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Via Synergy Sports-

Tough to focus too much on the horrid decision to pass and the air ball, especially when Jerome Jordan is the screener, but what you notice most is a quick trigger before reading ?the screen and obviously the inability to get in the paint.

Defenders are allowing him to shoot and as long as they give him that room, he doesn't have the ability to improve on the pick and roll.

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Via NY Post

That said, Garden fans should be smart enough to know they?ll need Douglas to be a contributor if this season is going to be a success. Booing him is not the answer. If anyone deserves some slack it?s Douglas. As D?Antoni pointed out, Douglas had a hectic offseason rehabbing from shoulder surgery and then inherited the starting point guard position when the Knicks released Chauncey Billups just before camp opened to make room for Tyson Chandler. It was too much too soon.

?He had offseason surgery and wasn?t ready to play until November and didn?t get any work in the whole time,? D?Antoni said. ?He was a little bit behind and then thrown into a starting lineup where everybody expected us to win the championship two weeks ago. I think it got to him a little bit.?People get way too concerned as it relates to players starting over others. Douglas, whose strength is his ability to catch and shoot and cause a reaction from the defense off of head fakes, is not making the defense honest because he is short-arming all of his jumpers in my opinion. He's in the midst of what equates to pre-season and he's like a pitcher coming off arm surgery working out kinks in spring training. Douglas is a piece to the puzzle who I've always seen as a great 1st or 2nd guard off the bench on a contending playoff team. Once he starts hitting shots it adds just another?dimension?to the space of the overall offense whether he plays 30 minutes or 20.

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Hoopsworld (several suggestions)

One of the more interesting prospects Boston College point guard Reggie Jackson. There was a chance he would return to the Screaming Eagles for his final season, but he's apparently received some assurance he'll be taken in the first round. New York could take him with the 17th overall selection to bolster its depth at point guard, but there might even be a lottery team willing to take a chance on Jackson before that. Like current Knicks point guard Toney Douglas, Jackson has an enormous wingspan (reportedly seven feet), which obviously is a tremendous defensive advantage in the NBA. But unlike Douglas, Jackson is a traditional point guard who quarterbacks an offense.
Tommy's Take

DraftExpress- Jimmer Fredette, PG 6'2 BYU- Tommy's Take There is simply no question that Jimmer is a pro, and will be a good one. But like most picks he has to find himself in the perfect situation in order to have immediate success. Take James Harden for example. Everyone loved him and it's taken him some time to be a major factor, like he is this playoffs. Jimmer would be very comfortable with Mike D'Antoni, but will the Knicks coach be here long term? Defense is obviously a huge question mark on a team that plenty of holes already on D although Steph Curry disagrees.

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Via Knicks PR

Knicks guard Toney Douglas had successful right shoulder orthroscopic surgery today to repair a torn labrum. Recovery time is expected to be 12-16 weeks. The procedure was performed by team orthopedist Dr. Answorth Allen at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan.
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Toney Douglas: B-

There may be no bigger fan of Douglas than me, but truth be told I was very disappointed in his playoff performance. Look, I always said I consider TD a very solid 3rd guard on a strong playoff team and an excellent 4th guard on a championship team. But let's be real he's a great value at his salary. He can shoot, play SOME point and guard multiple positions. I think D'Antoni lets him take too many defensive possessions off on the ball, especially when you consider the amount of ground he covered to close out on Ray Allen before he was tripped by KG in Game 1.

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If Chauncey Billups does indeed miss the game tonight, as expected, then the stage is set for Toney Douglas to step in and step up. The question is will he. We've seen him do so thus far in certain spots, as his presence allows for the Knicks to play at a faster pace than with Billups.

In other words, expect more points on the board tonight. But has we know, that would mean expect more points for the Celtics as well.

I've been a fan of Douglas despite his shortcomings since day one. He certainly takes bad shots and holds onto the ball too much at times, but I'm a fan of his toughness and his quiet confidence.

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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 Hoopsworld
"Toney's playing well," Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni said. "He's played well a lot this year. He took a little step back when we made the trade because we had new guys and he was deferring a little bit, but now he's playing his game and he's doing a real good job."

Douglas credits Felton for some of his development as a point guard, and predicts he can continue to improve with Billups around.

"I picked up a lot of stuff from Raymond," he said. "He was a veteran guard?sixth year in the league. Every time I was in practice or on the bench, I always studied him?or even when I was playing with him. And same thing for Chauncey?him just being a veteran, just being here, talking to him, [I'm] picking his brain. It's making me a smarter player and a better player. I'm looking forward to learning a lot from him."

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It's a discussion that keeps coming up, mainly because of Raymond Felton's legs and what many consider a lack of facilitation from Toney Douglas.

Douglas hasn't developed into your classic point guard, but he can facilitate. He gets the team into their sets and has the ability to find open players. He's not a great creator, however, and rarely gets anyone easy baskets even in the pick and roll.

Defensively, he guards both positions, an asset that simply cannot be overlooked.

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Via NY Mag
1. Toney Douglas. (Last week: 6.) If the Knicks had just held on to their third-quarter lead over the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday afternoon, Toney Douglas might have made the back page of a tabloid this week. (In a good way.) Douglas struggled with his shot Sunday, but he was unstoppable in wins over the Bulls and Wizards, including a career-high 30 in the eye-opening win over Chicago. Douglas's struggles against the Sixers showed just how important to this team he has already become; he's the second-leading scorer and he leads in steals. Obviously, Douglas won't hold this spot all season ? or probably even for a week ? but so far, it's clear that when Douglas's shot is falling, the Knicks win.

2. Amar'e Stoudemire. (Last week: 2.) Amar'e should probably have the top spot on these rankings every week, but we're gonna make him earn it. As Seth from Posting and Toasting put it Sunday, the loss to the Sixers was precisely the type of game in which the Knicks needed their superstar to be a superstar. The Knicks weren't hitting from the arc; it would have been a nice time for the $100 million power forward to take over. It's not fair to ask Amar'e to make up for all his teammates' occasional issues, but hey: That's why he gets paid the big bucks. We're all still waiting for the Amar'e Effing Stoudemire game. more.

Chandler fell from 1st to 5th...Gallinari is 6th.
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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.

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Tommy's Twitter Feed...

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.

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There's no doubt that there needs to be a two-way street between players and the coach for locker room harmony. Definitely something to keep an eye on, but it just seems to me that the sense is that younger players will be compliant.

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Via NY Post

The coaching staff will tell you nobody has worked harder than Douglas this offseason. The second-year Florida State product has done two-a-days at their Westchester compound since the beginning of May -- save for a two-week break in July.

Douglas, the Knicks' most tenacious defender, said one of the reasons he has worked so hard is he wants to be a leader this season. There were none during last season's 29-53 campaign.

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Via Hoopsworld
But as the season dragged on, Douglas seemed baffled by D'Antoni's offense. He lost his place in the rotation and didn't re-emerge until March.

After seeing his NBA dream turn into a brief nightmare, Douglas showed that unheralded players can thrive under D'Antoni if they have the right attitude.

"Since the first week of May I've been doing two-a-days in New York," Douglas said. "I want to become a complete basketball player."

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Listen here

Tune into TKB Radio tonight at 9 PM with Anthony "Rice Balls" Donahue and special guest Toney Douglas. The draft is tomorrow and a lot of rumors are circulating. A year ago, Toney Douglas was one of the college prospects anxiously waiting to hear their name be called by an NBA team. The Knicks acquired Douglas then, so will Donnie Walsh try to do the same this year? All of that draft talk and your awesome phone calls.

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Despite having told the University of Kentucky he is going to stay, John Calipari seems to have the NBA itch according to Yahoo.
"...Adrian Wojnarowski states that without the Wesley-James connection, Calipari would not be able to get an NBA position after his tenure in New Jersey.

"Rest assured, if Calipari finds a way to get one of these teams to believe his hiring will bring James ? or keep him, in Cleveland's case ? he'll be on his way back to the pros," writes Wojnarowski.

A former Nets owner was asked his advice to any team considering hiring Calipari. "My advice?" the former owner asked after pausing. "Well, I guess my advice would be this: Don't..."

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We analyzed TD a few weeks back, and Big C from Fromthebaseline has taken it a step further. I couldn't agree more that I'd like to see Douglas work on his mid-range game a bit more. That, to me, seems to be what separates guards in this league.

Click here for the full video breakdown.

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This is a post that I've held off from for a long time. I wondered this way back in November, when Brandon Jennings took the league by storm. My friend Dan from knicksfan.net was chatting about it on Twitter last night.

I've been somewhat critical of Jennings, but the addition of John Salmons (a TKB favorite) has helped Jennings and the Bucks to the 5th seed in the Eastern Conference. Jennings, after hitting the rookie wall at 100mph, has regrouped and been very efficient over the past few weeks.

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Via Denver Post
"...When Anthony came out, he talked about the gall of Gallinari, who was trash-talking with the all-star. And he also discussed the not-so-ambiguous comments Knicks president Donnie Walsh made to the New York Post, suggesting that even though the Knicks have money to spend this summer, they are looking at rebuilding over the next couple years ? and Melo could be available after 2011.

"I really don't know what's going to happen the next year," Anthony said. "I don't know what's going to happen. But I don't see why anybody wouldn't want to play here in New York..."

As I've said, Melo is great leverage for this summer. Would Lebron allow for the opportunity to pass him by with the idea of having to GET THROUGH the Knicks should Carmelo make the jump? This is what the plan is about to me. They have the opportunity to give Lebron everything, should he pass the team can add pieces this season in the form of a max player and vets maybe on 1 year deals, the possibility of sign and trades, then have space to add the game changer.

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With his solid play, Toney Douglas has grabbed control of the starting point guard spot. It appears that Mike D'Antoni is willing to live with the rookie's mistakes, highlighted by yesterday's last few minutes. To summarize, Douglas committed to his drive and was exposed by Jared Jeffries.

In doing so, D'Antoni has turned to Chris Duhon to apparently sure up the back up minutes, mainly because Sergio Rodriguez has the tendency to cough the ball up.

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Steve Adamek warns Knicks fans not to get too excited just yet about Toney Douglas considering the Knicks have seen players have break outs on losing teams.

I said on Twitter the other night that I hoped no one started comparing TD to Frank Williams. Instead, Adamek points out Mardy Collins, which is a more fair comparison.

"...We?re not trying to to throw cold water on rookie Toney Douglas? emergence the past week, for he has provided contagious energy and shown some of what he did the first month of the season, before getting buried on the bench by Mike D?Antoni?s Coaching 101 decision to play his veterans because he thought they gave him the best chance to win.

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Listen LIVE (click the player on the right on the BTR player)

Tune in to TKB Radio tonight at 9 PM to talk Knicks with Anthony ?Rice Balls? Donahue as we talk with rookie Toney Douglas, who is now running the show and is coming off some strong performances.

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Tim Shea is a really strong basketball eye and mind who contributes to Berman's blog and he had some interesting things to say about Sergio Rodriguez, who hasn't been all too impressive since being dealt to NY from the Kings at the deadline.

"...Sergio's a nice young man, easy going, he has good instincts and he knows how to play but he had not yet learned how to win. Sergio is and was immature.

Sergio can run. He likes transition basketball, makes the fancy play, the show-time play, but is still an inconsistent shooter and makes questionably decisions at PG. His D has gotten better but has big lapses.

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- I think the biggest thing I took from watching "Winning Time" was the depiction of Larry Brown and why he ultimately can only remain with certain teams for relatively short periods of time:

Players don't the guy, but you don't have to really like someone to have success in this league.

I really appreciated Reggie Miller saying that the Pacer players couldn't stand Brown, whom he dubbed a perfectionist "in an imperfect game." Brown expects the game to be played the right way and the Pacers really did play the right way. Of course he does, he's a snob, he went to North Carolina. Reggie must have felt the same way about how he did things, UCLA knows a thing or two about hoops. Ultimately, the Pacers lacked superior talent but, like the Knicks,? never took a possession off and played as one until they needed Reggie to make shots.

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There is buzz that Al Harrington will not be in the starting line up tonight from what I'm hearing.

Now, this doesn't fall under the category of shakeups as it's been done before.

Meanwhile, I totally agree with the masses that Toney Douglas needs a look. I'm still very high on TD and think that he should play. D'Antoni has played Eddie House and Tracy McGrady, along with obviously Sergio Rodriguez at the one at times. I think Douglas has the mind set not to let this be a huge deal seeing that he most likely will be on the roster next year unless a deal comes along, but still, play the kid one game 30 minutes and see what happens.

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Via Hoopsworld:

"...The Knicks grand plan is certainly no secret.? Since the moment GM Donnie Walsh was hired, his primary objective was blatantly clear: To create and maintain as much cap space as possible in order to go shopping in the summer of 2010.

Still, although Donnie has done a stellar job paring down the Knicks payroll and shedding some of the franchise's most expensive and debilitating contracts, the total amount of money the Knicks will have to play with is still unknown.? The salary cap is essentially determined as a fraction of total 'Basketball Related Income," and that BRI amount won't be known until later this year.? New York will definitely have enough cap space to offer/sign one superstar to a max-level contract, but not the two studs some New Yorkers were hoping for.? Depending on where the cap is set - some doomsday scenarios had the cap falling all the way down to $50.4 million - the Knicks may be left only about $20 million under the cap.

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Via Berman:
"...ATLANTA ? Mike D'Antoni's New Year's resolution looks to be getting Nate Robinson back in the rotation.

D'Antoni said at this morning's shootaround that Robinson could see his first action since Dec. 1st in their New Year's Night contest vs. the Hawks.

D'Antoni said he is evaluating whether the bench scoring needs a boost and admitted Robinson is back on his radar.

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Had a bit of a crazy few days, but wanted to post the interview I did with netsarescorching.com, which is my friend Sebastian Pruiti's blog part of the ESPN truehoop blog network. Sebastian will be joining us on TKB Radio this Monday at 9PM.

"...NAS: A lot has been made about the benching of Nate Robinson, but the Knicks are clearly playing better without him. How much are these two things connected, and how do you see ?Nategate? playing out?
Tommy Dee: I noticed mid-year last year that D?Antoni had soured on Nate, but he was playing well at the time and since they had limited options at the guard spot, Nate still go minutes. This year, with the addition of both Larry Hughes and Toney Douglas, who now will receive rotation minutes, D?Antoni has options. He doesn?t feel Nate is his type of player and as a proven coach, he reserves that rite. In the end, I don?t see Nate being traded or bought out based on the fact that teams had the chance to sign him this past off season and received zero offers.
NAS: David Lee may be playing himself out of the Knicks? price range by the end of the season. If you were Donnie Walsh, would you find a way to ink Lee long-term this summer?
Walsh?s plan has been clear since day 1, he wants the opportunity to sit down with a major free agent July 1st. Lee has said he wants to be part of the solution here, but as you mentioned, he may demand a contract out of the Knicks? price range. Is he the defensive presence in the middle on a 50-plus win team? Moreover, the four position in D?Antoni system has to be able to stretch defenders out to the perimeter, which isn?t Lee?s game. If a team jumps on Lee right away in July, which they didn?t do last summer, then his career may be over in New York. It will be interesting to see how that shakes out.
NAS: Part of what?s wonderful about playing in the Eastern Conference is you could be under .500 and still in playoff contention. Any chance the Knicks make a deal that could put them over the hump and into the 8th seed?
I think some Knick fans think that player is Tracy McGrady, but that?s a big question mark for me. They will have to trade rotation players to be able to match salaries. If the Rockets take back salary, read Jared Jeffries, I think Walsh would deal, but the team has played well enough recently to at least sniff 6-7 games under .500. If they get to a place where they can sustain 3-4 games under with this group, I think Walsh will pass on McGrady, but again if he can move Jeffries he has to do it. I?d like to see them take a hard look at Randy Foye who is out of the mix in Washington. He?d help them.
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Via NY Post:
"...Hughes, who is aiming toward a Sunday return, is a backup at both guard slots. However, Mike D'Antoni reiterated he has not thought of getting Nate Robinson back in the rotation the next two games.

D'Antoni will give rookie Toney Douglas more minutes. Douglas has been a DNP the last two games since Eddy Curry has been spotted in. D'Antoni's war with Robinson is expected to force Robinson's handlers to take some form of action. There is sentiment in the Robinson camp that D'Antoni's decision to ban Nate is personal and not related to basketball, though the Knicks have had success since Robinson's been a DNP the past six games..."

Clearly this D'Antoni/Robinson thing dates back to as far as last year, as has been documented on TKB thoroughly. The decision to give Douglas Hughes' minutes shows that Nate just isn't in the picture and it allows for the Knicks to give important minutes to one of their first round picks this year.

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David Lee has logged an average of 40 minutes over his last three games, much of that could have been contributed to extra effort defensively or the fact that the team was preparing for 3 days off.

As we know the tighter rotation has seemed to benefit the Knicks who need consistent minutes, so when re-introducing Eddy Curry into the mix, if I were Mike D'Antoni, I'd get him in the the 1st quarter.

The Knicks could come out flat tonight. Hopefully not, but it's human nature to think that jump shots may not fall. With Curry, they have a guy who can slow down the game and create foul situations. When the Knicks miss jumpers early they lead to run outs and no one in the league is as capable of capitalizing on them more so than Chris Paul.

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Great post from Big C -
"...If the Suns game is any indication of what Larry Hughes can do once he gets minutes then give this man some minutes at point. Right now at the point guard Chris Duhon has not been getting it done. Larry Hughes seems to be a better fit to be the Knicks starting point guard. Mike D?Antoni wants his team to play defense this year. What better way to show that he is really serious about the Knicks playing defense than to let Larry Hughes start in the backcourt with Douglas or at least hand over the bulk of Duhon?s minutes. Too often we have seen Duhon get beat by his man or be a liability on the offense by not penetrating to the hole. Hughes not only can play one-on-one defense but he is one of the best at playing the passing lanes. Without a doubt I feel that Hughes can run the pick and roll play with David Lee and Danilo Gallinari. Hughes can be a good distributor as well as a guy that knows when to step up the defensive pressure that this Knicks team is missing...more"
I think a Hughes/ Douglas backcourt could make some sense in the rotation, but I'd like to see Douglas learn the one position. But if there are games, like against New Jersey, when the coach doesn't feel like Douglas is bringing it, then Hughes should see reps at the one...
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Looking forward to heading to MSG tomorrow to see which team extends its one game winning streak. But seriously, I hear from fans via email and in conversation and how they feel that the Nets have really good pieces as they compare to the Knicks and how they are concerned that they will ultimately attract a star free agent because of it.

Now while I can't totally disagree seeing that the Nets will add another via the draft this year, there are several things I'd like to point out what I see in terms of what they have on the roster.

Brook Lopez- A solid young big man? Yes. A franchise center? We'll see. Some people think Lopez has the ability to be a Tim Duncan type.

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I mean, what's not to like about Tyreke Evans?

I credit Gym Rat Mucha for pushing for him around the time of the draft. Soon after his stock soared through the roof.

I knew he was good. He's big, strong, and an athletic guard who is proving right away that can bull his way to the paint and finish at the NBA level. Great combo guard prospect, who can also play the point.

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Good win for the Knicks last night, this is going to be a brief report, as the young guys didn?t really make much of impact. The addition of Curry and a great game from Larry Hughes took away a lot of possible minutes and despite Wilson Chandler?s hot start, he didn?t make much of an impact in the second half. I just want to say one thing though about out lottery picks, Gallo and Jordan Hill. These guys are very young and very raw. Gallo essentially came out of high school and hardly played last year. One game does not define a career or a season. The kid has flaws, he doesn?t create well at this level, he makes some foolish mistakes, he doesn?t move well without the ball ? but these flaws are to be expected at this age. To look at a good comparison, see Rashard Lewis. Gallo has the potential to be a similar style player as Rashard is now, but he was very ineffective his first two years in the league before finally becoming a starter in his third. On that schedule, Gallo is ahead of the pace. The same goes for Hill, he is going to need time to develop but the few glimpses we have seen show a player with great promise. Because of his physical tools, I?d go as far as to say he?s a better prospect than Gallo. Just keep in mind these guys are very young and very raw when judging them. They are going to make embarrassing mistakes and have terrible games. It?s part of the process of becoming a great player.

Future Player of the Game

Wilson Chandler: 18 PTS, 5 REB, 1 BLK

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Another game, another loss - this time to the fast paced Golden State Warriors. The big news this game was the first real significant playing time of lottery pick Jordan Hill, who showed some flashes of why he was the number eight pick in the draft. Also, Toney Douglas was curiously relegated to the bench after three 20+ point scoring games. And, last but not least, Danilo Gallinari had an excellent first half before cooling down in the second.

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Future Player of The Game

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The youth definitely showed some promise tonight with Toney Douglas getting his first start and somewhat solid games from Gallinari and Chandler. This was another tough loss to take, especially with the early lead, but we can always look to the future for some hope.

Future Player of the Game:

Toney Douglas: 23 PTS, 10-19 FG, 4 REB

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Welcome Justin (Jcmoney) to the fold. Justin will be adding insight and monitoring the young bucks.

? ? ? ? ? ?Despite the turmoil within the New York Knicks roster, the Knicks have a foursome of bright young talent locked into contracts beyond this season. After several games this season, I will try to analyze how all of our youngsters have contributed and what they need to do to improve.

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The look on his face said it all tonight.? Toney Douglas is a true competitor and cares about one thing and one thing only... winning.

I was not able to see most of the game because work-related studying, but on a tip from my buddy Ryan Meara (***By the way, for those of you that are soccer fans, remember that name.? He is the starting goalie at Fordham University and he has some serious talent***), I tuned into the last couple of minutes to see if the Knicks could actually pull off a spirited comeback on their home floor.? With six seconds left and his team down by two, D'Antoni stuck with the hot hand and called on number 23 to try and finish what he started.? The key to the Knicks' comeback, it was Douglas' game to lose.? Whether it was the wise decision or not (Clyde questioned whether or not giving that responsibility to the rookie was good thinking), D'Antoni's decision was the right decision and I am glad that he made it.

On that last play, Douglas got the ball and took it right at Deron Williams, a strong defender and one the NBA's elite point guards.? Too bad for Toney, he picked up his dribble a split second too early and gave up his chance to cut back left and into the lane for a better shot.? However, regardless of the outcome, not one Knick fan could complain about what they saw from Douglas.? In an early season that has been bereft of passion and hard play, Douglas stepped up tonight and tried to carry this team, both offensively and defensively.

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Written by my boy Isa Kaliq Moorman of nykfanpage.com

I'll tell you what Toney Douglas is not. He's not some mirror-licking narcissist of an athlete with a false sense of entitlement. He sure as hell ain't living some idealistic fantasy that athletic ability is God-given, and success and personal achievements don't require guts and nuts. He's neither demoralized nor deterred by self-seeking, servile flatterers (*cough* BERMAN *cough, cough*) of media that claim he ain't got the minerals to make it on the next level. No siree...this thick-skinned young man was born and bred for the bright lights of New York City. And Lord knows it's been a long time comin'.

The crucible that is Toney Douglas began in the yards of Jonesboro, Georgia. (I used to live there - ain't a damn thing happening in Jonesboro but the Waffle House on a Saturday night.) Toney and his older brother Harry told stories of the elder sending the younger home crying after winning 140-4. Flying elbows and unremorseful grins from the elder spawned a sibling rivalry that would make the Douglas brothers two of the most exciting high school athletes Jonesboro township will ever see?a veritable dynamic duo in three sports: basketball, football, and baseball. Harry Douglas was drafted from Louisville by the Atlanta Falcons?while Toney, although equally gifted in the sport of football, sought to carve out his own path via travails of what was destined and refused to conceptualize any other way?Toney Douglas sought the road less traveled.

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So the questions have been posed towards Coach D'Antoni for well-over a week now in terms of the starting lineup and rotation, and there has been little-to-no clarity on either subject.

Other than assuming that Larry Hughes, who won't be bought out, is on the outside looking in, as well as the developing Jordan Hill, it's tough to tell what the combination will be.

Tags: 2009 Season, Danilo Gallinari, David Lee, Mike D'Antoni, Toney Douglas, Wilson Chandler
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Had the chance to sneak in at lunchtime and saw a lot of the same things on the court for the first few minutes. Sloppy play and missed shots.

But the one thing that I really noticed was how vocal and energized Mike D'Antoni was, constantly pointing out that things need to be done right.

If you don't think that the man knows offense, here's an example.

Tags: 2009 Training Camp, Danilo Gallinari, Mike D'Antoni, Toney Douglas, Wilson Chandler
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Via nyknicks.com

"...Rookies Jordan Hill and Toney Douglas were all smiles when talking about stepping on the Madison Square Garden floor for the first time as New York Knicks. They couldn?t help but express their excitement of playing in front of their new hometown fans.

But don?t let them confuse you. The nerves are definitely there leading up to Tuesday night?s Garden opener against the Philadelphia 76ers in New York?s third preseason game.

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Through two games of the preseason, Ramon Sessions isn't exactly lighting it up in Minnesota. Through 40 minutes, Sessions has racked up 6 assists and 7 turnovers and has taken just 9 field goal attempts in two games. Does it appear, at least on the surface, that Sessions' NBA experience hasn't allowed for a promotion but yet another situation where he has to split time? He would have been a 20-25 minute-per-game player here too and would have held the distinction of being the first, post-2010 contract of the Walsh Era.

So Sessions defenders can insert the excuses below.

In his last game against the Bulls, Brandon Jennings managed 3-12 from the field and 6 points in 25 minutes. Yes, I am aware that Jennings had an "impressive" showing against the Pistons where he had 18 points, 6 assists and 6 steals, but he also, had 5 turnovers. Again, if you wish Jennings were here feel free to explain his struggles below.

Tags: 2009 Season, 2009 Summer League, Brandon Jennings, Danilo Gallinari, Donnie Walsh, Eddy Curry, Toney Douglas
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