Guys, Toney Douglas, the guy that has been the darling of P&T might get traded. You know what's funny though? He's been with the Knicks for longer than anybody else on the team. If he leaves, that would make Landry Fields, Amar'e Stoudemire and Jared Jeffries the longest tenured Knicks. They've been here for 1 1/2 seasons.
So no, I'm not going to talk about the many issues that can be attributed to the poor play of individual players on the team. We discuss that ad nauseam and each have different views of who sucks and why. But look at the team we have. It's a bunch of individual players that have no semblance of a basketball team because they haven't been around each other long enough. 9 out of 15 guys are playing their first season here. That's more than half the team, if my math skills are still up to par. Our superstar savior, Melo, has played with 2 completely different teams and has had to adjust to this new version without a training camp and barely any practices. Guys have been injured, traded, and re-injured. It's a small wonder that D'Antoni knows who's name to call when he looks at the bench.
Look at last season's Heat team. They had a crappy offense that looked downright terrible at times. It was stagnant, there were frequent miscues and it was downright awful to look at most of the time. The roles weren't clearly defined, LeBron and Wade looked like they could never play together on the court and some of our favorite ESPN writers were starting to call the pairing a disaster in the making. Look at them this season - by far the best team in the N.B.A that looks unstoppable on the fast break.
For an N.B.A team to play consistently, roles have to be defined and players have to know what to do on the court. Has it looked anything like that this season? Landry could be a spot up shooter or slasher for all we know. Iman Shumpert doesn't know what the hell to do on offense. Same with Amar'e. These guys are lost, and it's natural. They have no chemistry because they haven't had time to even start building it. And blowing this thing up will be like putting a band-aid on an infected cut instead of toughing it out and cleaning that shit up.
And with all this, with all the lack of chemistry and chaotic play on the court, this team has the ability to stay competitive against great teams when they have confidence. Imagine what they could become if the fans give them time. Imagine how great a Melo and Stat PnR could look. Imagine how dangerous they could be on offense once STAT starts playing like STAT and Melo actually knows what to do. The team is, finally, set in place. There will only be small tinkering with the roster for the next couple of years. So enjoy it, because the Knicks finally have a roster of players they can mold into a team. Not just a group of players wearing the same jersey and passing the ball to each other.
So no, it's not because of Melo's fat stupid smiley face or Stoudemire's bum knees. It's because there is no team. Heck, look at the comments post game - Melo sucked. No, Amar'e sucked! No, J.R is a cancer, he needs to go!. We rate individual performance and look at individual stat lines instead of looking at the fact that the group of 5 guys on the court is dysfunctional right now, no matter who plays SG at tip-off. And until the "What the fuck is happening and where am I" look fades from the player's faces, we can't really call them a team.
I mean, imagine a Spurs fan saying: "Tony Parker has sucked for the past 10 games, we need to trade him like, now!". There were simply unreal expectations set on the amount of time it would take for the players to mesh. So let's all swallow our pride, say that this might take longer than we thought it would, and watch the team grow up and blossom into a contender. They have the pieces, now they just need to put them together. And I'll say it again - that takes a long time when a team is starting from scratch.