- Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPN Staff Writer
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Amar'e Stoudemire thinks the Knicks aren't moving the ball enough.
And he has a point since the offense can get too stagnant and many times a shot is being jacked up without a second pass. But Raymond Felton counters the argument that the Knicks aren't moving the ball enough with the fact that their best player excels in isolation and led the league in scoring last year.
"No, not at all," Felton said when asked if the Knicks are too isolation-oriented on "The Michael Kay Show" on ESPN New York 98.7 FM. "We got one of the best isolation players in the league. And we need him to score the basketball. If that means giving him the ball in the post and letting him do his thing and create a double team for us to get some open shots, then that is what we need him to do."
Felton has a point as well. But there has to be a balance. The Knicks' two best offensive options -- Anthony and J.R. Smith -- are guys that need the ball and like to create their own shot. So things can slow down when they have the ball in their hands. But if either gets hot, Anthony or Smith can force defenses to double, opening up things for others.
Mike Woodson has to find the kind of balance he had early last season when Jason Kidd was his point guard and moving the ball. Stoudemire has a point when he says that ball movement can get other guys into a better flow and rhythm. Of course, Woodson also has his own argument about the Knicks' woes and it has nothing to do with ball movement.
"I always look at the defensive end first because that is where it starts," Woodson said on "The Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco Show" on ESPN New York 98.7 FM. "We are not making a commitment. Regardless of what any player says on this team, it has got to be a commitment on the defensive end and rebounding the ball. If you watched that game [against Portland], we had a major problem with second-chance points."
Up now: Woodson doesn't think he has lost the Knicks' locker room despite Amar'e's ball movement concerns and Melo saying the Knicks aren't having any fun.
Felton says he is "95-percent" sure he will play against the Clippers and he defends Woodson.
The odds are against the Knicks and Nets of making a deep postseason run after such a slow start.
David Stern, though, says to give the Knicks and Nets time to turn things around.
What's next: The Knicks try to snap a six-game losing streak against Chris Paul and the Clippers in L.A. at 10:30 p.m. ET.
Question of the day: Alright guys, put on your coaching hats and tell us what you would do to get the Knicks' offense going -- call for more ball movement or more isolation plays for Anthony and Smith and others? Let us know below.
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