If Calderon doesn’t come back full speed in November (he was hobbled much of the second half of the season in case you quit watching), I would expect 4-years of college traingle royalty in Jerian Grant. He’s the 6’5″ point guard nephew of Horace Grant, of Chicago Bulls dynasty.
So we have Derrick Williams, Jerian Grant and Aaron Afflalo as the shooting guard. The Afflalo signing assures decreased minutes for Langston Galloway, a d-league all star who started last season and was the Knicks’ only award-winner during the season of 17 wins.
O’Quinn doesn’t appear as quick, but is definitely young and talented as a reserve big.
Here’s how the summer league rookie highlights looks:
Porzingis blocked Okafor three times in one game.
Jerian Grant at #19.
Mario Hezonja at #5
Jhalil Okafor at #3 (he will be a good post scorer but not much else in my eyes
I put Mills in the title because by all accounts, it seems as he is doing the heavy lifting and may in fact serve as the mediator between the success of Phil and the petulance of the owner.
We have ourselves a new roster.
Yes we struck out on the big names. People are saying they failed in that respect.
I think the Knicks might be fun to watch this year.
Much depends on Melo, the coach and how well the new players blend in chemistry-wise.
We weren’t going anywhere with Tyson Chandler (neither did Dallas) so I welcome Robin Lopez and his workman game.
We weren’t going anywhere with J.R. and Shump so I welcome the younger, more mid-range game of Afflalo.
We weren’t going to get Okafor or Towns, so I welcome the upside of Porzingis, who looked like a factor in Vegas Summer league.
Jerian Grant might finally give us a penetrating point guard that even a healthy Calderon will not provide.
No, we’re not a lock to make the playoffs, but we’re a lock to be close.
It all depends on Melo. It all depends on the coach. The other guys, Derrick Williams, Kyle, O’Quinn, Langston Galloway, Amundson, Lance Thomas, those guys are all role players to compliment Melo. To allow Melo to be Melo within the context of the triangle, the way Jordan and Kobe were as well.
The coach must command the respect of the players and he must know how to bring out the best in them.
If not, this team could see moves before the February trade deadline.
Yet, I fault the media for trying to paint Melo as a malcontent for not attending the summer league, not tweeting flowering things towards the new aquisitions. So what if he wanted Justice Winslow, that guy has Shumpert written all over him, and how well did Shumpert work out in this system?
It was strange to see Fisher trying to gain extra experience in the summer league, but perhaps beneficial, because more than a few of that roster will make the roster in late October, when we know all 15 guys who will fight this uphill battle as Knicks.
For now, we know the identity of 13 or so of those guys.
We also know who won’t be back: Shved, Acy and Bargs. Oh well. Weren’t going anywhere with those guys either.
As either a roster player next season or as a trade chip for perhaps a second-rounder?
Note that Langston Galloway is in many of these highlights. Funny how salary cap could have prevented Thanasis from seeing any real NBA time last year but Langston got plenty of time to shine. Maybe Phil didn’t want to show the rest of the league how bad Thanasis is on offense, or how good Thanasis is on defense.
At this point in the game of NBA Draft 2015, I know they’ve had Mudiay in and they plan to bring in many other new rookies for questioning. The Knicks are a mess, they only have 31 year old Melo and a few spare parts and there are legit concerns that other NBA players are too coward to come to where the “lights shine the brightest” as some idiot owner once said.
I’ve been reading Phil Jackson’s book (poor Phil, is he trying to pull a next town Larry Brown now that he knows how tough it is to work with these people?) and the triangle is all predicated on penetration. For that reason I think we need to get Mudiay. If people are right (you can’t trust people) and he has John Wall quickness, then you have to take that in today’s game, there is more an emphasis on athleticism.
I saw the quote from some one who used to play with Fisher, saying the players won’t listen to him because he is too young and not ready to coach. The good thing is, the players who wouldn’t listen were removed, or are going to be removed.
The jury is still out on Melo, but hey, Melo could be moved if he doesn’t figure out the triangle.
And Jerry West seems to want to tell players through the media that you can’t be yourself when playing in the triangle system. Hate much, Jerry?
And why does anyone in the world care who Laimbeer would prefer, Jordan or LeBron? Seriously, who in the world cares what Bill Laimbeer thinks about anything?
As far as the finals, game 3 was much more boring than game 2, which wasn’t as good as game 1. I have no dog in the fight, but the Cavs winning should light an already lit fire under both Melo and Jackson’s asses. Seeing those guys, Shump and JR, do well, even Mozzy who had to be thrown in so that Melo could have a couple more dollars, all of those guys are going to win a title and the media just wants to take another chance to shit on the Knicks for not getting enough back in exchange for those players.
As far as the draft goes, we might get Greg Monroe in free agency, so maybe you have to take either a guard who can penetrate, pass and shoot, or a big who can defend, because Monroe is known for his scoring.
Seems like it will either be Justice Winslow, Mudiay, or Will Cauley-Stein, but there are plenty of Knicks fans who want Frank Kaminksy. There are also a few euro players that seem to be climbing the charts, ask Fran Vazquez why he didn’t come to Orlando once they wasted a draft pick on him.
I watched every Duke game I could this year, Justice seems like a better, more competitive version of Wilson Chandler. Cauley-Stein could be like Tyson Chandler. I see Melo is buddying up with Justice Winslow now, is he trying to flex on management to pick who he wants?
Phil Jackson’s book is all about giving up ego, points, stats, for the team win. Has Melo read it?
I miss Danilo Gallinari. Didn’t he have a 40+ game before the season ended? I ate at his restaurant once in the west village. It was decent.
In 2003, the Knicks picked Mike Sweetney at number 9.
In 2005, the Knicks picked Channing Frye at number 8. Ellis was taken at 40, Gortat was taken at 57. Someone like Fran Vazquez, never even made it to the NBA and was taken at 11. The draft is tricky even without involving trading up or down.
Maybe the Knicks’ luck is set to change starting with the lottery tomorrow…