Walt ‘Clyde’ Frazier believes their is only one thing that the New York Knicks must do make the playoffs.Â At a PUMA event, Frazier said, “The key to winning is always defense to me.”
Frazier wants coach David Fizdale to turn the defense up a notch and apply full-court pressure.Â The Knicks have a very deep bench, maybe one of the deepest in the league.Â So with that depth, all players need to be utilized in a way that provides suffering defense for 48-minutes.
The Garden faithful does love good defense from the Knicks.Â While scoring points and hitting big shots gets the crowd hyped, the fans really get behind the Knicks when they display intense, up-beat defense.Â Just like about the hard-nosed 90’s Knicks.Â The Garden went crazy when Ewing, Oakley and Mason defended the paint.
The Knicks added good defensive pieces to their already young roster.
Mitchell Robinson is the main piece when we talk defense.Â The blocking sensation is now 100% healthy and ready to take over the center position.Â Robinson hurt his knee, keeping him out of participating for team USA in the FIBA World Cup.
The Knicks added Marcus Morris, who has always provided hard-nose defense and will defend him teammates at all cost.Â He is not afraid to bang down-low and get rebounds.Â Morris has been the player that you hate to play against, but love when he is on your team.
Frank Ntilikina and Daymean Dotson are probably the two best overall defenders for the Knicks.Â They can key on their assignment and stick to their man the entire length of the floor.
The Knicks also added Bobby Portis, a 6’11’ center averaging 8.6 total rebounds a game for his career.Â He is a gritty player, who is looking to be the Sixth Man of the Year and the leader of the Knicks bench.
Frazier added, “They realize theyâ€™re not an elite team, but if they give 100 percent, theyâ€™ll get the support of the Garden. With very aggressive defense, they can make the playoffs.â€Â Frazier is could not be more correct with his comments.Â The Knicks are already looking to shock people this season and it will start with their defense.