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"In all honestly, I still feel like this is a team that can win a championship. I feel like we definitely have the pieces," Chandler said on Monday. "I feel like we haven’t come together yet. It’s a process ... I feel like guys are going to have to step up and play roles that they are not necessarily used to. We get everybody back healthy, we get everybody on the floor at one time, then we’ll see what we got."
Wade was originally supposed to be out for the game, but apparenly he's feeling spry enough to play the Knicks, a team he seems to like to get up for.Dwayne Wade will play tonight for the Heat.
So, Douglas gets reps as the starter again, Shumpert will be put on Wade, which could be very interesting, and Fields has to guard Lebron James which could potentially be diastrous. I like the moves except for putting Landry on James. Fields has been playing well lately and I'd hate to see his confidence get crushed by James.@jonahballow Jonah Ballow
#Knicks starters: PG Douglas, SG Shumpert, SF Fields, PF Stoudemire, C Chandler #NBA
That seems like a good idea to me. No need to rush Baron back, especially when he'll be so crucial to the team later in the season. Get that back 100%, guys!D'Antoni on Baron: "He's a little bit away. He just doesn't have a pop yet, and we're going to wait until he can be NBA ready."
That's nice to hear, Amar'e, but maybe you should also live to play every game, including the one you guys just lost against a sub-.500 team. Of the Knicks' 11 losses, six of them have come at the hands of losing teams."I'm born ready for these type of games. It's what I live for."
@Amareisreal on facing the Heat on FRI. #Knicks #NBA
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Beck also noted in a later tweet that the option will be for $2 million, which makes Douglas a pretty inexpensive option considering by then he'll be in his fifth year in the league.Knicks will pick up Toney Douglas' fourth-year option today, keeping him under contract through 2012-13.
Maybe I need to not take so many shots. Maybe I should take the blame for the games weve been losing, offensive struggles. Coach does run the offense through me. So Ill take it. Ill take that blame.Well, yeah, Carmelo. That's the point I think a lot of people have been trying to get across to you for a long time. Nonetheless, it was good to hear the team's newly-appointed captain acknowledge his lackluster performance. But then, after today's practice, Melo just went back to being... himself. Both tweets are from Howard Beck.
Carmelo not rethinking his shot selection, despite his remarks Saturday. “I was just beating myself up," he said.
So, there you have it. All is well in Carmelo Anthony's world and his moment of clarity, his near epiphany was just beating himself up. Some quick numbers for you:Carmelo on shot selection, cont: "If I’d have made some of them shots, then I probably wouldn't have said that."
As expected, Baron Davis will be on the court today when Knicks practice. Big day for him, and them.Here's a picture of B-Diddy putting up a jumper, courtesy of Jonah Ballow. Beautiful, isn't he?
You may notice in the background there is a tall man wearing a #44 jersey. You probably thought, "Hey! That's reserved for Jerome Jordan!" Well, it is Jerome Jordan! That's the second bit of news today:
Baron said himself the other day that once he's healthy enough to practice and play with contact, it'll take him two to three days to get on the court and learn his teammates. He said he's very quick learner. I do hope he realizes the amount of hope Knicks fans are placing on him to get the offense turned around. Godspeed, Baron.Many saying Amare/Melo will be OK with real PG. Maybe. We should know soon. Baron expected to practice tomorrow, barring setback.
"Coach D'Antoni is an offensive genius," Stoudemire said. "He's been very successful with this offense, and he knows what it takes to score and how to win. So we just got to make sure we believe in his strategy and follow through with it.I think it's definitely good to hear one of the team's stars back up the coach and offer words of encouragement.
Davis is getting closer and closer to returning from a herniated disk and a person familiar with the situation said the guard will take a big leap in his rehab this week by starting full running drills and some contact basketball drills.The story also goes on to say that Davis could be cleared for practice by next weekend, but he's going to take it slow and keep from being too optimistic.
As expected, carmelo is out tonight. Bill Walker starts. Jared Jeffries returns.So that's some bad news mixed with some OK news, mixed with some good news! So, here's some thoughts:
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Mike D'Antoni said Monday that Baron Davis could be back by the end of the month.That's always good news! Today is January 10th, meaning the end of the month - the 31st - is exactly three weeks away. However, factor in that Davis will need to get back into game shape, and will also need time on the floor to get comfortable with his teammates, we may not see Baron back (get it?) until early to mid-February.
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D'Antoni says considering starting Shumpert Friday in Wash but wouldn't say PG or SG.I can't tell if this should be made into a big deal or if it's really meaningless. In two games, Shumpert's already been the Knicks' best backcourt member, but at the same time he looks like a valuable member off the bench.
D'Antoni saysTo my knowledge, Josh Harrellson will remain the starting PF with Stoudemire out. No complaints there.
@Amareisreal is OUT for tonight's gm against Raptors & Harrellson will earn his 2nd start of the yr in his place #Knicks
D'Antoni didn't rule out Shumpert for Wednesday, but it depends on how he feels tomorrow and whether he can practice.That's good to hear! But no need to rush it, Shump Shump. He can take an extra 4 or 5 days if need be. He's not the difference between winning and losing, and you'd hate to see him rush back and possibly reaggravate the injury.
Shumpert said there is a chance he can return from his left-knee sprain by this weekend, perhaps Saturday in Detroit. Jeffries, who has a sprained left calf, could return in the next few days.
The Knicks readjusted Shumpert's brace, giving him more range of motion when tests showed he was "ahead of schedule.''
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