Tag Archives: Mike D’Antoni

Linsanity turning into insanity?

Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Jeremy Lin (pictured above) took over New York City this past February. Now he is receiving big contract offers. Is Lin really worthy of 29 million over four years?

By Josh Kramer

The story of Jeremy Lin is truly one of my favorites in sports.  I will be the first one to say that I am a major fan of “Linsanity.”  Everyone loves the David versus Goliath story.  The story where a massive underdog defies the odds.  In this particular case, a guy that defied logic, to accomplish dreams.  Jeremy Lin is truly a role model for all and should serve as motivation for anyone looking to realize their dreams regardless if they deal with sports.

Yesterday, recent news regarding the player who took New York City by storm this past February disturbed me.  Reports were released that Lin felt slighted by the Knicks.  That Lin was surprised the Knicks did not make the first move.  In essence, Lin was offended by what has occurred thus far during free agency.  It should be known that Lin has since refuted these statements saying that he never made them (I hope that he didn’t). Continue reading

Go to bat for Woodson

Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Isn’t it a no-brainer who the Head Coach of the New York Knicks should be in 2012/2013? Mike Woodson (pictured above) is clearly the man for the job.

By Josh Kramer

405 and 563.  3 and 14.  These are the records of the New York Knicks in regular season and postseason play since the departure of Patrick Ewing.  New York has seen better days in terms of basketball to say the least.  After finally breaking their woeful record setting 13 game losing streak in playoff play, New York has many question marks as they prepare for Game 5 of their first round series with the Miami Heat.

Let’s be entirely realistic though.  I have a better shot at winning the lottery than the Knicks do at winning the next three games against the Miami Heat and advancing to the Eastern Conference Semifinals.  Who will be manning the New York sidelines during the 2012/2013 season?  That is the real question.

Isn’t it obvious?

Unless Phil Jackson miraculously decides to come out of retirement and take over the reigns, Mike Woodson is the man for the job. Continue reading

It’s Melo Time

Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Carmelo Anthony (pictured above) is playing is best basketball as of late. It has become "Melo Time" in New York.

By Josh Kramer

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. New York Knicks basketball relived the glory days of the early 1970s during the 1990s.  The best was when they made the NBA Finals in both 1994 and 1999.  The worst times for the Knicks during the 1990s were declared “Miller Time.”  Now this had nothing to do with Miller High Life.  It dealt with the villain, Reggie Miller, stealing games away from the New York Knicks during the postseason.  With Miller in the broadcast booth these days, the thought of “Miller Time” has been extinct for nearly a decade.

There is a new time now in New York.  And this one has a much happier ring than “Miller Time.”  No it is not “Linsanity,” though that is joyous occasion for Knicks fans as well.  It is the recent emergence of “Melo Time.” Continue reading

“Amare the Great?”

Amare Stoudemire will do his best to try to bring "showtime" back to Madison Square Garden and turn the Knicks back into one of the League's elite.

Amare the great?  Or at least let’s hope so (for the sake of NYC).  In one of the first big moves in this free agency frenzy, Amare Stoudemire has reportedly agreed to a 5 year 100 million dollar deal with none other than the New York Knicks.  Even with Stoudemire’s rocky past with current Knick’s Coach, Mike D’Antoni, I saw this one coming and predicted Amare to land in New York on a post I made just before the free agency period began on the first.

Amare is a good fit for New York.  He is flashy.  He is fun.  And the bright lights should be something that he really does well with.  There are two big questions though that need to be asked at this time.  First of all is Amare worth a 100 million dollar contract?  Secondly, is he that big of an upgrade from current Knick star David Lee?

So for the first question.  Is anybody actually worth 100 million dollars?  I mean that is a boatload of money.  Since joining the League in 2002, Amare has averaged over 20 points per game in all but 2 seasons (his rookie year and the 05/06 season where he only played in 3 games due to injury).  The man can flat-out score.  In addition, he has averaged 8 or more rebounds in each of the past 4 seasons.  So the man will grab some boards.  Lastly, in each of the past 4 years (since his major injury), he has shot at over 50 percent from the floor and converted over 77% of his attempts from the charity stripe. 

However the man does have many weaknesses for a 100 million dollar man.  He struggles playing offensively with his back to the basket.  So if he is unable to face up, his offensive prowess is neutralized.  In addition, he has never been known as a great defender.  At that power forward spot, there are many great players that you generally have to check throughout a game.  Can Amare handle guarding any of these stars somewhat effectively (guys like KG, though there are more PF stars in the West).  Lastly, many think that a lot of his accolades are due in large part to his former point guard, Steve Nash.  And this may be true.  We will have to wait and see.

As for question number two.  David Lee has steadily improved in each of his 5 years with the Knicks.  To the point now where he is a 20/10 guy who is very efficient on the offensive end of the floor.  He has similar shooting percentage numbers to Amare from both the field and the free throw line.  Lee struggles defensively in a similar fashion to Stoudemire.  The only difference is Amare is 2 inches taller and appears to have a much longer wingspan.

So Amare is not a huge upgrade from Lee.  The guys are both very similar players.  There is perhaps a few items that Amare brings with him that Lee does not.  First of all he has flash.  And who does not want to see some Showtime like plays in Madison Square Garden.  Secondly, he has a bigger name than Lee in that he has been playing at a high level for a good few more years than Lee.  Next, Amare has great wingspan and length.  And as I have stated many times, length is a defining factor in this League right now.  Length wins games.  Lastly, the Knicks should have a much easier time signing another elite player with Stoudemire advertising versus a Lee.  Perception is reality and Amare is perceived as more of a star than Lee (whether you agree or not).

Best of luck to David Lee though.  I highly doubt to see him in New York next year.  Whichever team signs this guy will be very happy with their decision.  Lee is an up and comer who will continue to be a double/double guy for years to come.

So I will state the verdict remains to be seen on whether Amare is a good pickup for the Knicks.  As of now, he really is not worth the 100 million, unless he brings another elite player to the Garden.  Will LBJ, Melo, or another big time player suit up for the Knicks next season?

What will be the domino effect of this signing by the Knicks?

Stay tuned for the next edition of Sportskraze.

-Kraze