After five games the Knicks are their usual average selves. Coming into tonight’s game against the Bobcats, the Knicks are still sporadic on offense and they are still allergic to playing defense. I have been saying, “Fire D’Antoni” but that isn’t going to happen.
Hopefully, with Stoudemire and Shumpert coming back from injury, the offense might become a little bit more consistent. As for the defense, unless you start Shumpert, it is the same old song for a D’Antoni team, “They Can’t Make All Of Their Shots.”
Iman Shumpert, the Knicks rookie, has shown signs of defensive aggressiveness and a knack for pushing the ball on offense and scoring. He has been impressive in all of his preseason starts and in the first game against the Celtics. Right now, he is going to come off the bench as the sixth man. He is going to add a great shot in the arm for the not so deep Knicks.
If the season turns into the average season it is turning out to be, D’Antoni needs to plug Shumpert in and sit Toney Douglas. By the time Baron Davis gets back to health, the season might be far-gone.
Note to D’Antoni, you have been given a powerful front court, you have a backcourt that can be good but how about throwing in some defense and having an offensive plan that does not require you to put up 30 three-pointers.