Quotes: from David Wright today in PSL

David Wright had the following to say, according to SNY, when speaking to reporters today:

In regards to his offense:

“I can’t necessarily go in and say I’m going to work on hitting more home runs, or trying to hit for more power.  It’s part of my game, but it’s not the part of my game.  I try to go in there, drive runs in, score runs, and if I hit home runs, I do.  If I don’t, if I’m still that run producer that I think I am, then I’ll take that.”

In regards to his expectations for 2010:

“The expectations that we have for ourselves are the same expectations we’ve had coming off a relatively successful year.  We’re expecting to go out there and win the National League East, go deep in the playoffs and win a World Series.”

In regards to why he expects to win the NL East:

“The fact that we did it with basically the same core group of guys in 2006; the fact that we got some guys that are looking good, that are healthy.  Just because we don’t make a lot of moves during the off-season doesn’t mean the ones you did make weren’t good.  You have a guy in Jason Bay who’s an RBI machine, who’s a run producer.  You put him in the middle of that healthy lineup, and you’re going to create some matchup problems for different pitchers.  Of course, there’s a lot of optimism for every team going into spring training, but with us, with how Jose Reyes looks, and just a lot of people with something to prove, I like our chances.  I guess it’s a combination of optimism and confidence I have in this team.”

To listen to Wright’s Q&A with reporters, check out Brian Costa’s blog for the Star-Ledger, here.




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rgm891
rgm891

Can we contain Irving tonight??? Who will guard him with shump being out? 

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

AB and Metta were picked for the Fallen Stars Challenge! 

This game will be played at 11:30pm on the Thursday before the All-Star Game.   At midnight, they must turn in their sneakers or get hit with a pumpkin!

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Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

Basketball Reference is listing Shump as doubtful for the Cleveland game tonight. I wonder if Woody will start THJR in his place, keeping JR in his 6th man role. If you want a chuckle, Beno is listed as "questionable" with an "illness." 

K-Mart is probable, although it's probably probable for 7 minutes until his ankle kicks up. He is one tough hombre. His ankle is telling him it's time to retire and he is still pushing himself.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

Is anyone else getting pending when they try to post? Nothing seems to be a violation of anything.

knicks
knicks

Few posters in here even realized or even knew how good Lowry is. Kinda shocked actually.

I read two clowns in this thread basically argue how Kyrie Irving and Rajon Rondo, respectively, aren't right fits for the Knicks going forward.

People in here need to get a grip.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

WOODY ON YOUNG GUYS:


"You never know what you are going to get from young players from day to day," Woodson said. "Most young players when they come into our league they are on a roller coaster ride and they are trying to figure it out. It is not their fault. Just the makeup of our league.

"Tim Hardaway has played some games this season down the stretch," Woodson later added. "That's how much confidence I have with him ... I feel really good about Timmy. Jeremy and Cole are just starting to get their feet wet. If they continue at the pace they are playing, I wouldn't have any problem throwing them in there down the stretch."


http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/knicks/post/_/id/53210/opening-tip-will-woody-play-tyler-more

Bobby Blazes
Bobby Blazes

Congrats Tim Hardaway Jr. you deserves it

lobcity1
lobcity1

smh @ these articles. It's Disrespectful to Knicks fans.

brookdon
brookdon

Lebron's rep as a lockdown defender may be overstated. Yeah he can lockdown the Shumperts and the Trevor Ariza's of the league, but guys like Melo and Durant (aka those close to him talent wise) always match him/get the best of him.

NoVaCaInE
NoVaCaInE

The Heat are awful at defending the 3. 

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@rgm891 That's why they're top tier players, because they can't be contained. At the very least, you can try to limit his scoring by forcing him to take tough shots or pass the ball.

At the end of the night, he'll get his buckets.

In today's league, there aren't too many lockdown PG's.

Mr.Boots
Mr.Boots

@Biggie There's a troll at work here. I had to laugh when folks here started blaming you for flagging folks. It became hysterical when they blamed you for getting Old Knick's account blocked.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@illmatix We gotta reach whoever "moderates" this place and tear him a new. SNY is kililng this place little by little, sucking its soul.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

Now this post got pending several times and now just went through without a hitch. Can't see anything amiss.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@Knicks_Fanatic I've gotten a bunch of them so I delete them until one goes through. I doubt there's actually any moderation happening in this place.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@knicks That's nothing to what's been said in the past.

It's been stated that Mozgov was an All-Star and a deal breaker for Melo.

It's been said that Fields' projection was a better shooting version of Shane Battier.

It's been said that Melo should've been traded and Grunwald should've constructed a team around Lin.


The list of insane things go on and on.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@OLDKNICK A little bit of everything imo.


1. AB had good and bad ames, looked lethargic 80% of the times, sometimes disappoited, sometimes overachieved. Never really could find his footing. Also, to what little defense he deservesm I don't think Woodson used him poperly, which definitelt affected his confidence.


2. The 2 PG backcourt was always the way to go imo, but Woody was too dumb to see it and wasted too much time tinkering with rotations and lineups, hurting players' continuity, flow, and confidemce. 


3. Everyone wants to be a part of history. That game will remain a Knick memory forever. Being part of that certainly brings a memory for individuals to share. Those are the types of events that brings groups together.

JayfromtheFix
JayfromtheFix

@OLDKNICK I was ok with the Bargs trade wasn't happy about the 1st round pick thought the second rounders were fine. I also thought Bargs would make a huge difference in our offense boy was i wrong. Im not afraid to say it i was super wrong on Bargs should have traded for Lowery or Derozan instead of Bargs lol. 


As for Lowery I'm happy Dolan stepped in a said no to that trade. Its not worth giving up another 1st and then spend 9-12 mil a year on him. I have a feeling Rondo is in play at the deadline.

Tikki
Tikki

@Biggie 

And thank the Ted Stepien rule for disallowing the Knicks from trading away the 2013 pick.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@Jerry Gee Oh yes there is.

It's called defense.

There's a reason no one trusts Lin in close games in the 4th qtr.

Remember against the Knicks? Houston went with AARON BROOKS instead of Lin.

That's how much they trust him...

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@orlando_knickfan Lol no way...once KD playthe D LeBron does, than we can say that.  Durant isn't a "two way player" so he cant be the best.  Or is that knock only on Melo??

buddhabing
buddhabing

Lebron has been there done that. Durant putting up better numbers but I still think Lebron is the best in the game. Similar to when Karl Malone won Mvp with better all around numbers but Jordan was still best in the game.

1harris1
1harris1

@Jerry Gee Very strange.  Maybe Dolan didn't think the young guys were getting enough practice time, and management did it as a means to appease him?  I

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Mr.Boots All of Biggie's personalities should take a lie detector test to indicate which one of them are lying the most.  My money is on Biggie.! 

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@VerySilentJay@knicks 

I don't believe anyone ever said that Mosgov was an all-star. The problem with trading him was that the Knicks had no true centers on the roster. Denver got both Koufas and Mosgov in that deal. We got Shelden Williams.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@Elvis Maduro @OLDKNICK Prigioni cannot beat his man off the dribble, can't attack the basket, can't create his own shot, needs 6 seconds open to get a shot off.

A guard of these characteristics can't run an NBA team 24/7, might as well play Euro ball.

He's a great passer. and has great vision, which is why he's starting, to facilitate and to bring ball movement and execute mostly in the perimeter. 

But in the modern game you need a guard that can break down offenses, execute dribble drive schemes and finish in traffic.

Felton may not be everyone's favorite character in this place, who constantly underappreciates players, but fact remains: when Felton's on his game, the Knicks are too.

Anyone who's seen the way the season has developed will tell you the same thing.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@akamarb@OLDKNICK 

According to the advanced stats, Bargnani has a 102 offensive rating and a 110 defensive rating. He had a very solid November and we were 2-11. Since then he has shot 20% from three.

johneco
johneco

@OLDKNICK@Sandro_Guedez

This is by far his best stretch ever.  By far.  Some of it is probably situational.

But personally I think you're wrong to pin this on a contract year.  Lowry has always been a very intense max effort type of player, known for his very aggressive defense and if anything, for rubbing his teammates the wrong way by being too intense.  He's not one of those slacker types who suddenly find motivation in a contract year IMO, he's just fortunate that it's all coming together for him at the right time. 

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@VerySilentJay@Jerry Gee 

Maybe Houston just has a coach that plays the hot hand. Seeing Ray Felton flounder in the 4th is simply a reflection of a coach that is set in his ways. If the Knicks had Aaron Brooks and Pat Beverly, Woody would glue them to the bench in crunch time.

Lin has taken Harden's starting spot at SG and went 18-7-7 in 37 minutes last night in a a win over Dallas.

Chris
Chris

@1harris1 Or maybe he didn`t think they were getting enough PT

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@1harris1 People are making a huge deal out of this.

They were assigned to Eerie merely for adminsitrative purposes. That was the only way the younguns could practice when the rest of the team had the day off.

They'll be back with the roster tomorrow.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@Jerry Gee 

The Bayhawks next game is Friday in Springfield, MA. So the Knicks are just letting the young guys practice and have the old guys rest.

angelbx
angelbx

@Jerry Gee- It happens more than you think and more teams will do it as the season goes along. Boston did it the other day with favarini                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            . Then next day he came up and played with the real team. It's to get them some game time, its smart.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@Knicks_Fanatic @VerySilentJay @knicks All I care about is that we got Melo.

That was the point of the trade.

Gallo and Chandler combined have lesser production than Melo.

Gallo's overpaid (not my opinion, Denver fans think this), and Chandler has spent more time rehabbing than on the floor.

In terms of assets, those picks were Denver's true assets, because the players we gave up haven't quite panned out the way Denver thought they would.


And yeah, some here were saying that "the Moz" had All-Star potential...

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@VerySilentJay@Knicks_Fanatic@akamarb@OLDKNICK

Bargnani also operates from the top of the key area mostly. That was also taking spacing away from JR. The spacing was not good. THJR actually has solved much of that problem. He is a better Novak. You can't leave him open and he can finish at the rim.

Mr.Boots
Mr.Boots

@VerySilentJay@Knicks_Fanatic@akamarb@OLDKNICK Once again, Bargs is  5, has always been a 5, and played well at the 5 wit Bosh at the 4. He game suffered when the Raptors started playing him as a 4. The wrongness of him at the 4 is most noticeable hen he is on the floor with Candler.


Anybody in the FO ho thought Bargs was going to fit in as a stretch 4 ought to be fired. Wait, he was fired. Have to Agree that Bargs was brought here for the wrong position ad hasn't really been utilized where he is most effective.


When he comes back, let him pay back-up 5, and keep Chandler healthy for the playoffs.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@Knicks_Fanatic @akamarb @OLDKNICK That was the biggest issue. I think the intention was to have him constantly at the 3 pt line so Melo could operate inside with Chandler.

But since he wasn't shooting well, he started operating inside, which killed the spacing and meant having one less shooter in the perimeter, detrimental to what the "coach" likes to do.

If you saw the team's spacing through the first 2 months... It was just horrifying.

knickapls
knickapls

You forgot Lowry has had some other excellent stretches before he was with the Raptors buddy. Face it, a lot of dip-ishes in here don't wanna admit us not nabbing him up at that crucial point in the season.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@Knicks_Fanatic @VerySilentJay @Jerry Gee Yes, he's been scoring quite nicely, but he's supposed to be a PG, and he's turned into a scoring option, hence his role as a sixth man.

But Beberly is a defense first PG. Not a scorer. The dude doesn't have a "hot hand". Beverly starts merely because he brigns strong perimeter defense, which is something Houston lacks.

Imo, the dude is a score first, defense last, turnover prone SG stuck in a PG's body. 

That was the way he evolved, and I think Houston was expecting more of a playmaker because they have enough scorers as it is.

He's had an up and down season with great momentos of bball, but KM is a great coach, and we all know why he isn't trusted in difficult situations.


And to be quite honest, despite his endless flaws, Felton's a lot better than people here give him credit for, and whether people like it or not, the team will do well if Felton plays well. That's just the way it is.

melo7
melo7

He'll go down top 5

1harris1
1harris1

@VerySilentJay@1harris1 Yeah, looks like you're right about that.  I didn't realize that the Erie team was in New York for the practice anyway, so there was no travel involved.  Definitely no big deal.

therealprof
therealprof

@SheSaidSpikeWho @Jerry Gee The Bayhawks are also practicing at the Knicks facility this week. Its just an administrative thing to 'assign' them to the Bayhawks, even though they are just practicing with them in the normal facility. Probably a contract insurance thing.