The New York Knicks have been battling for the eighth seed for a while now and after about a month of hard-fought games, they stand 1 game behind the Atlanta Hawks for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Tonight, the Knicks play the Jazz and the Hawks play the 76ers. I feel like the Knicks are certainly capable of defeating the Jazz like they did last year on Utah’s home floor, however I feel like the 76ers may lose to the Hawks. Hopefully, after losing 26 of their last 27 games the 76ers can pull out their second victory in the last 28 games. Michael Carter-Williams might go off or something like that, you never know! Most importantly for the Knicks, they need to defeat Utah tonight after defeating a tough Golden State squad by 5 points.
Anyway, let’s get into some key matchups that I am looking at seeing in both games. The point guards for the Hawks and Sixers will be a matchup I am looking forward to. Jeff Teague and Michael Carter-Williams are good young talent for both of these teams. In the long run, I feel that Carter-Williams will be a better player and I feel that he has the advantage over Teague because of his height and quickness. The point guards for the Knicks and Jazz game will certainly be cool to watch as well. I would like to see if Raymond Felton can keep up with the fast Michigan point guard Trey Burke. The key to this game will be if it comes down to the wire because Burke has hit big time shots in crunch time situations. Another key matchup will be the small forwards for the Knicks and Jazz game. Carmelo Anthony and Gordon Hayward are matched up in this category and they are both phenomenal players. Carmelo is Carmelo but Hayward is more of a diamond in the rough type of guy. He was picked up from Butler in the NBA draft and he has been a great pickup by the Jazz. Carmelo easily wins this matchup because he is way too skilled for Hayward. My final key matchup is the power forwards for the Hawks-Sixers game in Paul Millsap and Thaddeus Young. I feel that Millsap is bigger and stronger than Young but Thaddeus has speed and quickness on his side against Millsap. I can’t wait to see this matchup. I also can’t wait to see both of the games. What do you think? Do you think that there is a matchup that is worth mentioning that I forgot about? Tell me, what are your thoughts? Anyway, thanks for reading and please comment!
Don’t be surprised if you hear basketball fans in New York humming Pharrell Williams. After all, there are three great reasons for them to be very happy right now. First off, the Knicks are on a winning streak and every single win has been by 10 or more points. Secondly, Phil Jackson has become the President of Basketball Operations for the Knicks. Lastly, Selection Sunday is today, which means March Madness is right around the corner.
Let’s begin with the Knicks and their continuous winning streak to push for the playoffs. They finally started winning! We have a chance to make the playoffs now as long as the Hawks lose some games. At this point in the season, it was do or die. At least they are making a good run for it and there is still hope for the playoffs. They are moving the ball, Hardaway Jr. is playing great, Melo is being Melo, and everything has clicked for them. They beat Minnesota 118-106, Utah 108-81, Cleveland 107-97, Philly 123-110, Boston 116-92, and Milwaukee 115-94. Fortunately, this streak seems to be gaining momentum, and if we become extremely consistent, we can hopefully win most of our last 15 games. Let’s go New York Knicks!
Phil Jackson is coming home. It’s about time they did something like this!!! Phil Jackson is with the Knicks once again. OMG! Let’s talk some history with him. He was a member of the champion 1969-70 and 1972-73 New York Knicks squads. Crazily enough, those were the only two championships the New York Knicks had ever won. He coached the Bulls from 1989-1998 and in 1991, ’92, ’93, ’96, ’97, and ’98 the Bulls were champions (thank you Michael Jordan). He then went to the Los Angeles Lakers as coach from 1999-2011. In these years, his team would be victorious in 2000, ’01, ’02, ’09, and ’10. Off of these teams he has had 11 championships as a coach and 2 championships as a player. Because of the great history of Phil Jackson, I am excited for the future with him as the President of Basketball Operations for the Knicks.
Happy reason #3. Onto the thing that all NCAA basketball fans have been waiting for, Selection Sunday is today. I am curious to see where all of the teams turn out and I hope to see a lot of energy and excitement from these young players. I’m mostly a NBA fan but I know of many names in the college game such as Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Marcus Smart, and Doug McDermott. I think that Witchita State can do pretty good in the tournament, possibly get to the Final Four. I hope that every game is down to the wire and that my bracket is right. Even if I don’t get a perfect bracket, I can hope right?
How about you? Are you as happy as I am to be a Knick fan right now? It’s been a long, hard season so it’s nice to be able to smile again. Please comment and thanks for reading!
Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day everyone! Hope you had a good day celebrating a man that would back down from nothing to stand up for what he believed was right. If you think about everything that Martin Luther King Jr. has done for this country it is phenomenal. I look up to him because of his strength, leadership and compassion for people. He has helped make this country better for people of all ages. Thank you Dr. King for all your well doings and happy birthday! On such a special day, I had a phone interview with J.R. Inman to ask him about how feels about Dr. King and of course, basketball! Read below for my Q&A session with J.R. Inman. As always, I welcome your comments.
Mike: Well, today, being Martin Luther King Jr. Day, how did Martin Luther King affect you?
JR: Well, I think that Dr. King not only affected me, and obviously the other minority people of color, he affected our whole society -- people from various cultural backgrounds, that have different upbringings and come from different ways of life. More than anything, I think that Dr. King represented unity. I believe that as a nation, as a country, and as a people --because of people like Dr. King-- we’ve been able to be a stronger nation, we’ve been able to get many things accomplished, and it speaks volumes about the type of person that he was. His message of nonviolence in a time of civil disobedience is something that I not only respect, but I use that as motivation for all of my endeavors, because in the 1960s, there were a lot of things going on in our country. What he was able to accomplish was incredible. So, certainly given the roadblocks that he had, if he can make those accomplishments during his life in the 60s, certainly we should be able follow him and do the same thing in 2014.
Mike: How would you characterize your experience in the D-League so far?
JR: It’s been quite an experience. I have had the opportunity to play with, and against, current and former NBA players. So, you know, they talk about the Developmental League being a farm-seeded link, some even say a direct link, between amateur basketball and basketball at the highest level, the NBA. Personally, it has given me the opportunity to play in front of NBA scouts every night and to build some relationships and networking opportunities with some of the biggest people in the business.
Mike: I see that in 6 games you averaged a double-double with 11.5 PPG and 10.0 RPG. How long do you think you can keep up this level of play?
JR: Well now, that statistic was dating back, but now I’ve played around 15 games. Right now I am actually currently inactive, which means I am still practicing with the team, I’m still on the roster, but I am not playing in the actual games. For instance, we have a game today that I will not be playing. We have about 12 or 13 guys on the roster currently, and for game day situations you can only play or suit up 10 guys, so it is a situation where I would hope to get back on the floor as soon as possible.
Mike: To date, what would you say would be your highlight of the season?
JR: My highlight of the season? I can only speak on the best statistical game I had where we played against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants and I had 18 points, 10 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 3 assists. I was scoring in multiple ways, inside, outside, really showing my full skillset and it was an exciting game. It was a pleasant experience because it was so far, and my signature game that I had, in terms of efficiency.
Mike: There have been various times this season where you have been moved to the center position and you have had to play against bigger and stronger guys but you have been able to contain them. What gives you the momentum to go up against these bigger and stronger guys and being able to stop them?
JR: I think that my experience playing in the Big East basketball conference, combined with my professional experiences abroad, have equipped me with the skills and the knowledge to be able to play against big guys. If you look at the NBA all-time defensive centers, like Ben Wallace, who at 6’9” was the defensive player of the year at the center position, being able to guard guys like Shaq and you say how does he do that? Defense is about desire and discipline, but it is also about technique and leverage. If you can simply get lower than your man, and you can hit him first to initiate contact, even if he is bigger and stronger than you, you can counter balance his strength with your technique. It’s science. Basketball, more than anything is a science, and that is why I have been able to do what I do when I play against guys who are bigger and stronger than me. I use my speed and I use my leverage to try to get lower, and I also initiate contact to push him out of the paint so he doesn’t have easy post position.
Mike: You have started 14 of your 16 games this season, and have really made an impact on the court. Your efficiency rating has been at +11.62, which is the third highest on your team. How are you keeping yourself so consistent?
JR: Overall, I am just trying to find my game. A lot of times, especially on this level, when guys are trying to make the NBA, sometimes people are overly aggressive and they try to do things that they are not overly comfortable with to try to impress scouts. In reality, a scout that is looking at you is either going to like your game or not. And at this level, if they are even looking at you, they have some interest in you. It does add some pressure but I just go out and play my game and not worry about trying to impress anybody, but it is actually very interesting that you just told me that stat that I had the third highest efficiency rating in the team. There are so many aspects and there are so many variables that go into each and every game, each and every player being out on the floor that, no, it is not always the best guy, it is not always the most team-oriented guy on the court. There are so many factors that can determine the outcome of the game, the outcome of a team, and its construct. It is just important not to focus on those factors and just to focus on readiness and being prepared and waiting for your opportunity.
Mike: That is all I got. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
JR: I would like to say that we have been struggling in terms of win/loss however, this is an experience that I will never forget. I am appreciative, but you know, I came a long way, I was the 8th round draft pick in the D-League draft. I went from being the 8th round pick to starting 14 of my 16 games. Most players that we drafted are not even on our team anymore. In fact, we only have four players currently, from the original training camp roster, that are still with us. So, the fact that I was able to defy the odds by going from an 8th round pick to becoming a starter in just a month span, it speaks volumes of my work ethic and I just think that is something in itself and an example for young children to understand. Some kids, especially in the high school level, they may say, "Oh coach doesn’t like me because I don’t get much playing time" but where you are at today has nothing to do with where you will be at tomorrow or the next day. As long as you put your best foot forward each and every day, you can continue to work hard to reach your goals and aspirations. I believe there is a saying that the crane always rises to the top and that is what happened with me and the 87ers.
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The weather wasn’t the only thing cold in New York last week. The Miami Heat lost their steam in the Big Apple against both the Knicks and the Nets, which both had great games against the Heat. The Knicks capped off their four-in- a-row winning streak last night in Philadelphia, winning against the 76ers, 102-92. While that was a great win, nothing is as sweet as beating LeBron and company. So, let’s take a closer look at Miami’s northern freeze by summing these games up.
First, the Heat against the Knicks on Thursday, January 9th: The whole game was a LeBron-Anthony show. LeBron does a dunk and Carmelo pops a three. It was so fun to watch. At the end of the half, the Heat led by 5. The Heat had momentum, but the Knicks had more. By the end of third, the Knicks regained the lead to make it 75-71. In true New York style, the Knicks sent chills down the backs of Miami fans as their team was toppled 102-90. LeBron ended up with 32 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists. He also had 6 turnovers. Wade had 23 points. However, he had a plus-minus of -14 and went 0-6 from the free throw line. The Knicks had a much better stat line. Carmelo Anthony had 29 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and only 2 turnovers.
Next, the Heat headed over to Brooklyn on Friday, January 10th. The Nets-Heat game went into double-overtime and was exciting from start to finish. At the end of the first half, the Nets were up, 53-45. The Heat were still not doing good as the Nets took a 12 point lead at the end of the third, making the score 76-64. The Heat began to warm up a little to tie it at 89, extending the game into its first overtime.
LeBron failed in the clutch again when he tried to tie the game at 93-91 but charged into Shaun Livingston instead, which fouled him out of the game. This was LeBron’s first time fouling out since April 2nd, 2008 against Charlotte in the regular season, which I think is absolutely ridiculous and the refs should open their eyes when it comes to LeBron and fouls but I will save that for another blog. Anyway, Norris Cole hit a jumpshot to tie it up so they went into their second overtime period. The Nets then outscored them 11-2 to finish them off with a 104-95 victory. The Nets’ plus-minus were incredible as Paul Pierce had a +21 plus-minus with 23 points, Joe Johnson and Kevin Garnett both had a plus-minus of +18, Shaun Livingston had a +11, and Alan Anderson had a +10. Johnson had 32 points, Garnett had 12 points and 10 rebounds, and my player of the game, Shaun Livingston had 19 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 assists while playing 51 minutes. Great job by both teams getting W’s while to cool off the Miami Heat.
While the temps were certainly tough for New Yorkers, it was a great week to be a Knicks or Nets fan. I thought both teams played well and I was very happy. Thanks for reading and let me know what you think. Please comment.
The Knicks have officially signed Ron Artest, oh wait, I mean Metta World Peace. We have finally got one of the toughest players in the NBA. It’s a great thing too! The last time that the Knicks had a player that showed such heart and grit from the last I can remember was Charles Oakley from the 1995 season. We have a great player in Metta World Peace now and if you can
remember way back when he was on the Indiana Pacers, he was pretty good too. He
did make the all-star team in 2004 in Indiana when he was in his prime. I know that Ron Artest is out of his prime now, but he can still be very helpful for the team. Whether it is on the bench, in the locker room, at practice, or live in a game, Metta World Peace can get these Knicks the momentum they need to win games. I feel that he will encourage them into working on the things they need to work on.
Metta World Peace, I feel, is developing the three-point shot. If he can consistently step back and shoot the three pointers, he can really help the team. World Peace, as we know, is a hard-nose smash mouth basketball player and he will do anything for a win. So, if Metta World Peace can step in on defense to take the charge, I feel that every hustle play that he does is extremely helpful to the team. He is the one to guard Kobe, LeBron, Durant, Westbrook, Rose, Rondo, CP3, Wade, Curry, the list of good players goes on and on, but he can lock all of them down on the defensive side so that they cannot score.
There are two things that I am afraid of with having Metta World Peace though. #1: Suspensions! Only a year ago did Metta World Peace get suspended from elbowing James Harden in the head which lead to him getting a concussion. Pacers vs. Pistons enormous fight! Artest suspended the rest of the season and some of the next season. He has been suspended more than that but
those are the two that I wanted to mention. Point is, I am afraid of Ron Artest possibly getting suspended in the 2013-14 season. Metta did state that he was glad he wasn’t drafted by the Knicks in 1999 because he was not ready for New York.
#2: Getting older! Metta World Peace is clearly getting older and the bad part about that is possibly getting injured. World Peace will probably get injured this upcoming season, and I expect that, but it depends on how bad the injury is. Point here is, Metta World Peace is getting older and I am afraid of him getting injured. The good thing is Metta World Peace always keeps himself in good shape.
How do you think Metta World Peace will help the Knicks? Anything bad? Tell me what you think in the comments. Also, #BRINGBACKKMART or not. Thanks for reading and please comment!
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Hello everyone, today I am going to make my
predictions for the NBA Draft which goes on tonight. I am really excited to see
who goes where in the draft, especially the Knicks who have the
24th pick in the first
round of the draft. I am going to do only the first round for my mock draft. I
have done my research and I am ready to get these picks started. How about you?
Here are my first round picks.
Cleveland Cavaliers R1N1: Otto Porter (Georgetown)
Orlando Magic R1N2: Nerlens Noel (Kentucky)
Washington Wizards R1N3: Cody Zeller (Indiana)
Charlotte Bobcats R1N4: Ben McLemore (Kansas)
Phoenix Suns R1N5: Anthony Bennett (UNLV)
New Orleans Pelicans R1N6: Trey Burke (Michigan)
Sacramento Kings R1N7: Victor Oladipo (Indiana)
Detroit Pistons R1N8: C.J. McCollum (Lehigh)
Minnesota Timberwolves R1N9: Shabazz Muhammad (UCLA)
Portland Trail Blazers R1N10: Alex Len (Maryland)
Philadelphia 76ers R1N11: Kelly Olynyk (Gonzaga)
Oklahoma City Thunder R1N12: Steven Adams (Pittsburgh)
Dallas Mavericks R1N13: Shane Larkin (Miami)
Utah Jazz R1N14: Michael Carter-Williams (Syracuse)
Milwaukee Bucks R1N15: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Georgia)
Boston Celtics R1N16: Sergey Karasev (Triumph Moscow)
Atlanta Hawks R1N17: Dennis Schroeder (Germany)
Atlanta Hawks R1N18: Rudy Gobert (France)
Cleveland Cavaliers R1N19: Allen Crabbe (California)
Chicago Bulls R1N20: Mason Plumlee (Duke)
Utah Jazz R1N21: Isaiah Canaan (Murray State)
Brooklyn Nets R1N22: Gorgui Dieng (Louisville)
Indiana Pacers R1N23: Giannis Adetokunbo (Greece)
New York Knicks R1N24: Tony Mitchell (North Texas)
Los Angeles Clippers R1N25: Tim Hardaway Jr. (Michigan)
Minnesota Timberwolves R1N26: Jamaal Franklin (San Diego State)
Denver Nuggets R1N27: Jeff Withey (Kansas)
San Antonio Spurs R1N28: Reggie Bullock (North Carolina)
Oklahoma City Thunder R1N29: Glen Rice Jr. (NBA D-League)
Phoenix Suns R1N30: Ricky Ledo (Providence)
These are my first round picks. Do you agree with them or do you disagree? Tell me in the comment section who you think should be changed up. Did you think that someone who was not mentioned here should be here? Tell me! Anyway, thanks for reading and please comment.
Hello everyone, I’m here today to show you how I thought the each Knick player individually did throughout the season and throughout the playoffs because there were players that were different in the season than they were in the playoffs. I thought that some people did better in the season than they did in the playoffs. This is why I decided to make to separate grades, playoffs and regular season. We will start off with the reserves on the Knicks. Quentin Richardson and Earl Barron do not qualify.
James White-Regular Season-D, Playoffs- DNQ. What a disappointment! I thought this guy could play! It turns out that all he could do is dunk. I think he only had one highlight the whole season. What more can I say, Knicks, please get rid of this guy! He did absolutely nothing this season except get in the dunk contest and get one highlight!
Kurt Thomas (When he was on the Knicks)-Regular Season-D+, Playoffs- DNQ. He did well for his role which was a bench warmer but if he had gotten more minutes, then this grade could have been judged more fairly.
Rasheed Wallace (Before Retirement)-Regular Season-C-, Playoffs- DNQ. Rasheed had a good final year of his career this year with the Knicks for the time when he was not injured. He did well for his time, but he could not stay away from injury. So, Rasheed have a good life outside of basketball. Alright!
Marcus Camby-Regular Season-C-, Playoffs- DNQ. Camby had some pretty solid work with the Knicks this year and I think that he gave it all he got. If we could get him next year, I would love to have him back!
Those were my grades for the reserves, if you do not agree on something, come talk about it with me in the comments because I like to see what other people think about stuff. Anyway here are the role players and the sixth man of the year.
Steve Novak-Regular Season-C-, Playoffs-DNQ. Novak was having a fine season for his role at the role player and I thought that we should stick to the same strategy throughout the playoffs. We did not. This guy played about 2 minutes in our whole NBA Playoffs when in a regular season game he had been playing a good 10-15 minutes. Why would Woodson change the strategy? If you are winning, keep doing what you are doing. Don’t fix what is not broken!
Amare Stoudemire-Regular Season-C, Playoffs-DNQ. Stoudemire again had troubles with injuries for the second straight year and I think it is time to consider trading him. I gave him a C because he is still dunking out there with all the pain on him. I give him credit because after every injury he went through he toughened it out and came back out on the floor and for that I give him credit.
Jason Kidd-Regular Season-C+, Playoffs-D-. Jason Kidd was one of those players that had a great regular season and lost it all in the NBA Playoffs, I cannot even remember if he scored in the playoffs against the Celtics or Pacers. Please write in the comments below if you remember this man making a shot in the Playoffs. In the regular season, however, the whole thing is a different story. He did very fine in the regular season and I thought he was a great addition to the team. Then, the playoffs arrived and all matters with Jason Kidd were downhill. Anyway, he did retire at 40 years of age and is now the Nets head coach and I wish him the best of luck with that.
Chris Copeland-Regular Season-B-, Playoffs-B-, Was this guy a shock to us all or what? Nobody even thought he would be on a team this year and it turned out that he is actually a very fine player who hits shots when you need them. Copeland did show up in the playoffs and played the way he did in the regular season. He gave us a huge boost in the season and in the NBA Playoffs, he was phenomenal. Copeland, this is your team stay with us!
Kenyon Martin-Regular Season-B, Playoffs-B+. Kenyon Martin was a solid player for the Knicks in both the regular season and the playoffs. He would dunk the ball and give the Knicks the momentum that they needed to win. Then, he would scream at the crowd when he blocked a shot or dunked it and the crowd would jump up and down and they would go crazy. I remember sitting at home watching this guy get me out of my seat going nuts. Point is, Martin thank you for helping us with a great season!
JR Smith-Regular Season-A-, Playoffs-C+. Choke in the playoffs! I’m sorry JR but you did not help us after that elbow on Jason Terry in Game 3 of the 1st round. After that happened, JR could not do anything, he was missing shots that he would usually make all the time and he is one of the reasons why I think we got out by the Pacers in the playoffs. In the regular season, though, I could never stop applauding you. Making every shot, putting an incredible dunk in every single night. Awesomeness! If you had only shown up in the playoffs it would have been a totally different story. If it was my choice though I would still get JR back for next season because he did well in the regular season and the Knicks could use someone like that this year.
These were my grades on the role players, do you think I was correct or do you think different comment about it below and I can see what you think. Now, the starters and the coach.
Raymond Felton-Regular Season-B+, Playoffs: C-. In the playoffs this man was failure. Our starting point guard in one of the playoff games against Indiana scored 4 points! Are you kidding me? That is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard of before. Felton is supposed to be the second scoring option behind Carmelo in the starting lineup and he is giving us 4 points in the whole game! Sorry, Felton but you deserve a C- for that performance in the playoffs. In the regular season he was better but still struggled. At least he did not have 4 points in a game on a consistent basis.
Pablo Prigioni-Regular Season-B+, Playoffs-B+. Another shocker right here. Nobody thought that 35 year old Pablo Prigioni was going to be on an NBA roster for his first year in the NBA. He shocked the world, the steals, the threes, the veteran, he had everything. He helped the team so much this year and he was one of the reasons why we even got to the 2nd round and got to six games in that second round. He truly played his heart out and I cannot thank him enough for giving the Knicks another big boost. Thanks Pablo!
Tyson Chandler-Regular Season-A-, Playoffs-C. Here is a player who did not show up for the 2nd round of the playoffs. Tyson Chandler got owned by Roy Hibbert in six straight games, oh wait that was the whole series against the Pacers, why would you betray us Tyson! Why? However, in the regular season he was a dominant force on the boards putting up two 20 rebound games and getting an alley-oop jam every single game. Good job by Tyson on the regular season, not so good in the playoffs.
Iman Shumpert-Regular Season-A-, Playoffs-A-. Never let this guy go! Iman Shumpert tore his ACL in game 1 of the NBA 1st round against the Miami Heat, and it looked like it really hurt. He came back during this season and worked hard to get back to his normal strength. He played great in that elimination game in the playoffs with those 5 three-pointers and those clutch buckets. Also, how about that ferocious jam in game two of the Conference Semifinals, that was awesome. Shumpert has a lot of time to develop and can become a really solid basketball player when at full strength. Good season, Iman.
Carmelo Anthony-Regular Season-A, Playoffs-A. Melo, you are going to win a championship one of these years, just keep working. Carmelo Anthony had one of the best regular seasons of his career averaging 28.7 points per game in the regular season and winning the scoring title, but if you think that is good enough. He averaged 28.8 points per game in the playoffs! Finally, a clutch performer! This is what a star has to do for his team, put up big numbers. Melo did some incredible things throughout the season including a 54 win season, a division title, home court advantage for the first two rounds, and the second seed in the Eastern Conference. Thank you so much Carmelo for everything you have done! Please do this next year and we will keep inching closer to that ring. Melo, next year is the one!
Mike Woodson-Regular Season-A, Playoffs-D+. Big Difference! In the regular season, Woodson was up for Coach of the Year in the NBA and was almost able to coach the East All-Stars. He got the Knicks a division title, 54 wins, and the 2nd seed in the East. I give a lot of credit to Woodson for that and I applaud everything that he did in the regular season, but the playoffs were a whole different story. He was screwing up every game and that is why I gave him a D+ in the playoffs. If Iman Shumpert hits 4 straight three-pointers to end the 3rd quarter in an elimination game, would you take Shumpert out for the 4th quarter. Sounds stupid, right! Woodson thinks different, he subs him out in the 4th quarter and we lose the Knicks are now out of the playoffs. What do you think the main reason was? WOODSON!! Mike Woodson just needs to make smarter decisions and he will be fine.
These were my predictions on each Knicks players grade, do you have a different opinion on what their grade should be? Tell me in the comments below. Please comment and thanks for reading!
On Monday November 26th, the basketball battle for New York will occur. I expect there to be some hard fouls and a lot of chanting from the crowd in the game of the New York Knicks going up against, the new team, the Brooklyn Nets. The Brooklyn Nets roster contains one of the best backcourts in the league having two all-stars named Deron Williams and Joe Johnson. For the Knicks though, they have Raymond Felton at the point guard and future hall of famer Jason Kidd.
The point guard matchup, Raymond Felton vs. Deron Williams, I think is the key matchup. Raymond Felton has a lot to show in this game, for example, he has to show if he can stop the best player on the Nets, Deron Williams. Now to the shooting guard matchup, which is Jason Kidd vs. Joe Johnson. I think that Jason Kidd has to move those old legs fast up and down the court and get back to defend Joe Johnson because he is younger and quicker than the third oldest player in the NBA right now, Jason Kidd.
Now the small forward matchup is Ronnie Brewer vs. Gerald Wallace. This I think will be an interesting matchup because Brewer is a good young defender and can handle Gerald Wallace, who is a fast and aggressive scorer and a big part for the Nets. I’ll definitely be looking at this matchup during the game. Next, the power forward matchup, Carmelo Anthony vs. Kris Humphries. This matchup I think is the least exciting because Carmelo Anthony is a complete superstar and can beat Kris Humphries any day he wants. Plus, Kris Humphries is not having his greatest year this year either. The only possible way for Humphries to win the matchup against Carmelo is that he will have to guard him like Thabo Sefelosha guards Kobe Bryant. That’s the only way.
Finally, we have the center matchup, which is Tyson Chandler vs. Brook Lopez. This will also be a very interesting matchup because Brook Lopez is having one of the best years of his young career and averaging 8.5 points in the first quarter, right behind New York Knick player Carmelo Anthony who averages 10.5 points in the first quarter, but Tyson Chandler won Defensive Player of the Year last year, so it will be very interesting.
I think this game will come down to the wire and it will be a very close game, but I really want the Knicks to win. What do you think is the key matchup? Do you think this will be a very close game at the end?
I want to know your thoughts, so please comment!!
HELP WANTED: Shooting guards needed to play for an NBA team in the top city. Qualified candidates must have good ball handling skills and excellent passing abilities. Must be able to have a good view of the court to find the open man. Exceptional shooting skills are required, with the ability to nail any outside shot, while still being able to drive strong to the basket. Must be able to start immediately!!!!
I thought I would help the Knicks start looking for the guards needed to complete their backcourt since last year’s starting backcourt is gone. As of now, their starting point guard will likely be Felton with Kidd coming off the bench. We have JR Smith as a backup shooting guard but putting him in the starting line-up takes away their fire power off the bench. I think we need some starting shooting guards badly.
The Knicks need more than a new uniform. They need leadership both on and off the court. All the way from the back office to the players on the court, we need a team that will live up to the excitement of the city that never sleeps. C’mon, we are New York!
I think that the new New Yorkers, the Brooklyn Nets, have a better understanding of what being in New York means. Over the summer, they took some serious action. They beefed up their squad with Joe Johnson and resigned Deron Williams and Gerald Wallace. I think they probably now have one of the best backcourts in the league outside of Kobe and Nash on the Lakers. During the same summer months, the Knicks lost Lin and Fields, their starting back court. They reunited with former Knicks Marcus Camby and Kurt Thomas while also bringing Jason Kidd onboard. All three veterans are nearing the end of their career so I am not sure how the Knicks management thinks this is a step in the right direction. We also acquired Ronnie Brewer who still has time to develop his skills, however we only signed the 27 year old to a 1 year contract. It leaves me wondering if the future New York fans will look to the Nets to represent their great city.
One Knicks opportunity is lost almost as quick as it was found. Jeremy Lin, the sophomore star of the New York Knickerbockers, took the Big Apple by storm for 25 games in February. I cannot imagine how the Knicks would just let him go after such an amazing run that he had scoring 38 on Kobe, hitting the game winner in Toronto, and dunking it on the Wizards. The Houston Rockets offered Lin a 3YR/$25.00M contract, with the last year of his contract earning 14.8M out of the 25M. At first I thought to let him go, but then I looked back at some of the highlights with Lin doing incredible moves around people, and then I thought that he was definitely worth it. According to James Dolan, owner of the Knicks, he truly was not enough.
My name is Mike V. I am an enormous basketball fan. I also am a die-hard Knicks fan. After graduating 5th grade, I started writing this blog at the age of 10 in the summer of 2012.