I watched about two of the four summer league games the Knicks played in Las Vegas and just wanted to share some thoughts.
Tim Hardaway Jr is going to have a better year than last. He has bulked up and his shot is as pure as ever - looking forward to seeing what he does with (hopefully) more playing time. I have a feeling JR won’t be on the team for much longer - figure Phil is waiting for him to have a few good games to prove to other team’s he’s still worth it and then trade him
Knicks fans - it’s been awhile since we had any form of a system offense. We had a taste of it when D’Antoni was in town, but his emphasis was WAY too much on offense without any accountability on defense. The Triangle is looking good (brings back a lot of memories as I used to play in it while in High School). Not only does the offense look fluid, guys are working much harder on defense. Now, will our veterans get the memo? Who knows, but they better
Cleanthony Early - like THJ last season, I’m thinking Cleathony is going to be the steal of the draft. This kid is definitely first round talent that fell into the second round - no clue why. If you haven’t seen his dunk from the first game, would recommend checking out HERE
Derek Fisher - it’s summer league so it’s tough to tell. The young guys are picking up the basics of the offense. It’s really all about if the veterans are going to respect his authority for the entire season and beyond. I have confidence in him that he’ll do a good job
Shane Larkin looks good, Jeremy Tyler and Cole Aldrich are working hard to get some playing time this year
Thanasis Antetokounmpo - freak, just like his brother. His nickname is “no chill” and it’s very deserving. Goes 100 MPH all the time. If he plays this year, should be fun to watch. Very raw though
Overall, liked what I saw - but it’s summer league.
Lost in all the LBJ/Melo madness, the Knicks summer league team plays their first game tonight.
Here’s the roster:
Aldrich, Cole C 6-11 245 Kansas/USA Antetokounmpo, Thanasis F 6-7 215 Delaware/D-League/Greece Brown, Shannon G 6-4 205 Michigan State/USA Early, Cleanthony F 6-8 219 Wichita State/USA Galloway, Langston G 6-2 202 Saint Joseph?s/USA Hardaway Jr., Tim G 6-6 205 Michigan/USA Henriquez, Jordan C 6-11 250 Kansas State/USA Johnson, Zane G 6-6 210 Hawaii/USA Larkin, Shane G 5-11 176 Miami (FL)/USA Moore, Cameron F 6-10 230 Alabama-Birmingham/USA Sheehey, Will F 6-7 200 Indiana/USA Triche, Brandon G 6-4 210 Syracuse/USA Tyler, Jeremy F 6-9 250 San Diego HS (CA)/USA Vandenberg, Jordan C 7-1 245 North Carolina State/USA
Schedule so far:
Fri 07/11/2014 4:00 PM ET New York Knicks vs. Dallas Mavericks
Sat 07/12/2014 4:00 PM ET Portland Trail Blazers vs. New York Knicks
Mon 07/14/2014 4:00 PM ET New York Knicks vs. Charlotte Hornets
I feel Melo is playin all of them lol,he had clearly said he wanted the free agency experience. The bulls can't just outright sign him,the would have to give up boozer and a few other pieces in a sign and trade,knicks don't want boozer and the bulls don't want to give up Taj,and Melo isn't taking that serious of a pay cut to play for them,if that's the case he would have went to Miami,Phil & Melo know this lol,that's why there's reports of knicks not feeling worried about him resigning
I wouldn’t count Chicago completely out. If Melo is willing to take a paycut below even what he’d take in New York (which just was reported), then Bulls would just have to amnesty Boozer and they’d be good.
Don’t think Miami was ever realistic because that paycut would be gigantic. But, Chicago is definitely something to worry about.
"The deal will send Chandler and Knicks point guard Raymond Felton to the Mavericks in exchange for Dallas point guard Jose Calderon, center Samuel Dalembert, shooting guard Wayne Ellington, 21-year-old point guard Shane Larkin and the 34th and 51st pick in Thursday’s draft."
Not sure what’s going on here.
Jose makes 7 mil each of the next three years and doesn’t play defense. Is this a foundation guy? I don’t really think so.
at least we got some picks in this years draft! ha
If he takes less money and stay cool...if he leaves cool (we'll get pieces in a sign and trade),regardless we'll be a good,if Dolan was running things I would is be pretty pissed about the Melo thing but with Phil holding the keys I got hope for this teams future,either way things will be good with or without Melo
Melo had a good meeting with Phil Jackson and team, quoted as saying he likes Phil’s direction
Woj is reporting though that Melo is leaning on leaving with eyes on the Bulls and Rockets
Golden State is interested in trading for Tyson Chandler, would send back David Lee and Harrison Barnes. I don’t like the deal because David Lee makes like 15 million per year for the next two season. Kills our cap space for 2015
Apparently the Knicks are interested in free agent Patty Mills… would be a nice shooter to have off the bench, but he’s going to get overpaid by some other team
Jackson is looking to trade for or buy a 1st round pick (OKC has may make their 29th pick available). PJ Hairston is apparently the target
Carmelo Anthony looked very much at home late Wednesday with the Empire State Building looming over his shoulder and the Freedom Tower off in the distance. The Knicks free agent-to-be politely declined to address his future