FanSpeak: Who takes the last shot?
March, 6, 2012
By Greg Newman | ESPNNewYork.com
A quick riff on the hottest topic on ESPNNewYork.com: the New York Knicks.
From Anthony comes up short when it counts
"The last shot should go to the best shooter. The best shooter on the Knicks is not Melo."
Ed.'s note -- Really? Who is it? I definitely want Carmelo Anthony taking the last shot if I'm a Knicks fan.
"How quick people are to forget Melo's heroics last year in the playoffs and how we nearly won both games, even when that squad had so much less talent than this one? Or how he made game winners against Philly and Memphis? No one makes all their shots, not even Kobe, dubbed the best closer in this generation, and as shots go, this wasn't exactly an open elbow jumper, this was a guarded fadeaway, off-balance, baseline jumper that was his best option in 2.5 seconds of regulation time left."
Ed.'s note -- True, I just think Knicks fans wish that this was settled by now.
From the Opening Tip: Fields or Shumpert?
"Of course D'Antoni will use the less effective defensive shooting guard in his starting line-up.
"People need to realize that Mike D'Antoni is a GLORIFIED OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR.
"Shumpert and Baron need to start over Lin and Fields for the sake of DEFENSE."
Ed.'s note -- I agree with Iman Shumpert starting, but I think Jeremy Lin has earned his spot at the point. Lin is 10-4 in games where he has played more than 10 minutes and Baron Davis is still coming back after his herniated disk. Shumpert gives the Knicks a defensive presence that they don’t have in the starting lineup.
From Could Baron close games over Lin?
"Baron Davis, career .409 shooter ... his *career high* .439 was six years ago.
"There not only isn't any reason to close games with this bricklayer, there's no reason to pay him."
- Baron Harkonnen
Ed.'s note -- Can we all agree that Davis shouldn't take the last shot?
"Wow. You guys turned on Lin faster than a New York minute. There's no way that Baron Davis takes this starting job from Lin; at least not yet. Baron Davis has come back and played under five games. A lot of this heat on Lin has come from bad personnel decisions from D'Antoni. Had he put in Novak for a larger share of STAT's minutes, I doubt the Knicks would have lost in Boston. Novak spreads the floor and doesn't eat up driving lanes like Amare does. Baron has an arrogance on the ball to the likes which I've never seen. Several of his first passes were simply thrown away into the crowd with no teammate in sight. Besides, if you look at the statistics, Lin leads Davis in every essential stat there is. So calm down Knicks fans. The sky is not falling, but the honeymoon phase of Linsanity is over."
Ed.'s note -- Agreed, although I would say that most Knicks fans are still behind Lin.
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