Identity Crisis: The Knicks Need to Move Porzingis to the Center

The NBA has always been a copycat league. If a formula works for one team, every other coach tries to follow suit. The evolution of small ball has taken over the league a lot faster than many anticipated. Teams that used to thrive off posting and toasting have remodeled their roster in order to keep up with the rapid tempo that the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets have established. I have news for everyone this season: The Knicks are going to be really bad at defense. This has already…

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The Carmelo Anthony Era is Over | What did the Knicks Gain?

It was an ugly divorce, but it’s finally over. Carmelo Anthony is joining forces with Russell Westbrook and Paul George in OKC. The Knicks season opener is in, of course, Oklahoma City, so it should be fun watching Melo shooting wide open shots on a Knicks defense that might be even worse without him. Regardless of how you feel about Melo, it’s important to understand what the Knicks actually got by trading him. Enes Kanter If you dislike Melo for being a ball stopper and not playing defense… well just…

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Tim Hardaway’s Contract in Comparison to the Free Agency Market

The Knicks have invested $71 million dollars this offseason on Tim Hardaway Jr. (and $9 million on Ron Baker). The only positive response Knicks fans can possibly come up with is “At least they are not signing guys in their 30’s.” After the Knicks traded Hardaway for Jerian Grant in 2015, Hardaway was stashed away into the D-League. He managed to work with the Hawks’ training staff and reinvent himself into a solid rotation player. Last season Hardaway averaged 14.5 points, 2 assists, and shot 36% from 3 point range. He…

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Melo’s Future with the Knicks

As the Knicks continue their inconsistent play, it is becoming clear that they are not a championship contender playoff contender. Apologies to everyone who thought they had great Vegas odds to win it all. Many Knicks fans are stressing that it’s time for Melo and the Knicks part ways. This is considered a win-win because Melo can join a contender, and the Knicks can build around their unicorn, Kristaps Porzingis. There are multiple reasons why this is not going to happen: Carmelo Anthony has a no trade clause Phil Jackson…

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NBA Christmas Preview: NBA Finals Rematch and Other Festivities

Tomorrow is the most wonderful day of the year. It is a day where you can watch over 12 straight hours of basketball, instead of paying attention to your loved ones. The NBA has a history of putting together some fun, competitive matchups that occasionally give a playoff-like atmosphere. Celtics @ Knicks at 12pm EST on ESPN Knicks and Celtics have a very long and ugly history. This is a refreshing season to see both teams being fairly competitive. The Celtics are an inch higher than the Knicks in the Atlantic division…

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Swiss Cheese D Mailbag (Feat. Should Melo Leave?)

Swiss Cheese D would not have received as much exposure if not for twitter. Twitter enables me to connect with a tremendous amount of NBA fans. Although it is unfortunate that I only have 140 characters to respond to questions, I can get around that by using my website to answer all of your genius questions. Welcome to the first Swiss Cheese D Q&A. @NBASwissCheeseD should the Knicks resign DRose, costing big money, or look elsewhere for starting PG options? If so, what names stick out? — Jake Silver (@jaSILVERke) December 16,…

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Is Joakim Noah worth $72 Million?

Would you sign Joakim Noah to a 4 year $72 million deal? — Swiss Cheese D (@NBASwissCheeseD) November 16, 2016 The Knicks are at an interesting phase in their franchise. They’re flirting with the desire for playoff contention, even though it’s clear a championship is not within their stratosphere (apologies to everyone who bet on them to win it all this summer). It’s difficult to find a balance behind building for a 32 year old superstar, and a 21 year old superstar. The Derrick Rose trade was a smart decision…

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Knicks Offseason Review

New York Knicks President Phil Jackson has once again surprised the angry and confused Knicks fans of the world. The Knicks have completely revamped their roster, and this time, it might make sense. Only five players remain on today’s roster compared to last season. Here is a look at the 2016-’17 New York Knicks depth chart: If only this happened like four years ago, then this team would be a legitimate contender. Still this should be an above .500 team that will give Knicks fans a competitive brand of basketball, something that has…

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Can Jeff Hornacek Save the Knicks?

Phil Jackson never ceases to surprise hungry Knicks fans. After several months of Kurt Rambis speculation, the Knicks have decided to sign Jeff Hornacek as their new head coach. Phil Jackson has a history with Jeff Hornacek, including two NBA Finals battles when Jackson was coaching the Bulls and Hornacek was playing for the Jazz. Guys like Frank Isola have other theories on how Hornacek got the gig. Jeff Hornacek's father was Isiah Thomas' freshman basketball coach and his high school Dean of Students…..move on, nothing to see here. — Frank…

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The Knicks' Chronic Point Guard Problems

Jose Calderon has been a no-show once again this season, and it’s difficult to say whether his struggles are due to lingering injuries or old age. His jump shot is still a reliable threat, but his inability to get separation against every point guard in the league makes him that much less of a weapon. Calderon was never the quickest player, and he has always relied on his fundamentals to dictate the game. However, there’s a limit to how much you can compensate for a lack of athleticism with great fundamentals….

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Why did Phil Jackson Draft Kristaps Porzingis?

In March of 2014, Phil Jackson was introduced as the President of the New York Knicks. This may sound like a stretch, but since Jackson has reunited with his Knicks, he almost lost his credibility after winning 13 NBA Championships. In the defense of disgruntled Knicks fans, Jackson has made some questionable decisions since he became Head Honcho: trading Tyson Chandler for a lengthier contract in Jose Calderon, running the triangle offense in a league that thrives in the pick and roll, and his incomprehensible use of social media. Last…

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Knicks Free Agency: Guide on How to Fix the Knicks

The upcoming NBA Free Agency is going to be a chaotic time for Knicks fans. Phil Jackson has approximately $27.5 million to attract a very deep free agent class. The tricky part is picking the right players to build around Melo, and convincing those players that it’s worth joining a team that has a $124 million superstar coming off knee surgery. If you’re hoping for a blockbuster signing, then keep dreaming. Phil Jackson will hopefully focus on signing consistent two-way role players. Here is my list of free agents the Knicks should go…

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