Much has been made over the past couple of months about the roster turnover of the New York Knicks and how this Knicks roster is now littered with veterans.
Head coach Mike Woodson has made it known how he feels about the situation, stating that young players don’t win championships and ultimately that’s the goal in the Big Apple.
However, along with the roster turnover, Woodson has been sending a message to the new-look Knicks and judging b media day, that message has been received loud and clear by every player now donning the orange and blue.
Every single Knicks’ player that spoke at Monday’s media day made it perfectly clear what this team is about- defense, defense, and more defense.
When talking about Knicks’ basketball, the word defense was a funny punch line the past few years, but we got a small glimpse of how this team could play good defense during the final 24 games of 2012, once Woodson was named interim coach.
Now, that’s all that anyone wants to talk about.
The Knicks had a couple defensive studs last season inn Tyson Chandler and Iman Shumpert, but they went out and added veterans like Jason Kidd, Marcus Camby, Ronnie Brewer, Kurt Thomas, Rasheed Wallace (his signing should be official in the next couple of days) and Raymond Felton. The reason being is that veterans know what it takes to win.
It may be an overused cliché, but defense wins championships and this Knicks team has bought into that mentality, especially Carmelo Anthony, whose effort at the defensive end of the floor has always come into question.
Anthony told Tony Williams of NJ.com that he is done scoring 30 points per game. Anthony admitted he “can score 30 points anytime I want” and added with a wry smile that he’s “done trying to score 30. Everybody knows I can do it. … So if I have to sacrifice (scoring) I’ll do it.”
In addition Anthony added that winning is the only thing that matters anymore.
“At the end of the day all that matters is winning. Everybody knows I can score. Now it’s about trusting teammates,” Anthony said. “It (Olympics) put everything in perspective. The principle of trusting guys.”
Of course actions speak much louder than words, but you have to like the way it seems that every single player is buying into playing 48 minutes of defense on a nightly basis.
The only way this Knicks team gets out of the first round of the playoffs, much less contend for a championship s if they really become a great defensive team.
All the pieces are in place to do so form the coach on down to the role players.
Woodson has sent the message, one that the Knicks have received loud and clear.
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