It’s 2:15 AM but I’m still awake for the reason all NBA fans are; Melo updates. I’m still holding out this deal falls through for the shear reason of him going to the Nets. I don’t know if I can handle seeing the two best scorers in the league going to rivals in the same offseason. Alas, all signs point to Melo ending up in New Jersey and there is one person to blame; DONNIE WALSH.
Walsh has done a great job of clearing cap over the past few seasons, but it now looks like all that came from it was Amare Stoudemire and easily replaced role players. After Walsh moved Randolph and Crawford Knicks fans, like myself, began to grow optimistic about the future but after today I can’t say I’m content. The Knicks are not contenders and likely won’t be for a while. The lack of first rounders really and the way this team is currently put together could potentially cripple this franchise yet again.
With the way this team is put together we can expect a 7-10 finish in the East this season, and if we wind up making the playoffs we’re still getting bounced in the first round and go into the offseason without a lottery pick. There are no more stars to put around Amare going forward and all signs point to us becoming a watered down Phoenix Suns of a couple years ago.
Walsh has turned this team into an average team with no room for growth. There are no first rounders to build around Amare and have to hope Amare can carry this team all season long, which isn’t going to be an easy task.
All in all, Walsh knows his plan failed and the Knicks are in position to be just about where they were when they last made the playoffs as a 7th seed in the East.