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Stoudemire wants return to D’Antoni offense after Knicks struggles

Mar 20, 2011, 11:40 AM EDT

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At first, we took it as a sign that Mike D’Antoni was not a rigid, my-way-or-the-highway coach. He adjusted his system, putting in more isolatons and post up plays and scaling back some on the up-tempo, pick-and-roll offense.

Except, it’s not really working. The team is struggling, and that includes an ugly loss to the Pistons Friday.

Amar’e Stoudemire wants to go back to what works, he told Alan Hahn at Newsday.

“Absolutely, absolutely, that’s the way we’re going to win,” Stoudemire said of the need to get back to the up-tempo, pick-and-roll style. “That’s the way we’ve proven that works with the team we had before the trade and it can work with the guys we have now. It’s just a matter of us buying into it and really trying to understand that our ultimate goal is to make the playoffs and see what we can do.”

How is that going over with the newcomers?

Well, Chauncey Billups is a professional about, he gets his job is to make his teammates happy. It’s just with few practices everyone is not on the same page yet.

“It takes a while, man. I’m not being impatient,” Billups said.

Carmelo Anthony? The guy Stoudemire is clearly talking to? We don’t know, he has sulked through games and didn’t speak to the media after Friday’s game. (Although he said that’s just because he was mad at the referees, that he really wants to play seven seconds or less basketball. We’ll see.)

  1. dysraw1 - Mar 20, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    dick dantone should be able to apply both concepts cb4 is smart enough to see what going on out there. and you media dudes should not be trying to cause a riff between melo & amare.

  2. lunasceiling - Mar 20, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    Given that the Nuggets are clearly better without him (and the Knicks worse with him), it’s hardly surprising ‘Melo has been sulking. Obviously, it’s more complicated than that, and he’s a fantastic player, but right now it’s making him look bad.

    • ocgunslinger - Mar 20, 2011 at 1:09 PM

      Lunasceiling…….

      “Given that the Nuggets are clearly better without him (and the Knicks worse with him), it’s hardly surprising ‘Melo has been sulking”.

      Those few words say it all loud and clear.

  3. dysraw1 - Mar 20, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    hey im not mad at the ny nuggets or denver knicks, and weather or not they are better than the knicks remain to be seen ive always been a denver fan since the aba days so go easy on my squad

  4. willcoop - Mar 20, 2011 at 3:18 PM

    This is part of the Melo persona, to cry and bitch when he is not on center stage and it’s not going his way. He was this way at Syracuse and with Denver. The Knicks are going to find out and eventually get upset that they let some assets get away for this guy. He clearly is a prima Dona and has trouble playing in a controlled system. This trade is going to come back and haunt the Knicks. Melo is a ball killer and slows the offense. He is a tremendous offensive player, but he needs the ball in his hands and it kills the rest of the team because they get caught Melo watching. It’s going to interesting to see how Amare takes to this because he knows the system and has been a model of consistency this year. Stay tuned for Melo drama part deux, when he ask to be traded to Chicago!

  5. khandor - Mar 20, 2011 at 4:41 PM

    Today’s game against the Bucks will be a big test for the psyche of this new version of the Knicks … given how the game has played out for the first 2 quarters:

    Q1, MIL 32, Nyk 9
    Q2, MIL 15, Nyk 32
    Half-time Score: MIL 47, Nyk 41

    After falling behind by as many as 23 points, if the Knicks can steady themselves and then complete a rousing comeback against an offensively-challenged outfit like the Bucks late in the game, it can be a catalyst for much improved play from their team for the balance of the regular season.

    PS. I originally had New York to win this game outright when the wagering line was listed as Nyk -125. When the Knicks fell behind by 19 points in the 1st quarter, the in-game wagering line shifted to Nyk +9.5/+103. At an over-inflated number like that, it was just too good to pass up. Cheers :-)

  6. dysraw1 - Mar 20, 2011 at 5:44 PM

    game over youd think the trio of amare melo & billups would be enough to push pass the bucks, guess again. this time of year team r gearing up 4 second season. knicks better wake up.

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