Knicks’ Douglas Outplays Paul in Battle of Future Knicks Point Guards

Published on: 3rd March, 2011

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Knicks' Douglas Outplays Paul in Battle of Future Knicks Point Guards

epa02083535 Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo (L) reaches for the ball from New York Knicks guard Toney Douglas (R) in the first quarter at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, USA 17 March 2010. EPA/CJ GUNTHER CORBIS OUT  | read this item

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New York – It hasn’t been the easiest of seasons or careers for Toney Douglas, the Knicks backup point guard. Since being drafted by the Knicks in 2009, Douglas, not a true point guard but more of an energy guy with defensive skills has been trying to prove to his teammates and coaches that he is a legitimate NBA point guard.

Tonight might have been Douglas’ finest moment, as he stepped into the Knicks starting lineup against the New Orleans Hornets, replacing the injured Chauncey Billups who was out with a thigh bruise, and leading the Knicks to a 107-88 win over the New Orleans Hornets.

With the spectre of the possible future point guard of the Knicks, Chris Paul playing opposite him for the talent-depleted New Orleans Hornets, Douglas came up with one of the best games of his pro career, scoring 24-points on 10 of 13 shooting, while handing out five assists. He thoroughly outplayed the player the whole league knows is planning to become the New York Knick point guard in 2012 in one of the worst-kept secrets in NBA history.

Douglas decided to just play his game and stop deferring to the Knicks superstar tandem of Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony. Afterwards, the ever-modest Douglas credited the recently-acquired Chauncey Billups with helping him to find his game

 “Chauncey is a great person and a great player,” said Douglas. “I really have looked up to him while he has been here. This morning, he talked to me and told me to play aggressive and no matter what, play my game and play within the offense. He is really going to help me a lot in becoming a better player. Just picking his brain and becoming more of a student of the game.”

So Billups is paying dividends with more than just points and assists and big, game-winning shots.

“Douglas was being aggressive which is great for us, “ said Stoudemire. “He is a good scorer at the point guard position. For guys like Carmelo and myself, who command so much attention, it opens things up for guys like Toney.”

Paul has not played particularly well the past few games but he isn’t using a balky knee as an excuse.

“The knee feels better than it has in awhile,” he said. “I feel like I can go by any other point guard, which I could not do before.”

The New York media asked Paul the inevitable questions about the rumors of his impending signing of a free agent contract with the Knicks as soon as his current deal expires with the Hornets. Paul’s interest in playing for the Knicks has been one of the worst-kept secrets in league history since he gave a wedding toast at Carmelo Anthony’s New York City-nuptials ceremony that was heard from Broadway to Bourbon Street in New Orleans.

During Anthony’s wedding  over this past summer at Cipriani’s Restaurant on 42nd street, the superstar New Orleans point guard, predicted a future Knicks Dream Team.

According to a person who spoke with wedding attendee Amar’e Stoudemire, Paul made the reference during a speech of a potential union of himself, Stoudemire and Anthony, saying, “We’ll form our own Big 3,” Paul allegedly said.

The rumors about Paul have been flying ever since.

“I’m guys who is fully invested in anything I am a part of and New Orleans is my team. I have the ultimate faith in my team. We know what we’re capable of and we’re just not doing that right now.”

What Paul was really trying to say was, “I’m done with the Hornets. Get me out of here and put me on the floor with Carmelo and Amar’e as soon as possible!

Paul, averaging 16 points per game, ended up with just four points and 10 assists, dominated by Douglas’ performance.

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