The New York Knicks defense is 4.2 points per 100 possessions better when Jose Calderon is off the court — and that number may dramatically undersell how much he hurts the Knicks on that end. Match him up against a quality point guard and it’s trouble — Kyle Lowry torched Calderon for a triple-double Monday night as the Raptors cruised past the Knicks. It’s been like that all season; it’s why Phil Jackson was testing the point guard market at the trade deadline (but the Knicks lacked the assets to get a good deal done).
Finally, a Knicks coach may do something about it, reports Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.
Likely that means Langston Galloway will get the start. It could mean Rambis will unchain Jarian Grant from the bench as well and let him get some run.
If you’re thinking Jimmer Fredette — the brand new Knick — don’t bet on it. He played less than two minutes in the blowout loss to the Raptors and Rambis has said Fredette is going to have to prove he can defend to get more run. (Yes, that seems ironic.)
This move isn’t changing New York’s trajectory this season. Knicks are not going to the playoffs, so why not play the young guards significant minutes, live with the mistakes, coach them up, and try to develop them for next season? Derek Fisher probably should have done that a while ago, but, at least, Rambis is doing something.