In case you missed it, rumors swirled yesterday that the Knicks were considering signing Kenyon Martin. It’s buzz worthy following the Melo/KG battle because Martin is a hard-nosed big forward, but I’m puzzled by the interest myself.
If Rasheed Wallace’s foot is going to be an issue all season then it makes some sense, but where does that leave Marcus Camby, Steve Novak and Amar’e Stoudemire? Martin, to me, is a 20-30 minute player who can make some shots and add grit to an already veteran team. But injecting him into the line up right now, at a time where the Knicks have Iman Shumpert also on the verge of returning, could create rotation minute issues.
As we’ve said here for a long time the Knicks strength and key to success has been their ability to value possessions starting with Raymond Felton and Jason Kidd. With Felton out teams have attacked both Kidd and Pablo Prigioni’s dribble from 92 feet, and blitzed every pick and roll with Tyson Chandler causing east/west passes and forced shots later in the shot clock. The book is out on the Knicks’ guards and it would be wise for them, if they do use a roster spot, to focus on a stop gap PG who can handle pressure and also stretch the floor offensively after establishing pick and roll. The Knicks had 13 turnovers against the Celts and numerous forced shots late in the shot clock. To me, Melo’s struggles aside, that was the difference in the game.