Shumpert > Jeremy Lin
I actually like Shumpert with Lin a lot. Jeremy can cover 2's well with his length and smarts (and because it's a fairly weak position) while Shump is awesome on ball, but can get lost off.
this is how the starting line up for the knicks should look next year when everyone is healthy. give or take a few tweaks:
pg- J. Lin/ B. Davis
sg-Iman Shumpert/Landry Fields
sf- Carmelo Anthony/Steve novak
pf- Amare Stoudemire/Josh Harrelson
c- Tyson chandler/Jared Jeffries
with that being said i would love the knicks to do a trade that involves- Amare Stoudemire & Landry Fields to Houston for that 15th pick, and take Jared Sullinger off there hands.
Impressive performance by Melo vs one of the best defensive teams. Melo really stepping up all around since amare and Lin went down. I knew they would be a better team defensively when they went out....
But we seeing crickets from those "fans" or "experts" on here that said Melo was overrated... Fools was saying how they rather have Dano... Blah, blah, blah...
The sad part is I said all along that Melo was coming off a knee and wrist surgery... Plus he looked out of shape... He was gonna get it together... But they were persistent... If the Knicks f around and win the playoff series versus the Bulls... My lawd... Remember they have played them tough in both of their games so far...
as much as JR Smith struggled tonight, where would the knicks have been without his contribution and buckets, especially at the over time? the guy was the only other one apart from melo who scored at the end of the game and he created the offense since nobody was creating for anybody except themselves. with woodson's offensive strategy of giving it to the big talents and let them create, new york will need JR comming of their bench with nobody else there good at creating.
and I acknowledge that Shumpert has good length, quickness and potential, especially at the defensive end with his quick hands, but honestly, i was very worried while cheering for the knicks earlier with all his ball swipes downwards. the refs could have easily called a foul on those, especially since it was a rookie doing it to a superstar. iman did a good job, but i think he has to concentrate on using his hand less on D or else he might get into foul trouble in as many games as he doesnt. the guys got the tools to be elite at that end of the court while still being a decent offensive player, he just has to be molded and polished. i wonder/hope if the knicks coaching staff are capable of that.
the problem with projecting the knicks roster for next year ...
1.) the knicks have played so much better this season since moving melo to the 4, it definitely seems like their optimal line-up
2.) amare stoudemire has excelled for the majority of his career while playing 5
3.) the other guy the knicks have to find major minutes for also plays the 5 in tyson chandler - their 3 best players all play frontcourt positions, it's too heavy at that end of the rotation to keep everyone happy
Amare doesn't play well with a 5 that can't shoot... They pack the lane on him... And he has no post moves... Either bring Amare off the bench or let him play well and trade him... Free up money and get CP3 or D12 after next year...
The real problem with the Knicks is Amare sucks on D and Lin thinks he is Derrick Rose in the 4th quarter. Thank god he wasn't in the game he probably would not have passed to Melo
as far as i've read and heared, most teams arent interested in trading for Stoudamire even if he's playing exceptionally well. let me clarify that, most if not the entire other 29 teams want nothing to do with Amare Stoudamire's high priced, maxed out, uninsured contract on a player with an injury history who had major surgery.
lol most of you guys disagree with me!! yet no one has given me any reasons on why that wouldnt work!! i seriously feel like some of you guys really dont understand the game of basketball!
^^^^this guys point totale is negative 217, he has some nerve saying someone doesn't know the game of basketball.
First, that trade doesn't work under the cap. That should really be the end of it... The salaries getting traded do not match and houston does not have the cap room to absorb amare's contract.. Second, Sullinger will probably not drop that low Third, The knicks will want more for Amare. Fourth the rockets will be hesitant to take on amare given the fact taht he is injured right now. Fifth, landry fields is a free agent this year, meaning that all they would get is the opportunity to match other teams contract offers. Sixth, why would the rockets want landry fields when he does pretty much the same thing as courtney lee...
Amare's back is hurt. It was hurt in the offseason and it has been hurt all year. He has not played well because of the injury and that the knicks did not have someone who could/was willing to get him the ball in D'antoni's offense. Amare can play with a big center. In the begining there were a few growing pains b/t him and chandler, but he played with shaq in phoenix and had great statistical success there. He also has not been shooting as well from the outside this year which is probably due to the back injury as well... he needs to go to germany and stick some stem cells in there like kobe did..
The reason the knicks sucked so bad in the begining of the year is that (in my opinion) neither D'antoni nor Carmelo wanted to play with the other. I know Donnie Walsh left because Dolan went over his head and forced the Carmelo deal during the season ( basically he gave up all the leverage he [basically he blinked first] no reason because Carmelo was going to sign with them in the offseason). Given the leverage they had, they were raped in that deal, and given that D'antoni was Walsh's guy, he was equally disappointed by the trade and subsequent discharge of Walsh. I am positive that at somepoint D'antoni's dissatisfaction was made known to Carmelo and this created a rift between them. The players sided with Carmelo and the team soured on D'antoni.
I think this conclusion is obvious if you have watched the knicks play for the last few years. Woodson is a decent coach, but the big difference is that the knicks are just playing harder. Additionally, Melo was out when Linsanity happened and Linsanity died down when he came back. Lin was a player who needed to play hard because he needed a new contract next year. The knicks players liked him so they played hard for him. The knicks won games because they have many talented players on that team. Once Carmelo came back they started losing again because there was a conflict in the huddle...
Shumpert has played really well this year. He's definitely surprised me. Where would he go in the 2011 draft is they redrafted today?
ahh Truett, thank you. thats all i wanted to hear! anyways, your right about all that.
I just wanna say that I was pissed that the knicks took him instead of Marshon Brooks (But glad that they took him over Singleton), but he has been really suprising this year... If they re drafted... I bet he would go in the 10-14 range... Its too early to count out some of the "drafted on potential players" and players like Brooks, Thomas, Faried, Tyler,Jenkins, Cole and Parsons, would also get some consideration if you re-drafted
I feel like this game is reminding me of that Heat/Knicks game from last year's regular season. Knicks win close game, everyone jumps on their bangwagon. A few points
- Melo, Shumpert, and Chandler all played the best they could have possibly played.
- The Knicks were up 27-6. Thats right, Twenty-Seven to Six.
- The Bulls missed 4 straight Free Throws at the end of regulation.
- Rose had a volume points night, and pretty much every other Bulls starter was irrelevant other than Boozer had a solid rebounding/defense game (shockingly).
And the Bulls still SHOULD have won this game. I know way too many people are going to pick the Knicks vs Bulls or Miami in the first round. Not saying most people, but more than they should. This team has no playmaker. Just 4 ball hogs and Tyson Chandler, with a little Steve Novak and Jared Jeffries sprinkled in. Oh, and I think Baron Davis still migh tbe on the team.
iman sumpert has insane amount of upside he's like a offensive rawer version of westbrok that just keeps getting better. he's ability to drive it creates so much space on those pull ups (ala westbrook) which look like bad shots but you can see the potential when they're dropping (like younger westbrook), he's balance and stroke on off-the-dribble shots really good. he's incharge of guarding top players vs. the knocks as a rookie. D'ing guys 1 to 3. even 4 with nowitzki (& i could put money he could take on bosh down with a little help D.). most importantly he takes matchups personally. his defensive value alone makes him a guy that every team needs... i really hope the knicks are doing their best to develop this guy offensively...
played with Amare it was the same thing though... Amare don't play well with a center that can't shoot a 15 foot shot... Its the truth...
I love Iman, but he's athletically just not near Russ. He is a lockdown defender and likely to be a long-term starter/borderline star, but Russ might be top 10 in the league. He was #5 while Shupert was (something like) 17 for a reason. The Knicks got a huge steal, but Shump isn't a superstar.
No he isn't a superstar, but don't write off his athleticism either. His athleticism is almost right up there with Westbrook, but Westbrook is a lot stro nger.
The Knicks vs Bulls game was one of the best that I have seen all season and if they do meet in the play-offs then the series could be memorable. Melo really took over the game down the stretch and with the Bucks closing in, the Knicks needed that win to stay ahead in the play off race.
Shumpert looks to be developing well as a prospect and will learn defence under Coach Woodson. Since Mike Woodson took over, the Bulls have looked a lot more solid and if they can have some stability and keep this core together then better times may be finally ahead at the Garden.