He's like you made an Ã¼ber troll by taking the worst parts of me (the utter disregard for other people's opinions), Phi (cluttering up threads with memes and adding nothing to a discussion) and Jess (an apparent belief that everyone else is the problem and/or arrogance without self awareness).
Brooklyn is so incredibly overrated it's stunning. Brook Lopez is the softest 7-footer this side of Andrea Bargnani and the team will rise and fall with Deron Williams. Joe Johnson is the most overpaid 2-guard ever and they're playing 4-on-5 on offense with Mr. Kardashian. I'm a huge Gerald Wallace fan in a role as the 3rd-banana type, though.
They'll definitely be improved, but they're destined for a 6-seed and looking up at Boston/NY. Sorry, Philly, but no.
I'm just really happy the Knicks used the amnesty on Chauncey Billups instead of Stoudemire. F*ck.
Im not saying I think the Knicks will miss the playoffs. Shoot, we might even make it to the second round this year, MAYBE. But in reality all we did this off season was add a bunch of old guys (Camby, Wallace, Kidd, Prigoni) and STAT is clearly deteriorating. We didn't really improve that much, of at all.
On the other hand, the Nets not only have one of the most impressive starting 5s in the league...they actually assembled a real deep bench. You're right that Lopez isn't a defensive stopper but there is nothing wrong with Andrea Bargnani when you have 4 other good players. And you're badly underrating Kris Humphries. He's a very strong shot blocker with great rebounding instincts. And he cleans up around the glass on offense.
I think you're really overrating the Nets. Deron is the only elite player they have (Knicks only have Melo, for comparison), but the Knicks have the chance to be a plus defensive team, the Nets really don't. They're going to force the Nets to run more successful half-court sets than the they can on Thursday, and I don't think the Nets' defense will hold up as well as the Knicks'.
Post by Alberto Balsalm on Oct 31, 2012 11:07:43 GMT -5
LOVE the way the Cavs looked last night. Kyrie Irving will rival Chris Paul as the best PG in the NBA by the end of the year. And they looked like a team that had been playing together for years despite being one of the youngest teams in the NBA. Waiters looked impressive, TT continues to grow, Andy came back stronger than ever and I still have high hopes for Zeller. It's gonna be fun watching that core grow together over the next couple seasons. Bench is god awful but that doesn't matter, the advancements of Kyrie/Dion/TT/Zeller is all that matters and they're off to a good start so far.
Sixers Nuggets game was awesome last night, first half I thought the Sixers seemed pretty sloppy, but they seemed to mostly get it together in the 4th. Hopefully Hawes plays the way he played last night all season
The Knicks are not the 4th best team in the East. Just stop it right there.
Melo is also not the most overrated player in this era and not even close. Offensively, he's in a special grouping of players who can score at will every single night. He has off nights, but when the clock has 5 seconds on it there are few players you want (or should want) over him in that spot. I wish I kept count of the amount of times he drove, collapsed the defense and kicked it out only to have someone brick an open shot. He creates for his team even if he's not passing directly to them. He has a stigma for being selfish because of his lackluster defense (which, on most nights, is indeed lackluster), but when you put him on the floor with someone on his level the switch is flipped and he's a pit bull on defense. It's actually infuriating to watch him give LeBron all he can handle and go up and down the court with him trying to best one another. He doesn't bring that fire every night, which is why he's not a champion. He's had chances before, and I think you're all vastly overlooking the Knicks if you don't think they have an outside shot to do that this year, but it will all depend on what Melo does. It's his team, it'll rise and fall with his leadership, so if Woodson can get in his head and motivate him to play two-way ball, sky's the limit. If it's black hole Melo taking 35+ shots a game while his 4 teammates sit and watch him? Then I'm deleting this post.