New York Knicks fans would have loved to see Marc Gasol face off against his brother Pau in the paint during the Knicks' 109-87 loss on Sunday night against the Lakers.
Without Marc Gasol or any consistent low-post presence, the Knicks were outscored in the paint, 50-30, and out-rebounded 61-42. Amar'e Stoudemire faced constant pressure and could not deal with Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum's length (who can, really?), going just 7-of-24 from the field.
However, Knicks center Ronny Turiaf had 19 points on 8-of-9 shooting, 10 rebounds and two blocks in 38 minutes while playing sensational defense on LaMarcus Aldridge in the Knicks' 100-86 win over Portland last night. Against the Lakers, though, Turiaf played just seven minutes. He's a great backup center long term, but can't be counted on to start for 70-plus games per season, playing 25-plus minutes per night.
Regardless of Turiaf's sensational performance, it is clearly evident the Knicks need a starting center to take pressure off Stoudemire and contend with the NBA's elite, but as Mike D'Antoni told the press two days ago, "It’s really nice to say we need a starting center. O.K., go get one. Nobody’s giving them up."
D'Antoni speaks the truth. Perhaps it's best for the Knicks to wait and invest in a center over the summer, or perhaps even try harder and mine for a diamond in the rough in-house.
The following are the Knicks' bevy of options at Donnie Walsh's disposal, provided Carmelo Anthony doesn't sign a max deal with them over the summer.