Quote: Shumpert after career night vs. Spurs

“I’ve been getting great, wide-open shots in the corner, wide-open shots on the wing. And I just haven’t knocked them down.”

-Iman Shumpert after last nights win over the San Antonio Spurs, commenting on his season in contrast to last night.

Harris Decker

Obviously this was an amazing night for Shumpert who hasn’t had much to smile about this season. What’s interesting about this comment is that it’s 100 percent accurate. If you go back and look at the number of uncovered shots Shumpert has missed this season, it’s horrifying. He’s been getting good looks all year and simply not converting them.

Some guys like Andrea Bargnani haven’t hit shots because of the lack of ball movement. Bargnani is a player that can’t create his own shots and always needs that final pass to score. Shumpert can, and did, score in many ways. He can drive to the basket, dunk and hit outside shots. On Thursday night, he lived up to the potential that a lot of Knicks fans hoped for this year. Now, it’s on him to deliver more of these performances in 2014.




249 comments
tommy2b
tommy2b

who was the gm that gave allan houston 100+million to rehab his knees?  even worse than the amare deal

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

Are we doubling up tonite or do we return back to 1 win every other week showcase?

solar_lion
solar_lion

This is fun blog. Thanks for the back and forth all. Let's go Knicks!

johneco
johneco

Shump's season stats

Yesterday: 5.8pts, 36%fg, 30%3fg

Today: 6.8pts, 39%fg, 35%3fg


What a difference a day makes...

tommy2b
tommy2b

stocked up on booze and jerky.  Ready for the game now


solar_lion
solar_lion

I use to right for a blog myself at one time. No more time. Today's a snow day so I'm ranting with the rest of the Knicks Blogs regulars.

Ben Farber
Ben Farber

Melo for Deng, Gibson, and a 1st rounder, who hangs up first?

knickfan2
knickfan2

How many free throws will James Harden shoot tonight?

fasheezee
fasheezee

We will win tonight. I believe the team is coaching themselves. They've decided to look like their listening in the huddle and then proceed to do whatever they want.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

Anthony's been a big problem for Houston recently as well. He has totaled 82 points in his past two games against the Rockets. 


ViA ESPN.

tommy2b
tommy2b

@Kiyan Carter Bargs did a great job on him last time one on one.  Chandler probably gets the matchup this time, let's see how he does.

solar_lion
solar_lion

@johnecoMe thinks that one game had such an impact on his state b/c he isn't a volume shooter like JR. For JR to bumb up his stats like that he'd have to have a lot of good games.

tommy2b
tommy2b

@johneco still pretty ugly numbers.  He needs to keep playing well.

Tikki
Tikki

@kneggyknik I disliked many of Walsh's moves (chief being the D'Antoni hire), but if what you say has any truth, I don't want any player representing the Knicks that laughs at someone in a wheelchair.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@JR Spliff Dolan won't let go of his favorite toy unless it's one hell of a deal.

This one isn't.

solar_lion
solar_lion

@JR SpliffCan you build around Deng and or Gibson. Will the first rounder produce a franchise player or a player who can be pillar of the organization and whom the Franchise can build around? 

There's my answer. No!

solar_lion
solar_lion

@moneyballMy memory is fuzzy. I know Donnie traded David Lee for virtually nothing in return to clear cap space. I wonder if Magoo had extracted a pick from Golden State would that pick have Stephen Curry? Please fill me in.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@orlando_knickfan Melo looks heavier there actually.

And Amare was -10 surgeries at that moment.

tommy2b
tommy2b

@akamarb The wife has friends over with kids... I'm consigned to the bedroom.  She won't let me eat fried chicken in here.

solar_lion
solar_lion

@akamarbThe point of all this back and forth with our resident Walsh die hard is that all GMs under the current ownership regime have faltered as much a result of their own failings in execution but also to a very large extent to the failings of ownerships misguided franchise building directives. That goes for Walsh, Thomas, Grunwald etc.

solar_lion
solar_lion

@akamarbI tend to agree with moneyball. You made a point that Walsh executed what he was asked to produce. Clear cap space for 2010. Did he get the most out of the players he dealt. Nope. Meanwhile other GMs squeeze the Knicks for every dime and penny and the Knicks front office puts out like a hooker on a crack high.

Ben Farber
Ben Farber

@solar_lion you let Deng walk after the season, and have Gibson for 3 more years. Gibson's good, he fits their needs perfectly. If they acquire Melo, the Bulls could probably grab a 4 seed in the east with close to 40 wins. That would put our pick at about 20 in the draft. Players likely to be available around there according to nbadraft.net are willie cauley-stein, aaron gordon, dario saric, semaj christon, and montrezl harrell. they could all help this team going forward. Or maybe that pick could be packaged along with Shump or THjr to move into the lottery. When you compare it to losing Melo for nothing after the season,  a first-round playoff exit, and nothing to build around after melo walks, we come out wayyyy ahead.

tommy2b
tommy2b

@akamarb we got killed by the spurs at home... You never know!

tommy2b
tommy2b

@akamarb  Keep it that way if you're smart, lol. 

"Smart man + smart woman = romance

Smart man + dumb woman = affair 
Dumb man + smart woman = marriage 
Dumb man + dumb woman = pregnancy "

Tikki
Tikki

@moneyball @Tikki @kneggyknik 

I've never seen the movie so I can't really comment on Bambi . . . and I'll have to take your word on the Jesus thing.

solar_lion
solar_lion

@moneyball@solar_lion@akamarbThat one I can wholly agree with. All Knicks GMs seem to be asked to reboot without undergoing a full rebuild. Plan Bs, Cs, Ds- if needed- are afterthoughts. We mortgage our future for a quick turn around sold to us by marketing types. All the while not paying heed to possibility that that the bubble burst on past models of franchise building. We need someone with vision putting the Knicks together. We need coaching that is at that level as well. Will it happen under Dolan's watch. All I can do is pray. And I'm an atheist. Hahaha.

solar_lion
solar_lion

@akamarbI like JR when his heads in the game and he's not chucking at a monumental pace and shares the rock. He did that pretty well some yesterday.

solar_lion
solar_lion

@akamarbI heard a better deal proposed by another blogger here. I think the professor proposed a three way trade involving the Knicks, Suns and Clippers. Knicks send Melo and Smith to the Clips, Clips send Blake Griffin to the Suns. Suns and Clips each fork over a draft pick. I don't remember all the details. But explained a great way the Knicks get rid of Smith in the process.

solar_lion
solar_lion

@johneco@solar_lion@moneyballIn any game you tailor your plan and your strategy to the opponents one is confronting. In the NBA that aphorism is taken to a broader degree. Trades or hot stove league prep has to take into account many variables. As such require better opt out plans or plan Bs. We are facing that possible very dilemma this year with Melo's opt out and the uncertainty of whether he signs up again or leaves.

johneco
johneco

@solar_lion@moneyball To call it a hail mary pass is unfair.  We were probably a legit #2 in the Lebron sweepstakes, and that would have put us potentially on a championship path.  That he was thoroughly outplayed by Riley, who is a master, doesn't make Walsh a joke.

solar_lion
solar_lion

@akamarbI follow your logic. He achieved the goal. Clear cap space for a 2010 rebuild on a stutter step. But me thinks that grand plan- some conjecture that it was part of the NBA take over of the Knicks- also fell very short of the lofty goals set. All moves since then have been misguided attempts to make up for that strikeout. Good debate. Cheers!

solar_lion
solar_lion

@akamarbBut see what you just described is the degree of desperation that always colors the Knicks front offices manuevering. Things look bad. They must be bad. The context of the bad seems to be an afterthought. So the nearly instant response is to act fast- i.e., acting rash and in a knee jerk manner- and making moves that long term should be made with patience. All the strip down of a team's talent to sell a 2010 pipe dream and get a Warrior on his last legs, who no longer has enough left to pair with the franchises current star. Knicks could have done better staying pat in 2010 and the summer leading thereto. They didn't and hence the malaise we find the franchise in is the 2010 abyss.

solar_lion
solar_lion

@akamarbThat you reduced your rebuttal to an ad hominem attack, shows a lack of illustration. An inability to translate reason to argument. Under poor management - that includes coaching as well (see the current model's dysfunction under Woodson and Grunfeld) player development and value are not fully or aptly developed or marketed. Walsh inherited a not so good situation. But he sold low. No high. The season leading to the summer of 2010, D'Antoni had rehabilitated the aforementioned players values to some degree. But that experiment was not fully realized since Walsh sold low and didn't allow the those players a chance to showcase and improve their worth on the trading block. Fact is Zach has been part of a good Memphis club and been a bear in the post all while rehabbing his image and value under a not so dysfunctional franchise. Crawford has been year in year our a sixth man of the year candidate and a solid 3rd guard and back up point off the bench. Walsh messed up. But truth be told the Knicks organization has always chased the Unicorn and lived in fantasy. Enough Said.

solar_lion
solar_lion

@moneyball@solar_lion Yes. I agree. Traded solid players - Zach Randolph, Jamal Crawford, David Lee- for pennies on the dollar just to throw a hail marry pass in the summer of 2010. And when that failed he strapped the organization with STAT's time bomb knees and albatross contract. And some people here talk of Magoo like he's some basketball god. Passed up on plenty of good point guards as well that year he drafted Jordan Hill, and passed up Hibbert and Lopez for Gallinari. A joke is right. 

tommy2b
tommy2b

@akamarb That's it, I'm gonna go pick up some junk food for the game.

solar_lion
solar_lion

@akamarbMore like 20. If his beard brazes a defender it's an instant whistle. I say the Knicks should foul Harden hard after the whistle blows. Freaking actor.