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.
Based on several one-on-one conversations with Carmelo Anthony over the last few days, I alternated between being positive the Knicks were not on his free agent list to being convinced they are.
Maybe even at the top.
At the outset of this Melodrama, a week or so before training camp when reports inaccurately claimed, as I've come to discover, he was on the verge of making Mikhail Prokhorov an even larger luminary than he is, the Nets, at the very least, appeared to be the frontrunners.
Now they're also-rans, I'm informed. In a nutshell, the fact they're two seasons away from moving to Brooklyn from New Jersey places them in the loser bin. You comprehended what Anthony said, his plan is to associate strictly with a winning outfit. All options no longer are open, it appears.
Put Melo on a team with Amar'e and some toughness and the Knicks will win plenty of games. Melo kills other teams' runs and he's currently answering his critics who say he's one dimensional- he had 22 boards the other night- and is right on top of the league in the combined triple category. He's always one of the league-leaders in efficiency, and is playoff tested.And Donnie Walsh loves his toughness.
That said, some aren't so convinced because of the Knicks' lackluster start.
In other news, Al Harrington believes the Knicks locker room was hurt because of the Knicks' propensity to raise Danilo Gallinari's status. That has hurt his development to a degree, but despite the team's losses he's been very good over the past few games in terms of high efficiency makes/points and getting to the free throw line. Yes, he has weaknesses, but he's due for a hot shooting game and most definitely needs to attack the boards and not allow secondary points. Not switching on every pick and roll would be nice too. It's time for Gallo to stop being timid and proving that he can be a consistent player in this league.
I know Al decently well, as much as a reporter can know a player. There is a wall, obviously. He's a great guy who tried to be a leader on a bad team with too many chefs. He has great respect for the Knicks and desperately wanted to be here. There were a million issues with the Knicks' locker room last year and Gallo was a small part of it. But I wouldn't say it was THE reason that the team struggled. I hope Al continues to play well in Denver.
In addition, there has been a call out for the coach to change his ways and there is a report this morning that Bill Walker didn't know he was in the rotation and that he was being replaced by Roger Mason alluding to last year's issues with the likes of Larry Hughes and Nate Robinson. Let's be honest, both Mason and Walker have shot poorly. Walker had a chance against Philly to step up when everyone else was struggling, and he didn't. Maybe the Sunday afternoon game had an impact but you have to take advantage of opportunities. If you ask me, I think Walker is the better player, but he has to attack the rim and make his open shots- not pout about being demoted. I'm not sure this is as big of an issue as last year with players like Hughes expecting to be told whether he's going to play or not. To me, a coach has an idea of who he's going to play but things change with the matchups.
It's all about playing well during an opportunity, which neither player has. Bottom line is the players could change some ways too, like snagging important rebounds and hitting timely baskets.
And the good news is that it sounds like Ronny Turiaf will return tonight...he's listed as "probable."