It's a problem on both ends recently. But it has nothing to do with Melo playing the 4 or Shump playing the 3. Right now Shump's lateral quickness isn't there to shutdown pgs or some sgs. And SFs haven't been lighting the Knicks up, nor have PFs...if anything Carmelo has been their most consistent defender. But their guards are absolutely getting torched, by starting backcourts and their backups.
Team's are scoring so easily against them, and their jumpshots aren't falling when needed....so in order to try to keep up there has been a lot of one on one play.
Guards are torching them on pick and rolls, taking advantage of the switches, and getting out in transition...I'd say the best move would be to sub Kidd out for JR Smith and add some more athleticism....even though Kidd played well vs Toronto Friday.
there should to be a distinction between between a defensive minded coach or a coach that stresses controled offense at a slower pace, like i think mike woodson is. (may i call him a poor man's version of larry brown?) it limits turnovers and possesions for the opponent but it's not a defensive strategy per say.
i think rick carlisle is a fantastic defensive coach although his dallas teams are more known for their scoring. what he comes up with even with their limited defensive personnel now is good, innovative stuff.
the use of the zone in '11 was genius.
Gotta say. With how this team played defense last year with worse personnel. And with the personnel added this offseason...I never thought defense would be a problem with this team. If they don't figure it out by season's end, it could be a fire-able issue.
he did the samething again last game, pulls Hardaway and puts in JR to chuck with impunity. I for the life of me cannot understand Dolan, Woodson, and certain segment of knicks fan's love affair with JR "two roster spots" Smith.
Not to mention the last play, we are DOWN and this mofo lets Melo dribbles the clock out for 19 seconds before taking a contested turnaround jumper. it was like we were tied and it was the go ahead basket or something