Yesterday, the NBA released the Knicks schedule for the 2013-2014 season. The season starts October 30th at home against the Milwaukee Bucks. We should start the season 1-0.
As Bart Scott said "Can't Wait"! for the season to start. Would love if we get Ivan Johnson. He is tough and we can use that.
Mike Woodson All Over J.R.'s Blonde Ambition at Ball Don't Lie.
@Knicks Fanatic Like Felton, just don't love him.Udrith is a tough MF.Best pick up the Genius/Grunge has made so far.He got a 7 mil journeyman/starter for 1 mil and change.That and Kenyon are his finest hour so far.And both were marketplace accidents.Don't like Mr. Softee from Toronto.But hey its a new season and WDF/whodafycke wants to read about a-roid?Udrih shoud start.6'3", tough defender, good j, Euro, so can run the P&R, durable.I like Prig a lot but he's too small defensively, cheats too much and will wear down with starter minutes.He's small, old and will be worn to shyte if the knix use their usual pattern of devastating older players with overuse.That said I love the guy if used wisely.We'll see if Woodrow can stand up to management's pressure.Should have signed him for 2years at most, but good for him for getting 3.Best wishes to Woody controlling that locker room.Melo got his wish finally.He's the old head.Kind of scary.Personally I think his bag is half packed.When your franchise player publicaly says he wants to keep his options open and his window is closing you got a problem.But then that's why you play this great game.Nice to have you back.I'll check back.T
@Tman @Knicks Fanatic Just chiming in after a long hiatus. Hello T'Man. It's been a while since the blog had post. I'm glad to read new ones. I'm thinking the Knicks have a shot at one of the top three spots in the EC. I like the off season acquisitions. I think Bargnani was brought on to draw out opposing bigs that succeeded in packing the paint on the Knicks during last seasons failed playoff push. I'm not saying Barg's is the "2nd scorer" Melo dreams off. But as a number two in Toronto and with good health he was very effective and quite a matchup problem w/ his combination of size, shooting touch, and handles and a varied enough game for a big man. Yes he hurts the Knicks on the Boards. But NY is lacking in two way players and I think the key is find and work on a lineup that harmonizes the teams strengths while minimizing their individual weaknesses.
@Tman . Good day Mr. T. You're sounding good -- I hope life is treating you that way.
I admittedly am playing catch-up on our beloved Knicks but I watched enough last season to know the collection of old men we had was not a sustainable championship threat. Felton was ok for me at points, but so inconsistent. He is wants to be viewed up there with the top guards -- I don't think so, but I would love for him to prove me wrong.
It's a new day and new management at the old corral.
Like you I believe the Knicks made many a mistake that took them down a road where they'd be greatful for a 3rd seed in the East and a strong playoff showing. But. Spilt milk is just that. All I as a long time Knicks fan can hope for is that the mistakes of the past aren't repeated in the future. I believe that is the case this time out. Most of Grunwald's work has been to build up the team w/ additions from the dollar store bin. He's found quality this summer in players like Udrih, Martin, Artest. And as usual he's signed some young prospects who's cost will not hurt the team going forward and who may be developed or surprise if the coaching staff sees to their development. (Tyler, 2nd rounder, Hardaway). Many if not most of the contracts handed out are at minimum two year deals and the cap space for 2015 is bountiful. This time out the Knicks can approach that off season with a star in tow, and a better more promising track record than they did in 2010. But that's just my opinion. I don't think Cope is a better player than Bargnani. Perhaps cost efficiencywise, he is. But Bargnani has had very good stints in this league even before Copeland came onto the scene. He was a very good 2nd scorer when paired next to Bosh's first banana a while back. Also while not a great individual defender, their are metrics out there that point to him as a solid post defender. Barg's has handles for a big, a post game and can shoot from different ranges on the floor. I think if him, STAT, and KMart are used prudishly they all can make the Knicks more than the some of their parts. Ditto goes for Artest and whoever fills the minutes behind Chandler (either PF or Tyler can do). But again it all to me depends on what Woody can do w/ this team. Meaning him and his coaching staff. This is the deepest roster the Knicks have had in a while. And there's plenty of fire power around to help Melo in and the Knicks in their search for playoff glory.
We know who comes first dad.You have your priorities right.
As to our team a third finish is pretty optimistic.If Stat were to somehow recover it might be a possibility.Without his size and low post scoring, don't see it.The Marsh-Melo from Canada has no history that suggests anything but a big J-shooter (when he plays).Copeland was better, cheaper and worst of all we have to face him on an improved Indy team that is better and built for the playoffs.Miami, Chi, Indy are the head of the class and BK and ATL (Milsap great addition, JSmith will be the final nail in JDumars' GM career) are unknown quantities that have lots of Po-10 as in potent-i-al.That's why we watch the games.
Once again the reason we're in this mess is we're capped out and unwilling to take on more luxury tax.I pay my cable bill so that answer is unacceptable.If you want to pay 3 guys 60 mil you should realize it may cost you a lot more to go after a chip (see M.Arison @ Miami).The Russian understands that as does the guy in Miami.Point is the Nix are hugely profitable and want to keep all the bucks (How American is that?).The owners set up the cap, then cry "outrageous" when their free market cohorts expose it as BS.
The best things in life used to be free, water, love, God, a game you used to play in the schoolyard.I'd invest in bottled air if it comes on the market.There's not much left.
Enjoy your baby.New season, lgk
@Knicks Fanatic @Tman Word is that the Knicks while not having an elite point guard, have plenty of quality depth and can play Woody's small ball two point guard sets w/o wearing out prigs as much. Also the depth w/ Beno signed is great injury insurance. I think this Knicks team is better equiped in terms of seasoned vets and younger prospects- should they be properly developed- a big if in gotham- to withstand the injuries that slowed the Knicks during last year's lulls and playoff exit. Can't wait for the upcoming season. Hope to chime in. In what capacity will be determined by a little baby named Q'ori.