The Knicks will have a new look at feel this season
Let’s be honest, the New York Knicks have been boring to say the least over the course of the past several years. They’ve lacked an identity and have put up poor results night in a night out for the most part.
With head coach David Fizdale now in charge, it sounds like they could be a very explosive team this season.
Fizdale told his players this past summer that they better work on their conditioning and now we know why.
The Knicks will be running a very fast paced offense that has everyone except the center getting out in transition and pushing the pace of the game.
Of course, there come challenges with something like this.
First of all, the players have to get in shape and remain in shape for the entire season. Also, a lot can go wrong when you play with pace. Things can get sloppy to say the least.
“He wants us to get out and run and that plays to a lot of the guys’ strengths,” Trey Burke said after Friday’s practice, via NJ.com. “A lot of the personnel that we’ve got, we like to get out, we like to be able to create. He’s giving me the freedom to get in the lane, create for others and myself. That’s all you can ask for for a coach like him.”
Burke admits that Fizdale’s system is complex and he doesn’t have it down yet.
“I still don’t have it all the way yet,” said Burke, who averaged 12.8 points in 36 games with the Knicks last season. “It’s only day [four], but when I go home obviously tonight going to watch film off the practice. I know it’s going to become easier to pick up.”
With Burke in the mix to start at point guard for the Knicks, it will be interesting to see who runs things better between himself, Frank Ntilikina and Emmanuel Mudiay this preseason.
The good thing for Mudiay is that he’s lost 10-15 pounds.
“Yeah I feel I’m in great shape right now,” Mudiay said. “Definitely got to keep it going, especially the way the coach wants to play this year all of us have to be in great shape. I feel like as far as being in shape we’re one of the best right now.”
Mudiay likes the fact that Fizdale’s system doesn’t have any set positions aside from the center spot.
“I like it because there’s really no position besides the ‘5’ man,” Mudiay said. “Everyone is out there and can handle the ball, everyone’s out there making plays. You don’t have just one position. You can go out there and play free.”
It’s going to be interesting to see how New York looks in their first preseason game against the Washington Wizards on Monday. Once they get comfortable with Fizdale’s system, this team will be exciting to watch.
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