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Hi Jared. With Amare out for a few regular season games, how do you think the Knicks will fare without him?
A whole lot more Melo, and he proved in Amare's absence last season that he could ball at the four position. Charles Barkley calls Melo "the best pure scorer in the league," so Melo will go to work and pick up some of the scoring slack. Beyond that, Ray Felton and J.R. Smith have the abilities to be second scorers. I think the Knicks have the backup pieces, but they need Amare all season long because he's a consistent scoring threat. It's good to know when there's consistent scoring from at least two players. Keep this in mind with Amare: It's not a serious injury and he should be back at the latter part of next week. The Knicks overall need to work on defense and rebounding.
What's the latest on Camby?
He's still out with that left calf strain. Woodson said today that you probably won't see Camby or Amare on opening night.
Do you think the Knicks are "too old?"
No. I've addressed this several times in the past. Because they're so deep, the "old" guys won't have to play as many minutes, so they should be able to produce well in the time that they're in the game.
Does Carmelo play better at PF or his natural position: SF?
The PF gives him some more opportunities in the post, where he excels obviously. But Melo is Melo. He can basically play at any position and be successful.
Knicks looked really good at the beginning of the pre-season, but since then, they've struggled. I know this just pre-season, but what is up?
Injuries have hurt chemistry and offensive/defensive development. Guys are in and out of the lineup, and with the half the team being new, that affects consistency. The Knicks definitely have potential, and I think their set point-guard rotation will really help this team come together more quickly when everyone is back. Last sesaon, there was too much shuffling at point guard.
What New York Knicks Players will miss the Start of the 2012-2013 Season Due to Injuries?
Felton, Brewer, Melo, Thomas and Chandler. Against the Nets, you have Humphries and Lopez, so that's why I see the Knicks going with the bigger lineup. In a smaller lineup, I could see Felton, Kidd, Brewer, Melo and Chandler, and then Prigioni would back up Felton and White would back up Kidd.
What's the timetable on Amare at this point?
At the latter part of next week.
Is Copeland making the team at this point?
I think it's pretty clear he will. Not only has he been balling, Amare is out and Rasheed is still a bit of a question mark. Copeland has proven he can score; he just needs to work on defense and rebounding. But under Woodson, those close to Cope believes he should develop well. The kid is a great listener, works extremely hard -- he's usually one of the last guys in the gym shooting -- and he's obviously talented.
What's the time table for Chandler's return?
He said he'll "absolutely" play in the season opener. So there you go. Chandler is a warrior and I don't see him missing Knicks-Nets opening night.
The Knicks seem really vulnerable this year. Rebounding, shooting, and athleticism seem to be an issue. If for some reason they don't make the playoffs, who do you blame?
I really don't like these kinds of questions this early in the season. I'm going to hold off on that kind of talk. Let's get a couple of months wrapped up first, and then that topic could at least be approached.
any chance the knicks drop james white and sign josh howard or anybody else in his spot? he has been very dissapointing in the preseason.
They signed James White to a guaranteed one-year deal. That's not happening. He's been doing a pretty good slashing and making some defensive plays in the preseason. But he was to work on becoming a more consistent threat with his outside shot. That's where Dave Hopla comes into play.
Jared, I am a big fan! In your honest opinion how far do you think this team can go if everyone is healthy?
Thank you! 45 to 52 wins. Eastern Conference finals.
Can the knicks win the division over the celtics and Nets?
I think they have the advantage over the Nets because they're deeper and wiser, and have better defensive players. The Nets are much more of a newer team. The Celtics will be right there at the top, and depending on how Rajon Rondo goes is their best measuring stick. Boston has no real backup point guard. The Knicks have three solid point guards, and that's a big plus. It'll definitely be a tough division this season -- with the Knicks, Celtics, Nets, Sixers and Raptors -- that's all I gotta say. Every win matters, because in the end, the seedings will be decided by a couple of games.
Amare and Melo can't play together and Dolan would never deal Melo. What could they get for Amare? Would anyone even take him?
The Knicks are not planning to trade Melo and Amare, at least for some time. That's wishful thinking right now. Focus on what the team has now, and then we'll see. But in general, of course teams would want Melo. As for Amare, he's got a ton of money remaining on his contract, which is also uninsured. It's not great trade bait.
How much do you think the Knicks will miss Linsanity this year?
Felton is one of my picks for Most Improved Player this season. Does that answer your question? I think Lin will be solid this season, but Felton was a financial steal. He played very well in the preseason.
How often do you think we'll see a 2 PG backcourt with all the injuries going on right now?
A good amount. Felton, Kidd and Prigioni can all shoot the three. That's a big plus playing either of those guys at the two. In addition, they're all good defenders. That's a key factor when considering to play either of them together.
did Chris Smith make the team
Likely not, especially now because of his long-term injury. The final two guaranteed roster spots will likely go to Wallace and Copeland.
Any sense of how the Knicks players are leaning politically with the election coming up?
Interesting question, but if I had to guess, mostly Obama, because African-Americans constitute the core of his constituency.
Who wins on November 1st, knicks or nyets?
Great question. A lot depends on Chandler's health. If he's 100 percent, the Knicks, because I won't see Lopez having a big game. Chandler has the defensive ability to eliminate a key big man from the game. Beyond that, Melo, with his Brooklyn connection, will especially be fired up for this one. I don't see anyone stopping him that night.
What's your prediction on the Knicks record for November?
I would say at .500. They still have some kinks to work out. With all the injuries, they really didn't have a full training camp together.
Felton looks sharp, in the run for most improved?
That's what I said earlier in the chat. I definitely think so. He's in great shape, he's playing with gusto, knocking down the three, getting in the lane with ease, setting a good tempo at the start of games, etc.
Any news on how this is incoming storm will affect training camp?
Great question. I'm not sure at this point. I'll keep you guys posted on that. Hope everyone stays safe!
why james white and not michael redd or josh howard?
James White dominated internationally, like Prigioni and Copeland. The Knicks have a superb international scout team, so I'm confident White will be a key part of the rotation. Keep in mind that he hasn't been 100 percent healthy during the preseason. Let's wait a bit on this kid. But, like I said, he'll definitely have to improve his shot. As far as slashing, filling the lanes in transition and making some stops, he'll add some intangibles in different areas.
Agreeing with Nick, our shooting looks to be unimpressive esp at the 2 with brewer and white...Will this be a problem?
3-point shooting will be interesting to watch. But while the Knicks are not one of the deepest at the two position, there's still shooters across the board: Felton, Kidd, Prigioni, Smith, Novak, Melo, Copeland and Wallace, both likely to make the team.
Odds Amare is a Knick after the trading deadline? This time next year?
I would be shocked if it wasn't a Knick for the entire 2012-13 season.
How do you see the division shaping up standing-wise?
Celtics, Knicks, Sixers, Nets and Raptors, in that order. If Andrew Bynum's knee becomes problematic, the Sixers could drop. Also, Evan Turner is not a premier wing player just yet, but he could come on really strong this sesaon. I still like them ahead of the Nets because of their chemistry and defense. The Knicks' biggest downgrade will be injury-related. Let's see what happens.
Any outside chance or Rasheed or Copeland starting at the 4 and having Kurt Come off the bench till Amare gets back?
No, Thomas. He's in really good shape and has experience. While Copeland's in good shape, he doesn't have experience, and while Wallace has experience, he isn't in basketball shape yet.
How's Sheeds conditioning.. would he be able to backup Tyson at all?
Back up Amare is probably what you meant. Camby will back up Chandler.
Will Melo really commit to defense throughout the whole season and buy into what woodson is selling?
With Melo, it will never be always consistent because he expends so much energy on offense. That's because of his constant attacking nature. A guy like LeBron can save some energy because he's the point guard sometimes and stations himself in the post more than Melo does. Overall, I do think Melo will improve defensively. He did so last season under Woodson, and that should continue. Woody is not afraid to call out his star players, and he's always preaching defense first. That should rub off on Melo.
Will Steve Novak's minutes increase this season?
Depends on the game situation and matchups. I would say around 20, 25 minutes per game.
A bit worried about Chandler...seems to be over-reacting and seeking physical response this pre-season over hard fouls. Think he can control himself more in 2012/13?
I'm not worried. Chandler is smart enough not to let that stuff affect himself and the team. You gotta like him, though, for his aggressive nature at times without getting too physical. It's important for the anchor of a team's defense to make a statement like that, because it has the ability to shake up the opposition a little bit.
Who would you rather have -- Josh Howard or James White? If the Knicks could get Howard for the minimum (can they?), a starting lineup of Felton, Brewer, Howard, Anthony and Chandler would be tough defensively (Amare, JR, Novak, Camby, Rasheed and Kidd/Prigioni and eventually Shumpert coming off the bench)?
White is a guaranteed guy, and the season hasn't even started yet. So there's no reason to have a comparative discussion on this topic right now. Also, the last two spots are likely going to Wallace and Copeland.
Do you think losing opening night against Brooklyn will be a huge downfall for this team?
"Huge?" No. Absolutely not. I'm not saying one game isn't important, but it's only the first one of the season. That's how the guys look at it. They see what they're working with and try to bounce back in a big way.
Thanks guys for your time! If you have any questions, hit me on Twitter @JaredZwerling.