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ENEMY LINES
Ian Thomsen
October 29, 2012
A RIVAL SCOUT SIZES UP THE KNICKS
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October 29, 2012

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A RIVAL SCOUT SIZES UP THE KNICKS

I have no problem with their decision to let Jeremy Lin go—it's like losing Tim Tebow. Last year was a perfect storm for Lin.... They'll hope that Jason Kidd will be a coach on the floor and pass that knowledge on to Raymond Felton, who has never had a mentor like him before.... Felton has the ability to make the right pass and make you pay when he's on the move. He shoots it well when he's spotting up, but he's another guy who needs the ball in his hands in order to be effective.... Is Felton likely to stand up to Carmelo Anthony and tell him where he needs to go and how the offense is going to be run? I think the answer to that is no, and that's a problem.... Tyson Chandler is one of the two or three best defenders in the league. When other guys make mistakes, he's there to pick them up and block shots. He'll take a charge or give a hard foul because he's savvy enough to know where to be, so he doesn't just rely on athleticism, and he doesn't get in foul trouble like he used to.... J.R. Smith is a wild card. He may win three games for you, but he's also going to lose three by doing the crazy stuff that made George Karl go bald.

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