We could have signed Fab Melo; he is going to Dallas on a non-guaranteed deal. With Carmelo being a Syracuse graduate and coach Jim Boeheim (who openly complained about our roster), we should have had the inside track, unless he has nothing. In my opinion he was worth a look, non-guaranteed, as we could have groomed him in the D-league.
Speaking of the D-league, we had Henry Sims.
He was the D-League Rookie of the Year has size and skills to become a nice defensive specialist, yet we could not even get him in our summer league camp, where no center stood out in Knick camp. I was hoping Jerome Jordan after a year abroad would have stepped up his game, but he looked soft at summer league.
I would bring him in if we can on a non-guaranteed deal. He looked stronger in Las Vegas, proved himself in the D-league, and is a true center. Why not invite him in; no one else has to date.
My first choice is Haddad. Why? Because he is a huge 7’2, with some around the basket skills.
He can block the middle, and has some skills and a lot of heart. We proved against Indiana to be too small. We could not stop Roy Hibbert, what has changed?
Woodson has to Tall Up, when needed.
Small Ball does not win championships. Chandler physically broke down last year, as Woodson barely went to Camby, even when he got healthy. The same Camby we had to give the Houston Rockets: Toney Douglas, Josh Harrellson, Jerome Jordan and second-round picks in 2014 and 2015. The Knicks also sent the Rockets $2 million. So In essence Houston got Jeremy Lin, Camby (he is back with them), Douglas, Harrellson, Jordan and two second round picks all for NOTHING.
The two second round picks hurt the most. Smarten Up, Grunwald.
Barron is another worth a look. He is seven-footer, has a decent shot, which will move the opposing center away from the basket. He had 18 rebounds in one game last year. Personally I don’t know of another Knick who had that many rebounds in any one game outside of Chandler the entire year.
By signing both Haddad, or Barron, or both, to minimum contracts, is a low-risk deal, considering what we paid to get, and then give away Camby.
The Knicks must not be the same walking wounded that finished the season.
Chandler was hurt, Carmelo had shoulder problems, Raymond Felton never returned to form from his hand injury, and Jason Kidd was done. Woodson played for the season, but his veterans were not fresh come playoff time. We were challenged by a Boston team, which was the worst in years.
In review to win this year, Grunwald has to Smarten Up. Woodson has to Tall Up. Shumpert has to Step Up. J.R. Smith has to Grow Up. Amar’e Stoudemire has to Heal Up. Bargnani has to Toughen Up. Felton has to Wise Up. Chandler has to Stay Up. Carmelo has to Captain Up.
Carmelo has to become more then their leading scorer, but their leader. He does this by Re-Upping his contact, or the Knicks will drown in the media hype and circus that followed Dwight Howard.
Dr. Eric Kaplan is a Best Selling author www.drerickaplan.com
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