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.
Time to look at those summer league tapes again!