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08:16 AM ET 03.20 | The Knicks are now Mike Woodson's show to run, and his approach seems to have done wonders. One person who spoke to D'Antoni said the test of Woodson will come when he feels [Carmelo Anthony or Amar'e Stoudemire] aren't putting out and he benches them during a game. Woodson has already subtly reduced Anthony's and Stoudemire's minutes without complaint. In a shrewd maneuver on his first full day, Woodson massaged their egos immediately, saying in "crunch time," he wanted Melo and Stoudemire to take the shots because "they are guys who have done it." However, Woodson has changed the substitution pattern, having Anthony play roughly the first eight, nine minutes instead of the whole first quarter.

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March 20, 2012  08:18 AM ET

Hmmm.....so he got the benefit of having everyone healthy....interesting

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March 20, 2012  08:42 AM ET
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They are still in the honeymoon phase.......As the blurb said, whats going to happen when the knicks lose 2 in a row?That being said....they are playing hard since D A was removed, i hope it continues

I was reading the post today and found a quote by Melo stating the team is feeding off of his defensive energy... I was dying. The kid is still delusional. Knicks are bound to implode.

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March 20, 2012  08:52 AM ET

They have been up by 20 plus points in the the three games. Of course their minutes are cut. They beat Portland by 42. Should they still play the whole game. This is not a story

March 20, 2012  08:55 AM ET
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He does seem like he hits he pipe regularly......

do you guys actually watch Melo defensively or do you just say that because he does not have the reputation of a defensive player. He shut down Granger this weekend. Amare has played good defense to the past couple of games. But nobody gives them credit because of their history defensively.

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March 20, 2012  09:04 AM ET

Winning 'Cures' Everything, Bros.

March 20, 2012  09:11 AM ET
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do you guys actually watch Melo defensively or do you just say that because he does not have the reputation of a defensive player. He shut down Granger this weekend. Amare has played good defense to the past couple of games. But nobody gives them credit because of their history defensively.

Dude we watch the game more than the video coordinators do. Melo has shown effort on the defensive end but nothing close to what tantamounts to defensive player. He has a very very long way to go to become an efficient player so him saying the team is feeding off his defensive energy is false and premature. They've won only three games against two teams... that's nothing at all given D'Antoni won 7 straight. I aint no Gloria. I'm not easily swayed. They have to win at least 10 games in a row with consistent defensive effort to get the fans on their side again.. the jury is still out on Melo and if he feels he's already done something decent he's about to get a rude awakening. He's still a team killer shooting poorly. Only thing that's changed other Woodson is that he's trying defensively but that's not close to what's expected of a true Knicks franchise player... that's why he's headed for an ugly exit with the way he sees himself. I dare him to contine taking bad shots and not fight on defense.. he'll hear it... he'll be chased out like a serpent in the garden of eden.

March 20, 2012  09:17 AM ET

what ever works, im for it!

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March 20, 2012  09:25 AM ET
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Dude we watch the game more than the video coordinators do. Melo has shown effort on the defensive end but nothing close to what tantamounts to defensive player. He has a very very long way to go to become an efficient player so him saying the team is feeding off his defensive energy is false and premature. They've won only three games against two teams... that's nothing at all given D'Antoni won 7 straight. I aint no Gloria. I'm not easily swayed. They have to win at least 10 games in a row with consistent defensive effort to get the fans on their side again.. the jury is still out on Melo and if he feels he's already done something decent he's about to get a rude awakening. He's still a team killer shooting poorly. Only thing that's changed other Woodson is that he's trying defensively but that's not close to what's expected of a true Knicks franchise player... that's why he's headed for an ugly exit with the way he sees himself. I dare him to contine taking bad shots and not fight on defense.. he'll hear it... he'll be chased out like a serpent in the garden of eden.

Its not going to happen overnight. Yeah it is only 3 games But don't say he is looking like the same player defensively

March 20, 2012  09:26 AM ET
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do you guys actually watch Melo defensively or do you just say that because he does not have the reputation of a defensive player. He shut down Granger this weekend. Amare has played good defense to the past couple of games. But nobody gives them credit because of their history defensively.

Maybe once D'Antoni's voice wasn't heard anymore, they adhered to what Woodson's been telling them to do all season.

March 20, 2012  09:27 AM ET
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I was reading the post today and found a quote by Melo stating the team is feeding off of his defensive energy... I was dying. The kid is still delusional. Knicks are bound to implode.

This is what he said:

???The last three games my focus was to have an energy that I haven???t had so far this season, especially on the defensive end,??? Anthony said after practice on Monday. ???Everybody on this team knows, everybody in the world knows I can score the basketball.

???It???s not that important to me. As far as on the defensive end, showing my teammates that the effort is there, giving that extra effort. As a result everybody is feeding off of that.???

I have no issues with that comment. He is saying that he is giving extra effort and the team is seeing that and playing harder. It could be a situation where u say "well melo hasnt played hard on D all season now he is. Now maybe I should give a little more effort cause Our best player is showing he is focused on both ends now."

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March 20, 2012  09:51 AM ET
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Doesent that pizzzz you off about melo....he said he hasnt been giving energy on the D end all year long....smh

He already admitted he refused to buy into D'Antoni's system... he's rude like hell that's part of the reason I'm mad Dolan didn't trade him instead. But I also blame D'Antoni for not having the balls to bench him for his lackadaisical effort...

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