New York Knicks News: Rasheed Wallace Chants, Mike Woodson-Face And Pablo Prigioni's Potential

on November 04 2012 8:07 PM
New York Knicks News: Rasheed Wallace Chants, Mike Woodson-Face And Pablo Prigioni's Potential

*Almost identical score to Friday night - 100-84 as opposed to 104-84 ... Really great defensive effort by the Knicks today. Multiple hands in the lane, getting in shooter's faces, breaking up fastbreaks, contesting shots around the rim, hustling for balls out-of-bounds - just an all-around great day on the defensive end ... J.R. Smith got complimented for his poise by Walt Frazier after the shooting guard passed up a three-point chance late in the game. And I thought the world wasn't supposed to end for another few weeks.

J.R. had a solid afternoon, putting up 20 pts on 8-15 shooting (4-5 from 3-point range). However, his shot selection was still, at times, frustrating and disruptive ... Jason Kidd (12 pts, 6 assists) might be this team's most important offseason addition. 

He passes up looks early in the shot clock to run the offense, instead dishing to open players, like Ray Felton and Steve Novak, and helping them build their confidence early in games. He hustles, plays defense, has great court vision, and his presence on the court has encouraged great ball movement on offense. And he doesn't care if you're bigger than him - he still goes out of his way to alter your shot to the lane. He has been, so far, the "glue" of this team ...

Ray Felton had another good outing (11 pts, 1 assist), but turned the ball over a team-high 4 times. For all the comparisons he's been getting to Jeremy Lin, I'd take that over some of Lin's less generous turnover lines ... By the way, I like referring to Felton in his second stint now as "Ray," as opposed to "Raymond."

Kind of like how the Knicks P.A. announcer refered to Carmelo Anthony as "Melo Anthony" during Friday night's game. It's like the Knicks' marketing team has decided to rebrand their own players on top of running their usually impressive ads ...

I feel like "Mike Woodson Face" could be the next great Tumblr. Have you ever seen the man's expression after a critical turnover or questionable call? I wouldn't even call it stone-faced. I'd call it confusion mixed with speechlessness. Think of Obama's face during a presidential debate as Romney says he doesn't support tax cuts for the rich.  The way Mike Woodson is able to make this face, time after time, situation after situation, is only rivaled in continuity by Claire Danes' crying face ...

While I still believe Pablo Prigioni (who the P.A. announcer now calls, in the same vein as "Melo Anthony," "BLOOOOOO PRIGIONII!!") is really one of James Dolan's buddies, playing basketball for the Knicks as part of some elaborate ABC reality show (think "Undercover Boss" for professional sports), the dude can pass. Seeing him run the pick and roll with Kurt Thomas and setting Kurt up for multiple jump shots at the top of the key, I got giddy thinking about what he could do with Amare once he's healthy.

Now, two things need to happen until then: Amare needs to get healthy, and he needs to be willing to play extensively with the second team ... Kurt Thomas's flagrant foul on Evan Turner made me think of two things: what Kurt Thomas's face would have looked like if someone fouled him like that back in the day, and if Evan Turner was going to go all bi-polar and kill Kurt Thomas...

Melo played physical on defense, getting into the face of Thaddeus Young and making him work for shots in the post. Melo really stepped up to the occasion today: he was efficient on offense, and played really hard on defense. He also tumbled into the stands for a loose ball, knocking into a large portion of the crowd and making some doofus spill his beer hilariously in slow-mo on TV ...

Shout-out to Patrick, Andrew, and Isaac, three of the kids Melo bumped into while hustling out of bounds. The kids probably got shaken up, but at least Melo stayed intact ...

I love the "Ra-sheed Wall-ace" chants, but I feel like they are going to start appearing earlier and earlier in games - and I don't know if that's a good thing. It's going to be, like, the second quarter, the chants are going to come out, Woodson is going to oblige, and then the Knicks are going to be playing Rasheed Wallace in the second quarter ... Kudos to Woodson for discovering and continuing to start the Kidd/Felton backcourt. Having two solid point guards on the court helps spread the offense and stabilize the flow of the game early ...

I think Walt mentioned Rasheed Wallace as the Knicks' Brian Scalabrine. I think I like that, but I think I'd like it even better if Rasheed eventually starred as Brian Scalabrine in "The White Mamba," a movie about the life of one of the game's most beloved players ... Jrue Holiday is a real talent, as are Young and Dorrell Wright. The 76ers are going to be dangerous when Bynum comes back ... Knicks play the 76ers Monday night in Philly at 7 p.m. Bring your Rasheed chants.