Michael Beasley of the New York Knicks has been riding the pine as of late.

“I’m not here to say what I need or want personally. Whatever the team needs. If they need me to play 40 minutes, I’ll play it. If they want me to clap on the bench, I’ll do it.”



The New York Knicks are playing good ball as of late (Like Stan Van Gundy would say, “It’s early…) but from what the Knicks were to now, it’s a huge improvement and the hoop fans in the City are dancing in the streets.

“This feels different. I think we have better fundamentals. Defensively, we’re going after it every night. We may not do it 48 minutes but there are parts of the game where we actually lock in. We do our defensive system the right way. And we just play hard. And that’s the main difference.”


Go New York Go New York Go…


Courtney Lee of the New York Knicks following their loss to the Boston Celtics:

“We messed up on a lot of plays, whether it was the ball getting delivered on time, or one or two guys not being on the same page as far as play calling. That’s on us, we got to pay attention more in practice and make sure we execute when we’re out there.”


At the start of every basketball season we hear a new word or phrase used by a coach or even the players.

Trust the Process” has been a popular one this Fall.

New York Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek is in…

It may be a slower process, but our guys are working hard to do the best we can. You got to find the combination. Brett Brown has figured out a good way to do that. It’s hard as a coach because you want to win. You understand the process you have to go through.

You try to not sacrifice what you’re trying to do to build just to win some games. Obviously you want to win, but you have to find that balance. You can’t get frustrated. You got to keep the team going, and when teams are going through that process, it’s hard, but you got to stay positive.

Marc Berman of the New York Post with the full piece.


“There’s no question that he wants to win, and his I.Q. for the game is actually very good,” George Karl told me in a conversation about Anthony during the 2013-14 season. He always wants to think like a coach, but he always doesn’t want to sign the contract with the coach.”

Asked what he meant by that, Karl, who coached Anthony in Denver, said: “I don’t think Melo understands that coming to work with the best attitude every single day is a precious commodity when you’re the best player. That’s not the same thing as playing hard. That’s bringing the total package, 100 percent focused on all the little things. Those are rare breeds.”

Here’s the entire article written by Harvey Araton of the New York Times.


Former Timberwolves general manager David Kahn discusses Beasley:

“Michael’s issue then from a basketball standpoint wasn’t on the offensive end. Michael had a hard time on the defensive end. I think that wasn’t so much about Michael as the fact most of his basketball training was in the AAU system, (then) a brief time in college. My sense at the time was he didn’t play as much in Miami as he had hoped because of the challenges he faced defensively.

For the most part, a player who can’t defend usually has trouble with playing time or making a team. A coach needs you to defend.

“Offensively, he’s an incredibly gifted natural scorer. There isn’t any part of his game offensively he can’t do — shoot with range, drive, finish. He’s really smooth.’’

Everyone loves to score.

“It wasn’t necessarily one-on-one defense. So much of the NBA is defensive scheme, knowing where the ball is on the court, how a team plays its pick-and-roll. It’s not as simple as it looks and for Michael, it was the only hard part of the game. I don’t know the strides [Beasley’s made] since, but back then that was it.’’

I agree with this. It’s hard to defend off the ball. That’s probably one of the hardest things for a coach to teach a player. The I.Q. has to be there. Have to be alert. Have to have an understanding of what may happen next.  You have to be in proper position and you have to talk.

You have to WANT to play defense.

Here’s the entire article via the New York Post.