Fields, selected 39th in the second round and whom several teams did not view as "draftable," has earned his way into the top nine or 10 after another gritty 15-point, 6-of-12, three-rebound, three-assist performance.
"It means he's going to find some time," D'Antoni said. "I've got to find some time for him. He's played well. He's made the case."
Landry Fields' dream is becoming more and more real as he continues to impress and has found his way into D'Antoni's rotation. This Cinderella story has just begun and we could possibly be witnessing the birth of something great here my friends. We gave the kid a chance drafting him and ever since then he's been playing smart exciting ball, let's hope he can keep it up when it matters most. Reward however isn't always such a great thing. As I like to say, one man's rise is another man's demise. That other man just happens to be Anthony Randolph.
Fields' gain could be Anthony Randolph's loss. Randolph was put into the starting lineup and shot 2 of 8. Randolph's minutes could be slipping away, even if it's not politically correct with the Knicks looking to include him in a Carmelo Anthony trade.
"I didn't think he came out with any energy," D'Antoni said. "He's not that physically strong. I saw a weakness out there."
Sounds like D'Antoni takes preseason pretty seriously, he just called Randolph a weakling Having your new coach say something along those lines are never a good thing, especially when he downplays one of your values. In Randy's case his physical strength has been questioned, I'm willing to give him time but this is D'Antoni's contract year, I don't know how much time he's willing to give an under performing player. Let's keep in mind that preseason is only preseason but for D'Antoni to come out and say something so blunt indicates that preseason might not just be preseason to him and some players may find themselves in hot water. Read full article (here)