Thursday, September 2nd, 2010 at 10:00 am  |  24 responses

Toney Douglas: ‘I Feel We Are a Playoff Team’

The Knicks’ point guard expects Madison Square Garden to host a few postseason games next season. From the NY Post: “Toney Douglas only could laugh when two of the first three questions from young kids at a Knicks youth camp in the Hamptons were on his thoughts on LeBron James choosing Miami over the Knicks. Douglas said he only can control what he can control. What he should have said is he can’t wait to meet James in the playoffs. Because Douglas, the Knicks’ backup point guard, said he thinks his team is going to break its six-year playoff drought. ‘Definitely,’ Douglas said. ‘I feel like have a lot of talent. We just all have to be on one page and make sure everybody is totally on it. I feel we are a playoff team.’ The coaching staff will tell you nobody has worked harder than Douglas this offseason. The second-year Florida State product has done two-a-days at their Westchester compound since the beginning of May — save for a two-week break in July. Douglas, the Knicks’ most tenacious defender, said one of the reasons he has worked so hard is he wants to be a leader this season. There were none during last season’s 29-53 campaign.”

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  • http://gmail dirty frank

    I hope so.

  • The Philosopher

    That kid Douglas has heart.

  • Red

    Good joke!! Bulls will kill them as usual.

  • JTaylor21

    I feel his right. Bulls fans, you do know that MJ and Scottie are not walking through that door.

  • http://www.slamonline.com wayno

    Amare isn’t going to help them any more than David Lee did…

  • lexluther703

    Boozer has every right to call Chicago a championship contender, but really Toney? C’MON SON

  • Red

    Yeah instead it’s rose and Noah. Still gonna destroy the Knicks :)

  • http://www.google.com/news BETCATS

    I feel….that i have bad gas right now.


    Toney Douglas knows what’s up. Go Knicks!

  • Red

    We got deng Noah rose and. Boozer that’s more enough to destroy the Knicks. Child please!

  • Hussman25

    Hard to know if you can make it, IF YOU’VE NEVER BEEN TO THE PLAYOFS!

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

    Amar’e's going to help them *less* than David Lee did.

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    Even if I agreed that STAT wasn’t a huge improvement over David Lee, Randolph, Felton and Turiaf were all added to this team. They got a lot bigger and a lot better this off-season.

  • Shem

    The Knicks haven’t changed that much.. Amar’e won’t do much more than David Lee. Also considering Nash isn’t there, I wouldn’t be surprised if his numbers dropped. Randolph at the 4 is yet to be seen, he has potential but very inconsistent. Danilo at the 3 as last year. Bill Walker at the 2 and Felton or Douglas at point. They won’t see the 2nd round for a while..



  • total scrotal implosion

    Knicks will be decent, then get bounced in the first round

  • Sparker

    “the knicks most tenacious defender”

  • EJ

    If they get Melo then for sure.

  • MusketeerX

    Knicks should make the 8th spot. Amar’e demands more attention than David Lee, which is what he brings to the team. He’ll demand double teams, allowing for more open shots. Gallinari should see more of a breakout year. All in all, the Knicks should win around 40 games.

    I fully expect Toney Douglas to have a good year, too. What will hurt them, as it always will, is the lack of D. Each player is just awful as an individual defender, and they can’t defend as a team either. You will never become any kind of contender, Melo or not, without any kind of consistent defense.

  • TSmoove

    Eddy Curry anyone?

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Toney Douglas is the future face of this franchise. Seriously, he’s like a young John Starks with potential to make several All-Star appearances if he keeps up his work ethic… AND if the Knicks will let him freaking start and/or give him ample playing time.

  • MikeC.

    @lexluther703 – Douglas said he thinks NY is a playoff team. He didn’t say anything about championship contention. First step is to make the playoffs. The kid knows that’s up. The Bulls have already made that first step. They’re working on taking that second step, which is a deep run. Knicks will be working on that second step in a couple years, for now, just getting invited to the dance will be good enough for me. It’s been too long.

  • ab_40

    melo is of the market folks. new york is gonna be bad as usual. they might make the playoffs like those overpriced ny teams did in the begining and get ousted by a better team with better chemistry and players. that team is doomed from the start especialy with a coach like mike d’antoni. dude hasn’t accomplished anything since leaving phoenix. So he’s living of a two year old rep. I hope they sign marc jackson as the next coach or jvg. this team and this city needs toughness and gritt not running and flash that’s not gonna win you anything. And they better hurry the brooklyn nets are coming

  • downtown_brownclown

    Amare will help the knicks… that’s fo’ sure! if you think David Lee flourished in D’Antoni’s system… what more with amare… :) Anthony Randolph will be the next David Lee in their system. anyway, the system runs with a good point guard, and ray felton can do what dragic in the suns is doin’… maybe better, specially at a system that makes everyone better, scoring wise. :P i miss the old days of the knicks when everyone has a defensive swagger… hope they get melo next, and have CP3 after… afterwards they can get JVG back in the sidelines. :) so that they can get ‘em chips that they’ve been longing for (or get way past the second round).