By Neil Beldock – 1/22/17
Plain and simple………It Ain’t Working, and worse even, IT AIN’T GONNA WORK……..
Suns 107…..Knicks 105……Another night and another loss that looks almost exactly like the loss the night before, and the night before that, and the night before that…….
Melo scores lots of points but disappears in the 4th quarter, only to show up to miss a critical shot……Rose scores lots of points but plays no defense……NO DEFENSE…..(I’m really shocked that not only does he play no defense, he doesn’t even try on that end of the floor!)……Lots of rebounds for Noah, but no contribution on the offensive end…..And Lee seems to spend the whole game a step behind and chasing the guy he’s guarding……Sadly, Porzingis is beginning to look lost playing with this unit……And the substitution rotation makes no sense and is different not only game to game, but quarter to quarter……..
Plain and simple……..It Ain’t Working, and worse, IT AIN’T GONNA WORK…….
For the Knicks to keep doing what they have been doing, is insane. Einstein defined insanity as “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result”……The Knicks are the embodiment of Einstein’s definition.
Changes, perhaps radical changes need to be made. The Knicks need to find players who night in and night out want to play hard, play together, move the ball, share the ball, hustle, and play defense. They also need to come up with a rotation that makes some semblance of sense.
But fear not faithful fans and readers, I have a solution, radical as it may be. Here’s the answer:
Step 1: Split the team into two separate units. Lets call them Team Blue and Team Orange.
Team Blue is Anthony, Rose, Jennings, Lee and Noah/O’Quinn.
Team Orange is Porzingis, Hernangomez, Kuzminskas, Baker and Holiday.
Step 2: For the next 5 games, each unit plays 6-minute stretches at a time throughout the game. Which unit starts can flip-flop game to game through the 5 games.
Step 3: Apply the eye test…..Which unit is moving the ball, which unit is hustling, which unit is playing better defense, which unit is playing and looking like a team. And which unit do you as a fan enjoy watching more and provides more promise going forward……
Step 4: After 5 games, whichever unit is playing better should get an increase in minutes. The unit that is playing better, perhaps increase their quarterly minutes to 8-9 minutes per quarter.
By applying the 4 simple steps above we will see who wants to play hard, play together play defense and actually EARN their minutes. And guess what; There will actually be some consistency to the rotation!!
Personally, if I had to bet which unit would emerge as the more effective, my money is on the Orange Team.
Will it work? Who knows…..But what I do know for sure is that to do the same thing night in and night out is insane and IT JUST AIN’T WORKING……..