The Knicks Can’t March Straight





HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – How much more of this can you take?

We’ve seen just about enough here at the hideout. The Knicks are a mess right now, an absolute mess. And it’s a strain on the basketball-loving eyes to watch this disaster in baggy shorts play out night after night.

Just so we’re clear, the Knicks are 0-for-the-month right now. Talk about March Madness. This is more like March Sadness for Knicks fans who this time a month ago had dreams of upsetting one of the big boys on their Linsanity-fueled ride to the Eastern Conference finals and potentially (in whatever alternate universe you choose) beyond.

The reality is the Knicks, who face the Bulls in Chicago tonight (8 p.m. ET on ESPN) are going to be lucky to make the playoffs the way they are playing right now. They have chemistry issues, to say the least. All those smiles and the energy we saw when they were rolling has vanished.

A team that was the best story in basketball a few weeks ago is no more. Those fears of what happens to their flow when Carmelo Anthony returns have been realized, though we’re not prepared to blame this all on Anthony. There is collective blame to go around here, as Ken Berger of CBSSports.com highlighted when he talked to Mike D’Antoni and Amar’e Stoudemire and dubbed them the “no-fun Knicks”:

These are dark days for the Knicks, who hit a point of no return Sunday with a listless 106-94 loss to the 76ers, whom they treated like a pickup opponent at the YMCA rather than the likely winner of the Atlantic Division.

“I think we could’ve put up a better fight,” Stoudemire said. “We’ve got to do a better job of knowing the importance of games. This was a big game for us, a conference and divisional team. We’ve got to do a better job of knowing that and really going after it.”

The Knicks went after nothing but pity points Sunday, mailing in a home matinee that came one day after an 0-4 road trip — that came one day before a game in Chicago against the Bulls (34-9), who have the best record in the NBA.

“Yeah, it’s just definitely, definitely not easy,” Stoudemire said. “We have Chicago and a lot of games within this month against tough, competitive teams.”

And what Stoudemire was saying there without actually saying it is this, to borrow a phrase from “Coffee Talk” from the old Saturday Night Live days: The Knicks are neither tough, nor competitive. Discuss.

“We hit a snag and we seem to wither,” D’Antoni said. For whatever reason, we haven’t overcome any kind of obstacles. … It seemed like we were down two and the world was caving in.”

Yes, the Knicks were down two at halftime, 51-49, and then the world did cave in. Despite the fact that D’Antoni had warned them in the locker room that the Sixers are the best team in the league in terms of third-quarter point differential, they went out and watched Philadelphia ring up a 38-point quarter to take an 89-73 lead.

“It just didn’t resonate with them,” D’Antoni said.

Everyone seemed to be worried about Jeremy Lin and whether or not he would be able to handle the pressure that came along with his sudden rise in popularity, and yet it seems like the rest of the Knicks (D’Antoni included) are the ones struggling the most in the aftermath of Linsanity.

The concerns about Lin weren’t totally off. He has endured some of his own individual struggles, including turnover issues that were there when he was playing lights out. But you can hardly blame him alone for the Knicks’ recent struggles. It’s been a system-wide hiccup that has cost them and could wind up costing them a postseason trip if they are not careful.


81 Comments

  1. E-Hurst says:

    Good effort last night. Just need to box out and fight for offensive rebounds so they can cut down their opponents’ second chance points while getting more possessions.

  2. ramir says:

    i think the coach is the problem…..fire d’antoni. Or it’s his time to adjust to the players. He has been outcoached many times by Doc Rivers (celtics). He’s always changing line-ups that’s why its hard to get their chemistry..

    lin, shumpert, melo, amare, tyson-first five
    davis, smith, fields, harrellson, jordan/jeffries-second five

  3. ramir says:

    lin, shumpert, melo, amare, tyson-first five
    davis, smith, fields, harrellson, jordan/jeffries-second five

  4. ramir says:

    i think the coach is the problem…..fire d’antoni. Or it’s his time to adjust to the players. He has been outcoached many times by Doc Rivers (celtics). He’s always changing line-ups that’s why its hard to get their chemistry..

  5. duro says:

    Knicks w/Anthony before Lin: 9-10. w/Lin and NO Anthony: 8-1. w/Anthony & Lin: 2-8. Anthony points in W: 21,2. Points in L: 22,9.

  6. Terrail says:

    The coaches system does not work…he’s only offense offense offense…defense wins championships and he could not do it in phoenix he can’t do it in NY

  7. bob champ says:

    melo is an overrated cry baby, trade him asap
    defense wins games, offense sells tickets
    play the young, hungry, underpaid (id there is such a thing in the nba), sit the rest

    sad to see such a great run (without melo) go up in smoke, was the most exciting thing in the nba since lebron was in cleveland

  8. SUPERMAN2NY says:

    trade chandler+melo to dwight. smh

  9. xela says:

    Trade Melo for anyone. Basketball is a team game and he definitely is not a team player. PLus he does not fit on D’antoni’s system. He was just lucky to play with Chancey Billups in Denver thats why they reached the Western Finals. Look when he was playing with Iverson, all first round exits period!

  10. Knickwits says:

    Wow all the Melo hate, seriously it’s not his fault you cant blame him for a team playing badly, in an interview Melo said he was relieved about Linsanity because he doesnt have to try and get ppl points(STAT)…… The issue here is purely coach’s plan not working with the players he has…. I dont think Stat, Melo and Chandler like losing so I doubt it’s any of their faults, Melo is prob the hardest worker out their he always puts up good numbers which is better then what I can say for Stat…… Quit the NYK hate and the Melo hate…… Watch the games and you’ll see whats wrong with the Knicks!!!

    • shakenbake says:

      Evidently When Melo was gone Knicks are winning basketball now he is back they are losing. Actions and Stats are louder than words bro

  11. Mo says:

    Garnett and Ray Aleen for Carmelo. a win win deal for both teams, provided that the salary caps allow the knicks for it

  12. Jim says:

    This disaster is not Lin’s fault. Think about it. Before Lin, with Amare and Melo in the lineup, they were 8-15. This proved there were serious chemistry problems prior to Lin, and that Lin is not the cause of the Knicks Woes.

    But the winning streaking during linsanity is because of Lin either! Lin came at a fortuitous time, in that–without Melo and Amare–the defense and chemistry could finally start going. Role players suddenly knew played their roles, as they should: Novak shooting 3s, Jeffries drawing fouls. Shumpert driving and playing good D, Lin and Chandler doing the pick and rolls. We had team ball.

    Lin’s a decent player for someone that was almost cut. But he’s not nearly as good, nor as bad enough, to sink or elevate a team to this degree.

  13. ced says:

    carmelo is fine trade stat and fire the coach if you look at the last 4 games stat blew it

  14. Belizeboy says:

    I think Lin is just a little worried about Melo being a drama queen and doesn’t want to take over. Plus with Davis and Smith in rotation now it’s hard to find a constant rhythm for him. I think we will see some Linsanity tonight though.

  15. CARZYJAE says:

    Until they learn how to play D they will never be anything more than a team that can score but cant win.
    They are in short… Stuffed. Their two best players have never been devensive minded, so putting them together was never going to make them gr8. Chanlder is good at his job, but there is only one guy n the NBA that can control the D and his name is Dwight, and he ant putting a Knick uniform on….

    The need to try and trade Stat but with his numbers droping and his contract huge I doubt thats even going to be posiable.
    Melo IMO in the best trade option but they will not trade him b/c of how much they had to give up to get him.

    Look forward to another 5 years below average play from the Knicks.

  16. Mike.Coffee says:

    We all have to consider the sweeping changes this team has undergone throughout the year. Looking at the Knicks last year and comparing them to today, only Stat and Jefferies play similar minutes. Miami needed a year to come together to the level they play at today; albeit they made it deep in the play-offs. I agree the answer is a more concentrated defensive effort and the coaching staff has the tools to see it done. If you are a true Knick fan you need to believe that this team can be successful in the post season.

    P.S. Stop glorifying Lin. If you watch his interviews you would know that he is the first one to say that basketball is a team effort.

  17. LittleTED says:

    As a kiwi fan of the NBA I hate watching overated ego’s cost the team.

    I’d package up Davis and Melo for Dwight and then I’d bring in a third team to take Hedo and Amare. I like Chandler, but I’d try and send him to Boston for either KG or Allen in a straight swap, I’d take either but think Allen would be a nice fit.

    I think you’d have a nice starting unit in Lin and Allen – Dwight would cause some havoc under the rim like no business. you are other two spots would left to rebound and set screens. I’d worry about the second unit but would hope with cap space (if there is any after Dwight) you can go shopping in the break for a couple of other key pieces.

    It won’t happen…..not with this coach and admin so scared of rubbing their apparent starts the wrong way.

  18. Mantas says:

    I said you so… LINSANITY IS OVER… Go home lady’s and gentleman :D

  19. EZ says:

    Defense wins Championships!!!
    Find a coach that believes in that philosophy.

  20. aussie_aussie says:

    man.. its sad to see how the Superstar has failed to bring the team to new heights… i think they lack the hunger that the rotation players have. If we recall, the 9 game streak was done with Shumphert, Lin, Chandler, Novak and Fields…. Coach please grow some balls and drop the 2 “stars” and give light a chance… oh wait.. DON LEAVE IT TO CHANCE, they won you 9 in a row… This is basketball. We play who wins us games, who gives us tough D, who gives us a banging offense. Not names…

    damn it.

  21. beefpower says:

    start melo and stat from the bench as a backup unit. maybe that will help.

  22. kg says:

    ***HOPEFULLY KNICKS MANAGEMENT CAN GET A LOOK AT THIS***
    Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire DO NOT WORK WELL TOGETHER! Why? Because BOTH are poor defenders. When Melo and Amare are in the game, the knicks defense at the forward positions become a huge liability. Therefore, Tyson Chandler, and everyone else has to try to pick up the slack for both Melo and amare’s terrible defense. That’s the only reason why Melo and Amare are not working. Both play bad defense, and opposing teams are exploiting that. I guarentee if Melo or Amare were replaced with a defensive forward, the knicks would become a much better team. Only other remaining option would be to make a 6th man out of either Melo or Stat.

    The sad fact is that Melo and Amare will never be good defenders. No matter who the coach is, even Phil Jackson couldn’t make them good defenders because they lack the defensive talent. The team is poorly designed. Knicks management foolishly believed that getting two one dimensional offensive forwards would help the knicks win games. The problem is, even if Melo and Amare have amazing offensive games, their defense together is terrible and they’ll give up as many or more points than they score. Tyson Chandler is a great defender, but he can’t possibly cover 3 positions.

    The solution? Trade Amare or Melo for a defensive forward. If the knicks do that, we’ll see wins piling up. It was no coincidence that the knicks went on a winning streak when Melo and Amare were out. They lost offense, but gained defense when Jeffries and Shump got more minutes during the winning streak. The knicks consistently held teams to under 100 points during the winning streak.. now they’re allowing teams to score 110 points per game on this losing streak.

    Its very obvious that defense is the problem, and it has nothing to do with the coach. We saw during the winning streak that the knicks were capable of playing defense when Melo and Amare were not on the floor. Its not a coaching problem, its a talent problem. Amare and Melo are not talented defenders. There is only room for one offensive only player on the knicks, so either Amare or Melo needs to go. Imo.. keep melo.. Because he can create a shot in any situation. Amare needs to be set up. Even if Melo goes, the knicks will become better because the forward position will have better defense and less pressure will be on tyson to play play defense at the forward positions in addition to the center. Because with Melo and Amare on the floor, their defense is nonexistent and other players have to pick up the slack of their terrible defense.

  23. Mitch says:

    I say get rid of Melo for some one else. Lin and Amar’e were great together until Melo came back. It’s a given fact: whatever team Melo is on, he tears it down. Just look at the Nuggets last year- they struggled with him….once he left, they started winning games consistently. So, I’d just get rid of Melo. Never was a fan of him. Now, if the Knicks got rid of Chandler and Melo in a trade for Howard, then I can actually see the Knicks going some where. Lin, Amar’e, and Howard would be a great team.

  24. Sentral says:

    The Knicks should trade the Knicks.

  25. Tooscared says:

    I’m too scared to watch tonight’s game. TOO SCARED!!!! It’s gonna be like Friday the 13th. Slaughter fest!!!!

    • Why does everyone mention Melo when the Knicks lose.
      Its more than Melo people.. Amare has been sub-par the whole season and Lin has been getting Kilt at the point as of late!

      • theFix says:

        Amare is indeed playing subpar as of late, but that will change if he’s the #1 option on the floor..

        Remember the PHX roster with him before, with Nash, Marion, Raja Bell & Barbosa? They all can run D Antoni’s offense, and Knicks’ roster now can do the same MINUS Melo; he’s a one on one player with no defense.

        If only PHX has a decent defender before like Chandler and a shooter like Novak..

    • theFix says:

      lol i feel the same way.. scared, but still want to watch the match vs. Chicago.. still hoping for some HOPE, if that makes sense

  26. David says:

    Knicks needs to came all together as a team as the Heat did.They probably have a better team in the league even better the heat(taking man by man) so is time to take care of business

  27. Fontaine says:

    Maybe the Knicks can fake a Melo injury and then we’ll get back to playing ‘team ball’ w/ Melo on the bench (ya know, for his “injury”)…

    So what do we do next? Trade Melo and Chandler for Dwight? Will that be the real answer? Or is this Isaiah 2.0 where we have “talent” on the books that we can’t move and that doesn’t work for us?

    STAY TUNED

  28. laupie says:

    GET RAYMOND FELTON BACK IN NY!!! RAYMOND FELTON AND GERALD WALLACE FOR MELO AND BARON DAVIS

  29. jason says:

    Its not the coaches fault its the players fault. If the players are playing like they don’t wanna win then they won’t. They don’t have intensity of defense and they are suffering for that. they need to actually ant to play and play like they are use to playing

  30. RealReason says:

    Its obvious that the problem is Lin. I cant believe how blind people are actually being. He obviously plays better with the second unit so Baron Davis needs to start and SHARE the minutes with Lin. Everyone tries to overlook the amount of turnovers that Lin get at the WORST moments. The handful of turnovers that he gets is what handed the sixers that ridiculous run. But it was overlooked because he is the hottest thing. People can blame Melo all they want but if you watch what he does you cant really say anything too bad. People constantly criticize him on his defense when its not really bad. Lin cannot guard virtually any good point guard and the amount of bad shots + turnovers (that always lead to easy baskets/runs) coming from him are ridiculous but are never singled out. But yes, Lin should definitely come off of the bench with the second unit. With the amount of minutes he gets when hes playing HORRIBLY, you would think that he is a seasoned veteran/proven all-star. I just dont get it

  31. LinForTheWin says:

    Lin should shake off his humbleness, screw those star players like Amare and Carmelo, and Jeremy Lin needs to act like a star player himself, let the knicks make play around Lin, Jeremy is most dangerous when the opposing defense is scattered, let the knicks make room for Lin to penetrate the paint where Lin is most effective and a sure scorer! Lin should go play like there is no tomorrow, make it again an all Jeremy Lin Show!

  32. Jim says:

    Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire DO NOT WORK WELL TOGETHER! Why? Because BOTH are poor defenders. When Melo and Amare are in the game, the knicks defense at the forward positions become a huge liability. Therefore, Tyson Chandler, and everyone else has to try to pick up the slack for both Melo and amare’s terrible defense. That’s the only reason why Melo and Amare are not working. Both play bad defense, and opposing teams are exploiting that. I guarentee if Melo or Amare were replaced with a defensive forward, the knicks would become a much better team.

    The sad fact is that Melo and Amare will never be good defenders. No matter who the coach is, even Phil Jackson couldn’t make them good defenders because they lack the defensive talent. The team is poorly designed. Knicks management foolishly believed that getting two one dimensional offensive forwards would help the knicks win games. The problem is, even if Melo and Amare have amazing offensive games, their defense together is terrible and they’ll give up as many or more points than they score. Tyson Chandler is a great defender, but he can’t possibly cover 3 positions.

    The solution? Trade Amare or Melo for a defensive forward. If the knicks do that, we’ll see wins piling up. It was no coincidence that the knicks went on a winning streak when Melo and Amare were out. They lost offense, but gained defense when Jeffries and Shump got more minutes during the winning streak. The knicks consistently held teams to under 100 points during the winning streak.. now they’re allowing teams to score 110 points per game on this losing streak.

    Its very obvious that defense is the problem, and it has nothing to do with the coach. We saw during the winning streak that the knicks were capable of playing defense when Melo and Amare were not on the floor. Its not a coaching problem, its a talent problem. Amare and Melo are not talented defenders. There is only room for one offensive only player on the knicks, so either Amare or Melo needs to go. Imo.. keep melo.. Because he can create a shot in any situation. Amare needs to be set up. Even if Melo goes, the knicks will become better because the forward position will have better defense and less pressure will be on tyson to play play defense at the forward positions in addition to the center. Because with Melo and Amare on the floor, their defense is nonexistent and other players have to pick up the slack of their terrible defense.

  33. MICHAEL says:

    TRY BENCH CARMELO AND SEE WHAT IS THE OUTCOME!

  34. tony says:

    Trade C, Anthony, I cant see any other solution!

  35. Bob says:

    Knicks fans have to realize the organization is trying to fix a culture without developing appreciation for team ball like in the 90’s. Damn those guys were really tough and competed every night. When you give a player a lot of money it’s like saying here do whatever you want now you can focus your time getting better at what your weakest at or you can spend your time spending money on luxury items. It’s usually the latter now-a-days more often then not. Disappointment is setting in for recent Knick fans, but it’s really the same all song and dance for older ones. If the Knicks don’t get that 8th spot they’re resting on to just to be close to swept in the first round I’ll have to change may previous statement, and say they are less than mediocre. Chicago will probably romp them with a half their starters injured that’s how good Chicago is. Derrick Rose is what the entire Knicks team combined is not. All in all if the Knicks organization really cared about winning bringing home a championship, Big ego’d individuals would change their game for the team, and learn how to play unselfish. Do their jobs every night and not underestimate any other team in the league. How many times we got to see the Knicks lose to the bobcats or other small-franchise teams because they think perceived lesser teams will just bow down to them. Some of these “big time” players need to realize championships and wins aren’t given like the guaranteed money in their contract. They are always earned with sacrifice, commitment and respect for the game. I hope I’m not saying the same stuff about the Knicks when I’m fifty.

  36. dan says:

    carmelo anthony and tyson chandler for dwight howerd we get rid of anthony and play team basketball

  37. Green says:

    He was shooting and shooting in Denver too but they played against Lakers in the finals.

  38. theFix says:

    i believe D’Antoni knows what the problem is, what he doesn’t know is how to fix it..

    having Melo and STAT play the SAME time on floor means 2 out of 5 guys will not be able to defend.. and that is huge.. they are great offensive players, but that doesn’t matter if you’re not going to help on the D when the balls comes back..

    the solution i see is to make either Melo or STAT come of the bench.. i know, it sounds impossible since this 2 have egos, having been an All Star and all.. but either that, or they will watch the playoffs instead of competing in it..

    1st five could be Chandler, Jeffries, Melo, Fields and Lin.. with this, Melo would be the #1 offensive option on the floor, and they will have a more grittier defense with the other guys..

    2nd lineup would be Harrelson, STAT, Smith, Shumpert and Davis.. STAT would be #1 option on offense, and with Davis and Smith he should have a decent wing men who could shoot the 3s, plus a slasher with Smith and Shump.. and don’t forget Shump’s defense..

    Novack should be inserted on the SG position before the 2nd lineup, switching places with Fields and Shump.. other times Shump should be the PG.. Lin should star playing more mins; he plays great without the allstars and with Fields, Novack and Jeffries on the floor..

  39. Josh says:

    Trust me, by March 15, Carmelo is gone.

  40. XSP17 says:

    New York is losing because the lights are on now. They’re now playing play-off contending teams and now they’re being exposed. Take a look at the teams they were playing during the Lin-sanity episode and take a look at they’re playing since getting Anthony back. I don’t think it’s all one person’s fault. With the fire power they have, I actually thought they would be better. I thought it would hide their defensive woes because they have some good defensive players on that team. Nevertheless, I’m so glad Miami put an end to that LINSANITY bandwagon. GO HEAT!!!!!!!!!!!!

  41. qin ke says:

    trade melo

    • natdes11 says:

      i agree, when he was in denver they had a solid team with smith, martin, and nene, but they could never make it deep in the playoffs. He is doing the same in new york, even though he is an all star player, don’t start him for a couple of games, or do something to bring his inflated ego down, and go from there, cause if they keep playing like they r, then they will have an even worse year

  42. kobe says:

    LINSANITY IS OVER…

  43. its obvious says:

    ITs simple,

    The “superstars” dont defend! Smith, Melo, a lil bit Amare.. Melo is too used to playing the way he always does….shoot shoot shoot.. no defense.. he will never change.. as long as melo is on NY they will continue to go down… Trade Melo to Miami.. that way they’ll lose the playoffs agian

  44. Loaded says:

    The Knicks right now are loaded only on oneside of the ball, offensively the Knicks can score on any team and when the chemistry is good it can be amazing. But we all know that in the eastern conference you have to play defense. If not D’Antoni should have won a ton with Maubury & Crawford. The Knicks have 4 gritty defensive minded players that can keep the team afloat long ebnough for the offense to do the damage those guys are Chandler, Shumpert, Jefferies and Walker but if those guys aren’t right good luck beating the better teams. The thing is the Knicks need stars on Offense and stars on Defense… having Melo and STAT are like playing 5 on 4 on the defensive side of the ball. It hurts me to say this but Knick have to trade STAT, they have to put a package together to get Dwight Howard, it sickens me to say this but even if it’s Chandler & STAT the Knicks have to pull the trigger, We need a star WHO CAN PLAY BOTH SIDES OF THE BALL!! Carmelo is a sick offensive player team up with Howard the knicks have a bonafied 1-2 punch that blends well together and with good role players, Feilds, Lin, Novak, Jefferies the Knicks can make some noise.

  45. Green says:

    First of all D-Antoni needs to leave. He is not the right couch for this team and not only for this one but for any other team in my opinion. To win the game you have be tough on defensive end and stop the other team’s offense . Every team he couched was lucking effort to do the same. With all talent this team has they are sill fighting for the eight spot in the conference. The Knicks need somebody new to put the pieces together and to change mentality of this team.

  46. Pete says:

    Portland Trailblazer need Linsanity..yes, they do.

  47. 港人 says:

    cant wait to see tonigt’s game,,,

    • NYc4life says:

      I can

    • Shut up says:

      by looking at the (Vegas) point spread, Chicago is favorite by ONLY -8 1/2 point, and total combine point for over/under is 198 point, which means Vegas is forcing gambler to bet on Chicago to win. The more people bet on Chicago to win, the Knicks has a better chance of winning the game. At the end of the day, only the HOME win………

  48. bobby orsal says:

    linsanity+melo+stoudemire=win

  49. just-a-basketball-fan says:

    trade melo and chandler (if their contracts allow) for dwight howard. Then it will be Amare, Linsanity and Dwight. Now Lin can play better with the two bigs.

    • laupie says:

      how about getting raymond felton back to NY?? trade him and gerald wallace for melo and davis.

  50. Louie says:

    First of all D-Antoni needs to stop playing Baron Davis and let Mike Bibby get some time. He only plays his favorite players and doesn’t play the rest of the bench. He still hasn’t learned from what happened with Jeremy Lin that he has to give players a chance. Stoudemire needs to step his f#@king game up and stop being afraid to go in the paint with his Ray Bans on. Stop playing Tyson Chandler if he’s hurt and risk the chance of losing him all together.

  51. gary says:

    the problem is carmelo…….trade him for a team player! he has to have the ball, and can not spell defense, let alone play it.

    • Louie says:

      Carmelo is not the problem he does what he needs to do score do actually watch him play? Because when he’s in the paint he scores, gets fouled, and gets rebounds. Sometimes he takes bad shots but look at the game stats evey night he always leads. Stoudemire is the problem, a big dude like that and a “all-star” should be scoring at least 10 points a night.

    • NYc4life says:

      Rondo for Melo would be ideal.
      Rondo can feed Stat the ball.
      Stat needs a PG who can distribute the ball.
      Lin nor Davis are capable.
      Ray Felton come back, I miss you !!!

      • Louie says:

        Are you high? raymond felton is garbage. Davis wahed up and Lin will get there. If Stat was an “allstar” her wouldn’t have to depend on a PG to distrubuting the ball to him

  52. Spokoman says:

    Let’s face it, they changed to much. You know the saying “don’t fix what’s if it ain’t broken”. Well, they did. Not to defend Lin too much, but it’s really not his fault. He’s basically a rookie that was playing great ball when there were no egos on the court.

    Knicks had awesome chemistry before the “superstars” returned. We all praise good offense, but if you don’t play D you don’t win. Is Stoudemire really better than Jeffries? Individually (in offense), sure. Defensively – not even close. Who do you think is better for the team? We can all see the Melo and Stoudemire play 0 defense! Smith is like-minded. Do not get me started on Davis.

    In a perfect world the coach would have the you-know-what to bench his “superstars”, play the 5 from Linsanity era and see how that goes. Maybe it would open some eyes.

    Chemistry, team basketball, defense > selfish superstars and no defense.

    • Spokoman says:

      Fixed: “don’t fix what ain’t broken”. Edited to many times :)
      I do agree with Loki that they are new, but it was working before and I doubt that with the current players they can ever make a playoff run.

    • Louie says:

      you’re almost right in everything you said but honestly i don’t see a problem with carmelo yea he plays less defense than the rest of the team but he scores. amare needs to score plain and simple, sometimes he scores in the 20’s and then he scores less than 10. i rather him score 17, 18 every night but he’s a big softee. smith plays defense but you gotta give him time, he got back from china where he played differently.

  53. sackings says:

    I have been following the knicks since linsanity and it does not matter how much they score on offense, if they cant stop anyone, they are doomed.

  54. The knicks have all the talent they need in all the right places…they have a solid center, a dominant PF, a wing player that can create his own shot..all of these things are pivotal to making a deep playoff run

    • I blame their woes on the coaching staff who just can’t get them to play better defense…there’s too much talent on this squad for them to play like this Mindofmattman.blogspot.com

      • NYK says:

        Totally agree. Just way too much talent for having that kind of season. A total disgrace.

      • Daniel says:

        This is all the coaches fault. A coach that only focus on offense will never ever win. It was the same thing in Phoenix. Just running up and down the court doesn’t work. The coach is just trying to outscore the opponants, and that’s not what BBall is all about. you have to STOP the other team. [DEFENSE CREATES OFFENSE. OFFENSE DOESN’T CREAT DEFENSE]. with all the running up and down on offense, by the time 3rd quarter comes, your starters are too tired to continue at that pace. so what happens? the bench comes in and make the game close again. And it seams like the bench outplays the starters but start the bench and by the 3rd quarter, it will be the exact same thing. The system doesn’t work. It never has and it never will. We are playing the same way we played when Bumtoni, I mean DanToni first came to NY and we had the worst team. think back. it was the exact same thing. We are in the game until the end of the 3rd quarter, and then we get blown out. And we have a coach that doesn’t know how to make adjustments at all. He thinks that his system is just suppose to work. when we played Boston, they ran the same play on us 7 times straight. and it worked all 7 times. what does that tell you. That tells me that THE COACH HAVE TO GO. We don’t play any help Defense. We don’t double team anyone. We don’t trap anyone. we switch for any little thing, and now our PG is guarding the center. And there’s no help D. Magic said it when they played Boston. No one in the league can guard anyone in a one on one defense. especially with the way the refs make calls.
        When we played Boston, we had the win. All we had to do is send them to the line to make free throws and bumToni chose not to and he let them get a three and we lost in OT. A game that we had won, the coach found a way for us to lose. you tell me.

  55. Loki says:

    I was expecting something like that. Team is very young and new. Also there is Lin factor right now. I don’t blame him, he is doing his best after all. This should be so easy to blame him I believe Knicks wil gain experience this season, & next year they will be a great threat to any team in the league.

  56. Sea Pea says:

    Go back to the pre-Anthony line up and see what happens. It will take a while to get the current one to work and that means missing the playoffs and probably adjusting to a new coach so what do you have to lose….?

  57. tupark82 says:

    it has been truly unbearable to watch. melo has destroyed this team. click my name to see why i think he is michelangelo

    • Jacky says:

      2 – New York (0-4): Back to the brink. The Knicks are 2-8 since Carmelo Anthony’s return. It’s a problem without a good solution; they’re not going to move ‘Melo, and they can’t move Amar’e Stoudemire.

      • NYK fan says:

        Melo has kinda destroyed the flow and the chemistry of the knicks. But either way, he is scoring over 20 points for the knicks

  58. allaroundballer says:

    Anthony & Lin both struggle! Now any opponent guard Lin tight while Anthony trying to share his ball-handle
    D’Antoni never had this challenge before, two pilot? Someone should start from bench and D’Antoni knows who

    • Jacky says:

      New York (0-4): Back to the brink. The Knicks are 2-8 since Carmelo Anthony’s return. It’s a problem without a good solution; they’re not going to move ‘Melo, and they can’t move Amar’e Stoudemire.

    • Joe says:

      I think Knicks has enough good players to be better than this. Lin is not the solution, he is part of the team and just like Kobe (although not in skills comparison), you just have to love and hate the way he plays. One thing for sure, his ball-dribbling skills is not up to the NBA point guard level yet and yes, he is humble but at the same time, he has a very high confident which can sometimes be a boomerang for him. He often likes to show off and wants to contribute in scoring which is fine if it’s done correctly, but not forcing the issue.