2012 NBA Off-Season Thread: There's a new team in town
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11-03-2012, 07:15 PM
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Man, you're hating on Melo. First you were "disappointed" that he couldn't sustain his 1q performance for the whole game last night (something completely ridiculous to even be disappointed about, as pretty much no player besides Michael Jordan could have sustained that type of quarter for all 4). Now you're making assumptions about how he'll play defense (based on Melo's defensive performance under Mike "no defense" D'antoni and George "i can't control any of my players" Karl). I also love the fact that you are already taking Melo having a lot of bad games as a given... and with what proof? Not much besides your opinion.
One, know who the coach is buddy. Mike Woodson is a disciple of Bobby Knight and while that doesn't mean they are one and the same, they preach very very similar things. It's all about accountability and discipline under Knight's system. If you've learned anything from what Woodson has said, or the actions he's taken in games and in practice from midway last year, it's that he believes the same accountability principles. Melo is no different than any other player on this roster in terms of defensive responsibility, and if he thinks he's above it, WHICH THERE IS NO SIGN THAT HE DOES, he will undoubtedly sit longer than he wants to sit.
As for sustaining a 1st quarter like the one he had, was that a serious comment? What were you expecting Melo to continue shooting 4/5 behind the arc every quarter and continue to dominate, especially when the Heat made the change to put Lebron on Melo instead of Battier? If so, then you will be disappointed a lot this season with how not only Melo plays but any other player for that matter as well.
As for the "overrated" Amare. People really need to chill about him. The criticism on him last year was warranted. But no one ever mentions that his brother died tragically at the beginning of last season and the effect that must of had on him for the duration of the season. Or the fact that the lockout affected his conditioning and preparation for the season. I think its very unfortunate he had an injury right now because I really did expect a strong rebound season for him, still do if he can get back into shape after this injury.
I was expecting Melo not to start shooting his behind-the-arc with no follow through shots, which he reverted to after the 1st quarter. Besides the 1st quarter he had a bad offensive game, but his great 1st quarter negates that. Nobody expected him to put up 16 points on good shooting in each quarter...I didn't expect him to follow up an awesome quarter by becoming a chuck.
Yes, I do hate on Melo, because in the past year and a half he's been on my team he's been bad except for a stretch of 16 games. It's gonna take more than one good quarter for me to not be critical of him.
As for the defense, just look at Melo's CAREER up to this point. THAT'S the proof I need. It's one thing to wake up and defend against the Miami Heat, let's see him play hard against the Cavaliers of the world.
I'm happy we won, but besides the 1st quarter I still am perfectly justified in worrying about how far our franchise player (besides Tyson) can carry us.
That being said, i'm glad it looks like Woodson has the respect of the team.
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