To me, Walker had his chances during the season to make an imprint and solidify his role in the rotation. I think back to an early afternoon home game against Philadelphia where everyone was struggling and the team needed a boost off the bench and Walker played a very poor game. Those are the types of situations where you have to shine in this league. He's not the player who is going to come in and win a game by himself and while he has nice rotation on his jump shot, he is a very streaky outside shooter. In his defense, he's been formed into a shooter, but that shouldn't take away from his athleticism. He stops going to the rim most of the time because he commits to it way too early and teams step in and take offensive fouls on him. If he could learn to attack the rim and side step help defenders before lift off, he could be a major offensive asset. The Knicks have a big decision to make with Walker moving forward. Has he showed enough desire to improve and supplant himself in the rotation to earn a spot on the roster next year?
Will this mean the Knicks go deeper down the bench? Or more minutes for Turiaf and Bill Walker? My guess is a little of both, with Mozgov getting the nod over Randolph. Just a feeling.
Two years later, they have a star, although it's not the one they were aiming for, with the potential of adding another.
Many fans cried that the Z-Bo/Crawford combination and surrounding cast would have made the playoffs, to which I disagree. And even if they did, who cares? That team needed an overhaul from top to bottom and fans are ecstatic now that they got it. If you're a frequent guest to TKB, you've been here for this ride, and one we've tried to pave based on the plan.
Tags: Amar'e Stoudemire, Anthony Randolph, Bill Walker, Carmelo Anthony, Donnie Walsh, Mike D'Antoni, Wilson Chandler
He didn't have much chance with that locker room last year.
Sure, all is peachy when you've won 8 of 9, but who saw this coming? The players did. Amar'e did. Felton did. Anyone want to compare what they've done so far with Chris Duhon and David Lee?
With the lack of consistency from Toney Douglas, Danilo Gallinari and Wilson Chandler, the Knicks need an automatic jump shooter. I also think they need someone to attack the rim at will, but a shooter is certainly a need as well.
And obviously, the Knicks could use some depth up front. Their front line is starting to look like the Giants offensive line.
With the Knicks in Denver, what else is there to talk about really?
Nothing has changed on that front in terms of deals, and please excuse me if I'm not affected one bit by the Knicks lack of poor play. From all information I've been gathering since the summer, Melo wants to come to the Big Apple and help his legacy by saving this franchise.
Tags: Amar'e Stoudemire, Bill Walker, Carmelo Anthony, Danilo Gallinari, GameDay, Mike D'Antoni, Roger Mason Jr., Ronny Turiaf
According to D?Antoni, shooting guard is one of the Knicks deepest positions. Wilson Chandler has started there the first three preseason games, but D?Antoni says there?s a chance Chandler could be the starting power forward on opening day, which would move Amar?e Stoudemire to center.All things considered I'd start Chandler or Fields. Walker has excelled in his role thus far, especially from 3.? Unless Mason can prove that he is as pure a shooter as he once was. When Az returns that will change, but you can't expect someone coming off that injury to have an impact right away.
?Those are questions we?ll try to answer in the next three or four games,? D?Antoni said. ?But those are questions that can go into January.?
Among the others looking for minutes at the two spot are Toney Douglas, Landry Fields and Roger Mason, Jr. D?Antoni expects his shooting guard to be able to make the open perimeter jumper in order to spread the floor for Stoudemire to work the inside. Defensive ability also comes into consideration.
?We are trying to find the perfect combinations, the best defensive team and the best offensive team to open the floor up and give Amar?e the best possibility to run rampant,? D?Antoni said. ?Obviously, if you could spread the floor more it will lead to Amar?e getting to the rim or getting to the foul line.?
I obviously like Fields, and have great respect for Walker who reported to summer league in the best shape of his life. Both had their moments yesterday, but to me Fields outplayed him in training camp. Enough so to get minutes yesterday when he was on the outside looking in.
Walker had 8 points in 18 minutes and was 2-3 from downtown. But he was a -11.
Here it is everyone. Your first open thread for the first preseason game of the season. I would venture to guess that Turiaf gets the start along side Stoudemire and the starters will play significant minutes.
There are potential issues, but the bottom line for me is can the team create second opportunities and can they limit the other team to a lot of one and done situations, and I don't mean makes.
Tags: 2010 Season, A New Beginning, Amar'e Stoudemire, Andy Rautins, Anthony Randolph, Bill Walker, Danilo Gallinari, Donnie Walsh, Game Thread, Kelenna Azubuike, Landry Fields, Mike D'Antoni, Raymond Felton, Roger Mason Jr., Ronny Turiaf, Timofey Mozgov, Toney Douglas, Wilson Chandler
But what is his value?
But my source says Walsh has now found another doable deal that would net him a No. 1, though the source would not disclose whether Chandler would be the piece the Knicks would give up (a package of Toney Douglas and Bill Walker, for instance, might be more enticing to some teams).To me, he's still one of the team's top two-way players. Frankly, I don't know where he fits most comfortably. He often floats offensively and takes out of rhythm shots. And from what I've seen thusfar, he hasn't blended well with Ray Felton. But in fairness, it's going to take some time for the new Knicks QB to get on the same page with all of his teammates.
Chandler acknowledged he misses some of his former mates. While Knicks fans rejoiced at the club cleaning house, Chandler had grown close to several players who have come and gone. In fact, Chandler has played with so many teammates in his three seasons, he's lost count.
Tags: Bill Walker, Danilo Gallinari, Donnie Walsh, Kelenna Azubuike, Roger Mason Jr., Wilson Chandler
He's worked hard to drop a ton of weight, and despite a pretty underwhelming summer league, Bill Walker is sure to be fighting for a rotation spot this coming training camp.
The thing you have to respect most about Bill Walker is his perseverance. He was once the best player under 18 in the country, now he's battling to get NBA minutes, something he always thought would come so easily before a knee injury derailed those dreams.
Tags: Bill Walker, Retro Knicks, Text
An athletic, long? 6-10/205, Randolph is quite simply the ideal prospect, the versatile big man who can play any one of three positions, score in bunches and intimidate his opponent on defense. Because of his tenacity on both ends of the floor, he has become what Darius Miles, DeMarr Johnson, Nikoloz Tskitishvili, Darko Milicic and Yi Jialian could have been if they only cared. He's the epitome of potential, and thus has a great chance of becoming one of the elite versatile big men of his time.The piece also has Bill Walker in the top 10.
At 6-6/220 Walker excels at both shooting guard and small forward and despite having undergone a number of surgeries, he is still a tremendous athlete; anyone that doubts him need only consult this brief highlight reel. He's also developed a very smooth jumper, averaging 1.9 three-pointers a game for the Knicks, which would have placed him among the league leaders had he played the whole year in New York. Where many suspected that he would become a great player in spite of his lack of range, one wonders what he might be capable of doing now that he's become a formidable threat as a shooter.Honestly, I'm interested to see where and when Walker gets minutes if everyone is healthy.
Tags: Anthony Randolph, Bill Walker, Text
"...Gallinari, in an interview reported by La Stampa, had this to say about his season, the Italian national team, his desire to finish his career in Italy and, of course, LBJ.
"The vote for my season is 8 (out of 10)" said Gallinari. "I have played 81 games and I have again the pleasure to play after a season with big problems at my back and the surgery. We had too many ups and downs and without maintaining continuity is difficult to reach high goals.
Tags: Bill Walker, Danilo Gallinari, Mike D'Antoni
"...NEW YORK -- Bill Walker has always been somebody else's running buddy or understudy.
In high school, he was Robin to O.J. Mayo's Batman as the duo teamed up to win two state championships at North College Hill High School in Cincinnati.
During his tenure at Kansas State, he played alongside future NBA lottery pick Michael Beasley and under head coach Bob Huggins.
Tags: Bill Walker
I was hoping Walker would get burn as soon as I heard about the deal. He's been impressive so far.
Tags: Bill Walker
"...New?#Knicks in the house: Tracy McGrady, Sergio Rodriguez and Bill Walker. No one can practice yet until all phyiscals are completed..."Not at practice, will be filming deadline reaction with Will Leitch of NY Magazine. Will be posted later.
In the meantime, check out the video which our video editor Pavlos Gorgey dug up. He wonders if this will have an impact. He's looking for the Oakley/X-man fight when X was with the Sonics.