Shout out to the original Knicks fan, SaipanKnickster.

In my conversations with knicks fans in New York City, I would have to notice a deep lack of trust in Amar’e Stoudemire and a over-estimate point of view in Iman Shumpert.

One has proved quite a bit in this league, while the other is still proving himself despite being an exciting player during his rookie year, and a few times, this past season during which time he recovered from knee surgery.

Amar’e stoudemire is often criticized for his large, untradeable, uninsured contract, but if he can be a factor this season all will be forgiven.

The player that often dazzled last season who is now recovering from a knee procedure once called “degenerative” by Knicks officials during this off-season.

Smith, Stoudemire and Shumpert, all their games are predicated on having athletic advantages over their opponents. Can they regain their form this season, or will they need to modify their game to make up for any lost athleticism? Amar’e has already worked with Hakeem, Amar’e needs to work on staying healthy all season and regaining the trust of his team and his coach. Shumpert is young enough to regain his rookie form and Smith could once again be the x-factor the this Knicks basketball team. If he plays well at the right time, JR could help the Knicks advance past Indiana or Miami.

All summer long, it seems, the pundits have penciled in Chicago near the top of the power rankings with Derrick Rose nearing his return from knee injury. Doesn’t anyone want to wait to see what kind of Derrick Rose emerges first before handing Chicago the eastern conference title? I for one think they should be ranked 5th, not the Knicks as is usually the case.

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Knicks head coach Mike Woodson was recently interviewed as saying the only three definite starters for the Knicks in November are Raymond Felton, Tyson Chandler and Carmelo Anthony.

That means, depending on training camp production and chemistry, Shumpert could loose his starting job to either J.R. Smith or rookie Tim Hardaway, Jr. in October.

In the rap song by Iman Shumpert linked below:

a) Shumpert refers to Melo as 007.

b) Shumpert hopes the Knicks spend on him so he can keep the same jersey he came into the league on.

c) metions Kevin Johnson’s game

d) all of the above

Sounds to me like he is asking for respect. Asking GrunDolan for respect?? They don’t ‘spect. Stephen A. Smith wants to say it so badly but he is being as polite as he can about it: Grundolan don’t respect.

Shump looked like he was earning it for a while during his rookie year and sporadically during the playoffs this past year during his shortened sophomore campaign.

The Knicks need Iman Shumpert to step up his game this season. They’ve got J.R. Smith coming off of a degenerative lateral miniscus surgery, and the Rookie Tim Hardaway Jr. is also hungry to make a name for himself in the league.

Let’s face it, Shumpert is a two on this team, particularly now that Metta World Peace is here. Unless Metta is defending the center, you know Melo will be in there at the four, so Metta at the three, leaving shumpert on the perimeter to defend.

It definitely feels like some sneaky shit might be happening right now with Shumpert though. I should say Mr. Dolan. Perhaps the media is trying to create this story, but now in Shumpert’s rap you can hear his admiration for Woodson and Melo, how he wants to stay with the team.

Yet there was mild drama with the summer league stuff. David Lee and Nate Robinson never had problems playing summer league going into their third year. Shumpert, don’t know if he was forced, but he played like he didn’t care in that one summer league. That wasn’t the shumpert we saw in game 6 of the pacers series:


Last Game of the Season

And by the way, did Mike Woodson not play Chris Copeland enough during the Pacers series? Seriously, I want to know what you think.

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Ah, nevermind, he was probably damaged goods anyway:

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Jeremy Tyler stands six foot ten, weighs 260 lbs.

Jeremy and CJ Leslie now have deals from the Knicks, bringing the roster to 13. They will have to prove themselves during training camp. Leslie needs to put on weight.

The Knicks roster now looks like this:

PG Raymond Felton
SG Iman Shumpert
C Tyson Chandler
SF Metta World Peace
PF Carmelo Anthony

PG Pablo Prigioni
SG JR Smith / Tim Hardaway, JR
C Andrea Bargnani / Jeremy Tyler
SF Kenyon Martin / CJ Leslie
PF Amar’e Stoudemire

The Knicks should now focus on landing a third string point guard.

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Reports of third sting point guard candidates have lasted over a month, yet the Knicks only have twelve fully guaranteed contracts as August begins and most teams are winding down their offseason acquisitions.

The names that have all come back null are as follows: Bobby Brown (’twas his prerogative to go play in Russia), Delonte West, Beno Udrich.

The newest name being thrown around the net? 33 year old journeyman point guard Jannero Pargo, who Grunwald plans to woo with the veteran minimum of $1.4 million and the chance to play with Melo, Artest and J.R. Smith.

The Knicks still need a backup center, another two and another three.

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Felton hustles and plays good D, I wish he was taller so he could make better plays. Also, Woodson needs to work the pick and roll more with Felton than was the case during the second half of the season, leading into our playoff failures.

Shumpert is a well known defender throughout the league. He was drafted by Walsh to stick the LeBrons, the Westbrooks of the league and if he continues his rehabilitation, the two spot will be solid should Woodson not again opt for the two point guard starting back court. Then again, Prigioni is also a ball hawk and we won 13 in a row once he was starting in March.

Tyson Chandler is a defensive player of the year and hopefully he can bounce back from him having his ass handed to him by the Pacers front line during the second round of the playoffs.

MWP aka Ron Artest is well known throughout the league as a defensive stopper. JVG loves his heart and hustle, and perhaps is the missing piece to a deeper run into the playoffs.

Melo will outscore whoever he guards and can actually play defense when he is committed to doing so.

I like this team because we have a ton of scoring coming off the bench: Amar’e, JR Smith, Bargnani, Tim Hardaway, Kenyon. Prigioni seemed to find his shot as he grew accostomed to playing in the league.

Things are looking up in NYK, don’t believe the hype with all of these other teams trying to amass extra talent to out-Heat the Heat.

Chemistry is the key. Artest and Bargnani should fit in very well. Bargnani is like Gallo, and Gallo played damn well with Felton.

All of the cats we lost were defensively garbage: Kidd, Copeland, Novak, ect.

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The Newest New York Knick: Metta World Peace

by knicksdefense on July 15, 2013

If the Knicks don’t look like strong contenders by the trade deadline, I would expect either Woodson or J.R. Smith to be the next change for the Grunwald administration.

In the meantime, I like the upgrades this summer. They are upgrades, when you think about the aging Camby, the ineffective Novak, and the retiring sellout Jason Kidd.

Andrea Bargnani will stretch Indiana’s D, and Artest will help stop scorers such as LeBron. Metta World Peace, if he keeps his head on straight with the Mainstream Media Circus looking to feast on his sound bites every night, if he focuses on making the Knicks champions for the first time since 1973, this could be a good thing.

We won 54 games, won the Atlantic, and made it to the second round. We should be focused on going further, keeping people from passing us on that #2 ranking in the east.

Woodson wants to start two point guard again to keep the turnovers for the game down, I think he should go more traditional, be it Shumpert at the two or the rookie at the two. I know Woodson only has a woody for veterans, but playing small ball with Melo at the four isn’t ideal, as melo hurt his shoulder with the excessive banging this post season.

Maybe Hardaway Jr. at the two.

With four or five more spots availible on this roster, could the Knicks still be looking to add a starter to this team?

Prigioni with Felton as the starting back court doesn’t do it against the elite back courts in the east. Need a traditionally sized two in there with Felton, and we know that’s not JR smith’s forte to start.

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The toughness the knicks had during the first 12 games of last season, was lost when Rasheed Wallace fell to chronic foot injuries for the remainder of the season.

I’m not a big Ron Artest fan, but I sense he could bring this team some defensive presence, help out Tyson Chandler in a way Andrea Bargnani will not when it comes to help defense and just being an enforcer on the defensive end of the basketball court.

As I type this the Knicks defenders all over are watching Tim Hardaway play for the Knicks in his first summer league game in Vegas. Either Shumpert or some other actual Knick is supposed to be on that roster (not just a team of hopefuls looking to make the NBA).

The Knicks seem to need another point guard in case Felton or Prigioni gets hurt.

At the shooting guard position, it’s Shump and the two JR,’s: Smith and Hardaway JR.

Center seems to be locked up assuming Bargnani is actually a center which is not what his statistics imply over the past few years. I’m hoping he can be a Toni Kucock for this team. One pump fake from the perimeter, then drive the lane quickly and dunk on whoever is under the rim. Check youtube, he’s dunked on some great shot blockers in his career.

Small forward, hopefully the Knicks can acquire Artest to backup Melo, but if not, Shawne Williams is a possibility if you believe the hype.

At the four, we have a Stoudemire who the fans are giving up on now. His story would be a sad one in New York if he doesn’t write a new chapeter this November. His destiny is linked to that of Carmelo, who may not want to share any glory with Amar’e. Seems they still have not learned how to be good teammates and sacrifice for the team victory. Melo’s leading the league in scoring shows me he wants to win something, just not sure that’s the title we all yearn for as die hard Knicks fans.

KMart performed well on the Knicks this past post season, the Knicks will try to lock him up if all else fails as the backup four.

Hope all that are reading this are having a great summer.

I have a story to tell: was picking up my brother at Newark International Airport. Proir to the departure, he uploaded a picture of Patrick Ewing to facebook, apparently he was on the same plane as my brother coming in from Charlotte. I got my authentic Patrick Ewing jersey Robin got me for Christmas a few years ago and proceeded to pick him up at the airport. When I got there, we switched seats so I could go inside where Ewing was still waiting for his luggage. He was talking to another tall person, almost the same height as the big fella but a whitey. When their conversation ended, I was standing there, jersey in hand with a pen to sign it. He looked down at me, and gave a sad stare, said he was sorry. Motherfucker still doesn’t give out his autograph.

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Tim Hardaway Jr.

by knicksdefense on June 30, 2013

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Still Want to Build Old, Grunwald?

by knicksdefense on May 19, 2013

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I’m not sure Woodson is the best coach for this team.  He should have played Amar’e more against this team.  Tyson was saying after games that the Knicks never made adjustments.  Look no further than the coach.

I’m pretty sure we need to make major upgrades to the roster.  There aren’t that many keepers either.

The best team always wins a seven game series.  When you depend so heavily on J.R. Smith, a known loose cannon, you should have a good plan B ready to go.  The knicks lived and died by the three, and you could see it in this game 6.

Tyson was owned by Hibbert.  Still the coach didn’t want to put Amar’e in to help with the bigs.

Melo had two critical turnovers in crunch time.  The game was tied and he drove the ball, turned it over and the knicks gave up a three point play.  Almost on the next possession, he turned it over again.

Without Melo, we wouldn’t be a playoff team, but I think the search continues to find complimentary players for Melo.  You can go as far back as Iverson in how long this search has been going on.

Felton, Prigioni, Kidd, all owned by the Pacers in game six.

Anyway, the offseason should be interesting.  Chris Paul once made a toast to coming to New York to play.  That time is now, Grunwald better figure out a way to get it done.  I doubt he will, but if he does, all will be forgiven.

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New York over Boston in game one of the first round

by knicksdefense on April 21, 2013

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The Knicks were able to clamp down in the second half after looking sluggish defensively in the first half.  Chandler was ineffective and was replaced by a more active Kenyon Martin.  Shumpert continued to look slow and lacked explosion, while Kidd and Melo stepped up and made huge plays for the Knicks whenever they needed it.  New Knick acquisitions Quentin Richardson and Earl Barron did not play, and Woodson was quoted as saying Prigioni is improving and getting closer to suiting up for the Knicks, who are more effective in a two-point guard system.

The key to the game was minimizing turnovers.

The Knicks need to post up Melo more on the lower block.

The Knicks need to improve on their rebounding in the post season.

All roads lead to Miami.

NYC basketball fans in the subways after the game glowed and spoke perhaps too optimistically about a subway series–for that to become a reality Brooklyn would need to oust Miami.

The Knicks need to focus on right now, which was the misworded message of the t-shirts (Playing for now) they gave fans in attendance at the garden yesterday, despite another recent non-playoff t-shirt looking more handsome.

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which Knick free shirt would you rather have?

 

On legends night a few weeks ago, Dolan reached into his pocket and gave all in attendance a replica 1973 championship ring.  It should be noted Donnie Walsh started the new tradition of Knick Legends night as a way to extend an olive branch to the fans who were estranged by the erratic decisions of ownership in recent years.  It is a miracle Dolan hasn’t botched this up yet, fingers crossed this Knicks teams karma remains positive this post season, please stay out of basketball-related decisions.

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it reads, “Knicks Defense”

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