Personnel - Personality
Since there are so many "Fire Woody" threads -- I figured I could post a thread dedicated to the reason why I think the Knicks lost this series. [Hint: It wasn't coaching]
The Pacers are a slightly better TEAM than we are -- and we went ice cold.
Our personality is small ball 3 pointers + Melo's Scoring Title + JR Smith. Fair to say we were barely 1 for 3 on that front.
The Pacers are rough, tough, and in this series played other facets of the game better than they have for most of the year [ie raining 3's]
To say I honestly think the Pacers are the better team a la Shaq and Barkley would be a lie -- because I do think the Knicks have the better team.
However - in this series - we got outplayed in every aspect.
Blame Melo all you want - but he is 1 of 5 on the court.
Blame Woody all you want - but he cannot make players rebound or hit shots unless the players are committed to doing so -- and have the ability above and beyond their competition.
It's probably more honest to say Jason Terry beat us this series than Woodson did. [figure it out]
Painfully we can now see -- our team is incomplete as constituted and while miracles happen and we are going back to NYC -- I don't see us coming all the way back.
Time to start looking for more pieces, get a little younger, get veterans that can actually still play in the playoffs, and get a James Hardin type to take the pressure off our star player. Durant isn't able to do it alone -- LBJ couldn't do it alone, MJ didn't, Wilt didn't, Willis Reed didn't, Kareem, Magic, Kobe, Bird -- none could do it alone.
That is my opinion - in case you were wondering.
you have to be trusted by the people that you lie to -pink floyd
1/23/14: This "team" is irreparably damaged
My Solution: Shut the team down until ALL current contracts expire. If players / coaches / execs can find jobs elsewhere - let them go get new contracts and cut ties completely.
Wait ~5years and relaunch as an expansion team.
Bring back 2 people -- no more, no less. 1: Walt Frazier 2: Herb Williams [Honorable Mention: Mike Breen]