May 15th, 2013 at 7:00 PM
By Pete Kennedy
After New York Knicks tried to the bigger in game 4 against the Indiana Pacers, coach Mike Woodson may choose to start a smaller lineup including Pablo Prigioni.
The change will most likely send Kenyon Martin back to the bench. In game 4, the bigger lineup clearly did not work. Coach Mike Woodson noted, according to Jared Zwerling of ESPN,
"That [smaller] lineup has been great for us for two, three months, and I went away from it last night," the coach said. "There were a lot of things playing into why I did what I did, but that lineup has been good and there's a strong chance we could go right back to that lineup."
That lineup and rotation has won them a lot of games during the regular season. Other changes other than Pablo may include more minutes for Steve Novak and Chris Copeland.
Who would have thought the Knicks problem would have been scoring the basketball? Most people probably would have bet that they couldn't play good enough defense. But not in this series. The Knicks offensive struggle has been lead by Jr Smith and a lack of legitimate scoring threats around Carmelo Anthony and Raymond Felton. Read more... Join the Conversation...
May 15th, 2013 at 12:37 PM
By Tim Stamoutsos
The New York Knicks fell to the Indiana Pacers last night 93-82 and the score does not tell the whole story of the game. The Knicks never led in this game starting the game shooting 1 for 11. The Knicks came out flat in a game that was as close to a must win game as you can get. The Knicks are now down 3-1 in the series and it seems like the team has all but given up.
There is no excuses the Knicks did not come to play last night and you can blame it on missed shots but the team had no fight left. Carmelo Anthony and Raymond Felton were the only two players to show up last night. You can complain about the officiating all you want but this Knicks team gave up last night.
Tyson Chandler claims the team is not sticking to the game plan and not moving the ball enough but Chandler needs to look in the mirror. He has let Roy Hibbert look like a Hall of Fame center. Tyson may still be hurt but he has looked very soft in this series and his comments have not helped. He played a little bit better last night but it was still not up to the standard we are used to seeing from Tyson Chandler.Read more... Join the Conversation...
May 14th, 2013 at 3:00 PM
By Matt Agne
When the Brooklyn Nets decided to move on from Avery Johnson and replaced him with assistant P.J. Carlesimo it was widely known that Carlesimo would have to reach the Conference Finals at a minimum to keep the job. After all, every GM wants to hire their own coach and Billy King is no different. Now that the team has let Carlesimo go could New York Knicks legend Patrick Ewing finally get the chance to be a head coach in the NBA?
There's a lot of coaching vacancies across the NBA and assistant coaches all over the league will get multiple chances to move over on the bench to the first chair. For the Brooklyn Nets the list of possible replacements for P.J. Carlesimo include Phil Jackson, Jeff Van Gundy, Nate McMillan, Mike Dunleavy, Larry Brown, Jerry Sloan and others.
We already know that Darrell Walker is a candidate for the Detroit Pistons job. He could very well get a call from Brooklyn as well. There's no reason why assistants on Frank Vogel and Tom Thibodeau's staffs won't also receive interviews. With the success of Mark Jackson with the Golden State Warriors, why shouldn't his former New York Knicks teammate Patrick Ewing get a chance?Read more... Join the Conversation...
May 14th, 2013 at 1:00 PM
By Matt Agne
With the New York Knicks being abused by the Indiana Pacers' bigs, is it time for the Knicks to abandon the small-ball that has gotten them to this point and go to a big lineup? If Mike Woodson is going to answer the coaching of Frank Vogel his team might have to do it with size.
During this series with the Indiana Pacers one thing has been very clear. The New York Knicks have been thoroughly outplayed in the paint. They've given up too many second-chance opportunities, they've lost the battle of the boards by far too large of a margin and they've been abused by Roy Hibbert on both sides of the court.
The Knicks are down 1-2 in this series, making Game Four a must-win contest. Without Carmelo Anthony dominating, with J.R. Smith in a huge slump and with Amare Stoudemire returning to action it may be time to go to a more traditional lineup to stop the Pacers from pushing the Knicks around.
Playing small has worked all season for the Knicks. Anthony has played his normal game but is matched up with bigger and slower forwards which gives him an even bigger advantage than normal with the ball in his hands. As a result, he won the NBA scoring title this season.Read more... Join the Conversation...
May 14th, 2013 at 10:30 AM
By Matt Agne
As previously reported by Knicks 101, assistant coach Darrell Walker is a candidate for the Detroit Pistons head coaching vacancy. Walker is not the first to interview for the job and likely won't be the last but he's an important member of the New York Knicks coaching staff and is more than capable of taking the reigns in Detroit.
Thus far, the Detroit Pistons have interviewed Nate McMillan, Mike Budenholzer, Lindsey Hunter and J.B. Bickerstaff. They don't intend to stop there. Their wide-reaching search is likely to include assistant coaches from all around the NBA. Darrell Walker is as much of a worthy candidate as any of them.
Marc Stein of ESPN reports that Walker will get his chance to interview for the job.
Sources say that Knicks assistant coach Darrell Walker will soon get an interview for the position vacated by Lawrence Frank.
However, Walker will need to do more than hit a home run in the interview to land the job. He'll have to convince Phil Jackson that he's the right man for the job. Joe Dumars is already a fan of Walkers. Walker was an assistant coach in Detroit under Michael Curry and John Kuester both of whom were hired by Dumars. However, Jackson was brought on board to advise Dumars on the Pistons' coaching search.Read more... Join the Conversation...