The Good, The Bad and The Walt Clyde: Week 15

Ben Kopelman

Every Knicks fan struggles with the optimistic angel on one shoulder (we got Eddy Curry!) and the ever-depressing devil on the other (we still have Eddy Curry??!!). After each week this season, we will offer up the positives and negatives of the last seven days in Knicks-land to help sort it all out and put your mind at ease. 

Record during the week: 1-3
Game results: Loss @ Bucks  (101-98); Loss vs. Trail Blazers (94-90); Win vs. Nuggets (117-90); Loss @ OKC (112-100)
Overall record / Games Behind: 20-31, 6.5 GB

THE GOOD

Jeremy Tyler: Over the last month, Tyler has had a play or two (or six) a week that have made at least one person in the room ask: who the hell was that? This kid is a complete unknown given his rather unusual route to the NBA (see: leaving high school early to play in Europe), so the jury is out on whether he can evolve into a real piece. But, there is no denying his size and raw abilities. He had or shared the highest +/- of anybody on the team on Wednesday (+10) and Thursday (+18). He does not look ready to carry a serious load on a regular basis but he has shined in his opportunities thus far and the team as a whole has looked better with him on the court over the last week and counting. One of the few story lines relevant despite the Knicks position in the standings, I expect Tyler to get more burn after the ASB as the team must find out what they have in him.

Amar’e Stoudemire: I did not like that Amar’e called out his coach, but the guy has been battling to get and stay healthy for what seems like four years now, so I appreciate his frustration. He has proven to be an efficient scorer on the second team and has a little (a liiiiitle) spring to his step that has been missing for a long while now. His week consisted of 7, 15, 17 and 16 point efforts, each one on decent shooting. The guy may break every bone in his body if he plays 35 minutes back-to-back nights, but at this point, the team can’t really be thinking about keeping him fresh for the playoffs (playoffs?!?!!!) so why not let him off the leash?

THE BAD

Feeling the Pressure: It’s All-Star Week and the Knicks are still out of the playoffs. In the Eastern Conference. Where the Bobcats are currently a playoff team. The team sitting above the Knicks in the standings just fired their coach because the season has gone so poorly, and that team is NOT the Brooklyn Nets. Soooo, yeah… That Eastern Conference. Sooner or later, the Knicks are going to have to turn on their burners and go 10-3 over a three week stretch. And then do it again. The team has proven it can beat some of the better teams in the league and hang tight with some of the best, but slip ups against Milwaukee just cannot happen at this point. Good teams have the luxury of bad losses. The Knicks are not a good team. Every game matters and it’s time for this group to recognize that and play with that passion on a nightly basis. We’re all waiting.

Melo’s Late Game Execution: Everything is relative, and given how great Melo has played over the course of the season, even a week with two 30-point performances can prove to be a down week for the superstar. Melo was clutch against Milwaukee and played a highly efficient three quarters against his old team on Friday night, but he disappeared down the stretch against the Blazers and Thunder. On Wednesday, Melo put up a goose egg in the fourth quarter, going 0-for-5 from the field. He finished the game an inefficient 11-of-28 for 26 points. Sunday, while Durant was dominating every facet of the game, Melo put in arguably his worst performance of the season, scoring a mere 15 points on 5-of-19 shooting. Melo hit all of two buckets in the second half and again got skunked in the fourth quarter. As he suits up to start another All Star game, it’s hard to hate on anything Melo has done this year, but this was not his finest four-game stretch.

THE WALT CLYDE

Something Wrong With Your Voice?: Walt was somewhat MIA this week, with ABC taking over yesterday’s tilt with OKC and Wally “You Were the Fourth Hit On Google After I Typed in ‘Wally'” Szczerbiak stepping in against the Nuggets. Maybe it just got too cold for WCF and he took a run down to St. Lucia? My heart no doubt grows fonder with his absence, so Walt: come back to the booth soon, please.


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8 comments
clydesucks
clydesucks

No Clyde was a Blessing. The constant insults by clyde , "knicks Nemesis, Knicks Pulverized, Recently down exactly 6 in the Miami Game , Clyde the Legend says, Miami "Destroying the Knicks" Clyde Frazier is the Knick Nemesis , He's clever with his underlying and many times obvious and Blatant disrespect of the Knicks goes. Only he can pull it off undetected, because its coming from one of the great players. Walt Clyde Frazier Sucks as a Broadcaster . The sooner he is permanently removed the better it will be for ny NBA fans. I dont care if they replace him with Tiger woods. Any person will be better. 

babyface
babyface

Clyde was at a Saluki reunion.  Breen mentioned it on the broadcast Friday nite.  C'mon.  Pay attention.  We might not, but we're only fans.  You write the blog for chrissakes!

buddhabing
buddhabing

Don't think Woodson getting fired. If Dolan likes you your job is secure; regardless of performance.

JayfromtheFix
JayfromtheFix

So its being reported that the Suns are looking for veteran help at C cause they are surprisingly in contention and Plumlee has slowed down a bit after his hot start. With that being said the Knicks should call them up and offer TC, Felton and Shump for Okafor, bledsoe and a first round pick. 


I know it leaves the knicks vulnerable at the 5 but I am ok with Tyler, Aldrich and AB playing the 5 for the rest of this year with Amare an Kmart getting spot mins there when healthy. It is worth it to get a pg and a pick even if Bledsoe is still injured. With this trade we might get worst to finish the season defensively but it helps for the future. 


With this trade the Knicks get their PG of the future ( yes Bledsoe would be the pg of the future he is young and has a ton of upside). With this trade more playing time will be there for Tyler to play and learn ( and yes make mistakes) on the job and progress. With this trade the future looks a little brighter where the draft pick is in a deep class if we are lucky we can land another impact young player (hopefully at PF). 


The Knicks need to make a call to PHX before the trade deadline.

rico
rico

I don't think Amare called out Woody. All he said was he wants to play more minutes.  If your player didn't say that 'it's a problem".  Every player should be saying "Play me coach!"


If Woody said "sure Stat I'm gonna play you 30 minutes a night" that would be a problem too.   Amare/ Woody is a non-story.  


Now Chandler/ Woody…that is a story.  Now let's see who gets shown the door first?  

jeandd323
jeandd323

Clyde and Hubie break down a game of basket better than anyone in the business. i enjoy listening to them.


Sandro
Sandro

@JayfromtheFix

That would be a awesome trade but Phoenix wouldn't do it. Bledsoe is their PG of the future.

Dragic will be moved before Bledsoe. And you want them to give a 1st rounder too?

Mills would be exec of the year if he got that trade.

rico
rico

@JayfromtheFix  hey this actually makes sense for both sides.

wouldn't mind getting young Plumlee if they don't want to sacrifice the pick.  Probably don't want Felton either