When Knicks’ fans read the comments from Chauncey Billups concerning the Nuggets signing Al Harrington; you realize that even with the addition of Amar’e Stoudemire, Raymond Felton and Ronny Turiaf that the Knicks still have work to do.
“I think a guy like Al is going to benefit from the leadership that we have there… I’m not going to let him get away with being sub-par or not playing defense or not rebounding and still wanting to shoot the ball. ” – Chauncey Billups talking to NY Post
Don’t get me wrong Knick fans, this team has improved by leaps and bounds with the offseason moves but we still have a way to go. The current Knicks roster still lacks a strong leader on the floor, and from what I have seen from D’Antoni over the past 2 years I don’t see the type of coach to pull a player off the court for not boxing out or rebounding. Could Amar’e be that type of floor leader? If you go by his career he has never had the focus on the defensive end to call a player out for not doing their job defensively. If anything I think Turiaf can step into that role, but the role of leader is usually a player that plays major minutes. He is scrappy player that by example alone will bring toughness to the Knicks, but the minutes he has averaged in a season is 21.5.
So who will be that Chauncey Billups type of player on the Knicks?
Right now I don’t see that type of player on the Knicks and with the idea of bringing in Carmelo Anthony next year I still don’t see it. Who knows, so far I have been very impressed with what I have seen from Amar’e. He is taking the challenge of playing in NYC and he is saying and doing all of the rights right now. Players who dare to be great are always in the running to be leaders, and as a Knicks fan I think we are at the doorstep of something special.
If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!!