One month ahead of schedule, it’s time to ‘Lin’ Murry

Harris Decker

Context is key.

Toure MurryOn February 6, 2011, Jeremy Lin made his first start of the season. In a lockout-shortened season, the point guard took over in the eleventh game of the year (although he played in the game before) with the team sitting at 9-15. He proceeded to help the Knicks win, losing only three games for the rest of the month and finishing February with an overall record of 18-18.

The reason for Lin’s emergence was a poorly constructed roster. With Toney Douglas tasked with running the point, he got off to a slow start and after mixing in Baron Davis, Iman Shumpert and Mike Bibby, they eventually turned to Lin.

It is December 17 and the Knicks sit at 7-17, two games worse than in 2011. Running the point is Raymond Felton, now injured, who has looked very mediocre early in the season. Behind him is a non-elite set of backups that include the also injured Pablo Prigioni and journeyman Beno Udrih. Like Davis and Bibby, both of these guys are serviceable in a backup capacity, but neither has the ability to run the point for a team like the Knicks.

Now we turn to Toure Murry. Like Lin, he made the team by the skin of his teeth and has been riding the bench for the better part of the season. Before Lin’s breakout game on February 4, he had only played over seven minutes once the entire season, and they were almost always in garbage time during huge blowouts one way or the other. Murry has played just 34 minutes the entire season, never seeing more than seven minutes in a game.

Isn’t it time for Mike Woodson (or new coach to be) to give him a chance? Let’s ‘Jeremy Lin’ Toure Murry. Give him a chance. Before his 25-point performance on February 4, Lin was highly ineffective. We learned later that was mostly due to a lack of opportunity.

With the team sitting at 7-17, it’s time to make a change and give Murry a chance. I would go as far as to start him tomorrow against the Bucks. What does the team really have to lose? Woodson believed in Lin a few years ago, riding him down the stretch and now, it’s time to see if Murry can help the Knicks.




61 comments
miestrocs
miestrocs

I totally agree... Although Beno Udrih is considered an NBA veteran because of his tenure, Murry seems to be more of a dynamic point guard on both ends of the floor... It's a shame (in my opinion) that everyone seems to understand this except coach Mike Woodson. Clearly from watching games Murry seems to have more natural ability to perform desperately needed point guard skills at this time, especially while Shumpert is hot right now. For the most part, whenever Murry is in the game on offense he seems to possess better ability to help control a more efficient tempo by reading opposing defense and making better passes to guys in good rhythm to score... However, Beno seems to struggle with this regardless of his NBA tenure... Murry also seems clearly faster, he's a better defender with longer arms and it's a shame his role is not more definitive than Udrih's at the moment.

Nevertheless, whenever Murry is on the

floor positive favor seems to swing in

Knick's direction. Whenever Beno is out

on the floor the Knicks do struggle. My

only question is, since "mere" fans can see this; why can't coach Mike Woodson?

Kvdaone
Kvdaone

he was confused bcuz sense told him that a timeout was necessary so he lost a few seconds lookin at the coach say no....bad call on Woody...Melo needs 2 more apg to be in MVP contention...you cant be serious Jerry Gee

Kenny Kaufman
Kenny Kaufman

This is good news! Now we know Boston will deal Rondo if the price is right!

1969JAN12th
1969JAN12th

Would be nice if Murry got a shot, but I wouldn't count on it. Woodson has a bug in his head about rookies (someone must have treated him like crap when he (Woodson)  was a rookie). Anybody else notice that he referred to Shump as "rook" long after Shumpert wasn't a rookie any longer. That, and his constant yelling at Shumpert IMO has hurt Shumpert's confidence.

Now Woodson has a new guy to whip on....Hardaway Jr. Every time he has a chance, he's raggin' on him for something. When Woodson coached last year he made an issue about treating all his players the same (accountability), even Melo...that philosophy is long gone.

L-Switch
L-Switch

NBCSN basketball analyst Donny Marshall, however, says the Celtics have a major deal in the works that will eventually send Rondo to the Kings. In a discussion with Dave Briggs (@davebriggstv) on SportsDash, Marshall cited "the people [he talks] to" and said that the four-time All-Star point guard - along with multiple Celtics teammates - will be headed out west in a blockbuster. Yahoo! Sports - See more at: http://hoopshype.com/rumors.htm#sthash.DvU0AsQg.dpuf

chuco
chuco

Rondo going to the kings Boston and sac working on deal so much for rondo to Knicks 

L-Switch
L-Switch

Do the Knicks have to be mathematically ineligible for the playoffs before they decide they need a new coach and pg? I mean for me I saw these current weaknesses in the roster since game 4. Dolan is messing up and Brooklyn is figuring things out. Knicks can't sit on their hands. Improvments need to be made and I don't mean Chris Smith or Murray. However Toure does need to play just to see if he can hang becuase Beno sucks. #OscarTheBaller

knickfan2
knickfan2

How do we always end up with players like James "flight" White, Solomon Jones, Chris Smith, etc.

We don't even have legitimate trade pieces.

darealeric
darealeric

The last thing Dolan and Melo want is another kid to erupt and take away the attention from themselves...

darealeric
darealeric

Wow, each article here is dumber than than the last...

NYKnickerBocker
NYKnickerBocker

Trade everyone except Melo and THJr for expiring contracts.

C0P0
C0P0

LOL. I bet Lin looking real good now.

Hell Copeland would be a bonus right now.  


Dolan's stupid spending practices and lack thereof, doom the Knicks into mediocrity for another decade once again.


Should have opened the wallet and dealt with the luxury tax as expense as those F'n tickets are at The Garden. A lot of talent could have been grabbed up before this season started for the right $$$$. Now we are at the bottom of the bottom.

C0P0
C0P0

Dolan better believe in miracles. LOL

WOODSON DEFINITELY needs to believe in miracles on 32-33rd Street & 7th Ave.

joeknix
joeknix

100% agree with this article.  Let the kid play . . . we've seen this movie before so why not give it a shot.  Woody has been the recipient of good young guys out of nowhere last year with Cope and two years ago with Lin . . . so why not let Murry be our 2013/14 Lin story.  I'm not even looking for "Linsanity" just competent guard play from the point.  Please lets do this now BEFORE we give away all our chips for a rental veteran.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

Often lost in references to Linsanity was the stellar defense played during that stretch by the likes of Chandler, Jeffries, Lin, Shump, Fields, Novak, Bibby, and Walker. During the 7 game win streak we gave up 89.7 points per game. We went from 8-15 to 15-15 during that stretch.

rgm891
rgm891

To bad we play the bucks tommorow. These terrible lucky wins are giving woody any hope

rico
rico

Yes time to let Murry do his thing

George Gamble
George Gamble

Better yet, trade Amare, Chandler, Felton, the 2018 1st round draft pick, Shumpert and Hardway to Houston for Lin and Asik ;).

Kenny Kaufman
Kenny Kaufman

Do you have any other contributions to make to the blog?

Blaze NYK
Blaze NYK

@1969JAN12th Eh, even last year he gave preferential treatment to some players over others.  WE just didn't notice or care because we were winning and the team had a lot of veterans.  But Copeland should have gotten more minutes earlier too when we started getting injuries.  Woodson's problem is that he doesn't want to play rookies because they'll make rookie mistakes, which is true.  But veterans like JR still make rookie mistakes!  And if you don't develop these rookies and young players then you can't rely on them when you actually need them to play.  Let them play!  If we're up by 15 in the 3rd, put in Cole or Murray.  Its not like you have to put both of them in at the same time when we're up by 5.  But put one in for a few minutes and see how they do.  If they play well and the team keeps its lead, well now you've basically got bonus minutes of rest for your starters.  If they suck and we lose the lead, then take them out.  But you've given them real minutes in a game, not just 4th quarter garbage minutes.  Heck, Woodson will keep starters in even if its 6 minutes left in the 4th and we're up or down by 20.  For him, garbage minutes is literally only the last 2 minutes if we're up or down by 20.  Its insane.  Murray has shown promise.  Rookies might make rookie mistakes but they also have a lot of energy and when they play well, it can be inspiration for the rest of the team cause the veterans like to see the rookies succeed and the rookies show a lot of good energy when they are given minutes and succeed.  Fans love it and get behind them. 

Blaze NYK
Blaze NYK

@darealeric melo gave Lin his chance.  We have no idea how linsanity would have played out if Melo had not gotten hurt.  But we probably would have won those 7 games.  The issue was that when Melo came back we started losing (barely but still) and that created the whole Melo vs. Lin thing, which was BS because it was really a Melo vs. Dantoni thing.  When Dantoni left, Melo and Lin coexisted great and we won 7 in a row before Lin got hurt and was done for the season.  It still makes me sad.  I wish Lin hadn't gotten hurt cause that was the best we looked all season.  Sure, Linsanity was great but the 7 game win streak when Woodson took over and Melo, Lin and STAT were all playing was the strongest that team looked all year.  Lin doesn't get hurt and we close out the season with him, I bet you he is still a Knick. 

lennynyk
lennynyk

@darealeric Don't worry, Murry will not erupt. Far from it in fact. He would fill a much needed defensive void at the pg position however.

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

@Jerry Gee Because Hardaway Jr is going to take his shine, right? Hardaway Jr is going to take Carmelo Anthony's shine...right. Smh.

lennynyk
lennynyk

@C0P0 Except that lin is also out oh and hes averaging 4 assists and 3 turnovers this year . So no he's not in fact looking real good at all

madskills
madskills

@SportsMeccaNYC It used to work when he first took over but now the team doesn't even seem to respond to it.

NYKnickerBocker
NYKnickerBocker

@rgm891 

You mean the team where we took out their starting point guard in the first quarter and almost blew a 25 point lead with Chandler in the line up?  That one?

Kenny Kaufman
Kenny Kaufman

Don't let this Gee hater ruffle your feathers!

arc34
arc34

@lennynyk He is  doing a lot better than that and since he has been out the Rockets have been losing.....Next!

C0P0
C0P0

@lennynyk  I was being far more sarcastic than accurate but you can count on Lin to burn The Knick point guards every time he comes to The Garden.

Kenny Kaufman
Kenny Kaufman

If you can get Rondo now, you go get Rondo now! But your right a mild upgrade won't help! We can't do anything that's gonna jeopardize us landing another superstar! And yes MELO is a superstar!

knickfan2
knickfan2

A Colin Cowherd avatar would suit you perfectly.

lennynyk
lennynyk

@C0P0@lennynyk oh alright, in that case i take it back lol. and thats for sure. any pg with any dribbling abilities and a little quickness will burn us. Why? because woody likes to have the likes of prigs guarding the likes of john wall, straight up man to man, with no help in the back.