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We already have our Backup Point

 

And he is just doing what he do

And that's why, despite the search for a backup point guard, the Knicks aren't quite ready to pull the plug on Toney Douglas. There are a lot of similarities between Douglas and Chandler, mainly because both players aren't afraid of hard work and both players have a willingness to learn. Douglas is a little more outgoing and has a bigger ego -- he really believes he can get every steal, but in doing so, he often gets beat and it leads to a defensive breakdown -- but both guys are coachable.

I recently talked to D'Antoni about Douglas' struggle with the pick-and-roll and how he has been in the system for two years and still hasn't figured it out yet, while Raymond Felton picked it up rather quickly. My suggestion was that some guards are just born floor generals and others just can't grasp the concept, but D'Antoni disagreed. He feels anyone can run this system, but said that you have to be aware of where each player is starting from when it comes to development. Felton was already ahead of the game because he understood the NBA game, the defenses and because he ran a lot of the same things at North Carolina. So Douglas started a little further behind and is still trying to catch up.

 

I have been talking about this for a little bit. I dont understand the obsession with trading for a backup PG. The two names that are being thrown out there are Luke Ridnour and Sebastian Telfair. I just dont see either of those two guys being enough of an upgrade to justify trading AR or a draft pick or Moz or anything of value.

 

Toney is learning. He has time. Getting a new backup point is not going to come close to putting us over the top, so why not give him a good amount of time to learn the spot? He is a great person, a hard worker and a very skilled athlete. Imagine if he has the backup spot for all of this season, the playoffs and all of next season! He has started to get the p&r with Safari recently, and more practice will only help him to improve.

 

I say NO to giving up assets for no reason and let Toney do what he do until what he does is what he needs to do.

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