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Via NY Post

As the NBA trade deadline approaches Thursday, the relationship between Mike D?Antoni and Carmelo Anthony appears to be deteriorating.

There are several indications the alliance is getting worse, not better, and it seems inconceivable both will be back with the Knicks next season. According to a source familiar with the situation, Anthony is disgruntled and he may have given off those signs when he didn?t join the huddle during a third-quarter timeout. (Anthony claimed that occurs often).

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While the defense has improved statistically, this is why numbers can often be misleading.? When the Knicks were clicking offensively last season and the offense was a thing of beauty, they would lose games on the defensive end. This notion would often be infuriating to fans. Now, what you have is a backcourt who can't throw the ball in the ocean, despite a relative improvement last night, and defenders collapsing on front court players.

What's equally puzzling is the play of both Amar'e and Melo. Anthony is obviously plagued by a rash of injuries, but there are no excuses in New York. You wanted it you got it. Play hurt and if your shot isn't falling do other things to get Ws. Stoudemire has lacked the same lift as last season. This is not the same athlete that we saw rocking the Garden last year to the chants of MVP. If your two superstars aren't performing at a superstar level then you can't consistently win. Period. Once again, I hear a ton of complaints for the coach's job but no solutions from fans. My solution would be to wait to see Amar'e run a pick and roll at the 5 with Davis in stretches and Melo on the perimeter. Anyway you slice it, it's really hard to get the team's best 5 players on the floor at the same time. Ironically, the 99 team faced the same issue with Sprewell and Houston at the 2 and 3 positions. The roster, as Jeff Van Gundy called it, was "flawed." Meaning it lacked balance. They managed to right the ship. If they don't the coach will be fired. And he should be.

But that doesn't excuse the ridiculousness of switching on EVERY freekin' ball screen. I mean, do we have to watch Jorts guard Nash on a simple ball screen? Do we have to watch Shumpert guard Channing Frye, or Bibby try to handle Hakeem Warrick in the post? This is something that drives me absolutely nuts when the matchup is wrong. Look, Gallo could stay in front of a guard or a 4. Wilson Chandler could stay in front of a guard or a 4. Shawne Williams could guard the post if he switched. These players are GONE.

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I know I said let's hold off until the Knicks lose their first game, but the Mike D'Antoni watch is officially on, at least according to Moke.

From day one, Knicks fans have never fully embraced D?Antoni or his coaching style. He knows it as well as anyone. And until his motion based, pick-and-roll, shoot-quickly system is employed by a team that wins the ultimate prize, the brand of basketball he plays will never be respected by those that appreciate the structure and hard-nosed defensive style that Pat Riley and Jeff Van Gundy?s Knicks played....

For Mike?s sake, I hope Carmelo Anthony and Amar?e Stoudemire figure things out very soon. I hope Iman Shumpert?s poor shot selection was just a preseason thing. I hope Landry Fields? slump is the exception and not the rule.

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There was a report that there may be interest in MIke D'Antoni from the Toronto Raptors...Well, I guess that's not going to happen if you believe D'Antoni's agent.

Via NY Post

Colangelo was D'Antoni's boss in Phoenix and they are friends. But D'Antoni's agent, Warren LeGarie, said D'Antoni has no interest in trying to get out of the final year of his contract."There's absolutely no truth to [Mike wanting to go to Toronto]," LeGarie said. "It's amusing."

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I'm on record saying that, barring a deep title run next year, Phil Jackson will be the coach of the Knicks in 2012. The fact of the matter is, he's already lobbying for it. That much I can assure you. A lot can happen in 12 months so let's not get ahead of ourselves.

My friend Moke Hamilton writes about the Knicks for Bleacher Report, a site that is briliantly built to help people with their writing so that they land jobs in the future. Frankly, I'm just curious as to where those jobs are. I wrote for free for years as an outlet, which is why I enjoy Moke's work. It's well thought and well-written.

I know people in the comments section don't read stuff placed in this space all that thoroughly. If they did, they'd understand I'm not a Mike D'Antoni apologist at all. The Knicks really need to improve defensively and I was encouraged by what I saw in Game 1 in Boston.Like the Bulls offensively, the Knicks have to become a better balanced basketball team and there is simply no doubt about that.

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Via NY Post
"They tell me both guys are coming back," he stated. "Then again, they also told me the Knicks were going to get LeBron James."It's unnecessary to ask who "they" are. It's well-known they are CAA's talent-hoarding force field, agents Leon Rose and Wes Wesley. Wide World Wes kinda "represents" Calipari in that the NBA Players Association sorta insists negotiators pick up commissions exclusively from players or coaches, not both... Because the give and take was not completed until last week, I'm informed. Late changes were made by Walsh and approved by Dolan. Once Camp Cablevision's required "six signatures" (I don't think my source was being facetious) are on the dotted line, apparently sometime this week, the deal will be done, if not publicized.

Clearly, the new arrangement will give Walsh the control to finish the Knicks' renovation the way he sees fit. If there was any uncertainty about that it would have demonstrated Dolan did not want him back. That would have shoved Walsh into retirement.

Wait, there were people at CAA who were telling people that Lebron and NY was close to happening? Come on.

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Via ESPN
"I'm leaning heavily towards coming back," Rivers said Wednesday after the Celtics were eliminated from the playoffs by the Miami Heat. "I haven't made that decision. But I can tell you that I probably will. I've kind of come to that over the last couple of weeks. I'm a Celtic and I love our guys.

"I want to win again here. I do. And I'm competitive as hell. I have a competitive group, and so we'll see. But I can tell you that's where I'm at today. Tomorrow, I may change my mind, but that's where I'm at today."

I guess we'll just wait until tomorrow then...unless?

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I said the other day that right after the game is not the best time to ask players about coaches. Too much emotion.

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If you hear the name John Calipari continuously surface as a possible replacement for Mike D'Antoni, my educated guess is that it's because he's getting antsy in Lexington. Why would he leave one of the top college basketball jobs in the country to risk failing again in the NBA?

If Donnie Walsh returns, which is up in the air at this point, then you'd expect Mike D'Antoni to return. With the state of today's NBA, where agencies like CAA, which represents Calipari control things like never before, it's easy to speculate that the former Nets coach could find his way to NY if both Walsh and D'Antoni don't return and the Knicks find themselves with thin sideline options.

Calipari is a great recruiter, but hasn't won anything despite constantly loading up teams with NBA talent. He also had 2 Final Four appearances stripped while the coach at UMASS and Memphis. His one effort in East Rutherford was an utter disaster.

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We hit on this a bit yesterday through tweets and recaps, but it's clear to me that without question Shelden Williams needs to start for this team and be in the rotation come playoff time. He's very good at reading the pick and roll, however if he's guarding a jump shooting or pick and pop big man he could get into trouble because he often chooses to sag into the paint. But he did give the Knicks a valuable presence yesterday in the middle and, maybe just as important, offensively. He even canned a baseline jump.

Anthony Carter is another player whose must be included in the rotation as well. His experience will be in valuable, but more importantly, he is a good counter to either Toney Douglas or Chauncey Billups, should the team they are matched up against try to go small. I think Billy Walker is also making a strong case as he continues to hit timely three pointers. He's 6 for his last 13.

Which brings up the ultimate question and why I may be getting ahead of myself. The playoffs are all about matchups. Right now it would appear that the Knicks will be facing either the heat or the Celtics. First, the heat are new at this playoff thing and have had difficulty this season closing down the stretch when the pressure is on. The Celtics have the big 4 and big baby, and also seem to have the Knicks' number, but they are very thin up front especially sans Shaq and Krstic, who may be out for a little while.

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The Knicks have been dreadful in the fourth quarter.

Jeff Van Gundy was saying the other day, in addition to the fact that D'Antoni should still be the coach moving forward, is that the real key to Mike D'Antoni's offense is putting pressure on the defense before they get set. It's not about shooting early in the clock, it's more about getting an open shot before the defense is set to defend it.

But what we've been saying here for some time is that the NBA game is about winning possession battles in the 4th quarter. The Knicks continue to try and commit to the "system" but in the end they find themselves unable to attack the defense in transition, then they don't have chemistry and structured sets to have any rhythm to score.

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Via ESPN
"The top four seeds are really important, and then you can play fantasy basketball, but you don?t know and you don?t try to get into any position unless somebody goes out with three players, then all of a sudden you say you want to get there because they don?t have three players," D'Antoni said Sunday. "But if everybody is healthy and playing well, it doesn?t mean much. The biggest thing is just trying to play well and get in the playoffs. If you?re playing well at that point, no matter what, you?ve got to win on the road anyway sometimes."
I actually agree with this in a sense seeing that they are going to start the post season on the road. You don't want to drop from 6th to 8th.? It may be this attitude that may be decreasing the sense of urgency in the team possibly resulting in games like last night.

You have to be playing your best basketball come playoff time.

I know this. Guys who constantly criticize, analyze and scrutinize, don't have long shelf lives in one place in the NBA as head coaches. See Larry Brown. Let's see how much longer Scott Skiles' message gets across in Milwaukee. Motivational speeches should be saved for the playoffs. You simply can't give 82 of them. It's a message and a goal and the Knicks probably are fine with the idea of making the playoffs at this point.

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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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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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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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Although the staple of Seven Seconds or Less is the pick and roll, its core is rapid ball movement and quick decisions. I don't have any numbers to back this up but I know from what I've seen since the day I started to watch him that Carmelo Anthony is far more comfortable in situations where he is in sets and can take his time and get to his spot on the floor. Now he has to learn how to do both, and it appears that he's struggling to do so.

In the first quarter, Melo was having a complete offensive game. Towards the end of the half Melo was featured completely on the perimeter and was forced to use his dribble. He could only manage two shot attempts in the quarter and was called for a charged where he forced action off the dribble too far from the basket.

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The Knicks will start their new era tonight with a starting lineup, seemingly, of Billups, Fields, Melo, Stoudemire and Turiaf, a group that I really like. But are they ready to challenge the league's best right away? No. I watched the Celtics last night and the amazing thing about them is how they get their B players to dominate the league's subpar teams in stretches. Big Baby Davis was impossible to stop in stretches in the post against the Warriors.

Seriously, he only had 12 points but he was the focal point in the post for stretches during the second half. This allows the Big 3 plus Rondo to rest.

That comes from confidence and team chemistry, something the Knicks will have to quickly build.

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Via Bergen Record
"I don?t think you do," (Mike) D?Antoni said. "He?ll play some. We?ll just see how the rotation goes. I don?t know yet. But somehow he?s got to be able to play."
Good sign for those who like the more tradition lineup. Dallas is a good team to get Moz major minutes because they feature Brian Cardinal and Ty Chandler in a more traditional 4/5 lineup.
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Thanks to @alanhahn

Have at it....

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As Andrew Smith likes to say there are 240 minutes in an NBA game.

With the performance of Timofey Mozgov, it will be interesting to see how he gets incorporated into the rotation, if he does.

I think he's a 10-15 minute player per game, but at the expense of whom? Turiaf? Shawne Williams?

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Great find via our boy Seth From P&T (from John Schuhmann)
The worst unit on a good team has been the Knicks' Raymond Felton, Landry Fields, Danilo Gallinari, Amar'e Stoudemire and Ronny Turiaf, which has been outscored by 6.5 points per 100 possessions in 108 minutes. more
Turiaf's injuries this year have to be a factor in this, but does this disprove the idea that the Knicks need to play Amar'e at the 4 and a big body up front for rebounding?? The name of the game is to outscore the opponent. Interesting that this particular group struggles to score and defend particularly with Fields on the court.

What does this say about Gallo?

Tags: Amar'e Stoudemire, Danilo Gallinari, Landry Fields, Mike D'Antoni, Raymond Felton, Ronny Turiaf

Via NY Post

"Wilson's a restricted free agent and I'm going to sign him," Walsh said yesterday. "He's a helluva player." ..."I'm confident even if it's not there [ability to match], we're going to sign him," Walsh said. "That's our intention when the time comes."..."Wilson has played at the top of the league in some games this year and [Tuesday] night was a good example, the way he played against a top team and they couldn't deal with him," Walsh said. "He was shooting well from the outside, his uncanny ability to change direction in the air. He's gotten stronger and become a better defender. His game has jumped a lot."

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Raise your hand if you thought the Knicks would be a top 4 Eastern Conference team.

This team has holes and flaws, like most every NBA team. They are still learning to play together. Danilo Gallinari and Wilson Chandler are trying to take next steps in their careers. Their progressions, along with Toney Douglas and Landry Fields, are essential to the team's ultimate success.

That said, the last two games have exposed the Knicks' flaws up front. Chandler will have a hard time some nights matching up with the likes of Brandon Bass and having to help on Dwight Howard all night. You could see it when Ryan Anderson came in the game. He relaxed, along with whoever else was forced to check the Magic's forward, and it showed via Anderson's production for his 19 minutes. That's exactly why there should have been a Timofey Mozgov sighting and why Turiaf's 6 minutes was also completely unacceptable. Small ball with Howard off the floor is one thing, when he's on the floor you make him beat you over and over with one on one post moves.

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In many ways actually, but from the sounds of it, it seems like the coach has worked on his communication skills from a season ago. Via Posting and Toasting.
First of all, I?ll repeat myself: coach has talked several times about the different rotation schemes. Second, we have talked with him about it, even though briefly. He promised to get me back on the court, and I have no reason not to trust him. Third, I think right now he?s just found the game he was looking for and that got us rolling.
The Knicks will need Moz to get back into playing games soon. Hopefully he can give them close to the energy and production he gave at times during the preseason.
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Via MSG
It?s the biggest, longest-running knock on Mike D?Antoni -- he doesn?t coach defense.

Someone should tell the Chicago Bulls that. They might be surprised to hear it, after D?Antoni?s Knicks held Derrick Rose, Carlos Boozer and the rest without a basket for over eight straight minutes in the fourth quarter, pulling away for a 103-95 Christmas Day win at Madison Square Garden.

D?Antoni?s Knicks won?t be confused with the Charles Oakley/Patrick Ewing/Derek Harper teams any time soon. But they?re developing an identity on the defensive end. It starts with Amar?e Stoudemire, Ronny Turiaf, Wilson Chandler and the frontcourt, who have made the Knicks one of the top shot-blocking teams in the league.

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We've often spoke about the keys to the pick and roll as well as the various options the Knicks get off it. For more on the subject check out Hahn's breakdown and chat with Mike D'Antoni.

We've also talked about the role of the 4 man in Mike D'Antoni's system, and how space is the key. Here, he talks specifically about Wilson Chandler's impact at the 4 position and a real specific breakdown on the options in the PnR.

Chandler's work on 4s defensively has been nothing short of tremendous. He had to guard Boozer yesterday for crying out loud. I still think the Knicks may have trouble in big spots in half court games because of their lack of size, but they didn't show it yesterday, that's for sure.

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I wouldn't totally say that it's the amount of minutes that caused the Knicks to fall flat in the second half of last night's game. It was a huge combination of the HEAT's defensive length, led by the dedication to detail from Lebron James and Dwyane Wade, and the fact that the Knicks didn't help themselves by missing shots they normally make.

I also include the fact that the Knicks couldn't carry that sort of emotional high for that long. They were due to come crashing back to earth.

Which is why I think tonight, as I said last night on WFAN, Mike D'Antoni will feature the longer bench...maybe even Anthony Randolph.

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Via ESPN (finger point to JohnG for the link)

Paul Pierce's jumper broke a 116-all tie to give the Celtics the lead and the clock stopped with 0.4 seconds left. Video replays have shown the ball appeared to be completely through the net with 0.6 seconds to go.

"I just asked, 'Are you sure?" D'Antoni said Thursday of his conversation with the referees during the ensuing timeout.

For those wondering...the more I watch, the more I feel like it was a very close call. Could have gone either way.

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With the Knicks primed to make a push towards 2010 free agency and despite getting off to a modest, yet encouraging start early in the 2008-09 campaign, Donnie Walsh pulled the trigger on several deals that meant sending Jamal Crawford and Zack Randolph out of New York. The naysayers hated the deals because it meant the Knicks weren't looking to improve the roster, they were looking to improve their chances at a star player thus giving up and throwing in the towel.

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.

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Via Newsday
Stoudemire said he is experiencing soreness in both of his thighs and in his neck from the pounding he has taken over the first 24 games of the season. Stoudemire played 42 minutes in the win over Washington and is averaging 37.2 minutes per game, which is tied with LeBron James and Russell Westbrook as the 18th-highest average in the NBA.

But despite burnout concerns, Stoudemire said he wants the heavy workload.

"I work extremely hard in the offseason to stay in top shape," he told me, "so whatever Coach Mike D'Antoni requires for me, minutes-wise, I'm totally down for it."..."I just don't see the difference between playing 37 minutes per game and 35 or 34," D'Antoni said. "I've never seen the difference. I think they're fine with the minutes and we continue to monitor them and see how they feel. But they're going to have to play a significant bulk of the minutes. That's just the way life is. For us to be good, they're going to have to play a lot of minutes."

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Whether you believe in the coach or not, in terms of long term playoff success, that's your choice, but one thing is for sure and something that has been confirmed over the first 20 games.

He didn't have much chance with that locker room last year.

This year, it's completely different. Ask Shawne Williams.

"Right now, I wouldn't trade this place I'm in for anything in the world," Williams says. "I'm playing ball. I love what I'm doing, and I'm with a great group of guys."
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?

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Last year at practice I asked Mike D'Antonif he had concerns about playing players like David Lee and Chris Duhon, among others, too many minutes. At the time the Knicks looked ragged,? but his response was one that I expected.

I've never heard a player, especially one in a contract year, complain about minutes.
Understood, but this year the Knicks have new players on new contracts. They have Amar'e Stoudemire, who is playing like an MVP candidate early in the season, but who has had knee issues in the past and Raymond Felton, who is currently playing 3 minutes per game more than for his career, which is currently the 4th highest at his position. Not exactly a huge difference, but it poses the question.

A huge knock on the coach has been one that he plays too short of a rotation and that could be a big reason that his Suns teams never won a championship. Forget they had to annually face (and twice beat) Kobe Bryant in war-like battles, and one of the greatest teams in NBA history with an all-time great in Tim Duncan. Chew on this one. Even the best Knicks teams of the 90s would have been lucky to win a few games in 7 games series against those San Antonio teams. But I digress.

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Via AOL FanHouse
"Well, of course,'' Nash said after being asked if he wished the Suns could have done more to retain Stoudemire. "We all wanted to keep him. But I understand. I thought Robert (Sarver, the team owner) did the best possible offer he could make. I know his system of ownership, and Amar'e made the decision to take a new opportunity and a more solidified deal.''

So Stoudemire has escaped to New York to join Mike D'Antoni, who coached both Stoudemire and Nash with the Suns from 2004-08. During that time, they were legitimate title contenders and Nash won MVPs in 2004-05 and 2005-06.

Considering the D'Antoni-Stoudemire hookup and that the Suns have slipped, perhaps it's not a surprise Nash's name has come up in trade rumors, with the Knicks mentioned the most. But Nash scoffs at the rumors.

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We've written about the Mike D'Antoni situation several times over the past few days and without question, last night's win plus a Friday meeting with the David Lee-less Warriors may get the Knicks out on a string of wins that would bring security for the coach, at least for a little while.

We are talking about the Kings and the Warriors after all, and they play similar systems so these are the type of real live scrimmages that allow the Knicks to get further comfortable in the system.

Danilo Gallinari had a great game of drawing fouls from behind the arc, and even making a few threes. He was active all night and took it upon himself to go at Casspi as if he were engaged in some battle of Euro dominance.

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As I mentioned yesterday, a source has confirmed to me that Walsh and D'Antoni haven't seen eye to eye and that a change may be on the horizon if the Knicks don't start winning games...and soon.

So of course, because the internet is a massive game of telephone, the rumor is that a D'Antoni firing is imminent.

This is not the case and what I'm trying to wrap my head around is a) would the Knicks eat the remainder of the contract and b) who would the next hire be?

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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.

Via NY Post

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This quote from Mike D'Antoni struck me pretty heavily following yet another loose and lackluster performance in front of a Sunday home crowd yesterday.

It was the same thing my former boss said to me when I got caught up in the numbers game...a result of 2008's economic downturn.

It's good advice.

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Do us all a favor and make some sense about it.

Use the guide.

And allow me to point out that this exercise is moot as Mike D'Antoni isn't going anywhere. But if you must fine.

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First off, this team missed Ronny Turiaf terribly last night. He does so many things, most notably he has the ability to help in the lane, which was missed so much last night.

To that end, and because the offense had it's issues, Mike D'Antoni decided to move Amar'e Stoudemire to the 5 as a means to open up the floor. It did. But without Mozgov or Turiaf's presence on the interior, the Knicks were completely exploited. I have no problem with STAT playing the 5 if you want to move Moz or Turiaf away from the basket. Mozgov has shown range. But, especially against a team like the Warriors with Biedrens and Lee, the Knicks just lack size and proper structure.That allowed for the combination of Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis, the fastest player this side of John Wall, the ability to go off for 47 points on just 36 shots. Case in point was the team was trailing by 4 31-27 at the end of the first quarter. The Warriors miss Chandler had his hands on the ball, doesn't secure the rebound and Golden State gets the ball. The ensuing inbounds pass ends in a wide open dunk.

You also may want to consider that in 36 minutes, the combination of Felton, Douglas, Chandler, Gallinari and STAT is -35.

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People often talk about the gruesome arm injury that Andrew Bogut sustained last year. I never saw it because strange looking body parts is not really my thing. Maybe it's because I witnessed Jason Kendall or Moises Alou highlights too much.So if someone tells me that someone got freekishly injured ahead of time i usually pass on finding time to watch it.

Shame on me.

Therefore, I would have no idea that Amar'e Stoudemire was involved in Bogut's incident befire last night.

Tags: Amar'e Stoudemire, Mike D'Antoni
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Thanks to two straight strong performances the Knicks are now +5 in overall point differential, placing them 9th in the NBA. Only 12 teams in the entire league can say the same thing. The combined records of the 8 teams in front of the Knicks?

35-7

The Knicks are also creeping up on a positive +/- rebounding differential as well. They are securing 43.40 rebounds per game vs. 43.80 they are giving up. Their 43 per game has them a very respectable 9th in the NBA.

Tags: Amar'e Stoudemire, Mike D'Antoni, Raymond Felton, Ronny Turiaf, Toney Douglas, Wilson Chandler
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Tags: Mike D'Antoni, video

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Tags: Amar'e Stoudemire, Mike D'Antoni
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