Carmelo Anthony discussed his thoughts on the current Knick team last night...
"For everyone to get 100% on the same page, it might take next season," Anthony said. "But right now, in this short period of time, we've just got to come together as a unit. As far as everybody jelling and the chemistry and clicking to where we want to be at, it's going to take some time...We're losing games, some games that we're supposed to win," Anthony said. "But that's neither here nor there. It's a learning process. We ain't even been together three weeks. So I'm not really concerned about where we are as a team or us losing games or winning games. As long as we get better at the things we need to get better at, I'm cool with it."
I heard a great interview with Mike Breen on ESPN radio today. He explained that Carmelo is not a good defensive player. "He can be, but right now, he's not." He added that the Knicks can be a good defensive team. All they need to do is commit to playing defense. (What have I been saying?)
In the last six games, Melo has been a minus-36 with 2.8 turnovers per game when on the floor for the Knicks. Let's hope that all changes tonight vs. the Celtics...Big game tonight. The Knicks actually have not had too much trouble vs. the best teams, going 6-2 vs. playoff teams, and only 1-7 vs. lottery teams.
This strangely reminds me of the NY Giants. For many years with Jim Fassel as coach, this was a problem. Beat the good teams, lose to the bad. But Tom Coughlin seems to have changed that. Now the Giants lose to everyone...:)
The Knicks are not performing at a high level against bad teams, and that has to be on the coach, as well as on the players. Where is the mental preparation for these games? The coach is responsible for the player's mental attitudes, and whatever is being taught, or emphasized is not working.
I predict the Knicks win tonight, and maybe upset the Magic as well, but then lose to the Cavs and Raptors.
Unless something changes....