[Editor's note: another fine read from the resident Enforcer T'Man a/k/a "The Minister of Defense" or "Mr. T!" This one comes replete with a 12 game table of the Knicks. The table includes the Assist to Turnover Margin as well. Enjoy!]
There is a reason the Lakers have won besides Kobe.They are the biggest mofos to walk in the valley. Personally I would rather rebound the shyte out of other teams than block a few shots, less attempts less points. A blocked shot works on the psyhic level, a rebound is a possible -2 for you and +2 for me.
Think pro. The Flim Flam offense is betting against the house. I will take open shots of a higher value from a greater distance, a more numerous number of times and beat the conventional odds.
Try that in Vegas.
In the aforementioned sentence notice a more numerous number of times. You can't score without the ball, plus you need to fire away "a numerous number of times", seven seconds or less. So if you limit the number of possessions each one becomes more valuable and the pressure to score increases, gulp.
Unless you have a boss who convinces you, "What me worry, just shoot!" circa MAD Magazine.
You can get away with this offense if the other teams don't want to expend the energy to rebound, D you up and grind you out with their size. In other words it's not worth the effort in season, but come the playoffs things change. The Knicks are so physically weak they are being beat simply by being outrebounded so forget any playoff noise without a roster change. D'Antoni refuses to see that the only way to fix this thing of his is to play a lot smarter, get a lot better shots and of course play some semblance of D to limit the other team. Another choice is bring Rick Barry out of retirement to take Gallo's and everyone else's shots. Great numbers job, what else is new?
According to this article the Knicks do play Defense.
It's an aggresive unorthodox style that gambles plenty and is pressure oriented from Douglas and Williams so as to induce other teams into playing at a fast pace.
Pretty good read and a counter point to the criticism of the alleged Knicks as a non defensive oriented team.
Your thoughts gents?
@Tman That's an intersting point T'Man. I seems that Mikey D'Antoni is really head strong about his preferences and tendencies as a coach. But I (and I suspect you too as well) am an Art of War type of person. Be adaptive like water. Adaptive to your personnel, the strenghts and weaknesses of the enemy and those of your personnel. Vary your tactics as needed and to maximize the element of surprise and deception.
Seems like Mikey provides none of that. Here's a classic verse from Sun Tzu's classic that I'll paraphrase:
If you neither your enemy nor yourself, defeat is sure to ensue and you will lose all your battles (meaning in victory is achieved at a heavy cost)
If you know yourself and not the enemy, you will fail on the field of battle as much as you will win but you will never achieve true mastery. (Victories are still costly and you are bested by Generals with more balance to their strategies, knowledge, tactics and flexibility)
If you know both thyself and your enemy you will achieve true mastery (assuming that the General is like water adaptive to the field of battle, his enemies, his personnel, the terrain and the season/climates).
D'Antoni is one of two Generals in NY, he is the lesser one. Walsh is the competent General. The seasoned strategist.
@Orange_and_BlueHow come Nate wasn't used in the same way? I wonder if Dan D'Ant, who seems to have some sense, would approach the game plan the same way if he were the #1 guy instead of the bandaid man.Do you really think Mike would listen to him if he were not his older brother?