The New York Knicks organization and fans have been building an anti Miami Heat weapon. It started as soon as LeBron James told Jim Gray he would be taking his talents to south beach. To this effort, the team has acquired Tyson Chandler, Rasheed Wallace, Kenyon Martin and Marcus Camby to protect the paint. The Heat love to drive to the basket. They turn to Carmelo Anthony for the brunt of the scoring, and J.R. Smith is the scoring and defense off the bench. Steve Novak is the three-point threat, and Jason Kidd keeps them playing smart offensively and defensively. Today, the final ingredient has been added with the signing of small forward Quentin Richardson.
Richardson is averaging 10 points per game over his career. He is brought in for his defensive abilities and solid shot selection. You can’t have enough of that when you want to make a playoff run in the NBA
The Knicks have defense in the paint and have just added solid defense on the perimeter to go along with Iman Shumpert. Richardson will not be counted on for scoring, but he is a smart veteran who will be far from a liability offensively.
The Knicks were able to make this move within league rules, because Richardson has not played this season. The team has a full roster now with 15 active players.
The 33 year old, 6’6 220 pound Richardson is a former Knick. He played with the team from 2005 to 2009. He is a former member of the Heat as well. The veteran Chicago native has also played with the Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns and most recently with the Orlando Magic.
Tony Graham is a New York Knicks writer for RantSports.com.
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