Chuck Said This Man Is Done
NEW YORK KNICKS: The Lane Is Once Again Open For The General Opposition's Enjoyment. Tyson Chandler Will Miss Upwards Of Six Weeks With Fractured Fibula.
The dominos have begun to fall. The Knicks are in the midst of a three game losing streak, the Knicks City Dancers for the moment have lost their gig, the team itself lost the services of Tyson Chandler for at least a month, analyst extraordinaire Charles Barkley said Amare Stoudemire just flat out lost his skills, and today's papers are speculating how long Coach Woodson can old on to his job.
.............. just another day in paradise. Only the last three items deserve any kind of discussion though.
The Knicks rebounding and interior defense suffered a major blow Tuesday evening when Tyson Chandler suffered a non-displaced fracture of his right fibula. He could miss upwards of six weeks. Tyson left in the first quarter, and by game's end, the results and future effects his absence would have on the team were glaringly evident. The Bobcats overwhelmingly outrebounded the Knicks by a 51-38 margin. Charlotte pulled down 35 defensive rebounds while the Knicks only managed 11 offensive boards. At the other end, the Bobcats had 16 offensive rebounds versus 22 defensive boards for the Knicks. Charlotte also scored 34 points in the paint. And this all came minus the Charlotte Bobcats' big man in the middle, F/C Al Jefferson.
Coach Woodson was following through with his "big" experiment, and seemed committed on letting his guys iron out the wrinkles. Then, his biggest variable in that equation went down. That changes everything, and Coach will be forced to go small, much like last season.
I always felt, for as long as Ray Felton had Tyson Chandler on the floor as an option for pick-n-roll, or what not, Carmelo and J.R. Smith would have to respect Felton's ball distribution and get back on defense. That's out the window now as well. Ray will still have to play traffic cop between the two, unless the plan is to reduce the offense down to the Melo Show, and let him play over 40 minutes a night like he did against the Bobcats.
With Chandler down, Iman Shumpert's defensive prowess now becomes the Knicks model to follow. Good luck with that. And good luck to Coach Woodson. He's working for an outwardly imbalanced owner now who can potentially short circuit at any moment. Can Melo save the universe? Stay tuned. But I do know this, the dynamic between Carmelo, Woodson and Dolan will become the most explosive ever-developing story of the season.
If Charles Barkley is correct in his assessment, do not count on Amare Stoudemire supplying any help. Chuck said Amare is done. Barkely does a lot of hating on the Knicks. That's an established fact. But we've all seen Amare's perform this season. Chuck is not on an island on this one.