The New York Knicks were already paper thin at the center position before the injury to All-Star center Tyson Chandler.
With Chandler out of the picture for possibly a couple of months, many felt the Knicks would do the smart thing by adding another big body to the roster.
However even though the likes of Earl Barron, Jason Collins and even Ike Diogu could be had, it looks as if the Knicks aren’t considering any outside options at the moment.
According the New York Post’s Marc Berman, the Knicks have confirmed that they have no intention of acquiring or signing anyone.
The club has apparently been in touch with Lou Amundson and Collins in the last few days, but it appears as if they aren’t going to make a move.
That alone is yet another head scratcher from Steve Mills and company.
As of now it looks as if Andrea Bargnani will possibly start at center with Amar’e Stoudemire and Kenyon Martin getting minutes at the position as well, with Cole Aldrich likely to dress and see some minutes off the bench.
There are major problems with that scenario.
The main one being that Bargnani, Stoudemire and Martin aren’t natural centers and Bargnani and STAT are defensive liabilities at any position, especially in the middle. Aldrich, while a natural center, hasn’t proven much in his young career that would instill any confidence in Mike Woodson to get major minutes.
The other involves Stoudemire and Martin, who are basically in an every other game platoon and are both on minute’s restrictions. It is hard to envision either guy playing enough to make an impact right now.
Woodson will elect to go small, which is the Knicks strength, but you can’t go small all of the time and some size is needed, especially when you consider the fact that the Knicks got crushed on the glass last season and aren’t off to a better start this year, ranking only 26th in the NBA in rebounding during the early going.
On paper it makes sense that another big body is needed, even for short stretches, but that doesn’t appear to be the case for the Knicks.
Berman also notes that if things become a disaster, the Knicks will seriously consider 6’8″ power forward Diogu.
Diogu had a solid camp but was released because Woodson wanted more size. While he may help some, Diogu doesn’t necessarily solve the size issues the Knicks are having.
You have to wonder if the Knicks get crushed on the interior if their stance will change on adding a big body to the roster.
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