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As John Schuhmann of NBA.com points out, Mo Williams won't be an easy player for the Clippers to trade. The Clippers have until Friday to amnesty the 28 year old guard, who is set to make $8.5M in 2012. Some NBA analysts suggest teams do not rush to use the amnesty in the first year of its existence considering the clause is a one time deal. Teams can only use their amnesty once throughout the ten year CBA (Knicks have already used it on Chauncey Billups).

If the Knicks need to make the trade after losing out on Crawford and Williams, do they risk the player option on Mo?

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These are my fingers typing the keys with the love and passion for Knicks basketball.

I can't tell you how good this feels.

Ok, now that that's done, it's time to get down to business and as we've learned time and time again, that business is the game of basketball. Knicks basketball.

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Via Posting and Toasting
While Raymond Felton warmed himself to the fan base by producing eerily similarly to Point Guards of Knicks Past, it's important to remember that he was given a short, affordable, trade-friendly contract for flexibility. That flexibility was key in obtaining another stud. He?played himself into a steal of an acquisition, then regressed to a solid pickup. That's fine, and he's missed, but the point is he wasn't brought in for the long haul.

Billups assumed the same position of stopgap the minute he arrived but with the added bonus of championship experience and far better shooting accuracy. Still, given his age, there were questions about his ability to control this type of offense. Denver, as a team, was high-octane fun but they had springy legs in the backcourt to push the pace. All of New York's springy legs were casualties of the deal. much,much more.

I think the Mavericks proved you can win at multiple paces, which I believe to be critical. Where the Knicks go in terms of PG depth will come to more clarity as the off season unfolds, but if Billups can stay healthy he is a critical piece to the puzzle for next year and maybe beyond.
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From everything that's being talked about, it is my sense that the Knicks will bring Chauncey Billups back by picking up his option.

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Via Alan Hahn
Chauncey Billups limped to his post-game press conference and had to take the short staircase to the stage one step at a time. It's a strained left knee, a problem area since the March 1 injury in Orlando and reaggravated last Tuesday against the Bulls. Though no decision has been made, right now it seems hard to believe Billups could play by Tuesday night. Even if he did, it's hard to believe he could be effective, especially against Rajon Rondo.

It would be a major blow, obviously, to the Knicks' chances in this series.

Even if Billups did struggle in game one,? it would be a major blow for sure.
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I remember when the Knicks tradedstrickland-to-spurs-for-cheeks.html"> Rod Strickland for Mo Cheeks in February of 1990 and Knicks fans went nuts. Most couldn't believe how they could trade a young up-and-coming PG for a 33-year-old veteran impressive resume or not.

It turns out that Cheeks was part of knocking down a Celtics dynasty that was virtually on its last legs, leading the Knicks to a 5 game playoff series victory including a memorable Game 5 victory on the Garden parquet. I'd me remiss if I didn't mention Charles Oakley's 20/20 game that day as well. If memory serves he had 22 points and 25 rebounds, or something in that range.

Fast forward some 20 years later and the Knicks are led by another veteran point guard Chauncey Billups who possesses a similar veteran acumen that Cheeks did. Both won championships and lived, for years, in the second season. Both nearing the end of their careers who want one last shot at the big time.

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Then it shouldn't mean that much to fans either. Just be healthy.

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If we are going to evaluate Chauncey Billups' place with the team, I think it's important to do so come playoff time. But slowly recovering from a deep thigh injury, Billups showed last night what Knicks fans love about his game.

Toughness.

Toughness is taking the ball to the basket and drawing contact. It's going to the foul line 10 times. It's hitting key shots and it's being strong with the ball. In fact, Billups hasn't turned the ball over in three games. Think about that: 104 minutes without a turnover.

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Via Alan Hahn
Billups has been a pro and has said all the right things, but even after his agent, Andy Miller, held what he termed as "preliminary discussions" with the Knicks about Billups' future in New York, one has to wonder how committed Billups really is to another new beginning. He had his mind set on retiring in his hometown in Denver and moving into a front office position with the Nuggets. Carmelo Anthony may have wanted New York, but Chauncey didn't.

The Knicks have the option of saving $11.5 million of the $14.2 million owed to Billups next season if they waive him within five days of the final game of the NBA season. That would leave them with $3.7 million against their cap for 2011-12, but it does, at least, open up some money to find another point guard, perhaps yet another temporary solution before Paul/Williams, and maybe even a big man.

The crazy thing for Knicks fans is the absolute swirl of emotions that comes with rooting for the team. Billups makes a few shots against the heat and he's the player we remembered in Denver and Detroit. It's no secret Billups didn't want to be traded. There is no bigger fan of Billups than me, but the amazing thing is that the Knicks could very well be facing their 4th quarterback in 4 years should they let Billups go. But it's still very early to be talking about next year.

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Mike Salfino may very well have been on the front end the other day in talking about the struggles of Chauncey Billups and Toney Douglas. The duo have only been together for a short control group, but the results haven't been great. I think it's a combination of pace, Douglas likes fast, Billups a little slower, and the idea that Billups was out of the lineup for some time. Both played terrible, as did the whole team.

Via Newsday

"I don't know, my leg feels good,'' Billups said. "I'm not going to continue to address that. I don't make excuses. I was good enough to play, so it's not an issue. I just didn't shoot the ball well. No excuse.''

Douglas had his worst shooting night of the season, going 1-for-12 from the field, including 1-for-8 on three-pointers. He had three points, five rebounds, three assists and one turnover in 26:41. Douglas had averaged 16.6 points and 6.6 assists in the previous six games.

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There have been two articles this week covering the idea of Chauncey Billups and his future in New York. The Knicks can buy out Billups next year and it's something they definitely 100% need to do says Peter Vecsey.

But a person close to the Knicks thinking says not only won't they buy Billups out, but they are considering extending him past 2012 says Alan Hahn.

I don't think age is that much of a factor here especially when you consider the miles on Jason Kidd. Billups can play several more years at a pretty high level. You just have to protect him like the Mavericks have with Kidd. The real issue is what is worth more money? Should they let Billups go, forget about Chris Paul or the possibility of Deron Williams and just load up with a front court help? Should they focus on drafting another point guard this year? What steps are they going to have to take to get to another level?

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From practice yesterday...

 

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A few days ago I had a great back and forth e-mail exchange with the great Henry Abbott of TrueHoop, where we discussed my thoughts on the ridiculousness of ESPN saying that the Knicks lost the trade battle to New Jersey. The piece was aimed at comparing the assets given up, but was way too focused on Deron Williams vs. Carmelo Anthony, conveniently leaving out Chauncey Billups. It was a great spirited e-mail exchange. He thought my headline was too strong, and I believed his to be very misleading. I'm a very big fan of Henry's. Maybe we were both right, although if the Nets DID win the trade battle let me know when Williams extends...

Metrics tell a story. My friend Mike Salfino does a tremendous job with them, but there has to be a balance.

Today, Abbott keenly questions the Knicks lack of use for analytics, or "calculators" as I like to call them, in providing value for Corey Brewer.

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Via Mike Vaccaro
Chauncey?s the guy with the ball in his hands, and the guy who?s got a ring on his finger,? D?Antoni said. ?So Chauncey?s the one who?s going to decide who gets to win the game for us in that situation.?
A combination of pick and roll and traditional half court offense featuring isolation and post ups will be a recipe for success for the Knicks in my opinion. If D'Antoni allows his championship point guard to run the show like he did down the stretch in Miami, the Knicks will be a handful come playoff time. They also have to get the same defensive will from Carmelo and Amar'e, obviously.
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We talk often about ball handlers forcing defenders to react allowing for drives and kicks. It is a big part of the Knicks offense, and is also a great play call in situations.

Gian from PostingandToasting shows here how Chauncey Billups' decision to not help on Lebron allowed Melo to make an individual defensive play, and froze Eddie House in the corner. Once Lebron realized Billups wasn't going to help, he committed to the drive.

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Mike D'Antoni knows the pressure is on him to make this work. Which is hopefully why last night he listened to his veteran point guard and allowed him to control the game.

Chauncey Billups admitted in a post game interview that the heat did such a great job in aggressively trapping pick and rolls that he had to basically ditch the idea of getting deep into the defense off the pick in order to make plays. It's why he isn't the perfect D'Antoni point guard, but even the coach realized you adjust to your veterans and let them play. That adjustment earned the team a victory.

The result is what I want to continue to see more and more of. This includes posting Carmelo either on the box or face up on the wing and playing off that allowing for dives from Stoudemire. Certainly, the Knicks did have their pick and roll chances, including a clutch runner from Billups to cut the lead to 2 with just under 2 minutes to play. But for the most part in the 4th quarter it was about slow down/isolation half court execution. If the coach continues to let Billups rest by using both Toney Douglas and Anthony Carter, allowing him to be fresh down the stretch, then this will be a VERY difficult team to beat. Should the team add a Jared Jeffries and maybe one more big and learn the value of rebounding and limiting second chances, something they most definitely did following a long film session and preparation, they will have the Garden rocking come Spring time.

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I just don't get it. How on earth have the Nets made a "better deal" than the Knicks when the Knicks also got Chauncey Billups? They didn't give up all those players FOR JUST MELO. Oh, and the Nets DID get ONE player back for a lot of their assets AND HE ISN'T SIGNED YET.

PER, TS%, these concepts are decently valid but rarely pass the NBA eye test. Watch NBA games. There are recipes to victories especially in the playoffs where we all know you throw calculators out the window: foul calls and timely hoops down the stretch. Melo had a +28 efficiency rating against Williams' Jazz in the playoffs last year. Why didn't the Nuggs win? Maybe because they had a back-up coach? Maybe because Kenyon Martin's dollar for dollar production and untradable contract restricted Melo from getting pieces around him?

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So I'm at the game last night and the atmosphere was ridiculous. Even the fans were jockeying for position in the seats trying to get the best view and trying to eat up every inch.

And as I'm watching the game I couldn't help focusing on the veteran Chauncey Billups and why, to me, he is still an elite point guard in this league.

The little things:

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Notice the first play, and one that Mike D'Antoni should take notice of. Melo is very comfortable posting up at both elbows. Billups does a good job of using the screen allowing for Melo to take his time in isolation.

The very next highlight, Billups knows that they may deny the post elbow entry and hits a quick release wide open three. A high-percentage shot as it's the best 3 point look straight on at the top of the key.

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