Melo wasn`t considered a defensive stalwart last year when Woodson took over... and yet the team finished 18-5. Despite injuries to key players late in the season.
It`s partly Woodson taking over, partly Lebron winning his first championship, partly all the negative press last year about his inability to work with Lin or Amare or D`Antoni (all professed false by Melo), or partly his experience in the Olympics... whatever. Melo is in the best shape of his career.... and he`s in a different place mentally.
That`s not a knock on his previous shortcomings.... but the evolution of a superstar.
Melo was doing nothing differently than what he was doing in his Denver days. He was getting his Iso, pounding the ball in to the floor, and jacking up shots. I watched the games. He wasn't giving a good effort on the floor.
Like I said, I'll give him credit for what he (and the Knicks) have done 4 games in...but again, it's ONLY 4 games into the season. Let me see it over a whole year before I crown him anything. It's a good start but there is a long way to go.
*FWIW, you can't even compare Lebron stepping his game up in Miami to what Melo is doing now. STAT still isn't back in the fold (sub-.500 when they play together) and they still haven't shown **** in the playoffs. Melo was awful last year...but hey, it's the evolution of a superstar, right?
Let me know when this dude puts a team on his back when it matters. This season is going to be telling. Either you'll be right and I'm wrong, or vice versa. I prefer to side with history.
Last edited by RonArtest15; November-13th-2012 at 11:57 AM.
But you are right, those three, and the Lakers, are the top four in the West....
I don't even know why I am predicting the future right now. We all know that somehow, someway, the Lakers are going to acquire another Superstar so they came remain relevant once Kobe retires.
Gone, but not forgotten... RIP RP
Doug Collins said. “If Miami is 1, then they’re 1A.
"They are a very good team," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said, as quoted by Newsday's Al Iannazzone. "They are one of a handful of teams... that have a chance to come out of the East."
Miami’s Chris Bosh said he thinks the Knicks will be a stiffer test for the defending champions this season.
“I just want to say — the freakin’ Knicks, man,” Bosh told ESPN.com Thursday. “I think they’re going to be a good team.
“Nobody’s really talking about them, and I don’t like it. They’re flying under the radar right now. I think the Knicks are going to be a very good team.”
Bosh is being diplomatic...when has he ever stirred the pot? What did you expect him to say? Knicks got washed 4-1, now they're a team that's flying under the radar? OK.
Personally, I pegged them between a 5-7 seed in the East. I'm going to stand by that. They are off to a ridiculously hot start...however, it's foolish to believe that this team is going to maintain that pace and not go through the regular ebbs and flows of a NBA season. Let me see them win more than one playoff game in a SERIES before saying they're going to come out of the East. Again, they have to not only contend w/ the likes of Miami/Indy/Boston/Chicago (assuming Rose comes back 100%), but also HISTORY.
The Knicks are playing defense very well so far. If that continues they will be a factor.
They are also leading the league in 3's made, 3's attempted, and %. Their percentage this season, so far, is 30% better than last year. (.436 vs .336).
If that continues you can just crown them now.
You have to be able to coach the things you want to see and continue to burn those into the players minds. If you let them walk on you then you're just setting yourself up for failure which is what D'Antoni did
D'Antoni is not a coach that is going to win you championships. The teams he had in Phoenix were more than capable but faltered every time. Having a 26-29 (.473) playoff records speaks for itself. He's never made it to the finals and also has had 4 straight seasons of 54 wins or more and a playoff record of 27-27 (.500)
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The Hands Will Come
OKC is a mess. Just an absolute mess.
This is shocking, but without Harden, they are incredibly easy to defend. You don't have to defend Perkins. You don't have to defend Ibaka. You have to be vaguely aware of their 2 guard. Sort of.
Durant is still awesome and Westbrook can still get to the hoop, but if they combine for 70 each night, the rest of the team can't score. And I love Westbrook but he has a hard time feeding Durant the ball in the spots Durant needs the ball.
I am so pissed about this Harden trade I want to throw something.
On another note, Memphis is loaded. They may have 8 guys who all do at least one thing at an elite level.
On another another note, at some point, Lebron became the best low point scorer in the NBA.
Last edited by Lombardi's_kid_brother; November-15th-2012 at 09:12 AM.
Man people need to make up their mind about the Thunder.
After every win, Wow the Thunder are so amazing and fun to watch
When they lose, OKC sucks! Without Harden.... With Westbrook...
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Gone, but not forgotten... RIP RP
I know Bledsoe can get up there, but this dude Wade is finished. Lol at better than Kobe.
Perkins is a bum
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They can still be fun to watch because Durant and Westbrook are fun to watch. And they are going to annihilate a bunch of teams simply because they have two superduper stars.
But they were amazing last year because they were a team. Now it's two guys trying to pull a wagon up the hill.
At the end of the game, they had Durant, Westbrook, Thabeet, Sefalosha, and Ibaka on the floor. I wonder where the offense is going to come from. That's three guys in crunch time who you literally do not have to guard. You could double Durant and/or Westbrook away from the ball and have no worries. It's ridiculous.
Last edited by Lombardi's_kid_brother; November-15th-2012 at 09:42 AM.