It is far too early to tell, especially considering key players Jose Calderon and Andrea Bargnani have yet to touch the floor with Melo and company, but the Knicks (2-1) are feeling good right now.

The next test for this Derek Fisher coached team will be Wednesday on the road against the Stan Van Gundy coached Detroit Pistons (0-3). Beware of teams that haven’t won a game!

Melo was quoted today as saying the team energy is better this season as compared to last season’s collective energy. Phil Jackson can do that to a team. If everyone continues to try to change for the better, I don’t see why this team can’t have a winning record.

Yes there are redundancies at shooting guard (Shumpert, J.R. Smith and Tim Hardaway all deserve minutes), a question mark with the young but energetic Shane Larkin, and MAJOR rebounding deficiencies on this team, but if the Knicks can keep sharing the ball, working within the triangle system, this can be a growth year that will be enhaced with further upgrades down the road.

Amar’e is doing a solid overall job and right now we have quite a bit of scoring off the bench with J.R. and Jason Smith.

Quincy Acy seems like a bench player too but he’s starting. I like his energy, perhaps not his jump shot, but you could say the same thing about Shumpert. Neither Acy nor Dalembert seems to play much in the second half these past two games.

One article that has been mentioned often thus far during MSG televised events is this scouting report by Phil Jackson, if you’d like to continue reading about our Knicks team this year I suggest you start here.


Knicks decline Larkin, choose not to extend Shumpert

by knicksdefense on November 1, 2014

Larkin is too short, Shumpert is a shooting guard that can’t shoot.

Of course I root for both guys, but it appears their days in New York could be numbered, with Phil Jackson looking to upgrade talent significantly during the next two seasons.

This is a rebuilding year, hate to say it at the beginning of a brand new season, but Jackson is on the Donnie Walsh plan. Instead of getting under the cap and waiting for 2010, we’re waiting for Marc Gasol and/or Kevin Durant in a year or two. This type of setback to competing really tests a fan’s loyalty, but most Knicks fans understand the process and just want to see effort and heart where talent and skill may not be up to par.


They won! Cavs (0-1) 90, Knicks (1-1) 95

by knicksdefense on October 31, 2014

Seemed like Sir Charles was writing the Knicks’ eulogy from tipoff. “The Knicks don’t have the talent, forget the triangle,” is what he seemed to be regurgitating throughout the game they often ignored. Eat it, Charles Barkley!

The Knicks were able to go on the road and pull off a tough win during LeBron’s homecoming ceremony as a once-again Cleveland Cav. This time he has help in Kyrie Erving and big man Kevin Love, but all three were not enough to beat the Knicks’ triangle offense.

Melo said it best during the interview after the blowout loss at home against the Bulls just one night prior: the Bulls prevented the Knicks from executing the triangle offense by denying the passing lanes.

The Cavs did not read the scouting report and the Knicks were able to move the ball and have Melo score 25 points en route to victory.

LeBron didn’t seem to be trying very hard. At one point in the second half, I watched him pass it directly to the Knicks and then stand there and watch JR Smith shoot a three without closing out.

The Knicks are 1-1 and I’m eager to see more, particularly of energy forward Quincy Acy as a starter and the young point guard Shane Larkin, who must be on cloud nine after his stellar 5 steals and 5 assists fill-in for the again-missing Jose Calderon. Is this a Wally Pip story brewing with Larkin perhaps?

JR Smith scored and dished in the second half and was an x-factor being able to create when the triangle broke down. The bench scoring for the Knicks was fantastic with Stoudemire, Jason Smith and Pablo Prigioni all coming in and contributing something for the win.

I admire the mental toughness, after just one night prior being blown out on the road, to figure out a way to get a win.

This could be the start of something substantial. Not to mention the added future contributions from Jose Calderon and Andrea Bargnani. We may not need to wait for Marc Gasol to rescue the Knicks before enjoying watching competitive basketball once again in New York City.


Opening Night 2014: Bulls @ Knicks

by knicksdefense on October 29, 2014

Saw ol’ Syd Harewood on twitter, shot out to the original Knick fans, you know who you are…

Tonight we get to see what coach Fisher and company have brewing in this new Knicks team. I doubt Bargnani will play, but Jose Calderon should be playing. Both have sat out a few games in the preseason.

The preseason highlights for me were Shumpert specifically and ball movement in general.

I hope Melo can trust his teammates and move the ball, he can easily still score 30 points but get your teammates going too, will help keep the defense honest as Alan Hahn likes to say.

It is raining in NYC at the time of this writing.

Walking around the city, there is quite a lot of Knicks gear and not too much Chicago Bulls gear, which is good.

Larkin has impressed me, we’ll see if he is ready for significant minutes in lieu of Pablo Prigioni, who must be rationed after Woodson nearly burned out his knees during the 52-win season two years ago.

Let’s go New York!


Charlie Rosen

by knicksdefense on October 23, 2014

I recall Charlie Rosen writing about his buddy Phil Jackson even as far back as Phil’s Chicago Bulls days.

Wow,these days Charlie Rosen is doing work for ESPN, I though he was a Fox Sports guy?

click here to read Rosen’s new interview with Knicks head coach Phil Jackson

The quotes by Jackson are spot on, we need Bargs healthy to really see what the capabilities of this team are. Bargs should help Melo.


Charlie Rosen and Phil Jackson at a book signing. Perhaps they used to listen to the Grateful Dead together.

Didn’t watch the game from last night yet, it is on the DVR and I know little man started at point guard. How did he do?


The Depth Chart Could Look Like this Come Opening Night

by knicksdefense on October 16, 2014



Straight, No Chaser

by knicksdefense on October 14, 2014

This motion picture produced by Clint Eastwood is basically a compilation of priceless video footage found of Thelonious Monk the performer and composer.

I don’t have a New York Jazz blog yet, but I’m working on it. For now, all of my interests will be showcased here, sorry for the confusion.

As far as the Knicks go, last night was boring. Trying not to read into the fact that softie Andrea Bargnani sat out his second straight game.

They play again tonight in Syracuse against the Sixers. Expect much talk about Melo as he won a NCAA championship there as a freshman.

I’m liking Calderon’s play and I’m liking the improved team play on offense, the ball moves more freely now and is less ISO based.

The defense, however, needs much more work. We may not have the horses to play good d. Dalembert can only do so much to erase mistakes. Shumpert could start to offset the weak defense overall.

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Maybe it is not this guy, but here is one of the most prominent mindfulness experts in a talk at google for a sense of flavor as to what Carmelo, JR and the rest of the Knicks will be undergoing this season from a zen approach to consciousness.


Triangle now the biggest star at MSG?

by knicksdefense on October 7, 2014

If you take a look at the preview articles I linked to in the last blog post, almost all of theme mention Melo is now 30 years old, “the wrong side of 30,” as ball don’t lie mentions.

Have they even seen Melo play? His style of play will be fine, he’s mastered all of the moves Jordan developed late in his career to compensate for waning athleticism.

I must admit I’m excited for tomorrow’s preseason game against the Celtics in Hartford, Connecticut. I want to see the triangle offense. I want to see what this roster can do in the triangle, particularly Melo.

Phil Jackson is running things in New York. 13 or so titles to his credit (of course we know his rosters were stacked in his favor). If things don’t work out with Melo over the next couple of years, he is definitely tradeable, say to a team that could lose their star talent to free agency.

Many of the preview articles accuse Samuel Dalembert of being a flake, we’ll have to wait and see. The team just finished it’s training camp at West Point, I’m not sure how MGMT could be more clear, the point is to be accountable, be a professional, work within the system.

Looking forward to seeing Mr. Jose Calderon run the point tomorrow. Larkin is too small, almost Nate Robinson small, but just as was the case with Darrell Armstrong, and perhaps to a smaller extent Nate Robinson, sometimes you just need a spark off the bench to change the game when it is time to sit a few starters.

I don’t believe in J.R. Smith, but we’ll see what coach Fisher can get out of him. My money is on Tim Hardaway being the starting two guard when the season starts. I think Shumpert is a bench player and JR is best suited coming off the bench as well.

Amar’e too.

That leaves a starting five of what now?

PG Jose Calderon
SG Tim Hardaway Jr.
C Dalembert (I don’t miss Tyson Chandler)
SF Melo
PF was going to say Jason Smith, or Amar’e, but hoping Cleanthony Early can bulk up quickly and maybe get some starts after the all-star break

Am I the only one that thinks there is more than a puncher’s chance that Fisher and Jackson can revive Andrea Bargnani’s career? It was, after all, Jose Calderon that was feeding Bargnani the ball during his most productive years in the NBA. I enjoy it when a fan can follow the logic of Knicks off season acquisitions.

It is all about the triangle this year. If you can’t triangle, then sit on the bench!

Let’s go Knicks!


Knicks Preview Articles Part 1

by knicksdefense on October 5, 2014

ball don’t lie

Hoops Habit

Sir Charles in Charge

number fire

Sports Chat Place

new york times


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