Amar’e Stoudemire is the First Knick to Be Named a Starter Since Patrick Ewing in 1997
Last Night Danilo Gallinari finally played as if he was worthy of being on the All-Star ballot but it was his teammate Amar’e Stoudemire who was selected to the starting lineup for the Eastern Conference All-Stars.
Molto Bene Studmuffin!
Joining him will be Dwight Howard, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Derrick Rose
Kobe Bryant (the top vote getter) Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul and Yao Ming were named starters. Yao’s replacement will be named after the reserves are chosen. Hhe will be unable to play due to injury.
Congratulations to all the starters, especially STAT who is representing NYC quite nicely.
Anyone interested in leading the LBE if I put it up. I'm not available to produce it, but I can set it up. Otherwise, I will just create a game thread for folks to join in like the old pre-LBE days. Holler at me in the next 15 minutes and let me know if you're interested.
At this point, it is becoming abundantly clear that the whole D'Amphony exercise was about building up value, keeping the product reasonably marketable and entertaining, and then staking up the franchise for a long term run (say 10 years) as a power in the East. IT is a reasonable dream packed in pipes and with matches sticking out. Why? It fenna blow up. D'Amphony is driving Dolan's Bentley on worn tires at 100 MPH and with a cracked windshield. Those future stars that would shine in years 5-10 are being contemplated for a "give-get" that would bring sheer joy to the “Roster Baters” in these here parts. What's a Blogga to do? Fields and Randolph should be untouchables on this squad. Mellow out and breathe into a cup of hot cocoa.
Meanwhile, the Fanatics faithful endure what is obviously fair to midlin' basketball--run and gun style where players rush shots (or play) without having rebounders in place. Players know that the fugazy coach rewards when they hurry to the offensive end to "get theirs" so they overlook the Defensive requirements like blocking the passing lanes, rotating on defense or taking a change. Just two players do that every now and again and number 6 is one of them. Finally, after rushing to get on offense and scoring 108 points and with 3 minutes left, they continue to run and take ill-advised shots while a player with low post dexterity squirms on the bench. The game is not hastened to victory but to a defeat because the opponents make stops and shots. All this is a ruse Fanatics and we should not be sold this bill of goods and told to like it. Fools gold like last night are welcomed but not sustainable. D'Amphony is killing this franchise and true NYK Fanatics hope someone can see through IT.
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@Steady I thought you'd like that one, "One Trick Phony." Too bad we can't use the OTP acronym for that one since it is now reserved for Other Team's Players.
@Orange_and_Blue LMAOOOOOO on the last line O&B. One trick PHONY. Loving the aliteration and pun as you know Steady would.
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@Steady You know I wholeheartedly agree with you there Steady. I just replied to T'Man on a thread of his I booted up to the penthouse. There is an Art of War reference about being adaptable like water and knowing both your enemy and yourself so as to maximized adaptability.
I don't see it with D'Antoni. Big win, that was a result of the 3 ball churning up followed up by what I read was a terrible loss last night.
There's always and excuse as D'Amphony marchess headstrong wearing out the tires on the Bentley to a bridge Palin sold him to nowhere. But so long as it churns out chedder Dolan won't intervene.
For the love of God and all that' s good in this world don't keep this phony One Dimensional coach on board, get in one with more balance and prudence on both side of the ball. One who won't wear out the team's franchise investments.
And you know what, if we played more of the one's were with who could add much needed elements (Yeah Curry's post game and Randolph multidimensionality) we just might do more damage against our adversaries.
D'Amphony is a ONE TRICKE PHONY!
Don't trade Fields
Instead, near the end, the rookie Landry Fields slipped through the cracks, as he had the entire game, delivering a 3-pointer that silenced the Heat with 49 seconds remaining and paving the way to the Knicks’ 93-88 victory over the short-handed Heat.
“After playing them twice, I came into this game a little bit more aggressive than I usually am and it didn’t matter who we were playing against,” said Fields, who scored a combined 8 points in the previous two games against Miami. “It was fun.”
Fields guarded Wade much of the game and helped coax him into misfiring late. “He looked like a superhero to me,” Fields said of Wade’s eyewear. For much of the game, he played like one.
Fields seemed content to do the dirty work. He crashed through the lane, contorted his body to finish layups and dived into the stands to chase loose balls. He finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds.
“Landry Fields was probably the player of the game,” Heat Coach Erik Spoesltra said. “That is a guy who survives on making effort plays.”
Fields received a standing ovation in the first half when he followed a missed free throw by Stoudemire with a dunk attempt. He was thwarted by Mike Miller’s foul.
“I figured I hadn’t done it in a while, so maybe they had forgot about me doing stuff like that,” Fields said. “So, I guess I caught them sleeping. Luckily — or not luckily, we always want our players to make shots — but it came off the right way.”
Fields made both free throws and completed a 6-point possession for the Knicks that began with Shawne Williams’s 3-pointer and a technical foul on Miami’s Juwan Howard.
Neither team led by double digits, and there were 16 lead changes.
NY Post, TNT’s Charles Barkley took issue with those going ga-ga over the Knicks. “I get mad when people try to say they’re back,” Barkley said last night at the Garden, before the Knicks knocked off the Heat, 93-88. “They’re not back. They’re a lot more interesting. They’re going to make the playoffs. But so is Philadelphia.” Barkley, the outspoken Hall of Famer turned broadcasting legend, also ripped Mike D’Antoni’s speedball offense as he relaxed in the green room before the game with two writers. Barkley was asked if D’Antoni’s offense can win a title. The Phoenix resident who’s seen a ton of Suns games across the decade laughed. “I can already read the headline: Barkley bashes D’Antoni,” Barkley said. “I don’t think they can win with this system,” he said. “I saw it in Phoenix. They had a lot more talent in Phoenix. A lot more. The three most critical areas of the game are defense, rebounding and turnovers. That’s the fundamental flaws of that system. It’s not going to end pretty. “I watched them every night during the last few years [under D'Antoni], and that system exaggerated how great a player you are. Go back to all the guys playing in Phoenix — Barbosa, Diaw, Shawn Marion, Quentin Richardson. All those guys had inflated numbers. David Lee. They left that system and maybe those guys are not great players. As soon as you leave the system they kind of dropped off the face of the earth. One thing I’ll say about Mike, he’s made a lot of guys money.” Barkley said Stoudemire should not be the midpoint’s MVP. “He’s in the conversation but [Chicago's] Derrick Rose is the MVP,” Barkley said. “You can’t have the MVP from the sixth seed.” Barkley sees Carmelo Anthony as a Knick sooner or later. “If he doesn’t get dealt here by the trade deadline, he’ll come play here next year,” Barkley said. “I thought he should’ve taken the [Nets] deal. I like some of Jersey’s pieces, Brook Lopez I like. They’re going to Brooklyn in a couple of years. I thought he should’ve taken that deal.” Barkley said the Knicks aren’t close to being a conference title contender. “They’re a long way away,” Barkley said. “The four best teams in the East are head and shoulders above everybody else.” The truth hurts, but it’s a journey and some frank appraisal should be appreciated.We need to get bigger in the middle and better defensively.We are scoring a ton and losing to most good teams.Carmelo will help us as a closer with consistency, but as the silly LeBro booing shows they must be mixing Kool Aid in with the beer at the Garden.LGK
@Tman Very well said T'Man
Barkley is right about the Knicks speedball and the critically fundamental weaknesses it allows. Disadvantages on the boards, scoring in the paint, defensively and at times w/ turnovers. You can't win the big picture like this.
D'Amphony is still a sham selling yet another market MSG product. I'm still not sold on it's long term success or that it will not wear down our Bently to a nub.
Very well said Mr. T!
@Tman Mr. Minister of D---Barkley is a hater and not always right. In fact, the Lord of the Rings had always made that assessment so he is only repeating what's already been said. From his logic, is Derrick Rose MVP because he's on the no. 1 seed? Blogga Puh-sleeaaaze!
IT would be interesting to see how the "give-get" goes for any action before February 12. Steady has already stated the untouchables and that is Steady Bloguin. Those pieces you covet may be on the squad and D'Amphony is acting like they're garbage. On his game, ECurry is a beast to handle down and the risk-reward is lesser D so Stat would have to do the board work. Turiaf is a shot blocking menacing legit C. You can have some nice permutations with those pieces. But we're being told they are garbage. Dani Boy and Randy are both 6'11 and legit bigs who can be taught about positioning for rebounds. Timo East of Mecca has the ghetto name and mean streak to use his 6 fouls in four quarters. Again, we're being told he is garbage. Clearly, we in KFB world see a different game. So we wait to see what lies they tell and what garbage they dump to become someone else's treasure--Ariza, Hill, Nene, etc., etc. yada, yada.
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Charles says it all better than me!
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