- Al Iannazzone, now of Newsday(!) - round of applause to him - wrote about Carmelo Anthony missing practice because of a family issue, and the Knicks being in a "crisis", according to Mike D'Antoni. One of the most notable parts is this little sliver from Amar'e Stoudemire:
"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.
- The brilliant Zach Lowe of the Point Forward, did a thing about the Knicks' offensive struggles. Of note, he said that the Knicks rank #1 in the league in isolation plays, but are only 29th in points scored in isolation plays. Meaning, the team's most frequent offensive plan (or really, lack thereof) is also probably their least affective. Hmmm.... He does, however, credit the Knicks' defense for its large jump in points allowed per possession (23rd last season to 10th this season).
- Tom Ziller decided to squash the good vibes about the Knicks defense, by saying it's mostly a result of their poor opponents. The Knicks have actually allowed five opponents to score over their season average, and some of them were some pretty lowly teams (cough, the Bobcats, cough). To me, though, it's still an improvement. Though the switching is maddening, last year the Knicks very rarely got stops, and let pretty much all teams score above their season averages. So, I'm still pleased.
- Chris Broussard's article on Deron William's free agency wish list is making some noise around the internet because the Knicks are apparently on it. Really though, I recommend reading Seth Rosenthal's take on it on Posting and Toasting, because he hits the nail on the head. This is only a step higher than gossip from TMZ, and frankly, it's ludicrous to speculate about these things only 14 games into the season. Not to mention it involves the Knicks trading Stoudemire or Anthony.
Read all or some of them links and get caught up with what's going on in Knick-land. Preview of the Knicks-Bucks game coming up at some point before 7:30. See ya'll then!