Good to know that Livefyre is back on track. Wish I could say the same for the Knicks. No D, no drive, no determination to box out and board, a design plan with a destiny for defeat, and only the usual "drivel" explanation from D'Antoni. At this rate, the Knicks will be lucky to make the 8th seed in the playoffs.
turrible loss. turrible. all this footsying around with Mason & Billy Walker is muddying the real issue: who's our 10th man?
We know the rotation at this point. We know our forwards are TWOMAX & Extra "E". We know our so-called centers are Mr. "T" & Jared. i think our best guard rotation is Billups / Fields / TD / Carter. That's our natural nine-man rotation, and it is just not very consistent.
We need a tenth man who can provide the rebounding and defensive intensity we lack when STAT & Melo decide to half-step.
It's not Walker, MDA's 11th man who has become the signal for "we need instant offense NOW" by Mr. Pringle. Walker's presence on the court usually means DDD and a stagnant offense. He plays no "D" and has little midrange game or passing ability.
It's not Mason, who'd be MY 11th man over Walker. Mase is our 12th man & is really just injury insurance at this point, and the classy thing would've been to waive him at the deadline if he cannot beat out Fields, Douglass OR Walker for burn at this point in his career.
It's not Andy Rautins, who is a delightful 15th man - perhaps the textbook definition of a good 15th man (alma mater connection w/ star, clean cut, eloquent style on community outreach efforts, stays in shape & claps well during game, bonds with other rookie who actually plays, etc.)
There are three candidates left for tenth man: Shelden Williams, Renaldo Balkman and Derrick Brown. i'd love to see a poll of the Fanatics asking which of these guys you'd play, given that their de-facto contributions will be as a backup 5, not a 4 or 3. Option #4 could be playing a 3-guard offense....my vote would be for Option #5......
Patrick Ewing, Jr. (who just won NBDL Player of the Week)
second place goes to.....Shelden Williams (and his indomitable fivehead). i just think he can help us on the boards, and possibly he can be bullied / threatened / cajoled into a slow jog at times in order to keep up with the painfully arthritic SSOL (as practiced by thirtysomething points Billups & AC).
Balkman has lost some explosiveness and shows little interest in doing anything besides popping treys & playing to the crowd. What a shame!
Brown has some talent, but it's not fair to put him in as a 5. i like him as a backup "4" for when Amare suffers first-half foul trouble - a narrow role, but one i think he could thrive in as our 13th man, if you will.