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‘Melo says it might be next season before Knicks jell

Mar 21, 2011, 10:02 AM EDT

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In case you missed it Sunday, the Knicks two superstars playing in the vaunted “seven seconds of less” offense managed to put up just 9 points in the first quarter Sunday against the Bucks. Then, while they put up 32 in the next quarter, the Knicks went on to lose the game.

Carmelo Anthony told Knicks fans not to worry (via the New York Daily News), this teams should be able to get it all together by next season.

“For everyone to get 100% on the same page, it might take next season,” Anthony said. “But right now, in this short period of time, we’ve just got to come together as a unit. As far as everybody jelling and the chemistry and clicking to where we want to be at, it’s going to take some time….

“We’re losing games, some games that we’re supposed to win,” Anthony said. “But that’s neither here nor there. It’s a learning process. We ain’t even been together three weeks. So I’m not really concerned about where we are as a team or us losing games or winning games. As long as we get better at the things we need to get better at, I’m cool with it.”

That should go over well in New York, a fan base know for calmly and rationally taking in what their players say and not just flying off with wild overreactions.

Thing is, he’s right.

Chemistry of the kind that allows a team to really understand each other in an offense that calls for improvisation takes time. A training camp would be ideal. Time for new point guard Chauncey Billups to learn where his new teammates want the ball, time for those players to understand how Billups runs the game. And the Mike D’Antoni offense sets up an outline for that improvisation to take place inside, the new guys are still learning their way through that.

Plus they are still learning D’Antoni’s legendarily complex defensive schemes (*cough, cough*).

The Knicks need to find some kind of offensive groove in the final weeks of the regular season because their only hope of causing damage in the playoffs is to just outscore teams with their offensive firepower.

  1. dysraw1 - Mar 21, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    yo melo u know what time it is, the knicks r in contention. im lets go lead by example. believe me the dont wanna hear that crap about next year. if were gonna be in it well lets go down fighting.

    • hnirobert3 - Mar 21, 2011 at 12:45 PM

      Real talk?

  2. dysraw1 - Mar 21, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    true fan

  3. Lateef - Mar 21, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    Not sure why I can’t see my post so reposting…

    Well, here’s a rational Knick fan. No problem with Melo saying it may take until next season for the team to get on the same page. It took the pre-trade Knicks until December to get on the same page this year and that’s with a training camp.

    The Knicks have two main problems: depth and a defensive assistant coach. They lost all their depth in the trade and are playing fringe players at center, which is killing them. Against Milwaukee they started Sheldon Williams because they tired of watching Jared Jeffries and Turiaf stink it up. Even the Heat have a better center trio than the Knicks. They also play Shawne Williams out of position. The guy is a small forward (yes he’s 6-9, but he only weighs 220) so asking him to guard to guard Roy Hibbert is a bad idea, which is why they lost to the Pacers twice. They need to get some big guys that can actually play.

    They also need to bring in an assistant coach who is a defensive specialist to coach the defensive. Believe it or not, D’Antoni’s schemes are too complicated and Melo isn’t the first to suggest this. People have been complaining about this before Melo was even traded (so do some research Kurt). The problem is that the Knicks don’t have a defensive philosophy. For example, the Celtics never switch pick and roll. Every game they don’t switch intentionally. A switch only occurs if someone screws up. It doesn’t matter what team they play, they don’t switch. It’s been that way for years.

    The Knicks pick and roll defense changes game to game, sometimes quarter to quarter. Some games they switch, some they don’t, some games they trap. Since the strategy changes every game, mistakes occur, rotations are slower, players get in foul trouble, and opponents get easy points via layups, open threes, and free throws. Bringing in a defensive specialist responsible for defining the team’s defensive philosophy would improve the team’s defense significantly.

    Unfortunately, depth and a defensive assistant coach won’t come until the offseason. I’m sure Walsh will look to improve the front line, but I don’t know if he will bring in the assistant coach.

  4. dysraw1 - Mar 21, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    what he said

  5. fouldwimmerlaik - Mar 22, 2011 at 4:34 PM

    Or, it could take 5 years and another 23 trades.

  6. dysraw1 - Mar 22, 2011 at 9:04 PM

    these r the knicks after all

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