Where do we go from here?

Harris Decker

My plan was to write a report card for the first half of the season, but that seems like an act in futility. After losing five of the last six games before the break, including losses to the Kings and Bucks, it’s probably better to look to the future. Wallowing in the past is no fun.

Carmelo Anthony

The second half of the season starts on Tuesday. Coming out of the All-Star break, the Knicks have a very, very tough schedule. While they have reprieves against the Pelicans and Magic, their second half opens with matchups against the Grizzlies, Heat, Hawks and Mavericks. And who says that the Pelicans and Magic aren’t better teams than the Knicks? Things don’t get much easier after that, with games against the Bulls and Warriors to close out the month of February.

So, what can we look forward to? There have been things to enjoy for the Knicks. Tim Hardaway Jr., for one. He’s been a dynamic scorer in his rookie campaign and is as fun to watch as anyone on the team. If the Knicks are planning to make a playoff run, they’ll need him to continue to shine, and if not, he’ll be a key piece for years to come.

It’s also important to cherish Carmelo Anthony in the final months of the season. Anthony is having another incredible season for the Knicks. He is second in the league in scoring to Kevin Durant and is enjoying a career high in rebounds with 8.6 per game. Another amazing statistic for Anthony are his 2.4 turnovers per game. That number is the lowest of his career. On a team full of players failing to reach their potential, Anthony is simply amazing.

Of course, there are players out there that need to turn things around heading into next season. The main guys are Iman Shumpert and Tyson Chandler. Both are touted as the best defenders on the team and both have been very average on that side of the court. Both need big second halves in order to build some momentum heading into the offseason and 2014-15.

Let’s not mail things in too soon. The team is still alive in the Eastern Conference and currently sit only 2.5 games out of a playoff spot. The reality is, with the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat playing incredible basketball, it’s hard to see this Knicks team making a stand in 2014. I’m staying optimistic, but I’m looking towards the future instead of agonizing over the 20 win first half the Knicks just wrapped up.




182 comments
KnickelusKnickleby
KnickelusKnickleby

That interview is basically saying Melo will take a lower contract here to lure Free Agents

and that the Team didn't lose Woody his coaching Methods is tired

he needs to fire and hire some assistants with new philosophies for the final reg season run 

and we need a capable PG and a rebounder

address those needs i see a turn around

knickgirl35
knickgirl35

SAS (radio show) said he would like to work for the knicks and that kenny smith would be a great GM. he said though that he would not abide by no media policy. dolan is an AZZ! all of this bball talent around him in NY and he is acting like he is deaf, dumb & blind. FVCK!

Mohamed Ayoub
Mohamed Ayoub

If I'm the knicks I let Melo walk in the off season. I play out next season the way the Lakers are. Once Amare's number is of the books, you have infinite cap space and armed with a (hopefully) top five pick, the rebuilding process begins. That is, the only way, the knicks will come close to winning a championship. Any moves before Amare's contract expires will simply be window dressing.

knickster
knickster

Melo will take the max from Dolan and the Knicks will be screwed for the next 5 years. The reason? He has no good options other than New York, but our stupid owner does not see it.

Jesse Brand
Jesse Brand

Melo sounds very committed to the Knicks tho all jokes aside

ENGLBERT_HUMPERDINK
ENGLBERT_HUMPERDINK

Melo talking about bringing players to NYC and he can do that by being a free agent?????

ENGLBERT_HUMPERDINK
ENGLBERT_HUMPERDINK

Damn SAS going off on jimmy dolan. Saying no real NBA player would want to come play for dolan except for teh money and things he can do for them.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

This is some depressing sht....


This team is awful and our coach sucks some more.



I finally thought the team had turned the corner after last season...and of course it was no surprise when things started going down the shtter long before the new season started.

ENGLBERT_HUMPERDINK
ENGLBERT_HUMPERDINK

So is beno going back to the spurs... I hear our former GM Scott Layden was at the game the other night. You guys remember layden right? He was the GM that screwed us so bad we had to hire Isiah the savior!

lobcity1
lobcity1

I'm really upset with Carmelo Anthony. He really is supporting Woodson and doesn't want him gone. I think it's what is keeping Woodson from getting fire.

lobcity1
lobcity1

Dolan fire the coach already you scum low life!!!!

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

@Jesus Blas  

None of us knows what Carmelo is going to do. The smart fan knows that Dolan is going to offer whatever amount of money he needs to in order to keep Melo. The smart fan knows that the possibility he leaves is just as high as the probability he stays. I think ideally, Melo wants NY and what it has to offer him...not necessarily the Knicks. The smart fan also knows that whether Melo stays or goes, life goes on. We'll all still be Knicks fans and money is off the books in 2015 anyway. 

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@Jerry Gee  In all likelyhood, Melo.


In terms of UFA, it's not particularly strong, but it has a lot of interesting players to consider.


- Dirk

- Timmy D

- Deng

- Pau

- Stephenson

- Lowry

- Granger

- Gortat

- Ariza

- Thabo

- Emeka

- Meeks

- Sessions

- Bayless

- Marion

- Hinrich

- DJ Augustin

- D Harris

- Bosh, Wade, LBJ can all opt out

- Ben Gordon

- Okafor

knickster
knickster

@Jesus Blas Melo has very few options at this point. There is les than 3 teams who could realistically vie for his services, including the Knicks. He may not opt out, after all.

knickster
knickster

@Jesse Brand Where can he REALISTICALLY go that will be better than New York, all things considered?

Hassan B
Hassan B

@Jesse Brand  with the money he's getting i would be committed a loser too!


I see him staying 

ENGLBERT_HUMPERDINK
ENGLBERT_HUMPERDINK

After this interview from Melo I AM CONVINCED MELO IS STAYING WITH THE KNICKS IN THE OFF SEASON. HE SAID THE KNICKS HAVE A GREAT GUY IN THE FO TO MAKE PLAYERS WANT TO COME TO THE NYC KNICKS!!!

darealeric
darealeric

You mean the Layden so bad that even a horrible, dysfunctional franchise like the SPURS would see value in giving him a job?

darealeric
darealeric

Thank god for the term "politically correct", courtesy of those pieces of sh-t, the Clintons...

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@lobcity  Considering Woodson threw him under the bus a couple of days ago... It says a lot about Melo though.

Imo, he just doesn't wanna be seen as a coach killer.

Frank Gebel
Frank Gebel

@lobcity theres no  other explanation! Because Anthony knows another coach comes in he doesn't get that freedom to do whatever he wants to get his numbers where he wants!

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

 @Jesus Blas  At this point, I think Melo's stuck between trying to be politically correct and looking out for his own future.

I think he we can expect comments stating many opposite points of views.

ENGLBERT_HUMPERDINK
ENGLBERT_HUMPERDINK

@SheSaidSpikeWho @Jesus Blas  Exactly what I typed girl. I am kinda convinced Melo is staying and they have some plan that we know nothing about... We may all be surprised because melo sounds like this will all be fixed.

Jesse Brand
Jesse Brand

Chill I see him taking a chris Paul 5/108 type of deal

ENGLBERT_HUMPERDINK
ENGLBERT_HUMPERDINK

@VerySilentJay @ENGLBERT_HUMPERDINK  Melo standing up for his coach woody big time in this interview at all star game.


I guess this measn if Dolan and Melo like woody he is here for the long haul.

Hassan B
Hassan B

@Jesse Brand  chris paul took that because they have a crazy team. who do we have? JR?

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@ENGLBERT_HUMPERDINK  Seeing as how Melo is Dolan's favorite toy, the only way Woodson is bounced is if Melo puts in a special request.

Dolan's too stupid to see things by himself.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@Jerry Gee @VerySilentJay @lobcity  Which coach did he exactly kill?

Let's not pretend Melo's the beloved son of the league ala Durant...


Karl threw him under the bus consistently yet Melo was the bad guy of the picture...

Melo ran the offense Pringles wanted with him as a point forward, yet he was the bad guy... And let's not forget, Pringles had lost the team long before that....

Now he's been nothing but supportive even though his coach has done nothing good for him or the team.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@Frank Gebel @VerySilentJay  Personally, I think Melo will get his shots under any coach, no matter how much of a hardass he is.

Melo is an elite scorer, and coaches know this.

I can't think of many that would come in and develop a system that decrease the amount of FGA Melo takes.

What a new coach can do, however, is help Melo score in an easier fashion and within the flow of the offense, something a weak coach like Woodson could really never do.