The Good, The Bad and The Walt Clyde: Week 10

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: 2-1
Game results: Win @ Spurs (105-101); Loss @ Rockets (102-100); Win @ Mavs (92-80)
Overall record / Games Behind: 11-22, 5.5 GB

THE GOOD

Melo’s Ankle:  After missing back to back games (loses) against Toronto, Melo returned on Thursday and looked strong in all three contests this week. He put in nights of 27, 25, and 19, on 44% shooting all while playing solid team basketball. Moreover, watching Melo lead the team in ways other than points — you know, like being the actual leader — has been a pleasure. Please don’t get injured ever again, ya?

First Half Defense:  Nobody topped 50 in the first half this week against the Knicks. The Spurs had 47, the Rockets 48, so a good effort but nothing to write home about. But last night the Knicks held Dallas to 35 — a team that scored 70 first half points the night before.

Iman Shumpert:  Shump finally put on the offensive performance fans have been waiting for for the last three years. Getting hot from outside happens, and he won’t hit every corner three he takes moving forward, but Shump’s aggressiveness is something that he can control. The Knicks desperately need him to grow into the role of a second-scorer, looking for ways to score aside from simply standing on the outside. The Spurs and Rockets games simply need to be the norm and not the exception.

THE BAD

JR’s Shot:  Also could have been labeled “Beno’s pass” but this was the single play of the three-game road trip that reminded us why the team is 11-22. Given the horrible play we have seen this season, asking for perfection would be a bit much.

Ray Felton:  You never lose a job to injury, right? Even with Beno being a defensive liability, Felton’s fate as the team’s starting PG is a bit murky. All things being equal, Felton never ran the offense with the ball movement we saw from the Knicks this week. His ability to re-integrate the pick-and-roll with a healthy Tyson Chandler will be the determining factor.

THE WALT CLYDE

Boston Bitchin’:  Walt could not hold back watching Rockets coach and ex-Celtic Kevin McHale stomp around as he complained about a call on Friday night. “Those Boston guys are always cryin’ about something, man.”


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30 comments
Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

Hey, I called that Deng for Bynum trade back when they put Bynum on the trading block. That should help Cleveland hold onto Irving. Much better than adding Jamison to try to keep LeBron.

fasheezee
fasheezee

Trading Melo would be the most foolish thing this organization has ever done and that's saying something. Melo aint goin nowhere. He'll make the most money right here in NYC.  

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

Chicago is going to be the biggest threat for melo. They will amnesty boozer thus giving them only 33 mil in salary

Mike Jones
Mike Jones

Bynum is likely to get cut by Cavs , while Bulls are going to Amnesty Boozer ...  hmmm will knicks FO be ready ? and is anyone shocked at how fast bulls managed to start there rebuilding process drastically faster than us ?

dagawd
dagawd

Sources a saying MelO might team up with Rose

Edgar Cisneros
Edgar Cisneros

Retract the Beno Comment now please, Mr. Kopelman. This notion that Beno was at fault for the Rockets 4th Quarter gaffe has gone far enough. Good lord.

kidrobot
kidrobot

Does anyone realize that Kendall Marshall is averaging 14.5 points and 16 assists per game in two starts with the Lakers. Pretty pathetic we didn't even consider signing him while he was in the D League.  I have been saying since the Suns traded for Bledsoe (another lack of Knick due diligence) we should pick this dude up.  Marshall is exactly the type of PG we needed.  And please nobody tell me the dude can't play ball.  He is a winner.  

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

Ben please tell me your tongue was firmly planted in cheek when referring to it as "Beno's pass" and that you were just joking and/or being sarcastic? I thought it was just Harris Decker I needed to ignore from now on but if you too are serious perhaps it's this entire blog then.

Chris
Chris

Beno`s pass is BS. That is the CAA connection between JR and DAW. Cover for JR, and under the bus for the guy moving the ball

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

@Knicks_Fanatic For all intents and purposes, Lebron is staying put in MIA which I think we all knew.  Melo now has 3 options, NY, CHI, LA.  All big markets, but only one has a legitimate young star to play with.

fasheezee
fasheezee

@kneggyknik You sound so desperate Kneggy.

therealprof
therealprof

@orlando_knickfan I can see this. The only problem is Rose. Melo came to NY with Amar'es "about to go bad" knees and now to Chicago for Rose's chronic Knee problems? Now, I know that Stat's surgeries are much different from Rose's, but D-Rose's health if far from a good bet, IMO. 

therealprof
therealprof

@Mike Jones  While Boozer is likely their only player left eligible for amnesty, it seems silly to wait until he is expiring.to use it. I am sure there is at least one team out there  willing to trade for an expiring 16M or so on draft night for a still productive PF who can score and rebound. Could even be packaged in a S&T for Melo if they are going down that path. *Not a ringing endorsement for Boozer, but if he comes with picks, I am down. 

therealprof
therealprof

@thatsagoodpoint @Knicks_Fanatic I can see him staying. They need veteran leadership at a premium position and Deng is a 2-way player that certainly provides it. If Bennett comes around and Kyrie can stay healthy, they could be a tough out in the playoffs for a 3-4 seed. We shall see. 

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

@thatsagoodpoint Not true.  Bynum is a team option that CHI will not pick up.  Even with rookie cap holds, the Bulls will only have about $36 mill committed.  It'll be tight, but the cap will probably be around 60 next year.

If Melo takes a little hit or the Bulls clear another smaller spot, he could fit right in there.

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

@therealprof The knicks have to seriously sit down worth Anthony and he has to be honest with the organization. 

we can't be left  in a lurchhere

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

@OLD_KNICK All over with people disagreeing mostly. That's a big difference. And yes I will ignore the opinion of all who think it was Beno's fault cause they're clearly morons.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@thatsagoodpoint@orlando_knickfan@Knicks_Fanatic 

The Bulls are tanking and hoping to draft a star. They have Mirotic over in Europe as well. He is considered the best player not in the NBA. They also will have cap space to sign a good player. Rather risky, but they didn't want to pay Deng, so that's their plan.

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

@thatsagoodpoint Rose is still thought of as big-time.  Even before playing one minute, the Bulls were supposedly right up there with the Heat and Indy.  

I agree that he may be damaged goods, but until he "looks" like he lost it, no one will think so.

therealprof
therealprof

@thatsagoodpoint @orlando_knickfan Yeah, Chicago may have just destroyed the perceived leverage that the Knicks had with Melo negotiations. Before this deal and news of Boozer forthcoming amnesty, the only large market team with cap space was LA and it was far from appealing to join up with Kobe and D'Antoni. Now, teaming up with Rose, Noah, Butler and Gibson is looking pretty good for a Melo signing, forcing the Knicks to overpay him. 

therealprof
therealprof

@orlando_knickfan @therealprof Unlike the legion of Melo haters, I think he did Denver a favor by telling them he wanted out, so they were able to get a return, which is looking really good with this year's first round pick. They chose to rebuild around the NY pieces - extended Chandler and Gallinari and recently Mozgov. Traded Ray for Andre Miller, who will net them another piece when they trade him this week. If Melo has a pre-deadline sit-down with Mills and tell them he wants out, we have options, but if not we are looking at a wasted tank year with both Stat and Bargs' expiring contracts and Ray Felton, not my idea of an entertaining basketball team worth paying Garden prices to see. At least we have a first round pick in 2015, I guess. 

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

@OLD_KNICK Not 1 of those links has someone writing about agreeing that it was Beno's fault. I know Woodson said it and he's at the head of the morons who's opinion I can no longer respect along with Harris Decker. Obviously if the head coach says something as idiotic as that it's going to be covered extensively. But like I said just reporting that he said or reporting he said it and then saying how stupid the comment is are nowhere near the same thing as agreeing with it and sharing that opinion. And still despite your claims Harris Decker is the only so called expert who covers the NBA that I've seen echo the coaches point which is why I can no longer put any value in anything he writes.

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

@OLD_KNICK If you'd like to enlighten me provide with some names & links you speak of respected NBA minds who think Beno should've known JR didn't know the score of the game and shouldn't have passed him the ball.