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WHY THE NEW YORK KNICKS SHOULD HIRE ME AS GM....OR AT LEAST THE ASSISTANT GM

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WHY THE NEW YORK KNICKS SHOULD HIRE ME AS GM....OR AT LEAST THE ASSISTANT GM

Alright, here's my idea. Just go with me here.

1. Fire Mike D'Antoni

- It's not anything he's done, it's the fact that he's not a championship caliber coach. That and the fact he let two players (Brewer and Randolph) go before giving them a a chance. With Donnie Walsh leaving, I think it's time to let D'Antoni go and since Donnie Walsh is potentially on the outside, here's what I would go and do

  • GM: Kevin Pritchard
  • Assistant GM: Allan Houston
  • Head Coach: Mark Jackson
  • Assistant Head Coach: Charles Oakley ( I know there's more then one)

Get the band back together. Get the people who want to see the franchise win. While the Knicks have boatloads of pockets, go a little small here. Let's get some defensive minded people in here and bring back those 82-80 games of the 90's and early 2000's.

As for the roster, here's my personal opinion

  • Keep Billups, trade Douglas

- While many people think the opposite, Billups is still a capable point guard who can play. He's getting KILLED in the D'Antoni offense, but he can thrive uptempo. Denver went uptempo. If the Knicks can scale back the running, even by 20%, the Knicks would be a better team.

I would love to see what Douglas' value is. Maybe a team would give up a future 1st for him? I'd do it.

  • The Draft

- I said it last year, I'll say it again: ATTACK the draft. Scout hard, scout well. There will always be mistakes in the draft, but limit them. I think if the Knicks land at the 17 pick, the guy I want is Thomas Robinson. Why? He's a hard worker, a bit undersized and could be groomed. While he isn't the best player, getting a guy who could be a strong bench guy behind Stoudemire is important.

Since we don't have a second round pick, let's talk undrafted guys. If I was the GM, I want to see Matt Howard. Will he be a NBA guy? I don't think so, my thing is: I think he's gonna find TOOTH and NAIL for a spot. Besides Howard, how about Richmond's Kevin Anderson for a backup role or Louisville's Preston Knowles for a defensive/3 point role? I want to see NYK get more creative with those summer league/ 10-12 man spots.

  • Free Agency

-Before Free Agency, I want to say this: I want the Knicks to get Andres Biedrens. That's who I want, but I doubt the Knicks can get him.

- The Knicks need to be smooth with free agency. If they fire D'Antoni, they can actually look at defensive players!

In the frontcourt, I think you need a starting center, as well as a cheap power forward. The three players I would target are Malik Allen, Ryan Hollins and Jeff Foster. Foster would start, mainly because he's a bruiser. Do I think Foster's a good starting center? No, but do I think he can play 20-25 mpg and not hurt you? Yes. Ryan Hollins could back him up in spots along with Ronny Turiaf. I placed Malik Allen here because he can be active the beginning of the season, then eventually, Robinson can take him mintues.

In the backcourt, the Knicks need a couple guards. Considering the fact they wouldn't be going only 8 deep, you can look for a couple more guys. T.J. Ford, DeShawn Stevenson, Ronnie Price, Maurice Evans and Jamario Moon make my list.

Ford and Price are both solid backup point guards at this point for Billups and they can be solid defenders as well

Stevenson can be a solid spark plug for the Knicks bench. I think he can give 10-12 a night. Moon is probably the best defensive player of the group, while Evans can do a little of both.

My roster

Billups, Fields, Anthony, Stoudemire, Foster

Price, Stevenson, Robinson, Turiaf/Hollins

Thoughts?


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Why would the Knicks trade

Why would the Knicks trade Douglas for a 1st round pick? Unless it's a lottery pick, the Knicks are not on a rebuilding mode to start trading proven players for draft picks. Douglas is an excellent combo guard that is versatile enough to be a starter or be a 6th man.

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Honestly, Douglas isn't that

Honestly, Douglas isn't that good. I never seen him as a starting point guard. He's not that good to me. I honestly don't see the difference between him and someone like Jannero Pargo.

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Douglas loves to jack shots

Douglas loves to jack shots up, that's the only knock I really see on him.

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Toney isn't a PG

but he does have Lou Williams potential as far as scoring goes. Sure, he'll have questionable nights but when Melo and Amare are off the floor, they need a scorer off the bench. Now, unless Jimmer slips down to them, I'd keep him around as a back up.

It all starts with the coach man. They need to find the BEST candidate and make him the number one priority this summer. I just have a feeling that this team will try os hard to pursue CP3 and while I like him a lot, that just will not leave any room for adding quality players around them to bolster the bench. I would like to see them go after Shannon Brown if he doesn't stay with LA and make a play for Sammy D or DeAndre Jordan for boards and shot blocking. Ronny is a solid back up to Amare since Amare plays 36-40 mins a game usually. Maybe another big man as an insurance policy would be nice too.

If I'm not mistaken, doesn't chauncey have an expiring contract after next season? That COULD be a good trade chip that is looking for some cap relief.

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That and he's not a good lead

That and he's not a good lead guard. He's a scoring guard

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Heres how hes better than

Heres how hes better than Pargo. He faster, stronger, a better shooter at a younger age, a better ball handler and defender at this stage. Pargos only advantage was he was a more natural playmaker...

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He may not be starting PG

He may not be starting PG material, but role players like him are needed to be a great a team. You are set with Melo and Amare, now you just have surround them with good role players, and Douglas has the potential to be the best 6th man in the league.

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I think Toney playing behind

I think Toney playing behind Billups enough can become a decent point but it was take 2 or 3 years which the knicks may not have but it would boost his value if they do move him. I think you should still give Mike D some time because with more practice time, he can have Knicks winning 55 plus games in the East. They have a young big man in Jerome Jordan that should be on their team next year. They are also a lot of vet bigs you could get on the cheap. Fields is solid as their 2 guard because he can defend and make timely shots without demanding the ball. The need a big man though and I think any coach who coaches them would have similiar problems without a big man. Knicks have shown that they can beat the good teams and lose to the bad teams. I think next year, the will lose less games to the bad teams.

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My opinion

I acutally like this post, i agree with firing of the staff but the players they go after are not the best choices..... First, of all why trade Toney he's a good back up, and prolly their best bench scorer as lately, where not looking for him to start, his a just a spark off the bench an he also has decent potential..... An with the money they got why would they go after those other players, they can get much better FA in my choice...... yea we all kno Knicks are goin 2 try 2 make a run in 2012 for CP3 and D.Will...... but they can still get them even if they go after some decent role players this yr most, players would take a pay cuts jus, to play with the kinda talent and potential they have... iam not goin to list players to they should go after but i think knicks are willing 2 take a risk on a couple of decent role players this yrs FA agency but for the draft picks you never really kno who knicks are gonna take

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I'm just not high on Douglas

I'm just not high on Douglas as a lead guard. Could he be a role player? Cool. 6th man? Not really for me.

Douglas will never be the best 6th man in the league...not even close.

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So....other then you guys

So....other then you guys like Douglas...anything else?

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So other than you guys

So..... other than you guys dnt like Douglas... anything else

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Quentin

Get over yourself. You say you want to be the GM, and you want Kevin Pritchard to be the GM? Is Mark Jackson a better head coach than Mike D'Antoni? The Knicks are doing the best with what they have, which is much better than what they had a couple years ago. Be patient and realize that it is a process that takes time, but you at least have pieces. The only thing I liked was adding Oak as an assistant coach, honestly. Of course they are scouting the damn draft! Also, DeShawn Stevenson? That is the answer to your woes? Jesus man, just be glad you are not the Knicks GM and worry about other things.

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Get over yourself. You say

Get over yourself. You say you want to be the GM, and you want Kevin Pritchard to be the GM? Is Mark Jackson a better head coach than Mike D'Antoni? The Knicks are doing the best with what they have, which is much better than what they had a couple years ago. Be patient and realize that it is a process that takes time, but you at least have pieces. The only thing I liked was adding Oak as an assistant coach, honestly. Of course they are scouting the damn draft! Also, DeShawn Stevenson? That is the answer to your woes? Jesus man, just be glad you are not the Knicks GM and worry about other things.

1. That's the title...relax.

2. We don't know if Jackson is a better coach, but I never said that at all.

3. This isn't a 5 year plan, this is a idea going into next season.

4. Yea they scout the draft. I said attack the draft. Going in there with a strong intent.

5. Who said DeShawn Stevenson will be the answer to my woes?

The 6th thing: Stop mentoring me and talking to me like I'm a lackey or I'm some idiot. You do that ALL the time. I understand you're ANAL about spelling, and things like that, I'm not. It's a sports site. Get over yourself really. People spelling things wrong. People place words out of order, get over it. It's a site to talk basketball. Honestly, you do that everytime I post. Just stop doing it. It gets annoying after a while.

JUST CHILL OUT.

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I don't know, you got rid of

I don't know, you got rid of crap...then added more crap.

How are they better with that squad?

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i expect turiaf to keep his option*

1. New half court offense

2. Draft Tyler Honeycutt

3. sign undrafted Kalin Lucas

4. sign Samuel Dalembert

5. sign Jeff Pendergraph

6. sign Magnum Rolle

Big Shot - Feilds - Melo - STAT - Sammie D

Kalin Lucas / Douglas - Douglas / Honeycutt - Honeycutt / Walker - Pendergraph / Rolle - Turiaf / Rolle

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I don't get how anyone thinks

I don't get how anyone thinks Mark Jackson will be a good coach on any level let alone the NBA. The guy has NEVER been a head coach on any level. To throw him in as an NBA coach right away is foolish. I would like to see him first coach before people annoint him as a head coach of anything, even an intramural team. The last time I remember an NBA great with no head coaching experience being hired for a head coaching job was Clyde Drexler at his alma mater the University of Houston, and he failed miserably.

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No...

Your taking the wrong approach. They arent in rebuilding mode.

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No problems

Just giving my insight into the situation. Also, realizing that you see yourself as a "high school phenom" and want to be a perspective sports journalist. I said nothing about your grammar or anything in this, I was purely giving my thoughts on your perspective plan. You always say that you want input and advice, you ask me even at times, but believe me, I will stop.

But, what I will say is:

1. It is a pretty ridiculous title. Fine for your own site, but kind of lame for this one. Would think that regardless of who wrote it. You could say "If I were GM", or even use it as a joke, but, I do not find it that funny and do not know if other people would either.

2. If you do not know if Mark Jackson is a better coach, or have no real opinion on it what so ever, why would it be a good idea to hire him? Mark was a scrappy player, had amazing court vision, but judging by his commentating, I would not know whether to trust him. If Mike D'Antoni is not a championship coach, how does Mark Jackson qualify as a better coach? Yes, you get some former Knicks, but does that make them a better team? Or are you not wanting to do that? Confusing.

3. If this is an idea going into next season, how does this make them better? I feel like you are going after either a) players that will not help all that much or b) players the Knicks will not be able to sign.

4. Do they usually go in with a weak intent? The draft at that point is a crap shoot, and if they get the 17th pick, the odds are that you want to go after the best player you can get, regardless of position. Thomas Robinson may indeed be that, but he is not helping much next year. That is a 3-4 years down the road type pick.

5. If DeShawn Stevenson gives you 10-12 a night, on the Knicks, you might be in trouble. I think DeShawn is an incredibly inconsistent shooter and his defense is fair, but I would not target him for my team giving him significant minutes. Dallas has played him this year because they were desperate at that position, but I have a hard time associating DeShawn with winning basketball, which is probably what you want.

6. I realize what I said was harsh, I do apologize. Sorry. But, when I see people patting themselves on the back, it can sometimes lead to me having a harsh reaction. I do not think I am your mentor, and I was not trying to talk to you like an idiot. But, if you think I am being hard, it was because I know you had a goal and a site. I give credit where it is due man, and when I think something has holes or might not make sense, I comment on it. I am not right all of the time, but I try to do my research and put thought into things rather than writing something and doing very little to stand by it or defend it.

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Cool

Nice job. I thought the apology was warranted it was getting unnecessarily tense.

You made some solid points. Knicks are in an interesting position. They have maybe a four year window to get a chip. They have very little margin for error. They have to draft right, which is hard. They have to get the right FA., while leavig enough room for CP3 or Howard. They're exciting. But it's not going to be easy. But they're better than last year when theyre roster was: David Lee, Tracy McGrady, Chandler, Bill Walker, Duhon. And that was just a year ago.

But its fun to play GM.

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Agree with you in principle

I agree with you in principle.

Obviously whatever is going on between management and D'Antoni, something isn't working... it's scary to me that he couldn't see a use for Anthony Randolph

But it doesn't look like you're proposing anything major here.

-Mark Jackson is not an elite coach. (Jeff Van Gundy perhaps?)

-Toney Douglas - which team would give up a 1st rounder to get this guy? scorers are a dime a dozen in this league.

-Biedrins is the TYPE of center they need... but Biedrins himself has been banged by injuries and hasn't looked the same in the last couple years. They need a Tyson Chandler type, most definitely.

I don't think anything significant changes with the Knicks until they get a better coach and sign another star player. They need a defensive leader. As GM, I would simply be focused on acquiring assets that a young team might be interested in. Too bad they already gave up Randolph and Brewer for pennies

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kindofblue

You kind of get to know some of the posters here, so this goes back for quite a while. I agree with what you said, and I agree that it was getting unnecessarily tense and I take some of the blame. Believe me, some things come across a lot harsher in type than if you were to speak to a person directly, so it can be difficult. Still, I agree, it is fun to play GM and to think of what moves should go down next for your favorite teams.

Nonetheless, if you are going to say your ideas are better than the current administration (which you assume is what you are saying when you make a title stating that you should be GM, jokingly or otherwise), you should be prepared for the same backlash that you give them. David Kahn and Rob Babcock came in thinking they were doing awesome things too. It is hard work, and people do not always agree with what you do.

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