The Knicks Blog Podcast: Derek Fisher’s rotation

Anthony Donahue and Moke Hamilton react to Carmelo Anthony’s comments about the Triangle offense and Amar’e Stoudemire’s use of red wine. Plus, the guys chat with the lead writer of The Knicks Blog, Keith Schlosser, about the new 30 for 30 documentary and Iman Shumpert.

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  • Melo’s comments
  • Derek Fisher’s rotation
  • Is Amar’e an asset?
  • Keith Schlosser calls in (13:25)
  • Amar’e likes red wine (31:05)
  • What’s caught my eye: Kobe, Blazers, Rockets

Examining Phil Jackson’s influence on Knicks’ glory days

Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer

Having premiered on ESPN on Tuesday night, Michael Rapaport’s When The Garden Was Eden recaptured the Knicks’ glory days and allowed fans to reminisce for a bit.

Of course, thirteen-time NBA champion turned Knicks’ President Phil Jackson was along for both victory rides.

But ironically enough, despite winning eleven championship rings by preaching the triangle offense to his players as a coach, he wasn’t known for putting the ball in the basket as a player.

Instead, Jackson was relied upon on for his gritty defense. He was the type of player who threw his body around and had no problem diving for loose balls. The game may not have been very pretty when he played it, but the man now known as the Zen Master became a quick fan-favorite for his continued hustle.

He may not have been very speedy nor agile, but he was, instead, intelligent and evasive.

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Bargnani won’t play again Wednesday

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

Knicks big man Andrea Bargnani will miss his fourth straight preseason game Wednesday against Washington because of a hamstring injury, coach Derek Fisher told reporters Tuesday.

Bargnani, J.R. Smith (back), Jose Calderon (calf) and Amar’e Stoudemire (rest) did not practice Tuesday, according to Scott Cacciola of the New York Times.

Bargnani is in his walk year with the Knicks and ideally would like to have a big season entering free agency.

Bargnani has not practiced fully since missing a preseason game against the Celtics 11 days ago. Fisher said that with eight days to go before opening night that he isn’t sure if Bargnani will be ready (Berman, Oct. 21). 

“We still have eight days before opening night,’’ Fisher said per the NY Post. “I can’t say at this point if that’s in jeopardy. Getting practice time in and being in a level of conditioning you need will be important for Andrea to get in. That said, when he’s healthy, he’s the type of player you need to have on the floor because he can do some good things. As the week goes by, we have to make a decision on him.’’


Calderon left game early due to strained calf, says will play Weds.

PG Jose Calderon left Monday night’s game in the first quarter due to a strained right calf and did not return.

Derek Fisher said after the game that he didn’t believe the injury was serious, and that Calderon might play on Wednesday night in Boston (Berman, Oct. 20).

Calderon said on Tuesday that he expects to play on Wednesday (Begley, Oct. 21).

Calderon, 33, was acquired from the Mavericks in June as part of the deal that sent Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton to Dallas.

Observations from the Knicks’ preseason loss to the Bucks

Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer

Through five preseason games, the Knicks have undoubtedly experienced their fair shares of highs and lows. Despite coming away with two victories, the latest loss to the Mailwaukee Bucks continued to prove how rusty the players look. There hasn’t been as much as hustle from certain players, as the energy and intensity levels look lower than they should be. Others look hesitant on the floor as New York looks to implement the triangle offense.

USATSI_8130820_110579513_lowresCan all of this be attributed to preseason jitters? Or should it be a cause for concern? If these preseason games are simply a time for trial and error by head coach Derek Fisher, then it’s no wonder players such as J.R. Smith are saying it’ll take a few months to really find a rhythm with the triangle offense.

In any event, here are some observations from Monday night’s loss to the Bucks:

-Being able to control the tempo of the game this season will be key for the Knicks. This team is simply not one that can survive by playing “catch-up.”. The overall energy was down, and there was a lack of effort and urgency down the stretch. As the Bucks went on a final run in the fourth quarter, the flood gates opened and New York couldn’t climb back.

- In extended minutes (in place of the injured Jose Calderon, who left the game in the first quarter), Shane Larkin proved to be erratic. He has potential, but the speedy floor general needs a bit more refinement to his game.

-On the other hand, Pablo Prigioni continued to display that cool, calm, and collected manner in his game. He’s much slower than Larkin, but perhaps that’s for the best. He’s intelligent and careful. He controls the tempo nicely and is able to provide steady ball pressure. It may not be pretty, but it’s consistent.

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