Thursday, January 5th, 2012 at 10:10 am  |  99 responses

Carmelo Anthony on the Knicks: ‘It Can’t Get No Worse Than This’

by Marcel Mutoni @marcel_mutoni

Things were supposed to be different this time around for the New York Knickerbockers.

Ownership twisted Mike D’Antoni’s arm into hiring a defensively-minded assistant coach in Mike Woodson, the team splurged on defensive specialist center Tyson Chandler, Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire promised to defend with more tenacity, and the jaded fans at MSG even managed to launch into a few early-season chants of “DE-FENSE!”

Things have not been different for the Knicks this time around. It’s pretty much business as usual, as defense in New York remains a fantastical concept.

Last night in New York, the Charlotte Bobcats humiliated the Knicks, making Boris Diaw look like a Hall of Famer in the process. Afterward, Carmelo Anthony and embattled head coach Mike D’Antoni did their best to put a positive spin on the sputtering start (2-4) to the season.

From ESPN:

“Just stick with it,” Anthony told his teammates. “It can’t get no worse than this.” Expectations were lofty for the Knicks coming into the season. With Tyson Chandler in tow, the Knicks believed they had the best front line in the NBA. Mike D’Antoni went as far as to say his team should contend for an NBA title. It’s early, but after six games, the Knicks don’t have the look of a title contender. And, naturally, there is some frustration in the locker room.

“I’m sure they’re frustrated,” Mike D’Antoni said after the Knicks’ loss to the Bobcats on Wednesday. “They didn’t want to start off 2-4, but at the same time, there are 60 more games left. So we know what we’ve got to do. They’ll hang in there, they’re good guys, a good group. We’ll solve the problems and we’ll get it done here. But it’s got to be sooner than later. We’ve got to get going.” The Knicks allowed the Bobcats to shoot 55% from the field on Wednesday, a night after Charlotte lost by 14 to Cleveland. Afterward, Chandler acknowledged that the Knicks were upset.

“Obviously, guys are upset,” he said. “Anytime you lose and you lose to a team that you know you should have beat then you know you’re going to be frustrated. If not, we [should] to be in different of sport.” Anthony said players were “down” after losing for the fourth time in five games.

The New York Knicks’ problems aren’t just on the defensive end of the floor. With Baron Davis nursing a back injury, and Mike Bibby rotting away, they don’t have any playmakers to make life easier for Carmelo and Amar’e Stoudemire.

As for Mike D’Antoni, his seat continues to heat up as he trudges through the final year of a $45 million contract, with fans and media turning on him almost daily.

But, hey, cheer up Knick fans. As ‘Melo said, things can’t possibly get any worse. Right?

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  • http://nyill.wordpress.com Enigmatic

    Don’t worry IAMORANGE, Melo said it can’t get no worse than this.

  • Honduran

    I’m sick of this no-defense minded team. I love my Knicks, but they need to show more PASSION and HEART if they really want to win!!

  • meloman2.0

    I’m pretty sure if things dont change soon, Mike D’antoni will be fired. Melo and Amare need a defensive minded coach

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    iamorange disappears when the Knicks struggle.

  • Rik Smits Mullet

    Werent the big three of melo amare and chandler supposed to be much better then the big three in miami or boston.
    Thats what i heard from knicks fans early on.
    I hope for spike lee’s sake the knicks turn it around.


    Stay classy Knicks fans. They’ve played six games. Gimme a break.

  • Sean

    Melo and Amare need a defensive minded coach? HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA


    loooooooooool at rik. im guessing that’s y the heat took Bosh over Amar’e. even if there games are similar Bosh actually tried on D. remember that hunting you guys had for the heat, start lower like not losing to the raps and bobcats on back to back nights.

  • Jono

    1 of those 2 wins were actually against a Piere-less celtic team, I’d almost count that as a loss too.

  • biggieman

    Carmelo is a punk… He can score like crazy, but he never plays any defense, that’s why he will never contend for a championship. He’s always been selfish and lazy, that’s he’s the reason it never worked with Camby, AI, Kenyon with the Nuggets. So give him another stacked lineup or a defensive coach it doesn’t matter Carmelo is a cancer.

  • neaorin

    Um, this is the Knicks. It can always get worse. It’s one of the laws of the Universe or something.

  • ClydeSays

    When your two Franchise cornerstones don’t or ‘haven’t been taught’ to play D and the coach doesn’t preach it every single practice & game, this isht happens. Knicks could still be Suns East with a decent PG, but I don’t see them as a Finals contender over Heat, Chi or Boston.

  • Fat Lever

    Wait, I thought Melo and the Knicks were committed to defense? Then again, Boris Diaw has been called Bernard King 2.0, so I guess it’s ok.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    C’mon iamorange it’s only the first six games of the season…right?

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Man, orange is getting clobbered here.
    I still can’t believe D’Antoni has nearly earned 45 milli for the ‘job’ he’s done with this team.
    Crazy money.

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    Lol at all the comments

  • http://www.nba.com showtime

    Never shouldve waive Billups, No D-fence , No pg, oh wait baron will be the saviour lol…BOOK IT right orange???

  • Nella

    That’s what happens when you talk crazy about a team with obvious deficiencies acting like they’re going to be in finals…

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Book it is Seeds thing. Don’t get your crazies mixed up.

  • robb

    Actually it can. If Melo loses motivation the Knicks could do even worse. I don’t know why that overpaid Pringles man is still NY’s coach.

  • AD

    this team does not want to play d…. you can say w.e about mike d. but a basketball player knows that defense winS games and you need team defense as well. their defense was lost when they traded wilson and gallanari

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    Lets play, spot iamorange4ever, I cant seem to find him, can anyone help.

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com O

    We SUCK! No rythm during games. No defense. Crazy lazy. My man, Iman be getting right, but he injured himelf again! We need to fire Antoni and get Jeff Van Gundy back in the mix.

  • http://www.nba.com/analysis/rules_history.html Allenp

    One of the main problems, besides their horrid defense, is that Toney Douglas feels way too comfortable taking any effing shot he pleases. It’s crazy.

  • http://bleachreport.com yumyumman

    what the knicks need most is an Identity. They dont know who they are!

    Are you a defensive team, a three point shot team. team, fast or slow. I could put together some boys from the block and beat the knicks.(seriously). also I dont see any plays being run. no pick and roll for amare!or tyson! GET IT TOGETHER. I am available

  • http://bleachreport.com yumyumman

    I always wanted jeff or Hubie


    Said like a true seasoned veteran. Way to motivate the troops man.

  • anthony y

    If he doesn’t turn it around in the next 6-8 games, look for mike woodson to take over. Personally, I think the celing was too high in the first place. Yes the made a solid move in bringing in tyson,but the knicks are not built like the mavs were last year. They had a deep squad. Who do the knicks really have past their big three? A better playoff run is the best you could hope for from this team. In NO way are they ready for the big boys in the conference.

  • T-Money

    amar’e is a bum, boris diaw was beating him off the dribble yesterday! i expect tyson to play better once they get baron – tyson can’t do anything without a point guard. mike woodson is so good at over-switching. all you have to do is run a 1-5 pick and roll and voilà, tyson chandler is 25 feet away from the basket and there’s no rim protector.

  • http://www.slamonline.com megatron

    I don’t remember who was arguing with me saying the knicks would play alot better defense this year but yeah.. so far I was right..

  • Kadavour

    if Amare insists on being a vocal “leader” on this team then he must lead them. He shows little inclination to perform consistently on defense and for someone with his is physical abilities, it’s hard to watch. All that big dog talk with a chihuahua bite. 6’10 starting ALL STAR FORWARD with less than 8 boards a game. Melo is going to average more boards than him and he’s defending dudes on the perimeter. that’s pitiful.

  • http://dsjfklfl.com Jukai

    Ahhhh, years ago I spoke of how awful Mike D’Antoni was. Knicks fans didn’t listen. Pity pity.

  • http://www.slamonline.com megatron

    I also don’t understand that people still believe Amare is better than Chris Bosh. It astounds me

  • http://www.slamonline.com megatron

    don’t understand how**

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    There’s only so much blame that can be placed on coaches, especially for a lack of defense. Defense is all about effort and if Melo/Amare aka the team’s two best players, put little to no effort on the defensive end, what incentive is there for their teammates to play D? NONE.

  • http://www.nba.com/analysis/rules_history.html Allenp

    The coach is responsible for getting his players ready to play and punishing them when they fail to adhere to his principles.
    Tom Thibodeau benches people who don’t play defense.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Amar’e has never played defense under any coach. Neither has Melo. Bad defensive habits are harder to break then y’all are acting like. D’Antoni didn’t make them bad defenders, they were bad before he was their coach. They will be bad after. I don’t understand how anyone thought this team was going to be successful without a PG. I didn’t personally think they would be THIS bad, but it’s pretty clear that you need a PG in that system. Especially if your two main scorers are notorious ball stoppers.

  • http://nba.com GP23

    Should have never got rid of Billups..

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    So, you think Antoni is going to bench Amare or Melo? Let’s be real. Those guys have never played defense in their entire career, so I doubt getting benched is going to force them to change their ways. Has Boozer changed his none defensive ways despite be on the bench at times in the 4th qtr?

  • T-Money

    nbk: bosh was a bad defender before going to miami. ray allen was a bad defender before boston. defense can be coached. mike brown, erick spoelstra, tom thibodeau… why do they always have great defenses regardless of personnel?

  • http://www.nba.com/analysis/rules_history.html Allenp

    Mike Brown had cats playing defense. Or they sat down.
    I understand that it’s hard, but why are we pretending like D’Antoni has really tried to focus on defense? If you don’t hold people accountable, you’re not really focusing on something.
    Amare and Melo are not good defenders, but who knows what they could be with the right system and emphasis and accountability.
    It’s not all the coaches fault, but I can’t absolve him either. He really doesn’t care that much.

  • anonymous

    defense is not only abt effort but it is abt every player buying into an effective defense system. the knicks don`t seem to have neither.

  • http://www.listerblister.blogspot.com rainman10

    D’Antoni needs to go. Promote Mike Woodson or see if Jeff Van Gundy wants a job again. Yea, yea it’s so early in the season and Bdiddy hasn’t joined them yet. But this NYK script is just too predictable.

  • Heals

    Line of the night belonged to Clyde when he called a pump-fake, one dribble then shot by Diaw, “ooohhh, there’s Diaw ah dupin’ and ah hoopin’.” Love his flow during games…

  • chingy

    Bosh > Amare. Amare’s mouth > Bosh’s mouth…

  • eoc1w

    Melo was atleast keeping them in the game last night. Plus he had 3to steals. He’s playing harder then anyone on the court. Give him a break..

  • http://www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=pawtucketymca Gametimeweezy

    Oh it could be worse… we could have a crap offense too lol… And this is not a knock on Toney Douglas because I love his effort, but he’s not a point he’s a 2. Our problems were evident after Rondo torched us on Christmas.
    Tyson needs to play big. Period. He’s not going after blocks, he’s getting out rebounded. He’s not going after blocks. He’s tentative going for blocked shots. He’s not going for blocks. I think he’s still getting used to NY… Did I mention he’s not going for blocks! Biggest pet peeve is seeing the other team getting a layup and my center is just STANDING there.
    Haven’t seen Melo take a charge all year. Not even getting into that one… Yea I could go on and on.
    All you haters are still funny though sometimes.. Chris Bosh?
    @Jukai… I have always hated D’Antoni… you aint saying anything we dont already know, friend.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Boozer has played for two defensive minded coaches in 8 out of 10 seasons in his career yet he continues to be a bad defender. I think people really overrate great defensive coaches while underrating the effect of having a team’s best player also be the team’s best defender.

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

    Monty Williams: Perfect example of a coach who coaches defense regardless of whom he coaches.
    Even Dwayne Casey has gotten the Toronto Raptors, whose starting line-up includes both Andrea Bargnani and Jose Calderon (!), to defend. They’re now seventh in fewest opponent ppg.
    A good coach will MAKE his team defend. Maybe they won’t always turn a bad individual into an All-NBA defender, but they’ll make their teams work. That’s the difference between a good coach and a bad coach, because even the sh!ttiest of teams can compete when their defense is right.

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

    @ JTaylor: Right now the Raptors’ “best” player is probably Andrea Bargnani. We all know that guy cannot defend a lick. It’s starting point guard is Jose Calderon. How do you explain the Raptors’ sudden and insanely unexpected improvement on defense? It’s the Raptors, man. The freaking Raptors.

  • chingy

    A combination of James Johnson, Ed Davis, and Amir Johnson are the contributing factors of the improved defence. Casey’s been brilliant in hiding Jose and Andrea on D. The Knicks need to do the same with Amare and Melo.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Tarzan Cooper

    Bad defensive players plus a bad defensive coach equals the knicks. I knew some suckers would overpay for chandler, and the knicks are suckers. That team has many issues.

  • DerekG

    How do you give up 118 to the BOBCATS??!!? Antoni NEEDS to go and Melo and STAT need to play for the money they make on BOTH ends of the floor!! When will it occur to them that we’ll NEVER win if we refuse to stop somebody? I’m only a fan and I’m TIRED OF LOSING!! Offense doesn’t come every night (see the Warriors game) but defence is pure heart and effort! You can bring that every night! Somebody needs to be held accountable!

  • DerekG

    118? The Bobcats? Seriously?

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Teddy, it’s early in the season?

  • anonymous

    not only did they overpay for chandler which forced them to waive billups but they made two ridiculous acquisitions at the point. first: mike bibby who can`t contribute anything to a team even when healthy. then: baron davis who has a long history of injuries throughout his career, has had issues in the past with fitness, and won`t be available until late feb or early mar due to a back injury. the same type back injury that tracy mcgrady has had to deal with during his career.

  • robb

    D’antoni’s teams never play any defense, they play to outscore the opposing teams. Mix a no defense coach with a couple of no defense superstars and that’s what happens. Tyson’s presence alone won’t make them play better D, but a coach who at least knows how to push his players to play it can.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    T-Money, Chris Bosh has always been a good defender at certain things, and bad at others. Nothing has changed with that, he is just playing with a real center now, not Andrea Bargnani, Rasho Nesterovic, or Charlie Villanueva. He is with a defensive minded center in Joel Anthony who is strong in all the ways Bosh is weak. — As for Ray Allen, I still wouldn’t call him a good defender, he’s not bad. But i never would have called him bad. I mean clearly Thibs defensive system (used in Boston and Chicago) depends on a strong presence in the paint and good rotation. The system makes up for 1 or 2 average to poor defenders as long as their is one elite defender in the paint.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Dagger

    To be fair, Bargnani has been playing well on defence so far. Which is a testament not only to Casey, but also his own determination to get better (although the boards still aren’t there). Amare has never bothered to play defence, and I certainly don’t see that changing any time soon.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    All of those guys have always had something in common regarding “mike brown, erick spoelstra, tom thibodeau… why do they always have great defenses regardless of personnel?” – They have all, always had a defensive Center under the basket. Spoelstra had Jermaine O’neal & Joel Anthony. Brown had Verajao & Ilgauskas (who was effective protecting the basket, not elite, but effective), & Thibs has had Garnett, Perkins, Noah, Gibson, Asik, & Thomas. Big men who can defend both the rim, and the post, wich are the most important facets of a successful defense, well that and a team that rebounds.

  • ctkennedy

    ANY team that has Chandler,Amare,n Melo shouldnt be gettin outrebounded by 10boards a game…with one of the best reboundin sg too boot ..i dont give a f@ck who the coach is …they just not carin

  • http://shinefluid@aol.com yada

    phil jackson get in there

  • http://dgcoursereview.com Bro.D.

    BOB-CAT BASKETBALL!!!! Sorry, I won’t have many opportunities to do that this season. Maybe the Knicks should fire the Pringles guy as coach.

  • Honduran

    UGH!! I’M STILL PISSED THEY GOT RID OF BILLUPS!!! Tyson is a great addition(where’s your leadership on D?) but at what cost? A so called PG that takes ridiculous shots at times whenever he feels like it? Dammit…

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    I like how much of a leader melo’s being… “it can’t get no worse than this” lmfaooo

  • doyouwantmore

    They got a scoring SF, a mobile PF, and a defensive C. They need a defensive SF, a stationary PF, and a mobile C.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jag


  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    orange really is at home bawling his eyes out.

  • http://Vangrackstyle@yahoo.com Dallas Stokes

    Hey New York…Your coach is a overrated joke!!!

  • neaorin

    @nbk: respectfully disagree – I won’t speak for the rest of ‘em, but what made the Cavs defense so strong during Mike Brown’s tenure was the help. He didn’t give a flying eff what your name was. You have to know when to help out and when to rotate, and you do it every time. Or you don’t play. That’s why they shipped Gooden out of town, and why Hickson played so little. If freaking Wally Szczerbiak can learn to do it, it can’t be rocket surgery. Your personnel can let you down – Big Z trying to hold down Dwight in the playoffs comes to mind – but there is no excuse for not helping out on plays. Taking charges or going for blocks is nice, but my question for the Knicks staff is: where’s the help?

  • Mike Jones

    The bobcats almost beat the the heat other than a wade buzzer beater, so no need to panic just yet. And i want to know how many people here actual watched the game or just say knicks need better defense cause sports center says so ? And on a final note defense wins play off games, but in the regular season the best kind of defense is offense, just get the ball to melo every time down the floor and the knicks will be fine, 4th seed in the east you heard it here first.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    Co-sign Allenp concerning Toney Douglas.

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com Enigmatic

    See now I kinds feel bad bout calling out ORANGE with the first comment.
    Me and dude been having a friendly rivalry for a minute on here, but y’all just some bullies! Lol

  • Brahsef

    Please don’t take JVG out of the booth. I would despise the Knicks if they did that.

    They should add to the hilariousness of the Knicks franchise and hire Don Nelson. Trade Chandler to get a suitable point guard. Stat at center, melo at the 4 and run baby run.

  • Red

    Haha I love watching the Knicks lose, lol damn knicks suck & I couldn’t be happier. I called it.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    neaorin, Their help revolved around protecting the basket. Well more specifically the middle. Verajao led the league or was top 3 in charges taken every year Mike Brown coached the Cavs too a league best defense. You are not wrong that, that defense was more help based then reliant on an elite defender, but it’s not like Wally was actually a good defender in Cleveland. He just had tons of help. Eric Snow was a very good defensive PG, w/ LeBron (only an average to above average defender at that point) , Verajao, and big Z at the rim they were able to make up for Wally’s issues. Obviously Cleveland’s defense was centered around stopping the hoop, you said “Big Z trying to hold down Dwight in the playoffs comes to mind” which isnt wrong, that’s the glaring example of where Cleveland was beatable. If you can score at the rim and win the battle of the paint then you will get easy looks everywhere else. (This is where you contradict your whole argument) this is because Howard, Turkoglu, Lewis, and the rest of the Magic were able to take advantage of Cleveland’s dependence on help. Dwight didnt just win the “one on one battle” with Zydrunas, he won the battle against all of Cleveland’s forwards, and by doing that, he created opportunities and rhythm for the rest of that Magic team. Every team that beat a Mike Brown coached Cavs team in the playoffs beat them in the paint.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    yah I agree. Tyson can’t be effective without a good PG and a good defensive coach.
    and all of us are talking how bad the Knicks are defensively but I also believe they are steps down with what they could do offensively because of Melo. Damn, he kills their offensive flow. there a lot of times they’ve been stagnant there.
    I know melo is bad on D. But I’ve seen him care about playing D on Denver. Several times in their 09 playoffs run.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    I still believe Mike Brown is the best defensive coach in the NBA at this point.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    But he obviously isn’t the best in-game adjuster..

  • Tom

    I was at the Toronto game, and the really striking thing wasn’t the defense – it was how dreadful the offense was. Admittedly, Amare wasn’t playing, but the Knicks seemed completely devoid of both structure and rhythm on the offensive end – when Melo was on the floor, the offense consisted of either “give the ball to Melo on the right wing and let him go one-on-two” or “pass it around the perimeter until the shot clock runs down then jack up an ill-advised three-pointer”. When he was off the floor, it was pretty much the latter, period. Everyone knows that D’Antoni’s teams are never gonna play good defense, but it was pretty dramatic to see how bad a fit he is in D’Antoni’s offensive system.

  • http://Slamonline.com 1982

    “Mike Bibby rotting away…” Ouch. I mean it’s true, but ouch.

  • Spades

    Lol Miami will have a field day with these losers. I’m from NY and I’ve never been a Knicks fan. They’ve got no heart and no balls. Amare is one eye-poke away from retirement. Melo may be better in career head-to-head than Bron but only in regular season games. Plus Melo is 1/2 the player LeBron is in that he can’t defend or pass, just score and rebound decently. They can’t touch Wade at all. Chandler can’t do anything but dunk off a lob. “B-Diddy” hasn’t played meaningful basketball since 2007. Do you really think that jack-a-shot king is going to bring you to the promised land? No chance.

  • http://obsessioncollection.wordpress.com grgeblck

    billups is laughing right now.

  • http://nbafullcourtpressure.blogspot.com/ matt

    D’Antoni’s system is ineffective if you don’t have Steve Nash on your team.

  • neaorin

    No I was’t saying that Wally was a good defender (or Z… or Mo Williams), but they did apply the concepts of helping out AND rotating to cover for the teammates who left their man to help. This made it tougher for the opponent to score even when they got beat off the dribble. Yes, if you have a really bad matchup, like with Orlando then you’re gonna be in trouble, but the Knicks aren’t really playing powerhouses right now. You gotta help out.

  • anonymous

    I`m abt as unbiased as they come. I don`t watch sportcenter b/c they`re nba bball experts are idiots who showcase for the camera and I`m neither a knicks fan or hater. I`m neutral and I havent watched one second of an nba game this season but I already knew based on the knicks offseason moves that they would have issues for at least the 1st couple months of the season b/c they would be w/o a PG. I still dont understand the optimism from dantoni before the start of the season since the knicks had no PG in a PG-lead based offense. I also don`t understand why the knicks signed bdavis to be the starting PG knowing that he would miss the 1st 2 months of the season. why not sign a healthy starting PG who would be able to play right now. doesnt make much sense to me. the knicks made their own bed and they will have to lie in it for an indefinite while. it`s certainly not the start they envisioned but it`s not the end.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    I’m not arguing that about NY, I totally agree. The Knicks have a plethora of Defensive issues. Mike D’Antoni just isn’t the sole reason for them. Specifically, James Dolan gutting the roster for superstars that don’t play defense is the main problem.

  • http://slamonline.com cold as ice

    @orange i got ur back bro. knicks is still capable of makin it far in the playoffs. true we need a pg. toney is chuckin up too many bad shots.true i havent seen chandler going up for any real blocks but thats because he spends his time on the bench. (foul trouble) stat isnt dominating the ball like the pre melo trade because the alpha dog is now melo and his game consists scoring. i aint lettin melo off the hook because alot of his shots are just as questionable as toney and stats. fields is still in the lockout. iman or (i am the man) shumpert is the only feel good story(him and harrelllson aka jorts)for the knicks.iman reminds me of a wade kinda gm.but thats them chi ballers 4 u!! jeffries thought i would never say his name is still out with that calf injury and thats also one of our better defenders. no d’antoni i cant help him. bring jeff back, bring larry back, bring phil back, cause mike woodson isnt the answer either.the only knock on toney is he cant break down the defense and create his own shot. his defense is gd. when on he’s gd. i wouldnt want to trade him but to pick up a pg. ill trade him to charlette for kemba (mike aint giving him up) or dj agustine, or other pg’s out there with equal or better value. felton is fa this yr but he might stay in portland. and if the knicks want to have a pt-forward. grunwald,dolan lamar is a fa next bring him in!!! and bdiddy isnt the answer. im out like westphaul!!!!

  • GC6

    He was addressing his own defensive problems

  • http://SLAM FLIGHT 9

    offense wins championship defense wins nothing – Mike D ANtoni

    I love high scoring ball games ask the run TMC…

  • RunNGun

    Sign D’Antoni to an extension NOW! Who needs defense when you can outscore the other team in seven seconds or less?

  • @boweezy24

    Knicks Were Way Better Without Carmelo Last Year, Ugh! Like They Said, 60 Games Left. Stil; Have Awhile To Figure It Out!

  • @boweezy24


  • http://www.blogspot.com LLC#12

    Would it be crazy to say, if the Melo trade never went down and the Knicks still signed Tyson, a Chandler, Stoudemire, Gallinari, Fields, Felton lineup wouldn’t suck as badly as the current Knicks lineup has sucked so far? They would move the ball better, play defence better, would be stronger at the point and Fields was much better before the Melo trade…

  • http://dyckmanpark.ning.com/ Harlem_World

    Everyone knows we need a pg. Can anyone name a decent playoff bound team who doesn’t have at least a decent pg? Especially with our personnel – we need a ball distributor in the worst way. Rondo would be perfect, but no pieces to give to get him. Then above that, it DOES start with the coach. The only good thing about how we playing right now is it MIGHT get Antoni fired. The culture of the team starts on the defensive end. These are NBA ATHLETES, they can learn to play D if the culture is there and your team is built on the defensive end. How can you represent NY and be tissue soft on the defensive end? Shisss disgusting


    !!!!!!!!!!!!! STEVE NASH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    The Suns won’t trade Nash to NYK without taking back Shumpert. Just for everyone’s information. The Suns organization is/was apparently in love with Shumpert. They tried desperately during the draft to acquire a 2nd, 1st round pick to get him. They almost even took him over Markieff Morris.

  • bike

    Melo should have never been signed on this team. His game is suited to be a showcase on mediocre or poor teams.

  • The Game

    They just need to play some D, very simple,lol…You do not have to steal or block like crazy, just move your feet, keep the player in front of you and if they shoot get a hand up,lol…Problem is Stat and Melo egos are to big to do dirty work, they always have on there old teams to, never really required to play D, so why now, and maybe they straight out have no idea how to execute Defence properly….