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The Knicks Are Just Pointless!
The blockbuster and roster depleting trade that occurred just before the trade deadline last February is biting the Knicks at the seat of their pants. If Melo had just waited out the season and not applied pressure to the Knicks with a threat that he would sign an extension with the cross town rival New Jersey Nets, the Knicks would have a better roster to go to war with. Losing several starters in, Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton (who has since been traded to the Portland Trailblazers for Andre Miller), Timofey Mozgov and Wilson Chandler who has taken his talents over to China during the lockout and cannot play again in the States until March once the Chinese Basketball season is over.
Just to imagine and young and talented core of: Melo, Amar’e Stoudemire Gallo, Wilson, Felton, Mozgov and a still confident, Toney Douglas and Landry Fields and the adding of a few other bits and pieces, the Knicks would have a nice crew. Much nicer than the one they have now with no true and reliable point guard. And one that is getting harder and harder to watch with each (pardon the pun) passing game that results in a bad loss.
Chauncey Billups came along with Melo in the trade as a salary cap throw in, but his style of play didn’t suit what the Knicks were really looking for and thus he was amnestied to make way for Tyson Chandler. The signing of the washed up Mike Bibby is proving to be futile while the jury is still out on former All-Star Baron Davis who is still recovering from a herniated disk in his back and hasn’t yet appeared on the court of play this season.
Coach Mike D’Antoni’s job that’s in the last year of a 4-year contract is clearly on the line. But, what good would it do to ax him now? He doesn’t play point guard. Now, not to say that he’s doing a good job of fixing things because his philosophy on defense and rebounding leaves a lot to be desired, but the team is already shaky and confused why add more to the adjustment period? The Knicks not playing with a true point guard that knows how to run a team and put people in the right place, really isn’t made for a fair fight. But, the NBA is a business and you play to win games and you’re paid to play the games.
The fans, however who are paying handsomely for admission, aren’t going to want to hear this. As it is boos and chants of “fiyah D’Antoni” have begun to rain down from the 400 seats, and those are the ‘cheap seats’ at the Garden.
Even is Davis does come back at full strength he’s not going to be able to play 40 minutes a night let alone 30 even. That being said, the Knicks need to find yet even another true point guard to keep the offense flowing when Davis is out of the game. The construction never stops at the World’s Most Famous Arena.