moocow007 wrote:More and more the Knicks are beginning to play East-West on offense instead of North-South. That in turn results in too many jumpers and not enough shots closer to the basket. Yes, having Felton back will help that but the Knicks need to figure out a way to be able to penetrate and get higher percentage shots.
Rebounding is an issue yes, but toughness (mental/physical) may be a bigger concern. Yes, Rasheed Wallace and Marcus Camby adds that but who knows how many games they'll play and if they will be able to make it through the season and into the playoffs.
Too much reliance on Anthony right now which is just playing into the opposing teams hands since they are basically daring anyone else to beat them. Result is too many 11-29 nights.
Realize that the Knicks road to anything in the playoffs will need to go through at least 2 of these 5 teams...Miami, Chicago, Indiana, Boston and Brooklyn. Of those 5, 4 of them will play extremely physical and will look to bully the Knicks. Can the Knicks not only handle the physicality but dish it out as well?
IMHO at this point, while you can argue that it's still early and that they can wait for all their players to get back, the reality is that there is such a thing as waiting too long. The Atlantic is no longer a guarantee (thanks to the Nets) so they simply cannot afford to give away games waiting for guys to get healthy.
A war isn't coming, it's hear already. They need to start playing like they are in one. And they need to evaluate the roster and bring in guys that can help them in the areas that they are weak at RIGHT NOW.
Drop White and Kurt Thomas and bring in Delonte West and Kenyon Martin...RIGHT NOW. West will go a long way to address the lack of penetration and he's very willing to attack the basket and draw defenses away from the perimeter which, in turn, will open up the Knicks shooters. West is a strong defender AND he also is a very good rebounder for his position. West also brings with him plenty of toughness and moxy. And he can shoot from the perimeter as well. Martin will help on off the boards and will bring a fighters mentality to this team that they are lacking right now. Neither White or Thomas are likely to do anything or contribute in any area.
Kenyon sure , Delonte ....from a skills standpoint yes but he is Crazy and he likes guns.Not a good mix. Would like someone who brings what he brings though