No surprise here. Landry Fields has been selected for the NBA Rookie-Sophomore All-star game. Fields has started all 47 games for the Knicks this season. He has averaged 10.1 points on 52% shooting (38% from the arc) and 7.1 rebounds in 32 minutes per game. Fields has been a steady contributor to the Knicks' success with smart ball play and persistent hustle. The Knicks rookies named to participate in the game were Nate Robinson and Channing Frye.
Congratulations and thanks to Landry Fields.
Whoa. I have a lot of catch up reading to do. I'll be opening the LBE soon. Wifey is out of town so I've got some priorities to feed. Tonight is quesidilla night. Well, the little one will not eat the quesidilla --he wants hot dog and chicken nuggets. That won't take as long as reading him a bedtime story. So enjoy the game. I'll catch you when I can.
It's raining, so I'm writing.
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." - George Santayana
Everyone needs a little luck!Reggie Miller was a shot nut from UCLA who could have exploded in Walsh's face just like E Curry, who's talent I liked, did in Ike's face.If the guys Isiah made rich would have played hard for him he might still be here.Make what you want out of that.You play the cards you're dealt.I have no problem with IT as a scout, he knows raw talent as well as most.Being a good college player doesn't necessarily translate to being a good pro.You have to shake the dog to find out about its heart.But in the end you get your shot and have to live with the results.Was MJ or the Dr. a 1st pick in the first round?who really knew?And if they say they did run, they're liars.Fields was a different kind of player in college, a limited star, he translates into a much, much better pro.If I were looking for a GM I wouldn't pick Ike.If I were looking for a head scout I might.It's that simple.And I wouldn't ask Layden to get me a glass of water.He's on the bench in Utah because of his daddy Frank, another Walsh catholic school-college buddy.Yesterday Walsh was the Turtle, today he's the Shark.Luckily for him his wife and family will still love him at the end of the day.Let's use ourcollective brains and move on to make better choices.I have no problem with Carmelo, we need a 4th quarter money guy.I have a big problem with giving up a unique glue guy as part of the package.The biggest part of the problem in today's game is guys are so poorly coached from biddy to college.They don't understand the nuances of the game.Lots of guys can score given enough shots.I like Chandler, but I would trde him in a second along with other scorers for Melo.I can get more one dimensional guys.Thinkers with "game" and talent are unfortunately much harder.Donnie knows the deal.I doubt Fields is going anywhere.Besides, we're not for real until we legitimately fill the middle.Getting better is a chess game, not checkers just like the game is more than a hi-lite reel.LGK
RON ARTEST WANTS TO BE TRADED BY FEB 24TH~
Ron Artest hopes to to be traded before the Feb. 24th deadline, according to a source.
Artest's agent David Bauman declined comment.
Artest played just 5.5 seconds of the fourth quarter and overtime in Tuesday's game against Houston.
Another item of concern for Artest is the limit to what he is allowed to do offensively. Artest is almost always the fourth or fifth option when it comes to scoring.
Artest is also weary of being blamed for the struggles of Lakers.
Oh yeah, in my mind Landry Fields can call himself Elliot Ness, he is Untouchable.Name a vet who does what Fields in the NBA today?He is a complete throwback to the NBA's Golden Age when guys played multiple aspects of the game.To be compared with Havlicek and DeBusherre is the highest compliment possible to me, after being compared to Oscar/MJ.This kid is much more than the sum of his parts.If Blake Griffin weren't in the rookie race, and I agree he is not a true rookie, sitting on an NBA bench you learn a few things, Fields would be rookie of the year.Walsh will not trade this kid.If he does I would have to think about how much I love this team.
Congratulations to our untouchable rookie shooting guard, Landry Fields. A nice mix video of the rook, with a nice tune to it to boot.
@Tman Hey, at least I admit when I'm off. And I was right that both gambled. One did so on character players either w/ questionable body parts or not enough shine (STAT and Felton) the other on healthy pups but malcontents and underachieving players who lacked character.
Characters win! That is being proven. Gambles are just that. Had STAT not played like a man possessed and taken his character and leadership to mecca w/ a makeover mission and had fields not been the steal he is then Walsh may be on a hot seat. Gambles work and then again they can backfire.
@Peaceman If he could be had and head to the Knicks to compliment a STAT, Melo, Fields, Mozgov lineup that would be very nice. But right now cap space flexibility is the name of the game.
@Orange_and_Blue We need Melo no doubt. However, imagine Artest in our lineup against the Heat? Imagine Ron Ron getting all over Lebron or Wade? After all Ron made Kobe Shit his pants when HOUSTON TOOK THE EVENTUAL WORLD CHAMPS 7 hard fought Games without Tmac or Yao! Ron scared Kobe so much Kobe used his pull to make him a Laker, so he wouldn't ever have to face him again........"In the playoffs, Artest helped the Rockets advance past the first round for the first time in 11 seasons. In Game 2 of the second round against the Los Angeles Lakers, Artest, who was battling for rebounding position with Kobe Bryant, was elbowed in the neck by Bryant, which was later ruled to be a Type 1 flagrant foul. After being called for an offensive foul, Artest was indignant and proceeded to antagonize Bryant after the play, which eventually led to an ejection by Joe Crawford. In Game 3, Artest was again ejected in the fourth quarter after a hard foul on Pau Gasol, who was attempting to dunk on a fast-break. It was determined the next day that the foul was not serious enough to warrant an ejection, and the flagrant foul was downgraded..... That sound like good Oak?Mase defense???????????
@Peaceman That's an interesting situation there. He's getting the full MLE? But getting him will cost the Knicks cap space flex for Melo. Which one would you save the Chardanay bucks for Peaceaman?
@Tman "Elliot Ness!" Excellent naming. Maybe Ness or Nessy for short. But we'll try that for LBE tonight.
Let's go Nessy!
@Lives ROFLMAO! That was a good one!
@Peaceman @Tman ROFLMAO!!!! good one Peaceman! Yeah! How many people were keyed in and had a clue on Fields. We were all puzzled and I recall you talking about how we past up on "Born Ready." He's obviously not as ready as Fields.
You are right, regarding how people in the MSM use the Isaiah Thomas years as the spring board on which to assess, the Knicks at the turn of the century to the Knicks under Walsh. It's not really fair. Layden did do worse and it must not be forgotten. Thomas worked w/ what he had given the win now mandate at the Garden. He gambled and it backfired, Walsh also gambled and it's come out ok so far. STAT's knees are the reall question mark and so are the cieling on Gallo. But I must admit I like the blend of hungry talent on the cheap and the cap space flexibility Walsh's stewardship has brought to the Knicks.
I'll defend Zeke against bashers who fail to take his stewardship in context of the win now mandate and I will Donnie his due. Thomas scouts surely had their say in Fields as they did with Lee. That is part of the good in Thomas' legacy to deny it is to Be Frank Isola and Marc Berman. There is good and bag, "a mixed bag" compared to the shyt bag Thomas acquired. So point is turnarounds aren't a given to quick fixes and blame should be shared as should credit. That goes to all involved in the sordid affair of the reconstruction of the Knicks.
@Orange_and_Blue " Thomas was wronger but so will Walsh be should he be canned to let Zeke back in and claim credit for the end product of the revival"
...YES. However, I really don't care any longer...just tired of seeing comments from people who know nothing about our team's history...except IT caused the Holocaust while Perry White Layden gets no mention by these people. The Fact is compared to what IT inherited, Walsh inherited a DREAM TEAM! That is a Fact!
@Peaceman I'm no rethuglican Peaceman. Then again I wasn't part of the cult of personality yucking up on Obama Koolaid either. I defend the pres when people fail to see the current period in context of Republican wartime spending w/o war time taxing. I acknowledge their knee jerk moves into Iraq and their hypocrisy while worshiping wall street while disrespecting main sreet.
The way the MSM turned up the heat on Thomas was disgusting and for that reason I joined the chorus to defend him. I hope he gets another chance. With the Pistons. But two wrongs won't make a right. Thomas was wronger but so will Walsh be should he be canned to let Zeke back in and claim credit for the end product of the revival. There must be a ying to a yang not an eye for an eye...
@Orange_and_Blue "But the overpay for underperformers and malcontents, gamble backfired on Thomas."
Do you realise IT INHERiTED 100 Million in HOWARD ISLEY, SHANDON ANDERSON & CLARENCE WEATERSPOON'S contracts? Add on another big $$$$ one with Antonio Mcdyce as he was injured day one in a knick Uniform. Walsh inherited Jamal Crawford ...and HOW's ZACH RANDOLPH looking today? Total different senario. Walsh had no Idea who Feilds was on draft day!
Oh BTW.....This economy and two Wars we are in are Obama's!!!!
@Peaceman We'll never know will we. Beck seems to have picked up some of those salty nuts, Isola and Berman chew on on the regular.
I respect Beck but context is everything. That is what needs to be considered. Walsh couldn't tell fans in 2004 when he came in that he was going to do some cap shuffling untill the 2010 free agent class would become available. But then again when the 3 Um Egos resigned with their clubs with opt outs, Thomas might have gotten a clue. It didn't show in his signing manuevers. Again he inherited what he inherited and w/o the benefit of seeing how things would eventually play out with the Three Um egos. Still given his mission he gambled wrong on the wrong pricey players, Marbury, Curry and abused the MLE like a crack addict abuses recycled needles. His drafting is ok, though there were many misses that might have bolstered his solid drafting record. He was better than Layden, missed on his big signing gambles and drafted solidly.
Walsh gambled w/ 2010, sure he missed the big fish since they colluded w/ each other. But his gamble on STAT has panned out so far. Key phrase is So Far. Only time will tell if that will be more of the same. His drafting is also ok, Gallo is inconsistent but a solid NBA player when he's tuned into the game, missed on Hill (though bigs take longer to develop and good luck w/ Houstons micromanaged roster) Douglas was solid value at his selction and Fields is diamond and steal. Felton is better than expected, Mozzy can play and if Randy were played some we'd have some Bynum/Gasol lenght to show our adversaries from time to time.
He is far more successful in his gambles and risk than Thomas. It's time to give Walsh "The Old Shark" his due.
D'Antoni is a different story. If anyone shouldn't be readily resigned (assuming there's no one out there better) it's D'Antoni. Walsh, deserves an extension.
Let's go Knicks!
@Orange_and_Blue @Peaceman Move on Ike.Who drafted MJ?Kareem,Ewing? The Doctah?Unless your name is Auerbach you were hired to eventually be fired.Thomas did a lot of things wrong.Stern had him booted for cause or Walsh wouldn't be here today.IT might have done a few things right as a talent scout.That's not the job he's asking for.When you run a business there is a bottom line.Isiah should move on.If he deserves a second chance anywhere it is inDetroit where he is still revered with his old backcourt mate Dumars.However, doesn't the boss bring his son in law into the business over guys who have worked their way up on merit?Dolan the Younger has an IT fixation.What are you gonna do?Round and round we go.Bottom line, guys are recycled in this game all the time.Thomas can have another chance---just somewhere else.If it ain't completely broke, can D'Ant, don't fix it!
@Orange_and_Blue It's just like Obama after George Bush. Same shit. Why do you think IT was brought in this year by Dolan to be a "Special Consultant?" Landry Fields is the real reason. I bet you'll never see the MSM ask Walsh " who's really behind the Landry Fields pick????"
@Peaceman You guys do know that Howard beck of the times wrote the counter anti MODI bit on the Isaiah era Knicks. I believe he did better than Layden given where Thomas came in. But the overpay for underperformers and malcontents, gamble backfired on Thomas.
Perhaps you mean that those members of Thomas' scouting department that stayed on board deserve some of that credit. Well, in that case I agree. Donnie did select and the scouts did scout, so kudos all around on Fields. Same when David Lee was drafted. Scouts scouted and Thomas pulled the trigger, Kudos there.
It's a new decade and time to move on. I don't see Thomas back in the organization. Will I be booted off Knicks Fanatics? Whose with me? T'Man?