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.

127 comments
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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illmatix
illmatix

wtf happened to all of Sandro's comments? let me find out TKB is censoring posters

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

OLDKNICK
OLDKNICK

So fellow knick fans, is it the 2 point guard alignment that has the knicks playing better?

or

Is it the addition by subtraction of BARN-YANI ?

or

Was it Carmelo's 62 point extravaganza ?


I mean it is after all the first 3 game winning streak of the season AT HOME !!!


“We came together and understand this is how we’ve got to play in order to win games to achieve our goal that we trying to accomplish,” point guard Raymond Felton said, referring to the ball movement of the Knicks, who again are finding success starting two point guards (Felton and Pablo Prigioni). “It’s Knick basketball.”

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.

OLDKNICK
OLDKNICK

@Knicks_Fanatic You gotta send an email to the same guy sandro sent an email to. The admins can fix this only!

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.

illmatix
illmatix

@kneggyknik would you have been happy with the draft pick we would have had to give up to get him

OLDKNICK
OLDKNICK

@Sandro_Guedez I just noticed. It is a shame. I thought the admins had a handle on this. Didnt you say you emailed him? What did they say?

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.

akamarb
akamarb

@OLDKNICKIts definetly NOT the subtraction of Bargniani...Bargniani has been surprisingly good this year...you cannot say they are better because we beat 3 crappy teams at home....with him we beat spurs/heat/mavs/and almost pacers....Bargniani is a plus not a minus

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.

akamarb
akamarb

@Sandro_Guedezwe should have DEF made that trade and get rid of the bum also known as Shumpert

OLDKNICK
OLDKNICK

@Sandro_Guedez I kinda like Lowry but, sandy I think he is just going all out because of contract year. Does anyone know his stats prior to this season?

OLDKNICK
OLDKNICK

@Mr.Boots @Biggie Are you saying that this isnt a glitch? It is actually a blogger? The admins should be able to easily stop that!

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.

OLDKNICK
OLDKNICK

@Sandro_Guedez Well for what it's worth you and I have been in agreement on the BARN-YANI thing since the very beginning!

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. 

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.

OLDKNICK
OLDKNICK

@akamarb I couldnt get on for a while but it wasnt my choice. What u mean you dont know?

akamarb
akamarb

i dont know..the site just hasnt been the same since they made the online log in changes

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.

OLDKNICK
OLDKNICK

@Sandro_Guedez I know right! It is just our luck. That is why I was interested in his stats all the years he played before this year. I mean guys normally go all out to maximize their earning potential in a contract year. Can he Will he do this on the regular???