Next for New York Knicks?
1. Fact or Fiction: The Knicks were wise to want Mike D’Antoni out.
At first glance, the answer is clearly fiction. Take a step back and listen to what Melo and Amare had to say after the “resignation” and you can tell that the answer is a resounding TRUE. The only person who I think wouldn’t admit to not buying into the system is Melo. The core of the D’Antoni-Melo-drama (see what I did there?) was rooted in Melo’s coaching upbringing. Under Jim Boeheim at ‘cuse he was basically allowed to run roughshod on the court, and it worked. In Denver, he played for George Karl, the world’s foremost “player’s coach”. D’Antoni is a system guy, and you have to fit into his system or you don’t succeed. Melo don’t play that.
2. Fact or Fiction: More Melo will be good for the Knicks’ offense.
Fiction. A more efficient Melo will be good for the Knicks offense. Nothing more needs to be said on this.
3. Fact or Fiction: Linsanity is history.
Of course it is. So is Tebow-mania. It happens, and it has to happen so the team can operate normally. Statistically, Lin isn’t doing much different than he did in his debut games, it’s just that the (Tomlin-ism incoming) “standard of expectation has changed”. This guy blew in, started running the offense and averaging around 15/8 a game. Ok, you’ve done that Jeremy, what’s next? That’s what this world is all about. You’ll see Linsanity in full throat if the Knicks can get through the first round, or damnit at least to a game 5.
4. Fact or Fiction: The Knicks will make some noise in the playoffs.
Faction. That’s right I’m making it up. With three decisive wins under Woodson, things certainly look promising, but that’s not entirely uncommon for a coaching change. We won’t have any idea how to predict this until they face some adversity, and I don’t mean on the court. Certainly the Pacers are a worthy adversary. If Woodson keeps peace in the locker room, he’ll have a happy court. Then they’ll see real adversity on the court without that excitement and energy that comes from the players getting what they want.
5. Fact or Fiction: Phil Jackson will and should be the next N.Y. coach.
Kobe, Fisher, Shaq. Jordan, Pippen, and whoever the hell the center was. Melo, Lin, Chandler? Wait, what about Amare? I’m not sure this team is built for the triangle, and neither Jackson nor the Knicks fans have any tolerance for rebuilding again.
As an addendum on this stolen story, much has been said of the performance of the bench players under Woodson. Looking back on the seven games of Linsanity, the bench was the key. The stars were on the sideline and the bench got major minutes. Utilizing the talent on the bench of this team has to be the key going forward.