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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293 comments
phishstyx1
phishstyx1

Love Cal one of my favorite players. What a steal Garth

bammer26
bammer26

Good night men...my GM has summoned me....


Dimaio, carry on hard from Alberta sir. Let me know on your trip to FL, I'm a short ride from Sunrise and the Panther"s building. One of the best in the NHL...

ccm77
ccm77

Later fellas catchya this week.

dkdk
dkdk

Night EJ ....... My bench boss will be calling soon too, lol.

dimaio34
dimaio34

Tavares lee Bailey

Okposo Nelson strome

Kulimen neilson grabovski

Martin cizikas clutterbuck

Grabner

Boychuk leddy

Hamonic donovan

Hickey pulock

Mayfield

Halak

Ramo

dkdk
dkdk

He turned Vanek into Collberg (not to mention a number 1 earlier) so I am expecting Grabner to become Conacher .... If we retain salary.

ccm77
ccm77

Dimaio- I'd bet anything snow would love to move grabner but can he and for what return??

dimaio34
dimaio34

He ain't getting nothin. After two surgeries and inconsistent production. Not happening. I wouldn't trade him.

dimaio34
dimaio34

Yes grabs is my FAVORITE player and I still think he's got it. I'm not sure cappy feels this way. But grabs speed is insane. Keep him and fit him in

ccm77
ccm77

Probably so. I was a big grabner fan too. Emphasis on was. Maybe he can bounce back who knows.

ccm77
ccm77

Grabner was/is such a tease. His speed when healthy is lethal but now with injuries under his belt...... who knows.

dkdk
dkdk

I still like Grabner but the injuries does make it a huge question. The fact he sat for Kennedy and CMc is still nuts to me.

ccm77
ccm77

Kennedy was awful plain &simple. Cmac wasn't too bad .

dkdk
dkdk

Not everyone could be Conacher

ccm77
ccm77

Pat or cory conacher?? Lol.

dimaio34
dimaio34

So I've been scouting around the net looking at rumours and stuff. One was with St. Louis. Backas oshie were two names. Kyle and frans goin the other way. Still can't see Garth making that drastic a change. No need to. It's all talk right now. As far as grabs. Your not getting anything for him. Two surgery not a chance. Besides he will be ready for camp. We need him. I would look at gettin Donovan signed. Hickey signed okie signed. Get ramo as back up. Look at adding jackman...maybe. But to be honest I'm not panicky at all we have the horses to get this done. Just get ramo!!!

ccm77
ccm77

Actually they will be giving free samples of ganga on game nights as you exit the subway.lol.

ccm77
ccm77

Yeah i think so btw i have no problem with matt using isles23 or primus. I am using my new iphone more and more I've stated that many times.

primus
primus

I'm not saying he called dimaio problematic but he called fans that may have a different opinion than him such.

He basically said if you like Grabo or Dehann you are a problematic fan.

ccm77
ccm77

Backes is better than tj oshie dimaio i wonder if st louis wants franzy??

dimaio34
dimaio34

Yeah not sure found it on hf boards. Under trade talk. I'm just really concerned about chemistry. Also we had a awesome season. Let it carry over

dimaio34
dimaio34

It was a little slippery towards the end. I'll say next year that changes. Game 7 was just experience. And that changes as well. It was a great season to get ready for what's next. Learning from last yearbook make us better. WE HAVE A GREAT TEAM

ccm77
ccm77

Dimaio- we had a good season. I would hesitate to call it awesome. I think there were a number of positives to take from it. I was disappointed in the last 6 weeks to an extent+++the poor game 7 performance.

ccm77
ccm77

I agree with that 100pct.

dkdk
dkdk

If it weren't for the first 30 games there would have been NO games in our building.

ccm77
ccm77

Dimaio just adding ramo alone won't do it imo.

ccm77
ccm77

I hear you dk game 7 at home at the barn would've been great. But eleven shots on net and no scoring chances in the first two periods whatsoever. Like you said game 7 at the coli maybe its a different outcome.

ccm77
ccm77

Hey those pts that were left on the table hurt. I'd still want games 5 and 7 in my building and not the other guys place.

dkdk
dkdk

Yep but again there were many fans who didn't care that we lost that game because "everyone blows leads" ...... And basically every team wins a round every 20 years. That is the forgotten part.

dkdk
dkdk

Vic also we blew the last game of the season ... A couple of 3rd period leads lost which ultimately cost us home ice. I doubt we lose game 7 at home.

bammer26
bammer26

@dkdk I wish Dimiao would share whatever keeps him going,,,LOL


A tale of two teams, injuries aside. 


NO worries, Grabo will  kick his puck possession numbers to new heights next season. I can hear the "buwaaahhh" streaming from Leaf land.

ccm77
ccm77

And you could throw in lubo too at least for last yr. Btw i hope, no pray that snow has no intentions of bringing him back despite what lubo and his agent want.

bammer26
bammer26

@dimaio34 - Ok, passion. Check...


You classify deHann as too soft, but are OK with Grabo, Franz, and Bailey..????!


Please clarify as my 40 year puck experience is taking a major hit..

ccm77
ccm77

Bammer- bails is our bob gainey dude. So some say.lol.

bammer26
bammer26

@ccm77 - Let's not go down that road again. Love #34's PASSION, but reality has to play in at some point.


Hosang is the sleeper Denis Savard...



bammer26
bammer26

@dimaio34 - And if you were speaking from the D side ONLY, how about Hickey making your cut. Dude, please....

bammer26
bammer26

@ccm77 - I can swallow Lubo to a certain degree. Good skating mobile dman that can handle the puck and be a good point man to QB the PP. But his days are gone. WE all saw it..

ccm77
ccm77

His days are long gone bammer time to move on. Bringing him back would be a step back.

dkdk
dkdk

People who complain have passion because they want more. People that justify the great grabovski and say de Haan is the best outlet passer are problematic. Being happy with mediocrity will lead to more of it.

Good is the enemy of great

dkdk
dkdk

Lol .... Ain't that the truth. My son was the one that spotted the grass. He was like why the heck are the hipsters growing grass on the top of Barclays?

dkdk
dkdk

The same people that love viz were laughing at dan Boyle .... What is the difference besides the jersey?

bammer26
bammer26

@ccm77 - In the voice of Bob Cole, "yesss sir". Throw in the king of Corsi, Mr. Hickey as well..

ccm77
ccm77

Remember snow WANTED BOYLE. boyle didn't want the islanders. Imagine if he had said yes?? No leddy.

primus
primus

Calling any fan problematic is such a ridiculous statement. Disagree with people, that's fine, but to look at a another fan and say, it is your fault the team isnt good, is asinine. We are all FANS nothing more nothing less.

primus
primus

More so what I'm saying is to call any fan problematic is crazy. If you want to refer to any fan as such its the drunken fool that gets into a fight at a game. Someone that likes a player I don't or has a different opinion on the team is not problematic

ccm77
ccm77

He didnt call dimaio the person "problematic'' matt read the post again ok!!

ccm77
ccm77

Matt you misread that post imo. On purpose or just a mistake.

dkdk
dkdk

Matt a the master of missing the point. He knows what I mean but he is distorting it. If you jump up and down and think life is great not advancing or spending that is what you keep getting. What is the point of doing more if the clientele doesn't want it.

If Peter Lugers could sell chuck steak for $60 a steak they would, but they wouldn't have customers.

dkdk
dkdk

Oh and by the way I didn't say liking de Haan or grabovski .... I am using actual quotes of grabovski is awesome because he holds the puck (and doesn't score) and the recently benched de Haan makes the best outlet pass in hockey.

Dimaio didn't say that but people have. You keep thinking de Haan is housley and there will never be an expectation for a better player.

dkdk
dkdk

Vic is primus = isles23?

ccm77
ccm77

Matt- i really think you are making something out of nothing. I never got the impression he referred to dimaio as "problematic" there is a disagreement with issues but not with dimaio as a person or as a fan.

dkdk
dkdk

Anything to deflect from wangs failures

primus
primus

Yes, and how am I missing the point? You blame other fans, IMO that is crazy, that's all..

dkdk
dkdk

To the contrary I was one of the guys most engaged with Dimaio about his trip to ny this spring. He is a great guy from what I can see.

dkdk
dkdk

Now it makes sense Vic .... No need to proceed. It's kate murrays fault and wang had no interest in the land.

ccm77
ccm77

Me too i think dimaio is a good dude 100 pct.

dkdk
dkdk

Matty ... And you being fine and dandy not winning a series in a quarter century is crazy to me. To each his own.

bammer26
bammer26

@ccm77 - Dido...


How did we go from a casual convo to psychological warfare...?


Spinorama

dkdk
dkdk

We were even 2 of the guys that went to bat for him with his Calgary memorabilia rumor about a year ago.

ccm77
ccm77

Hey bammer you're near some military bases this is a psyop from macdill AFB?? Lol.

dkdk
dkdk

Or snow giving 23m to a 9 goal scorer

ccm77
ccm77

Matt he's not blaming anyone!!! There is a difference of opinion and you have a problem with that?? Ok but did he point any finger of blame or is it a honest disagreement??

bammer26
bammer26

@dkdk - The old fraud has done well dk. Beat the feds, 700K from CA, not a wiff of being involved in his close friend"s "suicide", set up Sanjay for the epic fall, smile train, and the list goes on. Makes John Spano look like child"s play.

dkdk
dkdk

Dimaio I hope it goes without saying I was being general and simply meant as a fanbase it is time people starting asking (and getting) more.

dkdk
dkdk

Yep EJ and I am fairly certain there are some we have yet to learn of. But when you have 35 days in a month you can become very creative.

ccm77
ccm77

Hey spano didn't have senator al in his corner either.

dkdk
dkdk

When you get down to it, spano is kind of down a few pegs on our criminal owner list .... Lol

bammer26
bammer26

@dkdk - Hahahahahahahahahahahahah,,,,,,,he's the ECHL of fraud around here baby...LOL

dkdk
dkdk

Or Suozzi

dkdk
dkdk

EJ anything from your Quebec boys lately? Even not about us. Kessel? Goalies? Anything?

bammer26
bammer26

@dkdk - Nada. A couple of weeks ago, the got wind from their sources in western CA that the Reinhart to Oilers had surfaced hard and fast. 

ccm77
ccm77

Dimaio yak for who? I'm not a big fan of nails.

dkdk
dkdk

I am hoping for some predraft deals. Love the hot stove stuff. Although I am afraid the rags will do well for Talbot

dimaio34
dimaio34

Hey guys I'm back. What's all the posts about. PROBLMATIC. not sure how it got to that. I would ship dehaan because I think it could get us either a 3/4 d man or a second rounder. Through in reinhart you might get a top 10 pick. I think grabbo is awesome.

dimaio34
dimaio34

Yeah with all the Kyle rumours I'm a little nervous right now

bammer26
bammer26

@dimaio34 - Not sure either bro. Just to clarify, I feel that you are well liked and received on this blog. Just wanted to share my lack of approval on some of your pieces to the fix.

dkdk
dkdk

I think morin is a better prospect than griffin and he is enormous

dimaio34
dimaio34

Yeah that's ok. That's what we do. Is debate with class. I disagree with a lot on here to but we all have our opions on how this team should be run. And yes our weak link is the coaching

dkdk
dkdk

I love KO but if they can get Morin, a 1, and something else it would tempt me particularly if you knew you could then trade Reinhart for a wing.

ccm77
ccm77

Bammer spano is the marv thronberry of crooks. Wang is in A-RODS weight class.

ccm77
ccm77

Hey dimaio we know you're a great fan no one is questioning that i wouldn't say you were wrong either but there are divergent opinions.

dimaio34
dimaio34

Oh me too. But I really really think we aren't to far off. I'm a little worried we don't take lee seriously. He's our goal scorer. I will lose my mind if lee doesn't get out on first line. That's a 40 goal guy with a full season.

ccm77
ccm77

But dk let me say if you're getting matt read back he's a nice player not a first liner plus jt will have another new linemate to work with. So although the pick and morin might be nice you're dealing kyle for read short-term.

dkdk
dkdk

Yeah I don't know why he didn't get a longer look there. Then again it took almost all year before Strome even got a shift there. Sometimes, especially when the offense isn't clicking, you need to throw your top O players together to spark something.

dimaio34
dimaio34

Agree. I don't disrespect opinions. It when comments get personal. Like Bailey and cappy is when I get pissed. No need for that. I'll say this WE ARE ONE PASSIONATE FAN BASE THAT IS READY FOR A SERIES WIN. AND WHEN THAT HAPPENS WE ARE GOIN TO EXPLODE

dkdk
dkdk

Vic .... No I get that, that is why I would only consider it if you know you can trade Reinhart (and) for someone like eberle.

You get a wing to fit in for KO and a d prospect to replace Reinhart. But again, I love KO and need to be wowed. I just don't think he is untouchable.

dimaio34
dimaio34

I think he's only untouchable if snow gets a offer that makes him pass out. Other wise I don't think Kyle gets moved like the flyers offer

dkdk
dkdk

Dimaio are you coming in to NYC this season at all?

dimaio34
dimaio34

Not this season. Next one. Gotta go with the wife to florida

dkdk
dkdk

Gotcha. I still want to get up your way. I have a new guilty pleasure, Carnival Eats on he cooking channel and I saw the episode the other day on the Alberta fair. It looks like beautiful country up there.

dimaio34
dimaio34

Yeah it's really nice. It's funny 6 years ago there we no Islanders fans at the games this year it reminded me of the 1980s. I really want to see what Brooklyn is like. Man I already miss the barn.

dkdk
dkdk

You can see the grass growing on the roof of our new building.

ccm77
ccm77

Thats not the only "weed" nearby lol.

dkdk
dkdk

Does that fair overlap with stampede days?

dimaio34
dimaio34

But Ya never now what could happen if the chance arises I will

ccm77
ccm77

Rolling paper can be purchased across the street at the bodega on Pacific and 4th ave.

dkdk
dkdk

Yep and there are a ton of chain restaurants right there too. The same that our Marty Markowitz laughed out on the Island. Strange how those are exactly the same.

ccm77
ccm77

I thought only hicks and rednecks go to chain restaurants?? You mean there's an Applebys nearby??

dkdk
dkdk

Yep Applebee's, Buffalo Wild Wings, and I think tony roma's. And there aren't even tony roma's out here.

dimaio34
dimaio34

Bammer it's called PASSION. plain and simple. We are very close to being in the final two for the east. Just add Ramo. Get Donovan signed hickey signed okie signed. Our scoring winger is lee. If I could trade one guy it's dehaan. To soft. Need a tougher guy in the 3-4 spot. If you could get Daley. Go for it. Maybe move reinhart in a package. But I don't think there's much to change. If hammer plays in the wSh series we win hands down. Even with 11 shots we only lost by 1 goal.

firecappy
firecappy

So after watching an entire team not show up for a game 7, besides Boychuk and Halak, and an offense that got about 4 shots on net in an entire playoff game you are confident that Kari Ramo is the missing piece to the puzzle? This team beeds some changes. We need grit and an NHL coach that knows how to use his players to their strengths. Cappy is a joke

rmvacation
rmvacation

@dkdk- "People who complain have passion because they want it more"...

No, they are complainers. But trying to make complaining a virtue is pretty funny stuff.... People who want it more, redouble their efforts and fight harder. They don't stop to whine and complain...

"good is the enemy of great"..

No, Good is a landmark on the road to Great. You don't get to Great, without first being Good. But one day when you achieve good, you will observe the road continues.. One day in the future..

dkdk
dkdk

Cappy really is a poor excuse for an NHL coach

dkdk
dkdk

With everything. We need a commitment to spend and legit attempts to win. If last year started that I will be happy. If this is simply the same as 2 years ago I will be pizzed.

dimaio34
dimaio34

Yes agree sometimes cappy makes me shake my head. You know we could have had a 115 point season with a few minor changes in the line up and a few smarter decisions behind the bench