Friday, October 20, 2006

Rookie Surprise

Apparent First Round "Flop" turns to First Round Shock

One of the most impressing things about the Knicks this preseason is the outstanding and surprising play of one of their first round picks, Renaldo Balkman. Balkman has been running around getting a lot of boards, getting steals, dribbling up the court, dribbling behind the back, pushing the ball, he honestly looks amazing. However, this is the preseason and opposing coach’s can pick up on his game in film and learn how to shut him down. So I wouldn’t get to excited about his outstanding performance but he is winning over a lot of fans, including myself who killed the pick draft day. I guess the basketball world has to learn to trust Isiah Thomas’ judgement(when it comes to draft picks). When he was a GM for the Toronto Raptors he drafted such stars as Damon Stoudemire, Marcus Camby, and Tracy McGrady. So Mr. Thomas get ready to say a big “I TOLD YOU SO” when Balkman becomes a fixture on the Knick bench. Balkman has the heart and determination of Jerome Williams and the wiry explosiveness of Marcus Camby. The skies the limit for this rookie who will surprise opposing teams throughout the league, even though he could get pushed around due to his 208-pound frame. Renaldo Blakman is another reason why there is cause to be optimistic this season about my New York Knicks. Due to the apparent team chemistry this year displayed in the preseason(i knoooow it is preseason), I can honestly not wait for this season to begin November 1st.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Andrew Fleitman said...

I totally agree with your blog. Although it was an unpopular pick at the time. Balkman fills the Knicks need for defense rebounds and grit. Perhaps the Oakley of the Future. With the pick they had the only thing they could have done better is pick Marcus Williams and trade him. I cannot wait for this season!

10/20/2006 12:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you make a lot of good points but i still don't trust Thomas cuz he'll prolly trade Jalen Rose and lose out on takin money off the cap

10/21/2006 1:15 PM  
Blogger Alex B. said...

I understand i know what your saying but I dissagree i think he learned his lesson plus he'll prob lose his job for sure since he has that one year ultimatum win or hit the road......doing that wouldnt really win him points with Dolan or the fans so unless the right offer comes on the table trading Jalen is not gonna happen plus he gives the Knicks veteran leadeship which is something they don't have much of

10/21/2006 1:44 PM  

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