Knicks continue their winning ways in record fashion

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This game was a lot of fun, unless you are a Sixers fan of course. It had a little bit of everything. You got some Sheed, some good JR and some hilarious Nick Young being an idiot. Overall it was another blowout win for the Knickerbockers, their third in as many games this season. Melo Tony led the team in scoring with an efficient 21 points on 7/16 shooting. Earl Smith had another strong game with 17 points on 7/15 shooting and almost got in a fight. Sheed entered the game in the third quarter and proceeded to drain a buzzer beating three to end the quarter. This game was loads of fun and the Knicks are 3-0 for the first time since 1875.

Here are my notes from the game: New York Knicks vs. Philadelphia 76ers

  • Lets start with Sheed. Despite looking like a homeless man, Mr. Rasheed Abdul Wallace was actually productive in his 14 minutes played tonight. He did a little bit of everything. Wallace hit a couple threes, blocked a couple shots and grabbed some rebounds. He also inexplicably threw a full court inbounds pass to Steve Novak with 11 seconds left in the game that caused me to fall out of my chair laughing. In all seriousness though, he actually looked like he could contribute down the line a little bit. I thought Kurt Thomas looked pretty bad tonight in his 6 minutes played, so potentially Sheed may take some of his minutes moving forward. It’ll definitely be something to keep an eye on. However, there is no doubt that the bench combo of Thomas and Wallace is easily the funniest in the league. Between Thomas punching dudes in the nuts, slapping guys in the face and consistently getting away with shoving people under the basket and Rasheed doing Rasheed things and looking like a displaced hobo, they’re great theater. I’m loving having them on the squad. Read more…

Knicks continue momentum, beat Sixers

Oh how sweet it is. The new look New York Knicks kept the momentum from Friday’s win going this afternoon as they defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 104-84 at Madison Square Garden. Carmelo Anthony was absolutely fantastic on both ends of the court, scoring 27 points on 18 shots and making countless great plays on defense. The offense was efficient once again, shooting 50.6% for the game. JR Smith chipped in with a cool 20 points on 8/15 shooting. Defensively, the Knicks were great as has become the norm with this team. Sixers not named Jrue Holiday shot just 37.7% for the game and the Knicks forced more turnovers then they committed. Up 13 in the final minutes, Mike Woodson put in the Knicks human victory cigar. Rasheed Wallace came in, grabbed some rebounds, dished an assist and made a shot. All around, it was a great afternoon for the Knickerbockers.

Here are my notes from the game:

  • I could not be more impressed with Mike Woodson in these first two games. I, like many, had numerous concerns about Woodson’s offense coming into the year. From what we had previously seen in his stint as the head coach of the Atlanta Hawks, Mike Woodson’s offense was one that was based heavily on isolation sets. Given that Carmelo Anthony is his featured offense in New York, I feared that he would run that same offense here. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Through these first two games, the Knicks offense has looked nothing like the Woodson offenses of old from Atlanta. We’ve seen Anthony as the featured player, as he should be, but not how we would think. Anthony has not been used in isolation as much as we thought. Woodson has done a good job of designing the offense to get Anthony touches in positions where he can succeed. We’ve seen a lot of Anthony in both the high and low post, places where he will succeed. As a result, the defense has been doubling down a lot on him. Anthony has done a great job, especially in this game, of effectively passing out of double teams. New York has done a great job swinging the ball which has set up a lot of open jump shots. We have also seen a lot of off-ball movement from this Knicks offense. Lots of off-ball screens to set up open shooters. Lots of screens that have caused the defense to switch and get the Knicks more favorable match-ups. There is a lot to like about what we’ve seen from this Woodson offense and I think this style of basketball is sustainable. In terms of pace, the Knicks have been somewhat slow offensively, but that should tailor to this personnel. There’s no secret there is a lot of old players on this club and this is a long 82 game season. This isn’t the D’Antoni Suns. The Knicks don’t have the legs to just run up and down for 82 games. I like the more methodical, half-court offense. I think it will suit these guys very well moving forward. Woodson seems to have connected with this club in a way D’Antoni really didn’t, at least in the Melo era. The Knicks have bought into what Woodson is selling. They’ve played hard on defense and they’ve been unselfish on offense. I think both of those things can be attributed to Woodson’s ability to connect with this group of players. Great job by the coach so far and there isn’t a reason why this style of Knicks basketball can’t continue. Read more…

Knicks, Nets ‘in a New York State of Mind’

In the 2012-2013 season, there will no longer be one NBA team in the state of New York. The Nets,  formerly of New Jersey, have moved to Barclays Center in the borough of Brooklyn and have put together a formidable team that will rival what the New York Knickerbockers will put on their floor this year. We will discuss the changes that were made in these two teams, their fundamental differences, and their outlooks for the season.

For starters, competition is good. New York is a state with eight million people and for decades it has been a one basketball team town. This is a state that at one time housed three baseball teams simultaneously; the Brooklyn Dodgers, the N.Y. Giants, and, of course, the N. Y. Yankees. Currently in California there are four NBA teams; the Lakers, Clippers, Warriors, and Kings. So why not have two NBA teams in New York?

Certainly the timing couldn’t be better for the Nets to have made their move. The Knicks have been struggling for quite a while, winning only one playoff game in over a decade. They haven’t won a championship in almost 40 years! However, it won’t mean that Knick fans will suddenly change their allegiance and become Nets fans either. Remember these are the same loyal fans who have gone through a long stretch without a winning team but want it so badly that after winning game four in the first round of last year’s playoffs, they threw confetti and gave their players a rousing- standing ovation inside a packed Madison Square Garden as if they had just won the NBA Championship! Read more…

Knicks fall to Sixers, 98-90

In order to avoid falling asleep during this game, I took notes. I’ll just write on here the notes I took and then I’ll elaborate on them.

“Ronnie Brewer airball” Yeah that was disgusting.

“Steve ‘Swaggy P’ Novak” Novak was playing exactly like Nick Young of the Sixers tonight. He took a gross three off a dribble, but then hit one off the dribble a few possessions later. Novak expanding his game is a good thing, but I hope he doesn’t try and do too much. Novak’s role is not one of scoring, it is one of shooting. Novak dribbling too much and forcing shots is not good for anybody. Ultimately he’ll be fine. I think he is probably taking some shots he wouldn’t take in games that matter.

“Kurt just punched that guy in the balls” Yes, yes he did. Late in the first quarter, Maalik Wayns drove for a transition layup. Kurt Thomas, who had a 40 foot lead on Wayns, proceeded to punch him in the crotch area as Wayns completed the and-1. Thomas also had 3 fouls in 6 first half minutes.

“Iso Melo x 1000″ So the Knicks isolated Melo a bunch tonight. You’ll see a good amount of iso-Melo during the season, especially with Amar’e out. The Knicks clearly didn’t use much of the playbook in this game, so they just gave Melo a million touches.

” Thattababe Flight” I think I wrote this because Flight White hit a runner or something.

“Wayns just got pooped on by Copeland” Wayns tried to take a charge from Copeland and was obliterated by Copeland’s crotch. He left the game.

“Prigioni impressive on defense” A technician on defense, Prig Daddy (credit to Jared Dubin) was good on defense in the first half. He stole an inbounds pass and put some nice ball pressure on the Sixers guards in the halfcourt.

“Prigioni smooth passer” Prig Daddy is also a technician passing the ball. I love his two handed bounce passes in particular. Prigs made some great passes to guys coming off screens as well as in the pick and roll. Another strong showing for him. Read more…

Amare’s Stoudemire can’t stay healthy, a serious problem

Amare_stoudemireComing off a strong pre-season performance against Toronto, there was optimism around Amar’e Stoudemire and his impact on these 2012-2013 Knicks. That optimism will be tested once more as Stoudemire will again miss time with yet another injury. It turns out than an MRI on Stoudemire’s “bruised knee” shows that the $100 million Knick has a ruptured popliteal cyst in his knee. Here is the 411 on a Baker’s cyst from MayoClinic.com:

A Baker’s cyst is a fluid-filled cyst that causes a bulge and a feeling of tightness behind your knee. The pain can get worse when you fully flex or extend your knee or when you’re active.

A Baker’s cyst, also called a popliteal (pop-LIT-e-ul) cyst, is usually the result of a problem with your knee joint, such as arthritis or a cartilage tear. Both conditions can cause your knee to produce too much fluid, which can lead to a Baker’s cyst.

Although a Baker’s cyst may cause swelling and make you uncomfortable, treating the probable underlying problem usually provides relief.

So this sounds pretty bad to me. The Knicks, being the honest, competent training staff that they are, say Stoudemire will be out 2-3 weeks. More realistically, I think we could see Stoudemire miss far more time than that, especially if he has a cartilage tear. Make no mistake, this is not a good thing for the Knicks.

Granted, there can be some positives taken out of this. Stoudemire’s injury will allow Mike Woodson the ability to play Carmelo Anthony at power forward. We all saw how great Anthony was in that spot last year when he spurred New York’s late season playoff run. Not only did Anthony create matchup nightmares for opponents at power forward, but he was much better defending opposing 4′s as well. Also, in theory Stoudemire’s injury would make it easier for Mike Woodson to relegate him to the bench upon his return. However, Stoudemire has been injured before and he is yet to come off the bench with the Knicks.

There can be positives taken from it, but Stoudemire’s injury is a big problem for this Knicks team. At some point, Stoudemire will come back. Whether it is later this season or next season, he wil have to play with Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler. This was supposed to be the year where they got a full training camp and pre-season together and that has not happened. Stoudemire also will have limited chemistry with two of the Knicks three new point guards. For all Stoudemire’s problems, there is a reason the Knicks paid him $100 million. He is an offensive beast and for a team that isn’t exactly an offensive juggernaut, the Knicks need his scoring. We all know how great Carmelo Anthony can be, but he can’t do it on his own (although that may not stop him from trying). The Knicks need that dominant 1-2 punch that Donnie Walsh envisioned when he put these two stars together on the same team. Stoudemire’s injury also places 40 year old Kurt Thomas in a position to have more a bigger role on the team. I love Thomas, but I don’t think he is a guy who should be playing significant minutes. Not to mention that Marcus Camby is also injured, meaning Thomas may see time at center as well. Chris Copeland is an option, but we have yet to see him play serious NBA games. Renaldo Balkman was also great in pre-season last year and we all know how that turned out. Rasheed Wallace is an option in the front court as well, but he hasn’t even gotten on the court yet. Read more…

Have preseason injuries set the Knicks up for early season failure?

Much of the narrative regarding New York’s recent track record of underachievement has been centered around a lack of team chemistry. That narrative does have some merit to it, as this has been New York’s first conventional training camp with the trio of Carmelo Anthony, Amar’e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler all on the roster. Not only was this seen as a training camp in which the “broadway bigs” would have the opportunity to mesh together, but a camp where the Knicks as a team can mesh together as well. However, the Knicks have run into a plethora of injury problems. Amar’e Stoudemire has missed time and both pre-season games to date with a “bruised knee”. CAA favorite Chris Smith is now out for the season with a torn patella tendon. His brother, one JR Smith, now has some sort of unidentified ankle/achilles injury. Free agent steal Ronnie Brewer has yet to see action due to recovery from arthroscopic knee surgery. Marcus Camby has a calf strain and his return is unknown. For what it is worth, Henry Sims hurt his ankle in practice, but he is a longshot to make the team anyways. So yeah, that is a lot of injuries. Great thing the Knicks have Jason Kidd and all of his veteran presence. He’ll be able to fix all the Knicks problems. Wait, he’s old and he’s not good anymore so never mind.

In all seriousness, this plethora of injuries may very well set the Knicks back in their progression. Apart from a few practices, the star studded front-court trio have not been on the court very much together. Ronnie Brewer, the team’s likely starter at shooting guard, could go into the season without having played a preseason game. It is unknown when Smith and Camby, arguably the two most important players off the bench, will be back. Stoudemire will be back this weekend, but we have no idea what level his play is at currently. This is a huge year for Stoudemire, as he needs to rebound from his dreadful 2011 season. This season certainly has not gotten off to a good start for the much maligned Stoudemire. Read more…

Knicks’ Amare Stoudemire makes his preseason debut

Amare_stoudemireGuys, the Knicks lost a preseason game. The season is totally over, like, really. Kill everything with fire. Panic mode: ENGAGE. Hold up a second, that’s what Nets fans are saying right now because they lost two preseason games in a row. BOOM. Obviously, I’m just kidding about the Knicks, but it’s funny enough that there are people who are already panicking in preseason form. This is the first time the Knicks faced the new Raptors young gun core, which included my current tall Lithuanian hero, or the other STAT, Jonas Valanciunas (I’m Lithuanian. Screw you, Linas Kleiza). That other guy that was being made fun of because of his execrable jump shot last season, particularly from beyond the arc, and just in general, Landry Fields, faced his former team for the first time as well. In case you didn’t watch this game, you didn’t really miss anything new. Actually, you did miss something important. This important thing I’m talking about is Amare’s preseason debut. Oh wait, I forgot! There’s another VERY substantial occurrence you also missed. Kurt Thomas was tagged with a technical foul. Ah ha! That’s what I was thinking about all this time! Anyways, here are some more notes:

  • As I just mentioned, Amare Stoudemire made his preseason debut after being out for the first two preseason games with soreness. His new and improved post game that he had worked on with Hakeem Olajuwon over the summer didn’t really appear that much in the game, but when it did, it was mediocre. Watching Amare’s post game was like watching a Milli Vanilli music video. It seemed like he was predetermining himself more than performing fluid natural movements. Since Amare only displayed his new post game approximately 2 times, I’ll let it slide. On one of Amare’s post possessions, he performed a beautiful spin move to the basket, which was then rejected by Jonas Valanciunas. I know Amare’s post game can improve. Again, being judgmental over preseason games is like saying you can drive a car with an empty oil tank.  There were flashes of Amare’s mid-range game from his inaugural 2010-11 season, which made me very jubilant because that was one of his offensive staples back in the 2010-11 season. I’m not worried about Amare right now. I think he’ll be fine. After all, he ended up going 8-11 from the field scoring 18 points.
  • As usual, Melo was off to a slow start. Shockingly, in the 1st quarter, Melo was called for a travel. A rarity? Yes, indeed. Although he finished with 24 points, Melo went 0-7 from the perimeter, missing mostly wide open attempts received from Raymond Felton and…PRIGS. Then Melo got lazy and went iso Melo. Despite all of that, his involvement in fantastic team ball. Read more…

Ronnie Brewer may be the steal of New York’s free agent class

All the talk this Knicks off-season has been about the flashy names. The Jeremy Lin debacle. Jason Kidd and his egregious 3 year $9 mil contract. The Camby man! Marcus Camby returning to the squad. The return of Rashweed Rasheed Wallace to the NBA. But for all the glam, a meat and potatoes player may end up the toast of New York’s free agent class. Signed on a veteran minimum contract from the Chicago Bulls, Ronnie Brewer is an exceptional wing defender. Chicago rated out best in the league in defensive rating, allowing just 95.3 points per 100 possessions. Having recording a defensive rating of 95.0 in 24.8 minutes a game last season, Brewer had much to do with Chicago’s defensive prowess.

Thanks to NBA.com Stats cube, we can see how Brewer’s on court presence impacted Philadelphia’s offense in the Bulls-Sixers first round matchup.

With Brewer on the floor, 83 minutes over 5 games, Philadelphia’s offensive rating dropped from 99.9 to 88.4. The Sixers true shooting percentage fell from 49.8% down to 44.5%. Chicago’s offense did struggle a bit with Brewer on the floor, but that had more to do with the loss of Derrick Rose to injury than it had to do with Brewer.

Those numbers are consistent with many of Chicago’s lineup statistics. According to Basketball Value, Chicago’s most used lineup by minutes last season was Rose-Brewer-Deng-Boozer-Noah. In 286.83 minutes played this lineup had an offensive rating of 112.38 and a defensive rating of 96.37, an overall rating of +16.01. Again, Brewer was a part of a lineup that had an excellent defensive rating. Read more…

Knicks Preseason recap: Down go the Celtics

This wasn’t your mamma’s Knicks-Celtics preseason game, that’s for sure! Overtime, up-and-down pace to the game, and a down-to-the-wire 98-95 finish were all on display during this Knicks victory in Hartford, Connecticut. Also, appearances by Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Jason Kidd, Kurt Thomas, as well as others — so yes, maybe this was your mamma’s Knicks-Celtics preseason game. Or, at this point, your grandmamma’s. You may have been away and missed this sure-fire Knicks classic, (perhaps you were watching the Nets? Ahahahaha.) and in doing so missed out on the Pablo Prigioni-Chris Copeland pick-and-roll you will be telling your kids about. Some notes to catch you up:

  • Firstly, the Knicks were without Amar’e Stoudemire, Iman Shumpert, JR Smith, and Ronnie Brewer for tonight’s game. If those guys were healthy, can you imagine how much the Knicks would have won by? At least 4000 points.
  • The Knicks jumped out to an eight point lead midway through the first, and then proceeded to end the quarter down one. The Knicks, it turns out, are still allergic to momentum.
  • There was a nice play where Melo air-balled a long two-pointer off of a catch-and-shoot opportunity and the ball dropped right into James White’s hands and he made a lay-up. That, some decent defense on a variety of different players, and seven rebounds was basically the game for White, who was starting in place of JR Smith.
  • The Knicks were down 8 at the half, after the various  bench units Mike Woodson put out didn’t have much success. (My favorite one being Felton-Prigioni-Shurna-Novak-Sims. That group’s Points Per 100 Possessions is off the charts!) Read more…

Rasheed Wallace back to teach the NBA?

Rasheed Wallace is back, but not exactly. After spending two years away from the NBA, Wallace signed with the New York Knicks this offseason.

The 38-year-old returned from retirement to provide a defensive presence and veteran experience for the Knicks.

Rasheed WallaceCeltics coach Doc Rivers stated, “I’ve got a feeling the Knicks will have a spike in technicals this year.”

In an interview with Brian Lewis of the New York Post, Wallace didn’t hesitate to answer the question.

“Passion, just sitting watching the way some of the guys you call great post players not playing in the post,” Wallace said. “It’s the passion to come back and show y’all how post players really need to play — old-school basketball. Y’all are used to all this new, young stuff, high-flying and dunking. That’s not basketball. Terrible footwork by a lot of young guys out here. Let’s go back to old-school basics.”

Knicks star, Amar’e Stoudemire was sent down to Texas to study post play with Hakeem Olajuwon as the Knicks “back-to-the-basket” work was a huge focal point for the Knicks. Can Wallace at this age still contribute and help the Knicks?

Ball Don’t Lie, a sports blog by Yahoo Sports stated, Still, though, it’s not exactly like Wallace has spent a ton of time over the past seven years showing us “how post players really need to play.” There’s not much “old-school basketball” about taking your 7-footer, having him play pick-and-pop 24 feet away from the rim and utilizing him pretty much explicitly to shoot fadeaway 3-pointers. I don’t doubt that Rasheed knows every trick in the low-post book and can flip through the Rolodex at light speed as soon as he feels a defender’s forearm in his back — his mind’s always been that sharp — but like latter-decade Pistons fans and Celtics fans before them, Knicks fans will likely wait to see Wallace actually park himself in the post before they believe they’re about to witness the strength of ‘Sheed knowledge.

A good start would be actually seeing him on the court, which, for all the fun photos of him boxing and stuff, hasn’t actually happened yet. Woodson told reporters that Wallace is “still in the conditioning mode” and that the Knicks are “holding him out until we feel like he’s ready to go,” while Wallace says he’s ready whenever called upon.

Knicks outlast Wizards: Preseason recap

Tonight, the Knicks went into our nation’s capital to kick off their inaugural preseason game against the Wizards, and after watching this game, although it’s relatively meaningless considering the fact that it is a preseason game, I was impressed with the new look Knicks; new look as in the brand spanking new jerseys. The jerseys are pretty sleek, sexy, and just plain awesome, except the jersey piping, which makes me want to smash something (I’ll admit it, the “sexy” part is just a filler, but still, the jerseys are still pretty hot, yo). The Knicks scored 38 points in the first quarter (!)  off of 11 assists. That being said, ball movement played an important role in this game. The second quarter was filled with loads of boredom until the Knicks finally broke the Wizards 18-0 run with 4:23 remaining in the second quarter. This game pretty much stayed close until the fourth quarter.Here are some other notes:

  • My favorite part of this whole game was seeing Raymond Felton’s return to the Knicks. Overall, it was a success. He certainly looked like he was in great shape. He drove to the basket aggressively, as well as distributing the ball very efficiently. Felton increased the offensive tempo, and erupted off the dribble and, *drum roll…in isolation situations. On one possession, Felton isolated while the time ran out in the second quarter and exploded on a drive to the basket/cupcake and got an and-one as the end result. In the end, Felton dished 8 assists and only committed one turnover. Glorious. I really can’t wait to see him come regular season time. Keep it up, Ray.
  • J.R Smith finished only one point behind Steve Novak for leading scorer. I was surprised he didn’t Instagram Earl Barron’s face after he hit that one jumper over him (did i just say Earl Barron’s name? Yes, yes I did. And he’s making a derp face in the photo above while Jason Kidd looks drunk). J.R did J.R things. Read more…

Knicks content on pretending Jeremy Lin never happened

Jeremy LinIt wasn’t that long ago the New York Knicks and fans everywhere were emerged in nothing but ‘Lin-sanity’. Nowadays, James Dolan wants Jeremy Lin as the forgotten point guard that never existed.

According to the NY Daily News, “I’m not going to discuss Jeremy Lin,” Mike Woodson said Monday in Greenburgh as the Knicks officially began life without the Harvard point guard.

After the Knicks decided not to match the $25 million dollar offer Lin received from the Houston Rockets this was the first time the team addressed his stunning departure.

“Basically, it comes down to the fact that Houston made a commitment to him that we weren’t prepared to make,” GM Glen Grunwald said. “But I’m very happy for Jeremy that things worked out for him personally and for his family and I wish him the best. But I’m more excited for our team, by the team we assembled right now.”

Initially, the Knicks made it very clear they would do anything and everything to re-sign the point guard, but Dolan’s selfishness screwed the Knicks once again. He was upset Lin went back to Houston to have his original offer increased to include more guaranteed money in the third and final season. Once Dolan felt betrayed, Lin was done.

The Knicks move on with Jason Kidd and Raymond Felton and the spotlight, once again will fall back to Carmelo Anthony.

Isiah Thomas, Knicks: Things in sports I’ll never understand

Isiah Thomas

It happens every few months.  You wake up, surf the internet to check the box score of your favorite team and there you see it, like clockwork.  Inexplicably and quite illogically, the Isiah Thomas-New York Knicks rumors resurface.  It’s like that annoying case of emphysema that keeps coming back no matter how many times you’ve applied the cortisone.

Just to be crystal clear, let’s review exactly what happened here.  This is a divorce that goes beyond reconciliation, or so one would think.

As we all know, Isiah Thomas was one of the greatest NBA players of all-time.  That much is indisputable.  It’s what happened AFTER he traded in his uniform for a three-piece suit that is in question.  After relatively unsuccessful tours of duty in Toronto, Indiana and the Continental Basketball Association, Thomas landed a gig with the New York Knicks as their President of Basketball Operations, a title I SO want on my business cards.

Not only did Thomas make poor financial and roster-based decisions on behalf of the franchise, he was dismissed in the wake of a multi-million dollar, sexual harassment scandal.

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Amar’e Stoudemire’s post game has a role in Mike Woodson’s offense

Earlier this summer, Amar’e Stoudemire paid a hefty price (approximately $50k) to work on his previously non-existent post game with Hall of Fame center Hakeem Olajuwon. Given the history of Stoudemire’s offensive game, devastation as a role man with a tint of mid-range shooting, there has been almost unanimous sentiment among the basketball community that Stoudemire’s post game won’t be used much in games. I too felt the same way, until I looked deeper into the matter.

It isn’t that Amar’e is going to become a post up player. He’s not. That has never been his game, and likely won’t ever be the base of his offensive repertoire. However, that doesn’t mean Stoudemire’s post work this offseason can’t help his game. After analyzing Mike Woodson’s offense, I think there will be opportunities for Stoudemire to score in a post up game and in that area of the floor. We know that Woodson’s history indicates that he run a slower, more isolation based type offense. Unlike Mike D’Antoni’s offense, the pick and roll has never been a staple of the Woodson offense. That doesn’t mean pick and rolls will be eliminated, but we’ll likely see less of them next season. That means Amar’e Stoudemire will have to find other ways to score, because he won’t be rolling to the basket every third possession.

Thanks to Synergy Sports, I was able to track both Stoudemire’s shot attempts when rolling to the basket compared to when he was posted up. After Mike Woodson took over on March 14th, Amar’e Stoudemire played in 15 games. In those 15 games, including the playoff series against Miami, Stoudemire had 35 shot attempts rolling to the hoop and 28 shot attempts while posting up. I certainly was surprised by these numbers, as I expected a higher number of attempts as a roll man. From simply watching the games, I didn’t remember Stoudemire posting up so many times. After looking at the film, I realized that the Knicks weren’t utilizing Stoudemire in a post up game like you’d see a normal post up big man, such as LaMarcus Aldridge or Carlos Boozer. Read more…

Carmelo’s comments on Linsanity taken out of context

In this USA Today article, Carmelo Anthony said that he’s the selfish player people claim him to be because of “the whole Linsanity thing.” He goes on by saying “That’s when it started. That’s when it started to escalate as far as people saying I was selfish.” This I find not to be true on many levels. Prior to Linsanity happening, Melo was being barraged with criticism from really, the lion’s share of Knick fans for having a string of bloodcurdling shooting games. What I never understood was the criticism from certain Knick fans saying that he was a ball hog and a piece of shit (there’s many more things he was called and they weren’t good things). You should have expected what you were gonna get in Melo. I was expecting it to happen because of the following reasons: 1. His hefty usage-rates, 2. Being a purebred shooter (and a high volume scorer), and 3. Making sweet love to the basketball whenever he receives a pass from anyone. Those fans were acting like it was a breaking news story coming from tabloids, TMZ in particular, the headline being “BREAKING: Melo Is A Ballhog Fiend. Knick Fans Are Exasperated” or something like that. They were probably fans that came out of the woodwork for all I know.
Throughout his career, Melo has been a high-usage player. Last season, he was 4th in USG% with 31.8%, only behind LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, and Kobe Bryant. And in his Denver days, his highest USG% was at least 30% in five (and a half if you want to count his year being traded from Denver to New York) seasons played with the Nuggets. All of that being said, Melo is a usage rate stalwart. He’s certainly not in the upper echelon of defenders, averaging a steal to less than a steal per game, and most importantly, to him at least, he’s essentially branded as a scorer in isolation situations and in any situation. It’s a dead giveaway. Shooters shoot, and…yeah. Read more here…