Last night, on national TV…

Barkley talked smack on the Knicks, then Lebron got off the bench in the fourth and spanked the Knicks in the Garden.

I was sad to let go of season tickets over the summer, but when I look at our record, I’m glad I don’t have to sell games to a team that is now 4-17 and primed to tank the rest of the season to get a high draft pick in the 2015 lottery.

It seems like four games in a row now where the Knicks were close (Kenny Smith alluded during inside the NBA that the Knicks have been in about 11 games this season that could have been victories down the stretch but have not been) and give the ball to Melo for the Elbow three that isn’t even close.

Perhaps it is time for a new play Fisher?

Maybe get the ball to Amar’e who has been consistent on offense?

Speaking of STAT, that layup off the glass over STAT was a dagger by Irving.


(must see nail in the coffin @ 1:20 in the above video)

I feel like Irving is a young talent not unlike D Wade, LeBron was wise to come home to the Cavs and give it another shot.

As far as Melo resigning, yes, good, but don’t spend all of this season talking about “I should have gone to Chicago. Was almost going to go there.”

Who would you keep on this roster for future seasons?

I would keep very little.

Calderon is agining, I’d say get rid of everyone, including Melo. I know he has a no-trade clause, but if he goes to a contender in the West then this can all finally go away.

How many years will it take to rebuild the Knicks? There aren’t too many players under contract after this season. Barring mid season trades this year, the Knicks will just have the following players after next season:

Carmelo (with two years to go)
Calderon (in the final year of his contract)
Tim Hardaway (with a year to go)
Cleanthony Early (in the final year of his contract)

You know, after looking at this, I wonder if the results of the new collective bargaining agreement were to make contract lengths shorter?

trade

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…

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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.