A few months ago I wrote that the woes plaguing my beloved New York Knicks were not all then-coach Mike D’Antoni’s fault. Boy, was I wrong.
Turns out there were many things that was wrong with D’Antoni. First of all, the man refuses to coach defense. Defense is critical in the NBA, especially come playoff time. It is no coincidence that the recent NBA champions knew a thing or two about playing good defense. Meanwhile, the Knicks’ defense was turnstile-ish at best.
Second, D’Antoni’s offensive system did not fit this team as its constructed. D’Antoni’s offensive scheme gives the green light to whoever is open, no matter how bad that shooter is.
Though I am a huge fan of Jeremy Lin, there is no way on God’s green earth that he should be getting more shots than Carmelo Anthony. Anthony is a scorer who needs his touches.
Sure I was worried about Anthony screwing up a good thing when he came back from injury but let’s face it, Anthony is one of the best scorers in the NBA. He and Amar’e Stoudamire need their touches.
Lin is a turnover-prone point guard, not a scorer.
Now whether interim coach Mike Woodson (who is a good coach in his own right) rights the ship in New York, my Knicks need to get a defensive-minded head coach who has come cache of his own.
Hello Phil Jackson (or Jerry Sloan)…