It was brutal.
We were doing the brutality.
The team has bought-in to coach Derek Fisher’s philosophies on both sides of the court.
The bench scored 70.
Jason Kidd and his Milwaukee Bucks had no answers.
The question is:
Why does Derrick Williams remind me of Latrell Sprewell in a Knicks uniform?
-He flies on the break and finishes with athleticism that makes me forget about JR Smith.
-His hair is sort of like Latrell’s in that is is uncoventional for an NBA style. Long.
The energy of this team right now, can they sustain it?
Will Melo be happy to take less shots if it means statement wins like last night?
We don’t have to wait long to find out, the Knicks have their home opener tonight against the Hawks. The Hawks will be thirsty, they lost yesterday.
We Know our injured guys from last year, Calderon and Melo are back and are contributing in the starting minutes.
Love Vujacic and what he brings to the starting five. He reads those passing lanes well and with Calderon will keep the defense on the perimter – both guys can shoot.
But with that second unit, you see the future of the franchise’s back court. Jerian Grant, not many are talking about him right now because of the focus of Porzingis and Derrick Williams, but Grant is a major reason why Charles Barkley, a Knick-basher for decades, is now their #1 fan. Grant was a tremendous player for a very fun to watch Notre Dame team last year. He is NBA-ready and could make the all-rookie team if his minutes are consistent.
Porzingis showed promise with a solid stat line: 15 points 5 rebounds 1 block 1 assist 1 steal. He didn’t shy away from contact and doesn’t appear to be getting pushed around as the pundits promised he would.
Loved the tag team effort on Greg Monroe: What Robin Lopez started, Kyle O’Quinn continued to bring against the big who spurned the Knicks in the offseason. Boy am I tired of hearing about that, but this was nice revenge.
If Melo starts to get to the line, we have three guys who can draw fouls: Melo, Kristaps, and Derrick Williams.
Langston Galloway was awesome to start that second half with big three’s. We have bigs that can shoot those too – O’Quinn was tempted but did not. Maybe you’ll see him put up a three tonight.
I do not miss Chris Copeland, or Steve Novak for that matter and Lopez and Porzingis are helping me start to forget Mozgov and Gallinari. We are getting two-way players now, not guys like Shumpert or Tyson who can defend but can’t shoot or J.R. Smith who can dazzle but well, enough about those players.
Watching how much Cleanthony Early improved during the offseason and during the preseason, I was surprised the coach gave the minutes to Lance Thomas, but that was a great decision as Lance Thomas produced double figures and was a plus 20 off the bench in efficiency.