New York Report: Deron Williams
February, 22, 2012
By Greg Newman | ESPNNewYork.com
What was the sound you heard in the comments section on the site around 10 p.m. on Monday? That was people jumping off the Jeremy Lin bandwagon and onto the Deron Williams bandwagon (which is still waiting for a nickname: suggestions are welcome in the comments).
From the Rapid Reaction:
"Shumpert was really missed tonight"
Ed.'s note -- I completely agree. Iman Shumpert was out with a knee injury and he could have helped on D, especially with outside shooting. Ian Begley even wrote about this post-game.
"Bottom line is, any NBA team shoots 31 threes and makes 49%, you have to play perfect offense to beat them. This is a one-off loss, with new people on the floor and the Nets shooting like Bird in an All-Star contest. Move on and get ready for Atlanta. Right now, the Knicks have what I'd call 'positive problems,' like your wallet being too small to hold all your Benjamins...."
Ed.'s note -- True, it’s not the end of the world and Lin isn’t perfect but that doesn’t mean it’s time for Knicks fans to hit the panic button.
"Melo had freaking 6 Turnovers 4/11 on the field. lol We will see later on if Melo can get his game going."
Ed.'s note -- Carmelo Anthony wasn’t himself. If chemistry is still a major problem after playing Atlanta, Miami and Cleveland then Knicks fans can start screaming from the rooftops.
"Why blame Melo tonight? Its obviously Lebrons fault"
Ed.'s note -- I can’t find a reason it’s not LeBron’s fault.
"Face it Lin'wagon fans. DWILL took him to school. He is NOT a good defender. Imagine what's going to happen when he plays against CP3, Westbrook, & Rose."
Ed.'s note -- I don’t think Lin could have expected a career 35% three-point shooter to explode and go 8-for-14 behind the arc.
From Carmelo Anthony returns Monday:
"Shouldn't Lin adjust TOO? While all the comments about Melo ALONE having to adjust? They have many new players on this team and are playing together for the first time. They ALL need to adapt and adjust, starting with the person who touches the ball 80% of the time. Melo is a world-class player, Lin is unproven, we don't know where in the NBA food chain he will settle. When Baron Davis is in basketball shape let's see what happens to Lin's minutes."
Ed.'s note -- Lin needs to adjust as well. He is currently adjusting to tons of stuff: being a star NBA player, being expected to be amazing and playing so many minutes. As Jared Zwerling pointed out, the elite PGs only play about 35 minutes a game and Lin has gone from barely playing to 45 minutes every game. I think Baron Davis letting Lin get some rest will be crucial for the rest of the Knicks’ season.
"Melo straight up for World Peace"
Ed.'s note -- Are we talking about peace in the world or that guy who wears number 15 for the Lakers who is averaging 4.7 points per game and used to be Ron Artest? If it’s the former: I say go for it! If it’s the latter, then Knicks fans will be able to really question the team’s chemistry.
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