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Tyson Chandler joins chorus saying Knicks need to share the ball more

May 13, 2013, 10:46 AM EDT

Tyson Chandler AP

The Knicks path to the Eastern Conference finals and beyond had some good defenses in its path — Kevin Garnett and the stout Celtics first, followed now by Indiana and the best defense the NBA had in the regular season.

What good defenses in the playoffs do is take away your first action, your preferred option on offense (that’s why Carmelo Anthony had three shots in the fourth quarter of Game 3). And really good defenses make your second option hard, too.

What we’ve learned about the Knicks these playoffs is when those options don’t work they often resort to Anthony or J.R. Smith in isolation. And good defenses will make that a difficult way to score.

The latest to lament the Knicks lack of ball movement is Tyson Chandler, who won a ring with the 2011 Mavericks that did move the ball well out of Dirk Nowitzki hands. Here is what Chandler said, via the New York Daily News.

“Honestly, we’re doing it to ourselves,” Chandler said on Sunday. “I watched the tape myself and there are open looks. We have to be willing passers. You have to sacrifice yourself sometimes for the betterment of the team and for the betterment of your teammates. So when you drive in the paint and you draw, you kick it. I think we need to do a better job of allowing the game to dictate who takes the shots and not the individuals….

“I’m not saying anyone is doing it maliciously,” Chandler said on Sunday. “I think it is more so you get into a situation where you want to take over the game or you want to make a big shot where you (should) stick to the game plan. A good team wins basketball games. Unless you’re a great, great, great, great individual … and we only have a few of those come through.”

I’m not even going to bring up how that’s what Bernard King got his twitter shut down for saying (oops, guess I did).

It’s also obviously true. Look back at the tapes from the Knicks 17-game winning streak and they shared the ball as well as any team in the league (the Heat and Spurs are the models there). But when they got to the playoffs and had some defenses punch them in the mouth, they reverted to bad habits.

Ones they need to fix by Game 4 or they are going to be in a lot of trouble this series.

  1. jcmeyer10 - May 13, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Cue George Karl laughing quietly and shaking his head.

    • cantonbound13 - May 13, 2013 at 11:25 AM

      Cue George Karl sitting on his sofa watching the second round again.

    • nygrwy - May 13, 2013 at 11:32 AM

      You really did not think this one through very well?

      • jcmeyer10 - May 13, 2013 at 11:45 AM

        Oh I know what I said. I don’t know if you watched Melo in Denver but George Karl couldn’t be happier without Melo.

        Melo wore Karl down more than cancer.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - May 13, 2013 at 1:23 PM

      How is he laughing when YET AGAIN he cannot blame Melo for his ability to get OUTCOACHED every year in the playoffs?

      • jcmeyer10 - May 13, 2013 at 3:32 PM

        At least he doesn’t have to deal with a huge diva who takes too many shots and never plays within the flow of the game.

        Silver linings add up.

    • azarkhan - May 13, 2013 at 1:26 PM

      Karl knew Carmelo Anthony was a ball stopper, not a passer. There was an article in Sports Illustrated several years ago about the problems Karl had with Anthony. Anthony is not going to change and I’ll be very happy after the Pacers dispose of the Knicks.

  2. cj1403 - May 13, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Cue George Karl watching his Coach of the Year award burning in the fire place.

    • cantonbound13 - May 13, 2013 at 12:44 PM

      Regular season coach of the year awards does not make a great coach.

      • brutl - May 13, 2013 at 1:24 PM

        Coaches with more wins than Karl: Larry Brown, Phil Jackson, Pat Riley, Jerry Sloan, Lenny Wilkins, and Don Nelson.
        You don’t have a 20+ year career without being a great coach and looking at the list above he’s in some pretty elite company with 1000+ wins.

  3. nygrwy - May 13, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Not sure what to think about this team. Its not only about sharing the ball. Its about their heart and passion for the game. The whole playoffs all I have seen is arrogance. Melo at the four is Woodson’s crutch. This guy has no idea how to play with the big boys. A team with this much talent should being playing so much better. They are getting pounded at the boards. Why isnt Camby playing at all?

    Copeland continues to make him look like a fool. We are having issues scoring and he comes in during Garbage time and always hits. I would rather he have kids minutes who has become a complete liability. I hope he hangs it up after this year. Too great of a career to let it end like this

    I am not taking anything away from Indiana because they are a great team and so far they look much better then us. However they are very beatable.

  4. themagicfanguy - May 13, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    Cue George Karl watching the Knicks only score 55 points halfway through the fourth quarter laughing his butt off.

  5. Mr. Wright 212 - May 13, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    How about you do something with it other than looking to pass without even looking at the basket, Tyson? We play 4 on 5 with you out there unless it’s a lob or an easy putback. Finishing like a 5’10” point guard in traffic and Coach had to beg you to take those 15-17 footers that the Pacers dare you to take? I wrote about this on another site, but if he’s not going to score outside of lobs and putbacks, then he HAS to be great when it comes to getting boards and hustling on defense, getting offensive boards, setting efficient picks, etc.

    He’s not doing any of those things even marginally well. That has just as much to do with the ball stopping as anything else that people want to point out.

  6. eventhorizon04 - May 13, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    Melo in the low-post against Paul George isn’t the favorable mismatch it was in the regular season.

    The Pacers have gotten good at deny Carmelo the ball until late in the shot clock and providing George help whenever Carmelo does get the ball in the low-post. Because Carmelo doesn’t get the ball until later in the shot clock, there’s less time for Melo to either get past George himself or pass to the ball out to a guard so his teammates could swing the ball to the other side.

    The Knicks need to find ways to get the ball into Carmelo’s hands earlier – perhaps as a ball-handler – or use Carmelo as a decoy more while getting other guys involved. Out of the 6 “halves” in this series (3 games), the Pacers have played great defense on Carmelo for 4 out of 6 (all except the second half of game 2 and the first half of game 3).

    Chandler is right – the Knicks need more ball movement and more creativity.

  7. nyfinest314 - May 13, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    Well Bruti, based on the coaches mentioned, sounds like Coach Karl is a great regular season coach… However his playoff record speaks for itself. Not taking anything away, but obviously something goes way wrong in the playoffs and coaching is part of it.

  8. jimeejohnson - May 13, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    Knicks lose again to the Pacers and you can cue J.R. Smith drinking with some bimbo every night!

  9. dysraw1 - May 13, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    Tyson is right, and its Woodsons fault he has to mix up the play call and slow down the iso’s. it takes a blind man not to see the its playing right in the Pacers hands, that’s why other guys have to step up so that Woody doesn’t feel compelled to go iso

  10. nyfinest314 - May 13, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    Lets put it like this… Tyson is right, but Tyson all needs to show why he was named to 1st team all defense… Hibbert is killing him in the paint.LMFAO

  11. Eric Angevine - May 13, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    If you’re ever having trouble learning how to share, I recommend staying home and watching children’s TV for a day. It’s frickin’ magical.

  12. lsoreal - May 13, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    It is on Mike Woodson to make sure the Knicks play the right style of basketball. Tyson should be a bit more concerned about not making Hibbert look like Hakeem Olajuwon.

  13. eflem80 - May 13, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    George Karl has ripped every good player he’s coached after they left. He ripped Gary Payton, Allen Iverson, & Sam Cassel. He’s overrated as a coach who’s simply been around for a long time & been fortunate enough to be the coach of good young teams. He gets out coached every year in the playoffs then blames the players. Tom Thibaou (spell check), Doc Rivers, mike Woodson, & mark Jackson have all done more with less this season compared to Karl. They keep talking about their home record…Denver has ALWAYS been one of the toughest cities for visiting teams to play in. He’s getting credit as a coach because of the high altitude??? Gimme a break. He got bounced out the 1st round AGAIN & he just haven’t found someone to blame……yet.

  14. jjones314 - May 14, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    So Knick fans are ripping a guy for saying “Share the ball…… Melo and J.R.”

    Wasn’t Chandler part of a team that won a championship? He has a ring doesn’t he?

    Does Melo have a ring? Has he even played in a Finals? Has he made it to the eastern or western conference finals at least?

    With that being said, I think we should at least consider what the Chandler has to say.

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