A New Face Appears At Camp
On Wednesday morning, Chris Douglas-Roberts hit the floor with the Knicks on day two of training camp. In order to make room for CDR, the Knicks waived Justin Brownlee. While Brownlee will not have the opportunity to make the final squad, head coach Mike Woodson believes there’s a chance for Brownlee on the D-League team in Erie.
Carmelo Anthony reacted to the Douglas-Roberts acquisition, ““I saw him play a lot actually in college and when he was in the league. He can score the basketball for sure -- he can do that.”
There’s a large group of players fighting for a spot on this Knicks roster. Specifically, Cole Aldrich, Douglas-Roberts, Toure Murry, Josh Powell, Ike Diogu, and Chris Smith are playing for a chance to slip on the orange and blue jersey.
Woodson explained his evaluation process for the invitees during training camp and preseason action.
“A lot of that is going to be based on day-to-day practice and our games. When we go to those games, a lot of these young guys are going to have the ability to play some and we have to give them some leeway a little bit to see how they are developing based on what they have learned here in practice,” Woodson stated.
The Melo 3-4 Conundrum
One of the talking points that will be discussed ad nauseam during training camp and the preseason is Anthony’s position on the floor. I’m certainly not discounting the importance of the topic but there’s some time for the head coach to decide where he places the Knicks leading scorer. Additionally, we may see Anthony at multiple positions depending on the matchup that night.
Woodson described his approach, “I’m going to experiment a little bit with the big lineup as well as Melo at the 4.”
He added, “I think his natural position is 3 but in this league 3s and 4s are about the same these days. I wouldn’t be opposed to doing it, I just got to see if it works some, experiment a little bit with it.”
As expected, Anthony is open to the 3 or 4 and believes he can be a lethal scorer at just about any spot on the floor. Hard to disagree. The players that surround Anthony on a nightly basis might be the more vital question in this equation.