Firing The Coach

It isn’t really a surprise that the Knicks fired Derek Fisher. I actually was more surprised they hired him in the first place. Five years and $20-million seemed a ridiculous price to pay for someone who had never coached basketball, but for whatever reason, the Knicks paid it. Fisher didn’t cover himself in glory as a coach on, or off the court.

But honestly, I think everyone knew Fisher was a place holder at best. He was the guy the Knicks gave too much money to in order to try and turn the franchise around. I don’t think anyone thought he would be the coach if the team actually became a title contender down the road. Now the Knicks are going to go with Kurt Rambis as the interim coach for the rest of the season. That’s a smart move. They shouldn’t rush things, and they should take the next logical step- trading Carmelo for future assets.

That’s the way to kick this rebuild into high gear and get the Knicks where they need to be. We all know that Pozingis is the future, but Carmelo will be well past his prime when that future arrives. The Knicks need players to surround Porzingis with and using Anthony to accomplish that is the smart play. Unfortunately, Phil Jackson doesn’t seem to agree, and for now he is the only one who matters.

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  • blmeanie  On February 10, 2016 at 7:22 am

    do you hear of or have ideas of what teams would be interested in Carmelo? I find it hard to believe anyone would absorb him and his 2 years remaining at over $25M. I know the Knicks would likely pay someone cash to absorb him but he doesn’t seem like the best teammate on the court. Love Basketball-reference.com and some of the stats they have, specifically on shooting percentages by distance. http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/a/anthoca01.html
    Also check out the similarity scores, not the who’s who of Springfield unfortunately. Trying to figure out if there is a better stat player that has meant as little to his team. Maybe Antoine Walker for a few years? Alex English?

    • nysportsfanatic  On February 10, 2016 at 8:23 am

      I am not the right guy to build a pro-Carmelo case. My first Carmelo exposure was going to the 2003 NCAA Tournament and I couldn’t stand the love Syracuse fans gave him then, and I haven’t softened towards him since he put on the blue and orange.

      But, he is a great offensive talent. He doesn’t need any help to create a shot and score. PER, the stat created by ESPN’s John Hollinger (Now an exec with Memphis) rates him as an All-Star for every season he has played and has Anthony in the top-50 all-time behind Alonzo Mourning and ahead of Clyde Drexler. The Knicks are 0-7 this year when he hasn’t played and that isn’t a fluke. Most of the playoff-bound Eastern Conference teams would really benefit from having him.

  • blmeanie  On February 10, 2016 at 10:34 am

    at $25M per in a cap league?

    • nysportsfanatic  On February 10, 2016 at 10:44 am

      Sure he is overpaid, but remember you can’t trade a huge salary in the NBA without taking back a big salary. I believe the rule is that you can only take back 125% of the salary you trade, so a team trading for Carmelo would need to send around 18.5 million of salary back to the Knicks since he makes about $23-million. I think a lot of teams would be willing to add $4.5 million to the payroll in exchange for Carmelo.

    • nysportsfanatic  On February 10, 2016 at 10:46 am

      Try this one on for size.

      http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=gr5fjy2

      No way the Knicks do this without some draft picks, but I bet your Celtics would!

  • blmeanie  On February 10, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    ha, no way, the Celtics are priming up to make a run and I don’t believe the hype around Anthony, I get the stats, but in every sport there are guys you can peg as unlikely to ever win a championship. I put him in that category. Right or wrong. I think Ainge, with his draft picks available, could do so much better. If Anthony had 4 months left on his contract, maybe take a shot. With his remaining though, it would be signing up for a big old anchor while in a jet-boat race.

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