Alan Hahn

No! I was in studio. RT @AnthonyMSG: @Alan Hahn Did you hear the "take me home" song after tonight?

Alan Hahn

Needs more reps in system. Plus back spasms an issue. RT @DominicanPowah: @Alan Hahn Will JR struggle for playing time this year?

Alan Hahn

Thanasis will do well in Westchester. Cle has great potential. Needs time. RT @bskolo: @Alan Hahn thoughts on Thanasis and Cleanthony Early?

Alan Hahn

Absolutely. RT @ShahMoney1989: Do you agree Shump should guard opp. team PG? At least when it's guys like Wall, Rose, Irving etc? @Alan Hahn

Marc Berman

After struggling late in games last year, Carmelo hits game-winner to beat Wizards. But it's only preseason nyp.st/1tMLPQC

Alan Hahn

You are what you are. RT @FinalE33: @Alan Hahn I have serious concerns about the defense.....personnel doesn't lend to good defensive play.

Alan Hahn

He could. I'd say 28-32 mins. Can he hold up? RT @TestySpice: @Alan Hahn Alan,need your thoughts. Amare.. starting? playing time?

Alan Hahn

They like him, but give him time. RT @HandelingMaLife: @Alan Hahn when, not if, Travis wear dominates DLeague..we'll see him by Xmas?

Alan Hahn

Trust, faith and space. RT @josh_gabriel: @Alan Hahn @amf9933 Much better spacing. Melo now has options...and it makes it harder to double

Alan Hahn

False. Much different. RT @amf9933: @Alan Hahn Funny, but the Triangle offense sure looked the Old Woody Melo Iso offense to me.

Alan Hahn

FIYAH: RT @ThisIsDAM: @HDumpty39 @Alan Hahn Here you go guys, I just did this quick short n sweet. soundcloud.com/thisisdam/hahn… #ThemeSong

Alan Hahn

Passer, screener and mid-range shooter. RT @TheViv27: @Alan Hahn what kind of impact can Jason Smith have in the front court going forward?

Alan Hahn

He's a pro's pro. RT @ItIsWhatItIsAnn: @Alan Hahn Pablo blew me away tonight. Great to see him on the floor rallying & making things happen.

Alan Hahn

I think 10 deep is the max. RT @MRNYKALLDAY: 11 knicks played tonight. How many players will Fisher use in his rotation? @Alan Hahn

Alan Hahn

I'd prefer him with Dalembert for defensive protection. RT @talhasp: @Alan Hahn thoughts on Amare starting in center?

Alan Hahn

That could work, too. RT @josh_gabriel: @Alan Hahn Here's mine: Calderon, Shumpert, Melo, Ja Smith, Dalembert.

Alan Hahn

Based on matchups and readiness, I'd figure this will be the best five for now: Jose, Iman, Melo, Amar'e and Sam.

Alan Hahn

We still don't know what the #Knicks starting lineup is going to look like. We can only safely assume two spots: PG (Jose) and SF (Melo).

Jonah Ballow

I think my ideal starting 5 for #Knicks at the moment would be: Calderon, J.R. Smith, Shump, Melo, Jason Smith

Marc Berman

Phil Jackson pulls no punches in player-by-player scouting report on #Knicks - as told to confidant Charley Rosen nyp.st/1FEnO1j

Marc Berman

Fisher said he rested Quincy Acy because of a sore right wrist but seems happy with him as starting PF. Jas. Smith produced (4-5) as starter

Chris Herring

Carmelo, on his NBA-leading MPG total last season: "I really didnt have no choice." Team was struggling in standings, so he had to play more

Chris Herring

Melo said he likes Fisher's sub pattern to pull him with 2 mins left in 1st and 3rd. "I know I don't wanna play 40 mins unless I have to."

Chris Herring

Shump also roasted Hardaway, saying he looked like hed laid his clothing out the night before. "It's the first day of school, huh?" he said.

Chris Herring

Fisher says Acy has a sore right wrist, and that's why he didn't play.

Jonah Ballow

"It’s definitely a work in progress”— @Derek Fisher on deciding on the starting power forward. #Knicks

Chris Herring

Carmelo, who hit the game-winner tonight, was 1-of-16 from the floor last year in final 30 seconds of one-possession games last season.

Al Iannazzone

Absurd. RT @Marc Berman: Even if preseason, confidence-builder for Melo to hit game-winner after miserable late-game stats in 2013-14.

Chris Herring

Fun game. Felt like the real thing.

Marc Berman

Even if preseason, confidence-builder for Melo to hit game-winner with 13 seconds left after his miserable late-game stats in 2013-14.

Alan Hahn

#Knicks PostGame show is next on @MSGNetworks with me @Wally Szcerzbiak and @AlTrautwig, with @Tina Cervasio in the locker room. #NYKE

Chris Herring

Melo shot 40% from the floor once he'd been on the floor for 30 mins in a game. FG% fell to 23% after he'd been on floor for 40 mins

Jonah Ballow

Melo: 11-for-19 from the floor, 2-of-6 behind the arc, 29 pts in 34 minutes. #Knicks

Chris Herring

Just preseason, but Melo hitting that jumper shows the value of getting him additional rest early in the game.

Steve Popper

Knicks and Wizards 100-100, 27.3 seconds left - WWWD (What would Woodson do)

Scott Cacciola

Excited to see Iman's hat after the game.

Peter Vecsey

Drazen Petrovic would've been 50 2day. Me & Clyde stayed w him when, crying, cleared out Port locker. Trade 2 NJ put him in lineup/limelight

Steve Popper

Whoever unfollowed @Scott Cacciola for that last retweet - please come back. His feelings are hurt.

Marc Berman

Bearded wonder Quincy Acy is going to get a DNP tonight after starting last 4 games at PF. QA didn't look good other night vs. Milwaukee.

Chris Herring

Knicks-Wizards gms at MSG always come down to the last 30 secs. And usually end with Woodson yelling at Beno, or Beal hitting a jumper

Steve Popper

Jeremy Lin? RT @Scott Cacciola: @Steve Popper These ads are gonna pay for a second superstar next summer.

Marc Berman

Fisher trying to post W for second straight game, getting Carmelo back in for the fourth quarter.

Steve Popper

Unless MSG is having celebrities explain the triangle during breaks in the action? "Olivia Munn on court balance in transition defense."

Steve Popper

These timeouts in preseason seem endless - whoever is selling ads on MSG is going to get a raise.

Jonah Ballow

Melo about to check-in as #Knicks trail by just 1pt. Good time to test late game execution.

Steve Popper

In 11:19 of action tonight J.R. Smith had no FGA until a heave with 5 seconds left - which tells me he reads espn.com

Steve Popper

I can't remember @McCulloughStar - what was our David Wright vs. Pablo Sandoval debate?

Steve Popper

And the funny thing is @Chris Herring can sing. And @Al Iannazzone can't figure out tic-tac-toe.

Steve Popper

It's not just @Al Iannazzone singing we get in the press box. We have @Chris Herring doing a statistical analysis of tic-tac-toe game on court.

Chris Herring

Cleans up his mistakes well. But often out of position RT @benchwarmerdan: Dalembert gets lots of blocks but I dont think hes been good on D

Jonah Ballow

Don’t care that his shot was blocked. Shump must attack the rim this year.

Steve Popper

Shane Larkin may be freakishly fast - but John Wall just blew by him like he was Amar'e.

Steve Popper

So in press box @Al Iannazzone just sang along with Pharrell's Happy which might have been the unhappiest version ever (for listeners, too)

Chris Herring

Hardaway has 3 assists in 1st half -- a total that would've matched his season-high last year. Has had at least 2 assists in each gm so far.

Alan Hahn

That possession by #Knicks all five players touched the ball, ended with Melo dunk. #triangle

Chris Herring

Good outing for Shane Larkin so far. Looking much better in his mins with the 1st string than he had with the 2nd string previously.

Steve Popper

Deciding where to place the absence of Red Panda in my NBA preview? Going to be hard for Adam Silver to overcome that.

Alan Hahn

One thing about this #Knicks preseason: its impossible to scout if you are a first week opponent. There is no consistency in these lineups.

Steve Popper

So if any Royals fans want to switch over, you can catch a little Pablo Prigioni preseason action right now on MSG.

Steve Popper

Knicks hyping this Spike Lee "What is the triangle offense." I don't think the answer will be "The system got Bargnani to the hall of fame."

Jonah Ballow

What a great start for Shump w/ 7pts & energy on both sides of the floor. #Knicks

Steve Popper

Come on - youtube.com/watch?v=h7PVhe… RT @joefav: When someone sneezes 3 or 4 times, do you say "bless you" after each one or just the first?

Alan Hahn

Cleanthony makes a mistake, gets immediately subbed out and Fish tells him to sit right next to him and proceeds to teach. #Knicks

Chris Herring

Another thing thats apparent w the triangle: Melo's teammates are often caught off guard by how often he's passing the ball in this system

Steve Popper

For those keeping score - Knicks allowing 88 percent shooting through first 5 minutes.

Steve Popper

Know your geometry. that was a triangle RT @Marc Berman: Carmelo Anthony just tried to shoot through triple team, not triangle-like.

Marc Berman

Carmelo Anthony just tried to shoot through a triple team, which is not triangle-like.

Tina Cervasio

Love being "welcomed" to work each night. @ Madison Square Garden instagram.com/p/ueUREiAkJN/

Steve Popper

The Larkin, Hardaway lineup is not the defensive line.

Marc Berman

Calderon sitting to rest calf - possibly so he wouldn't have to deal with speedster Wall. Still think plays in Mont Royale with real lineup.

Chris Herring

Knicks still have really poor triangle spacing at times, even with Carmelo on the floor.

Jonah Ballow

Larkin vs. Wall in a speed battle.

Chris Herring

LOL at all the people who said "Might as well announce Phil Jackson last." Y'all are wild.

Steve Popper

You're one step from @KennyDucey not knowing who Flea is. RT @Alex Raskin: Dropkick Murphys suck.

Chris Herring

The Knicks' starting-lineup intros would have been really sad to watch if Melo had signed elsewhere. Who would they announce last? JR? Jose?

Steve Popper

As we were listening to Bargnani today - giving ridiculous answers to direct questions - all I could think was "Take that, Masai."

Al Iannazzone

Bargnani just spoke and shed no light on his health. He's frustrated because he's injured and he's working to get back on the court.

Chris Herring

Bargnani, asked whether he's run since injuring his hamstring, is evasive. Says he and doctors are just working on it everyday.

Steve Popper

We just spoke with bargnani who basically gave us the "both teams played hard" except less charming than Rasheed.

Chris Herring

Really liked Phil's public thoughts on the roster. Really disagree w/ him on Cole Aldrich, though -- think he's better than emergency backup

Ian Begley

Phil says Cole will probably only get "significant time" if someone gets hurt or other bigs get in foul trouble here: espn.go.com/nba/preview201…

Tina Cervasio

As for Prigioni, Fisher likes Larkin's change of speed but says Prigioni had a long summer playing for Argentina & needs him for long haul.

Tina Cervasio

#knicks @Shane Larkin will start at PG tonight has been 1st guard off bench. Fisher says Calderon may still sit Friday-will determine then.

Tina Cervasio

#Knicks @Jose Manuel Calderon will sit out tonight's preseason game vs #Wizards calf is better & he's working out but why risk-Let it fully heal.

Ian Begley

Derek Fisher tells reporters that Larkin, Hardaway Jr., Carmelo, Jason Smith & Dalembert will start tonight against Washington. #Knicks

Marc Berman

Fisher just made point of emphasis this year's defensive philosophy is "no switching.'' Just opposite of last season under Woody.

Chris Herring

Fisher, on his defensive philosophy: "No switching. That's something we haven't talked about or allowed ourselves to do."

Chris Herring

Fisher also cited Pablo's need for rest, after having spent the summer participating in the FIBA World Cup

Chris Herring

Fish, on why Larkin is gets mins as 2nd-string PG over Pablo: Cites his ability to get into paint, & his change of pace.

Marc Berman

Says Larkin's excessive playing time in preseason is also due to keeping Pablo fresh for regular season and give Shane seasoning

Steve Popper

Fisher said Larkin is young change of pace guy - but resting Pablo for season is part of minutes decisions now.

Al Iannazzone

Fisher said Calderon (calf) may play Friday but obviously it is more important that he's ready for opening night.

Marc Berman

Jason Smith at PF ends Quincy Acy's streak of four straight starts. Fisher just seems to be experimenting with Jose out.

Ian Begley

Derek Fisher says Carmelo & the #Knicks are debunking the perception that they're unwilling to move the ball. More: es.pn/1uETcnB

Steve Popper

Larkin, Hardaway, Jason Smith, Dalembert, Melo are the Knicks starters. Okay.

Marc Berman

Calderon will rest hamstring. Fisher says he will not risk anything.

Al Iannazzone

Fisher is starting Shane Larkin, Tim hardaway Jr., melo, Jason smith and Sam dalembert tonight

Marc Berman

Larkin, Hardaway, Jason Smith, Dalembert, Melo are starters. Saving real one for Mont Royale..