How To Quickly Improve The Knicks: Play The Youngsters

November 11th, 2009 by David Glazer Leave a reply »
The Knicks have been nothing short of awful the first two weeks of the season. It is at the point that few fans believe that this team is anything other than a disaster and everyone is counting the days until free agency in 2010. 

However, not all is lost. While the Stephon Marbury trade continues to haunt the Knicks as Utah owns the Knicks' draft pick, the Knicks do not need to be a 20-win team. Coach Mike D'Antoni just needs to remember that when you have less talent, the only way to beat better teams is with more energy. That means, play the young guys who are still on their rookie contracts.

Sit every last veteran who has played like a dog on defense and fails to move the ball on offense. If a player has a plus/minus of -20 then he sits. Make sure that every player knows that his chance to play depends on the team success and not his numbers. With so many expiring contracts, that should get the attention of most of the team.

So, the Knicks should just start Jordan Hill at center, David Lee at power forward, Danilo Gallinari at small forward, Wilson Chandler at shooting guard and Toney Douglas at the point. Only Lee would qualify as a vetera ...

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