Amar’e Stoudemire is off to a slow start, to put it lightly, this year. His struggles have been documented on this website and across the Knicks blogosphere, in pieces like this one by Jared Dubin.
Tonight was the New York Knicks’ most important game of the young season, so far. The 76ers were coming into town with an offense that was aggressive and tough to defend; Their defense was ranked first in points allowed coming into tonight. They were coming in as one of the hottest teams in the league.
The going could get pretty bad for the Knicks if they do not start playing at the elite-level everyone envisioned they would, before the season started.
The Knicks’ next 10 opponents provide far more competition than the first nine did. Of their first nine opponents, only two of their prior opponents were playoff squads last season: The Celtics, who were missing Paul Piece for the Christmas day matinee, and the Lakers who were missing Andrew Bynum.
Amare Stoudemire has started the season taking a plethora of long-jumpers, rather then closer, higher-percentage shots, and even though he has gotten off to a slow start, statistically, I think he will have another fantastic season.
After losing what felt like 100 games in a row, the Knicks finally finished a game on top, by beating the Wizards 99-96, on the Wizards’ home floor.
Now, I’m not going to pretend that this was a good win, because it wasn’t. It was ugly and way too close. The Knicks found themselves down 14 after the first quarter, and risked losing the game before the halftime buzzer sounded. However, they were able to stage a comeback, by outscoring the Wizards 28-15 in the second stanza, after being outscored 18-32 in the first. At half, they found themselves down just one point.
Jeremy Shu-How Lin is 23-years-old, and was born on August 23, 1988. Lin grew up in Palo Alto, California, where his parents chose to raise him after emigrating from Taiwan to the US in the ‘70’s. Jeremy Lin stands at 6’3”, which is amazing, considering both of his parents are 5’6”.
Let’s get it on!
This has been quite a hectic off-season throughout the NBA, and the New York Knicks have been one of the most active teams.
Fairly early in the offseason, on August 29th, the Knicks made a very underrated hire in assistant coach Mike Woodson, who is regarded as a defensive specialist, which is exactly what the Knicks needed to pair with head coach, Mike D’Antoni. Also, a fun fact about Mike Woodson: Woodson played ball with Knicks’ Interim General Manager Glen Grunwald at Indiana University.
As we all know, this offseason, the Knicks added Tyson Chandler to the mix, and with this move came the departure of Chauncey Billups. Many NBA analysts, and other so-called “experts”, approved of the move, but thought it still set the Knicks back by having no legitimate point guard. So, what do the Knicks do? They add Baron Davis.
The Knicks defeated the Nets at the new look Madison Square Garden, 88-82, finishing the pre-season with a perfect record.
Ok, ok, so it was only two games, BUT HEY, doesn’t it just feel good to be watching Knicks basketball?!?!?
I have a ton of graphics dropping in the coming week… Stay tuned!
With the signing of Baron Davis, for one-year and $1.4 million (the veteran-minimum), who will reportedly be sidelined for less than one month and not the 8-10 weeks that was originally reported, the Knicks front office is proving that they are doing all they possibly can to win a championship this season.