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Hi Jared do you think the Knicks will add any more players to their roster before training camp? And of the remaining free agents who are they targeting?
They may add one more player, but the Knicks are in no rush, from what I've been told. That player could likely be a backup power forward to Amare Stoudemire. The candidates I've been monitoring are: Kenyon Martin, Louis Amundson, D.J. White, Andray Blatche and Chris Andersen.
Being a die hard Knicks fan in Miami sure hasn't been easy for me the past two years. Please tell me we have a chance to knock off the Heat this yr?!
I think the Knicks' best asset is their frontline: Tyson Chandler, Marcus Camby, Amare Stoudemire and even Carmelo Anthony, who can play down low and can take advantage of the Heat's weaker interior. But the Knicks, and every team for that matter, have to do every little thing right in a playoff series against the Heat. It will be a tough matchup, and every opponent will hope that the Heat are a little banged up come May.
After the '08 Olympics Carmelo enjoyed the most successful season of his NBA career. Do you expect these Olympics to lead to another big year for him?
Carmelo has had many successful seasons, so I wouldn't say the Olympics only will be his token to success. He's one of the best offensive players in the league and he trains really hard every offseason with Idan Ravin. I will say that the Olympics experience, practicing against the best every day, is definitely a nice tune-up. I look at that more so than the teams they played against. Team USA dominated basically every opponent. That's not where the competition was. It was in practice.
I was a huge Kurt Thomas fan during his first stint as a Knick. What kind of role do you see him playing for us this yr?
Limited. But he'll be serviceable in the time he's in the game. This could be his last NBA season, so he'll put everything on the line for the Knicks -- and that's the kind of player he is. He'll play tough, he'll hit midrange jumpshots. I expect good things when he's in the game.
After watching Pablo Prigioni play for Argentina in the Olympics what is your impression of him? Do you think he has the ability to be a solid backup?
Well, he'll be the third-string point guard; not the backup (that's Jason Kidd). But I liked what I saw. He ran the team well, was smart off the pick-and-roll and didn't commit many turnovers. He won't blow by many of the young and athletic point guards in the NBA and score at the basket, but he'll make the right plays. He has tons of experience under his belt, especially from playing against top international competition.
For the Knicks to seriously contend in the eastern conference Melo, Amar'e and Tyson need to have much better chemistry on the offensive end of the floor. What can Coach Woodson do to help make this happen?
I agree, but really it's Carmelo and Amare who need to develop better chemistry. Tyson understands his role: to defend and rebound. I think Amare developing more of a post game will help him play off of Carmelo better. That way, they won't always be in isolation situations where the ball might stop. Also, Carmelo can play the post, while Amare and Felton run the high pick-and-roll and Tyson stays on the weakside to receive an easy feed inside or grab the rebound. Woodson has the ability to be very creative with his rotation this season, and that should frustrate opponents at times. It's always better to have more options, and the Knicks have that.
Who wins a title first, Nets or Knicks
Knicks. Because of better defense.
where do u see D'antoni coaching next?
I heard he's interested in college. He's still involved with his alma mater, Marshall. Maybe there at some point.
will steve nash regret not coming to the knicks?
Uh, with Kobe, D-Howard and Pau Gasol, I don't think so. Also, perhaps from his perspective, he doesn't see any team beating the Heat, and being on the Lakers gives him an easier route to the Finals. Of course, there's the Thunder, but now with D-Howard, he's got to be feeling even better about the situation he's in.
What player on the Knicks could be an X factor similar to Lin (obviously not as big) who could be a major contributor for the Knicks?
Iman Shumpert when he returns healthy.
Does JR Smith's brother Chris have a legitimate chance at making the team?
No, don't think so. I see him suiting up for the Knicks' D-League team, the Erie BayHawks, during the fall.
Do you think Knicks/Nets will be a bigger rivalry now?
Of course. Both teams could end up as the fourth and fifth seeds in the East and play each other in the first round. How crazy would that be? They should be neck-in-neck in the standings all season. But, as I've said, I think the Knicks have the edge because of their defense.
DOES AMARE RETIRE AS A KNICK?
Interesting question. I know he loves New York City for the game and for much more beyond the court with his different business ventures. I'm sure he'd like to, but his contract is up when he's about 33 years old. At that point, if the Knicks haven't won a title, perhaps they'll look to rebuild younger and perhaps trade/not re-sign him. Who knows.
A FEW Quick Questions. WHAT ARE YOUR STARTING 5 FOR THE KNICKS IN NOVEMBER? WHAT ARE YOUR STARTING 5 FOR THE KNICKS IN FEB.?
In November, Felton, Brewer, Melo, Amare and Tyson. In February, I could see Shumpert replacing Brewer.
We have seen melo play well at the power forward in the Olympics and there has been talk about him playing there during the year. Wouldn't subbing Novak in for Amare and shifting Melo to the power forward make the most sense to accomplish that? Do you see the Knicks using this lineup alot during games? Or is there another lineup you like better with him at the 4?
On paper, that sounds nice, but I wouldn't get so caught up in specific substitutions. Keep in mind the opponent, the types of matchups (mostly height and skill sets), different situational things going on in the game (like foul trouble, who's hot, etc.). There are always different factors. What is for sure is that the Knicks really don't have a pure backup power forward to score inside and rebound.
How long before we can pick up Josh Harrellson again?
Under the new collective bargaining agreement, teams that trade away players cannot re-sign them for a year after the trade.
What do you feel is the best-case scenario for the Knicks this season? Worst-case scenario?
Best-case scenario = Eastern Conference finals for a showdown vs. the Heat. Worst-case scenario = Play the Nets in the first round and lose. That would be surreal for the Knicks fans in the worst way.
Does JR commute daily from California to New York it seems like every other day he is going back and forth?
Not every day. He's been mostly in LA the entire summer training with Idan Ravin, playing golf and just enjoying himself. He's really just been in and out of NYC.
We signed a defensive minded Brewer to be our SG when we desperately needed a SG with ability to take over a game. I wanted Willie Green, too late. What now?
To take over a game? Uh, wouldn't that be Carmelo Anthony? Iman Shumpert has solid potential. Don't count him out.
Jared.. I have beef with the Nets instantly back in the conversation of the battle of NY. Just like the Knicks, the Nets will have chemistry issues as well won't they? Why does everyone assume they're immediately a playoff battle team when they have yet to prove it?
Their roster is deep and on paper, the fourth or fifth best team in the East. Everyone assumes it because it's true. I think chemistry issues can be easily solved when players understand their roles. And the Nets have many veterans to get over that hump. With no lockout ahead, the Nets have basically six weeks to figure many things out before the season starts. Then, they have 82 more games to figure it out even more. They should be good and scary come playoff time.
The Knicks have a better chance to acquire Lou Amundson or Kenyon Martin?
I would say Kenyon Martin, because he's older and knows his window for a championship is closing. He got close with the Nets in 2002 and '03. Speaking of which, because his former Nets teammate, Jason Kidd, is in New York, as well as Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith, who he played with in Denver, I think that gives the Knicks the edge. I think Louis Amundson can get more money on the market.
Hey Jared, if this year is a wash with another first round exit...will woodson's job be in jeopardy?
He signed a multi-year deal, so no, I don't think so, even if it's a first-round exit. These kinds of questions are hard to answer. Let's see how the season plays out first.
I HAVE HEARD MANY MANY GOOD THINGS ABOUT RAYMOND FELTON. CAN HE DO WHAT HE HAS BEEN SAYING FOR MONTHS, LOSE THE WEIGHT AND GET BACK INTO NBA *(KNICKS SHAPE) AND BE READY FOR THIS SEASON?
I hear he's training hard, and he has to. The Knicks are in win-now mode, and he's definitely encouraged by returning to New York. The ball's in his hands, before Melo's, of course. Speaking of which, Melo is excited to play with Felton, whom he played against at times when he was a kid through some AAU hoops. He says Raymond plays with the same chip on his shoulder that he had back then. I would be optimistic about his play this season.
do u see the knicks signing another shooter?
Not that I'm aware of. I would say a backup power forward right now is a higher priority because it's lacking on the depth chart. As for shooters, the Knicks have Novak, Smith, Melo, Kidd and Shumpert when he returns. Felton can knock it down as well, but he's a bit streaky. He shot 45.9 percent in Denver, so he obviously has potential.
I haven't seen the knicks this active over the summer since Mr. Isiah Thomas was running the show, but this time I have seen potential. Kidd,Brewer, Felton, Kurt Thomas, and a few resignees. This summer seems like our best one in over 10 years, am I wrong?
To me, the Knicks made the right moves. They needed to upgrade defensively, and they did on the perimeter and inside. Now, it's about developing that offensive chemistry.
What are the chances that we see the Carmelo from the Olympics where he is catching and shooting and slashing to the basket instead of holding the ball for an hour then shooting like he usually does on the knicks?
Don't sound so general. He's one of the best offensive players in the game. You'll see him do a mixture of things: catch-and-shoot, slash, play some four. At a media appearance today, Melo said, "I'm a wingman and everyone knows that. But it's an extra incentive to play the four. It gives us more weapons."
Do you see Ronnie Brewer starting at shooting guard over JR Smith because JR Smith is more of a 6th man, a player who can come in and fill it up and spark at team?
Yes, I do.
Is Chris Andersen an actual option for us? Doesn't seem like a good fit...also any kenyon update? last week he was supposed to be making a decision soon
Andersen is actively getting offers from teams. I'm not sure at this point, though, if one of them is the Knicks. But if he came to NYC, a city he loves, he would play hard and play well in limited minutes. He's really good friends with J.R. Smith from his Denver days, where he also played with Carmelo Anthony. So that added level of comfort would help Andersen fit in.
After this offseason does the atlantic division look to be the toughest in the nba or just the eastern conference?
I agree the Atlantic Division will be the most competitive in the NBA next season. In addition to the Knicks, Nets, Sixers and Celtics, the Raptors are a dark horse in the Eastern Conference now that they have the talented and versatile Kyle Lowry to play alongside Andrea Bargnani and DeMar DeRozan.
As good as our backcourt is defensively, offensively, felton and brewer can't shoot! Will this be a problem?
Felton is streaky, but he has potential. He shot 45.9 percent from downtown in Denver in 2011. Brewer needs to improve, for sure. But off the bench, the Knicks will be fine. Look at the Heat, for example. They won't have 3-point shooters in the starting lineup. They have a lot of offensive firepower in their starting unit. The Knicks have that, too; they just have to all get on the same page this season.
When Shump comes back in early to late January, do you think he can be just as great of a defender as he was last season? Or do you think he will slowly come back into the game and be ready for the following season to show everyone his true talents as a defensive player of the year?
First of all, he could return in December if all goes well, maybe early January. It'll take him some time to adjust. I think you have to build in about four weeks after he gets back for him to really find his groove again. So I would say sometime in late January or February, we'll start to see more of the Shump we remember from last season. Because the regular season ends in April, he'll have plenty of time to show everyone his true talents.
When is K-Mart making his decision?
No timetable as of right now. I hear he's been considering the Lakers and Knicks, but there are other teams after him.
Over the last two years we have heard many positive "phenomenal" statements from Amare, which were all unfounded and never lived up to the his words. How is this offseason any different?
Last question ... It's been different. Amare and his training adviser say he hasn't missed a day of two-a-days in about three months. He's trained in different locations, and even when he traveled somewhere for vacation or for a sponsor appearance, he trained in that location as well. And, of course, he worked with Hakeem Olajuwon. It all sounds good.
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