"Energy could be at a premium this week. After tonight -- a game Stoudemire called "a revenge game" -- the Knicks must run a grueling stretch of four games in five nights: Memphis on Thursday, at Detroit on Friday, at Milwaukee on Sunday and hosting Eastern Conference-leading Boston next Monday" via NY Post
Well, well, well. At least someone that was on the floor at the same time the Pacers were whooping the Knicks at the Garden on Sunday understands. Stoudemire understands that this is go time. The Knicks energy needs to be at a game setting pace every night they take the floor for the rest of the season. As far as getting the new guys used to the offensive system I'm pretty sure that is under control. We are all professionals here and know how to play the game. Especially the 34 year old veteran running the point guard position. Go out, play basketball and score the rock. Defense comes from within the heart and will within someone to want to play defense. If all five players don't buy into that aspect, I don't care if a coach is defensive minded or not, results will not be justified. Offensively and defensively the effort cannot mirror any aspect of Sunday's loss moving forward, because if there is signs of lackluster play the city of New York will go bonker. No, not Yonkers I said "bonkers!"
Okay, now for tonight's game in the Conseco Fieldhouse where the Knicks have had many storied playoff rivalries, especially with the likes of Mr. Reggie Miller, the Knicks need a win. Tonight is a must win. Revenge game or not, it's a must win game. The Knicks need to come out and show the Knicks Faithful fans that they indeed want to play and make noise in the playoffs. It wasn't so much the loss on Sunday that irked many fans and sports networks around the globe, it was the effort. Much like Sir Charles' T-Mobile Commercial (D-E-F-E-N-S-E) "It's in the dictionary!" This is E-F-F-O-R-T! It's in the heart. If the Knicks can come out and show they have the heart and will to bounce back from being embarrassed, the once uneasy ship trying to weather the storm, may see the calm.
On another side note, there have been rumblings about the Nuggets still doubting Carmelo and his efforts in New York. After spending 7 1/2 years in a Denver uniform and basically revitalizing that franchise, the Nuggets have really done nothing to wish 'Melo well. So 'Melo has plans to show them he has sort of a new swagger in the Big Apple. One that tells others, preferably Denver, "Thanks, but no thanks and just sit back and watch me now." I don't know but as a writer and fan, that attitude kind of pumps me up. Have a look.
"For me personally, it's a matter of trying to make other guys better,'' Anthony said. "I think it's a challenge I take upon myself to get guys like Shawne Williams going, Landry (Fields) going, keep Toney (Douglas') confidence up since he's coming off the bench now with Chauncey (Billups) back.
"It's something I take into high consideration, to make those guys better. If that's me taking 10 less shots and giving it to (those) guys and sharing it with them and making them feel comfortable, I don't have a problem with that. That's something I've been thinking about the last couple of days.'' via Ny Post