It didn’t matter. It didn’t bear much resemblance to the way the Knicks will ultimately deploy their team in the regular season- John Shurna and Steve Novak were on the court at the same time!
But the actual Knicks played actual basketball. And lord, how I missed that.
Some thoughts on what I saw:
Steve Novak looked noticeably quicker to my eyes, which is great to see, since he needs to be less of a defensive liability to play more. 32 minutes played would have been a season-high last year. I mean, the shooting, sure. But the everything else is what we need to be looking for: shooting is the given.
J.R. Smith was fantastic. He scored 20 points, took a team-high 11 shots, but they weren’t forced. He had six assists, four rebounds and a steal. And again, I don’t get the not starting thing. Mychel Thompson did, and frankly, he looked like a nonguaranteed invite playing out of position-which, of course, he is. Are we so sure Ronnie Brewer is coming back at full strength? Are we sure Smith isn’t the best option to start anyhow?
I really enjoy watching John Shurna shoot. And Henry Sims strikes me as someone who could help a team passing out of the high post and blocking some shots, if only he were a bit stronger and able to rebound. But remember, he couldn’t even do that adequately in college.
Excited to see Stoudemire, hopefully on Saturday. What did you all see?