Thursday, October 29th, 2009 at 9:30 am  |  19 responses

The Knicks: Who We Thought They Were

Some things just never change, it seems: “Is it possible to be eliminated from playoff contention in October? With the Knicks, anything is possible … except making shots and a commitment to playing hard-nosed defense. You would think that the Knicks, owners of eight straight losing seasons, would at the least put in an honest day’s work on opening night. Instead, Mike D’Antoni’s club went through the motions and was thoroughly embarrassed by the Miami Heat, losing 115-93 in a game that was over early in the third quarter.”

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  • Jacqueline Mitchell

    The Knicks were beyond bad last night.They were even beyond terrible,In truth they just stunk.

  • http://www.twitter.com/notebooknick thesubwayconnection

    Nate even apologized on twitter.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Mike D’Antoni is not a very good coach at all. He’s horrible at making draft picks (which has influenced Donnie Walsh), and he just doesn’t know what defense is. He absolutely cannot coach defense… He also doesn’t know how to work the half-court offense either… His game plan is jacking threes and sprinting down court for a fastbreak when there isn’t even a numbers advantage…
    And what was the point of drafting Jordan Hill and Toney Douglas if they each played 6 minutes last night?! The point was to draft a rookie who could come in an PLAY. Why not let Toney Douglas develop this season? The Knicks made no changes over the offseason to the roster, yet somehow the playoffs are in reach? We heard this all last year!

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Brilliant, and completely accurate, headline.

  • LeoneL

    Please make D’Antoni give Toney Douglas plenty of burn.

  • Michael

    on the bright side, they are still fantasy gold, 7 3′s for Danilo!!

  • mumadone

    They are who we thought they were!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.sonicbids.com doyouwantmore

    They’ll go after Wade and Stoudamire and finish in the second round for the next five years or something like that. I’d bet on it.

  • http://slamonline.com Spaceship Jay

    Lol, I was just telling a co-worker that it looks like myself and 4 other co-workers decided to go to Miami to play a pick-up game against some fool named “Dwayne”, and his so called “basketball team that represents Miami.” I’m sure the score would be the same.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Everybody thought that Mike D made the players but maybe it’s the other way around? His system could only work with that specific team? Galinari is a fruit. How you gon take ONE shot inside the arc out of 14.

  • http://slamonline.com Spaceship Jay

    Fear, Z. Fear.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I doubt that any system would be that successful with the mix of players the Knicks have right now. And by successful I mean more than a fringe playoff team.
    Mike D is maximizing the team’s offensive talent, but he’s pretty much the same coach he’s always been.
    Remember, he had some of the most stacked, but flawed teams in the league in Phoenix. It was a match made in heaven. The players wouldn’t have been nice without him, and he wouldn’t have been as nice without those particular players.

  • LA Huey

    @Allenp, I hear you. those phx players and coach d’antoni were perfect for each other. also, if the knicks plan was to make the team attractive to lebron and lebron’s stated goal is to win rings, why hire a coach that runs a system that can’t win one?

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Steve Nash made Mike D’Antoni. THERE, I SAID IT.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Okay, that’s a little exaggerated. I agree, Brian Collangelo’s roster fit perfectly with Mike D’Antoni’s offensive and zero defensive scheme. But I don’t see any other team in the NBA ever working that well under Mike D’Antoni again, unless he goes out and coaches the Golden State Warriors.
    He’s a terrible fit for the Knicks judging by his horrible decisionmaking for his first bit. By this I mean his draft choosing…
    If the Knicks players weren’t such babies Larry Brown would have turned this team around.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Oh, and Donnie Walsh hasn’t done anything right now to lead us to believe he’s better than Isiah Thomas (in New York, since he was obviously better in Indiana). Well, except for clearing cap space. In 2010 when he signs a free agent bandwagon fans are going to praise him as a genius, but the Knicks fans who had to endure a decade of basketball withdrawal will know otherwise.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    tell me again why Lebron or any big names would want to come play in the big apple?

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    doyouwantmore Posted: Oct.29 at 1:04 pm
    They’ll go after Wade and Stoudamire and finish in the second round for the next five years or something like that. I’d bet on it.

    You obviously have a serious gambling problem, because NEITHER Amar’e nor Wade would go to this stunk up franchise as it stands. You would lose your push bike and your piggy bank making that bet and you shouldn’t even be allowed anywhere the internet. Doe your parents know your on here?

  • http://slamonline Damian

    I’d like to make a statement how about it all starts with the owner Mr.Dolan who brought in Donnie Walsh who brought in Mike D’Antoni who is an offensive style coach and a good coach but not really a good coach when it comes to playing and showing some good team defense,playing smart,limiting turnovers,communicating,having good starts and finishes and why not bring back Patrick Ewing Sr.,Chuck Oakley,John Starks as coaches and have Chuck Barkley,Bill Laimbeer,or Rick Mahorn as General Manangers of the Knicks that way they can turn things around like the Boston Celtics and get things done on the both ends of the floor and commited to winning and only winning especially in Madison Square Garden but first we need a savior so badly because the knicks are still a laughing stock except the liberty who still a better team and thank the good Lord we have the liberty with the right personally around Shameka they’ll become a title contending team especially in the future.