Miami @ New York

Melo is playing tonight after missing two games due to back spasms.

It seemed like so many more games that he was out.

People online are claiming the Knicks are in tank mode.

Most teams in the NBA haven’t reached double digits in total wins, to talk about any team not based in Philly seems premature.

I am watching Melo and Calderon play on the same court for only the second time this season, Bargnani hasn’t event laced them up yet and he played well with Calderon back in Toronto.

It is too early to give up on the season but I understand using the word “TANK” when you get blown out by a OKC team sans Durant.

Stoudemire should start. He might be THE most consistent Knick this season.

Charles, the Bobby ‘the brain’ Henan of the NBA

There is no greater a Knicks hater than Charles Barkley.

Only recently am I beginning to forgive him for this and just enjoy the banter and bullying he brings Inside the NBA.

Spent some time in the city today, had to get my sax fixed at Roberto’s.

Picked up three new pieces of vinyl at Urban Outfitters. The MF DDSC_9864oom instrumental Hip Hop album is not to be missed.

Don’t know the extent of the injury to Carmelo’s back. Tried to read this recent article on Carmelo and it struck me as self-absorbed meaninglessness. This article about Melo’s tech investments is so much better.

As for the rest of the team, meh. Iman Shumpert’s stock is rising. JR Smith’s stock is dropping. Dalembert isn’t too bad, don’t really think the defensive problems start there. Amar’e needs help with defense, that is a problem. I hear Calderon isn’t that good either but that is the thing, we have players like Shump who are better defenders, but not that many well-rounded players that can score and defend. Prigioni is another one, he’d rather cut off his hand that look to score. He can score when he needs to, but he doesn’t go on the offensive.

Overall though this doesn’t look good. We need Bargnani to play to see what we really have, people are talking about the OKC Thunder maybe not making the playoffs this year after a slow start at 3-12, well the Knicks aren’t too far behind at 4-11, and there is talk of possibly tanking this season in hopes of a high draft pick to change the direction of the franchise.

Gallo got dunked on. I feel bad for him, he’s not fully recovered from injury.

I hear he’s got a Restaurant in the city called Pagani…

Brooklyn this weekend

The Knicks are off tonight, they have a game at home tomorrow against Philly.

Tonight I’m going to see Jack Name and Thee Oh Sees at Warsaw in Greenpoint.

Tomorrow I might catch Duke play at the Barclay’s Center, I assume they’ll advance in the first round of the Coaches vs Cancer tournament tonight.

Knicks (2-7) face the Jazz (3-7) in Madison Square Garden

This team we face tonight is young. Maybe that will help the vets execute the triangle however I hope the Knicks have their legs because I think this team likes to push the ball up the court.

The Knicks are a work in progress, Derek Fisher is showing how patient he is as a coach. The Knicks need to find five guys who get it and let them develop. I wonder if Fisher thinks Calderon and Bargnani could be two of those guys. If so, who are the remaining two, because this team starts and end with Carmelo.

Dalembert had a good game last outing, but could Bargnani steal his spot when he returns?

Shumpert could be the fifth guy, if he learns the triangle and steadies his jumper. Shump is not a two, but he seems like he belongs more than J.R. Smith right now.

What’s going on with Acy? Can’t tell, some times he looks like Kenneth Faried, some times he looks like a d-leaguer.

Would you rather start Prigioni at this point or stick with Larkin?

Stoudemire has been okay off the bench. His defense and vision are still suspect, but he has nice moves to score the ball on the low block. He tries…

Here are a few videos of the opponents tonight. Lets go Knicks. Shout out to SaipanKnickster, Syd Harewood, Bilz and the original clan from the Alan Hahn / Frank Isola days. The internet sure has changed with all the social media. So many ways to enjoy being a Knicks fan now.

The team needs a win tonight I hope they’re up for it…


Gordon Hayward attacks the rim with quickness and strength:

Trey Burke, a pass-first point guard:

D. Favors, active big man at 6’10” 260:

Alec Burks, a 6’6″ athletic swingman scorer:

We’re Now 2-3: Get Ready for Misery?

I’m not ready for misery just yet, was trying to rhyme the title of this post.

JR Smith was suspended last night for hitting a Washington Wizard in the balls.

Last night was also not good due to the fact that the Knicks lost their only backup point guard in Pablo Prigioni. X-rays are negative, but I’d imagine he’ll be sitting for at least a game or two with an ankle injury.

The bright side? Jason Smith can shoot. Hard to imagine this team at full clip, no injuries or stupid suspensions. J.R., stop being so damn disappointing.

Andrea Bargnani used to have a steady jump shot, he will be ready by the weekend I hear.

Jose Calderon is a much needed point guard that can take care of the ball, get players going and stick the jumper too.

As a team we have to figure out what to do when the triangle breaks down due to the opponent denying the passing lanes. Sounds like fundamental basketball but that is where we are as a team. While J.R. was practicing miracle shots, he should have been practicing creating space so that you can take the pass. This is taught in middle school. I’m not picking on J.R., this is a team deficiency. As Phil Jackson alluded in the off season, the FOOTWORK off the ball needs to improve. Fundamental basketball. It can be done, and 82 games is a long season.

Tim Hardaway Jr was very productive off the bench, as was Amar’e Stoudemire. This team obviously needs upgrades to the roster, but for now we have some weapons to compete with. There should be a clear option when Melo is either sitting or struggling (not very often that he struggles offensively but last night was that night).

If Jordan was out, Pippen was stepping up. When Melo is out, someone must carry the torch. Maybe that someone is Calderon, but for now it will have to be someone else.

Three games into the season, the Knicks are feeling good as a team

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

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

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

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

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?