Chris Copeland has cemented his position on this Knick Roster the night he scored 34 points in 19 minutes verse the Boston Celtics. What is going to surprise a lot of people is he may start opening night at the 3. With Amare out 2-3 weeks and the good news that Chandler's MRI showed little more than a slight bone bruise means Chandler will Start at center opening night. Melo will start at the 4 with Jr Smith at the 2 and Raymond Felt-on will start at the1. Camby, Wallace, Kidd, Pablo, Brewer, AMARE and Novacanie will perhaps make the league aware of us having the deepest bench in the NBA.
Look for Pablo to play major minutes with this club. Pablo makes everyone around him better and we witnessed such in preseason as he made Copeland an example of bringing out the best in an unknown player. Kidd looked good also but Pablo's 5 years of youth on Kidd and deceptive change of speed moves will bring out all the talent this current team has.. which is equal or better than any elite team in the NBA. Even better news comes from the knicks blog http://theknicksblog.com/knicks/j-r-s-ready-to-go/ JR SMITH IS Locked and loaded, ready to prove at 27 years old and an 8 year veteran, this becomes one dangerous team.
I predict the Knicks come out the block strong with wins over the Brooklyn Nets followed by a "Thumping " they will give the Heat during the Garden opener. There is something very special about this years team. We will not play passive and will literally bowl strikes the entire season. Mike Woodson will have to make sure he protects our players health and goes with whatever lineup works. This may include a decision to not disrupt team chemistry if we start out 5-0 by insuring Amare 's role will be coming off the bench which is not unreasonable in the least with our depth and talent.
John F Kennedy once said " Victory has a Thousand Fathers , however defeat will always remain an Orphan. Fellow Fanatics....EACH Knick will have a Thousand Fathers all the way to the Championship.
With all the injuries its hard to get a true read on the status of the team. I am not as confident as you with respect to the Knicks start of the season. Stoudemire will not be there for at least the first two weeks; it remains to be seen when Camby or Rasheed will see minutes, but one or both are needed for defense and rebounding. Let's hope Chandler's injury is not too serious. We will not see Shump return until January. I assume JR, at least, will be able to practice and play in the opener.
On the positive side, I was very encouraged by the play of Ron Brewer against the Nets and believe he will be an defensive force and fulfill a high energy role for the team. I too have become a Chris Copeland fan. His inexperience will result in mistakes but his offense is very much needed in the absence of Stat. I am also pleased by Ray Felton's overall play and believe that Pablo Prigioni ( my candidate for "Rookie of the Year') will see more minutes than Jason Kidd as the season progresses. Pablo makes everyone better.
If everyone can get healthy and can practice together, then some chemistry can develop. At that point, the Knicks can make a move to contest Boston and perhaps Philadelphia for the top spot in the division. LGK
smart point-guard play, especially from Spanish League veteran Pablo Prigioni, who capped a terrific preseason with 11 assists against the Nets. Starter Raymond Felton shot very well (38.1 percent on 3-pointers). Kidd, who played a lot of shooting guard, was competent, even if he didn’t look to score. “Our trio of point guards we have, it makes it easier for everyone else,’’ Anthony said. “Woodson has a lot of confidence with all three.’’
On the flip side, Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin is struggling. He posted a two-point, six-turnover night Wednesday and is shooting 22 percent with one game left.
@Auggie read above ..I'm not kidding.. Lin is a scrub
@Peaceman Different blog....same Morons.....Im comming to the conclusion that if you like something and enjoy watching it,you should just do so.Other peoples over enthusiastic and uneducated views just blow it