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Defense!! Defense!! That is the common chant roaring from the fans that pack Madison Square Garden for every home game. Defense is the heart and soul of New York basketball. It has been for many decades.
Back in the 90’s, the Knicks and defense went hand in hand. The Knicks were known for their rough and intimidating style of defense. In the early 90’s it was guys like Charles Oakley, Anthony Mason and Patrick Ewing who struck fear into the hearts of opposing players. They brought that swagger that anchored the defense. In the late 90’s it was guys like Marcus Camby and Kurt Thomas who continued the tradition of tough defense and intimidation.
Fast forward to present day and the Knicks find themselves with players that remind you of those 90’s Knicks. Guys that give you 100% on the defensive end every night. I’m talking about the return of Marcus Camby and Kurt Thomas to go along with Tyson Chandler.
Let’s start with reigning defensive player of the year, Tyson Chandler. Chandler is a guy who most definitely could have played on and fit in with those 90’s Knicks. He brings intensity leadership, and swagger every night! He also brings assets like blocks, rebounds and hard picks and sets the tone on the defensive end of the court. Camby and Thomas both played for the Knicks in the late 90’s. Throughout their careers they have been known for grabbing those timely boards off the glass, blocking shots and drawing those critical offensive fouls. They are both nearing the end of their careers, but there is no doubt that their leadership and wisdom will help this team drastically.
The one player who can benefit the most from all this is Amare Stoudemire. Stoudemire stands at 6’11, has a great arsenal of offensive moves, but his lackluster defense has hurt the Knicks in the past. With the addition of these seasoned big men, Amare Stoudemire can become a full court player. This means that he can do his thing on the offensive end of the court, while backing it up on the defensive end. One thing I noticed while watching Stoudemire play defense, is that he does not move his feet well, therefore opposing players consistently drive past him.
Another problem is Amare has trouble boxing out players while going for a rebound. If you watch guys like Camby, Thomas and Chandler play, they consistently beat offensive players to the spot and move their feet well. They box out and go after the rebounds. They play with great tenacity and fire. They want it bad!! This is why they are highly regarded as some of the best defensive players around the NBA. They pride themselves on defense.
These players need to take STAT under their wing and school him on New York basketball. DEFENSE! The sky is the limit for Amare, but he needs to buy in and really concentrate on his defense. We all know he has the heart and willingness but it’s a matter of executing it on the court.
This year is going to be a special year for the Knicks. I can feel it!! They have a great balance of good young players and good veterans. I am very excited for the start of the season!! Let’s Go Knicks!!
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