To me, after watching the tape, rebounding is still a major weakness. The small lineups that D'Antoni tried to utilize seemed ineffective. It seems like either Turiaf or Mozgov have to be on the floor at all times...I've been asked several times if I'm concerned about the number of points allowed. The answer is no because I was happy with giving up 52 first half points in the first preseason game. I always think a big key to any game is giving up less than 30 points in the first quarter...I've been asked a ton about who I'd rather give up in a trade for Melo: Randolph or Gallo. The answer is whichever one Denver prefers seeing that they are the ones that have to agree to a deal, not me. But I don't give up both. I go back and forth on the answer of who I prefer to keep. Gallo and Melo share a position so I wonder who can play the 2 because Gallo is not ready to play the 4 full time. I don't believe a front court of Amar'e, Gallo and Melo would be good enough defensively. However, I'm reminded what a Division 1 assistant coach told me once about talented players who can't please a coach and who can't stick with a program.
"They are like a really hot single girl...You really have to wonder why they are available."
I think Randolph can be a special player. Same with Gallo. But I know Melo is a special player. Again, it's whomever Denver would want that truly matters.
Speaking of Stoudemire, the dunk, to me, puts a team on its heels for several minutes. It was demoralizing. It closed out the half, stretched the lead and set the tone for an aggressive 3rd quarter which saw the Knicks stretch the lead from 6 to 12.
Moreover, it's not hard to figure that David Lee would have run back on defense. That's not a knock on the ex-Knick, it's just that he can't do that.