NBA / Sep 14, 2011 / 12:30 pm

When The Lockout Ends, The Knicks Will Be Ready To Play Defense

New York Knicks

Usually there is no “D” in D’Antoni, however a few minor moves seem to indicate that the Knicks are finally committed to stopping their opponent on the defensive side of the floor. Although the Knicks head coach has had plenty of both regular season and postseason success, his lack of an NBA Finals appearance has caused the public to dub him as too offensive-minded to ever win a championship. For all of those D’Antoni doubters, help is finally on the way.

It all started back in June during the NBA Draft when most Knicks fans were clamoring for New York to select a center to start next to Amar’e Stoudemire. However, just because the fans want a big, doesn’t mean you have to take one. Instead, the Knicks took who they thought would be the best defensive talent, Iman Shumpert, who quite possibly could be a Chauncey Billups replacement in near future. Of course Shumpert was booed at the draft, but have you ever seen a Knicks pick not named Patrick Ewing that wasn’t? Despite the masses’ disapproval, it seems that the Knicks may have gotten a steal.

Judging by his interviews, Shumpert certainly seems to have the right attitude and mindset. In his most recent chat, he deemed his defensive play as contagious and went on to explain his eagerness to familiarize himself with teammates at a training camp run by Amar’e in the near future. Even more recently, Shumpert dropped 25 points to go along with six rebounds in a recent “Lockout League” game in Las Vegas.

CSNNE.com’s A. Sherrod Blakely had this to say about Shumpert’s debut: “There were a handful of rookies, but Shumpert was hands-down the best of the bunch. His athleticism was impressive, but he showed the ability to knock down jumpers as well which would make him an extremely tough cover in the coming years.”

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  • George W Kush Sr

    I fucking hope so

  • sh!tfaced

    when pigs fly
    when hell freezes over
    when the lockout ends

    …the knicks will be ready to play defense. hah!

  • http://www.dimemag.com Aron Phillips

    Haha. Not with ‘Melo, Amar’e and someone else sporting an apostrophe in their name.

  • beiber newz

    people sleeping on the knicks. i saw flashes at the end of last season and that group had little to no practice with each other. practice is more so predicated on helping offense but with the help of new coaches and a better mindset, the knicks will be BETTER at D. the title makes it sound like you saying the knicks will be an all time defensive squad. and judging by the comments, that is exactly how people took it. don’t read too much into it. the knicks will be better at least and that’s for sure. whether they will be phenomenal is what’s in question.

  • kevin

    i hate when ppl dog carmelo for not playing defense. i remember a certain paul pierce who “never played d” either until ray allen and kg came on board. now pierce is known as one of the better defending small forwards in the league.

  • http://facebook papi1emc

    Listen, I love it when so many people doubt whats happening in NY, its like you don’t want to beleive it or someting. The Knicks can’t be good, like it never happened before, like it won’t ever happen again. In a high profile, media run world, ask yourselfs one thing? What stage is bigger than the Madison Square Garden, what? You think Amare and Carmello are the only two people who want to do it big in New York? Where looking at history in the making folks of epic propotion, who’s going to be a part of the team that bring the championship back into the Garden? You don’t think that’s not like the ultimate achievement, if you balled, you would NOT want that on your resume? Of course they gonna play defense and they gonna get better players when this lock out ends, I heard Crawford might want back in to the Garden. Can you imagine him as your six man, on a team with Amare and Melo, WHOA… Wake up people, NY is too high profile of a place and the mission is clear, We want the next Campionship Bannor swing over the Garden floor and its gonna happen. So let it go, there’s about a thousand other reasons you can find to hate on NY or get your kicks out of laughing at NY but this one won’t be there much longer

  • beiber newz

    ayyyyyyyyyyy papiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

    good thesis or whatever. the knicks are back.