Looking for help defense in still shots of the Knicks over the last few years has been a lot like a “Where’s Waldo” search through a book that’s lacking “Waldo”. In the above picture, I’ll assume that’s Amar’e Stoudemire standing behind Dirk, and I’ll also assume the other two Mavericks who aren’t in the picture are spread in each corner—wide open. Carmelo is in the paint for no apparent reason, Shawne Williams is in no man’s land, and Landry Fields looks lost. If my memory serves me correctly, the Knicks were eradicated by the defending champs in their lone, post-Carmelo addition contest. Dallas seemed to score at will, anytime they wanted, waltzing through the lane, grabbing offensive rebounds like desperate bridesmaids lunging for a bouquet. It wasn’t pretty, and looking back it’s a huge indicator as to how far the Knicks are from winning a championship.
Next season, when the Knicks first host Dallas on a frigid Sunday afternoon in February, attention should be at an all-time high. This is the team with the bulls-eye on its back; the group that finagled its way down one of the toughest roads in recent memory to a championship. If you were to go down and compare both rosters, the tipping piece is Tyson Chandler. (Place him on the Knicks and they’re better). This game should turn back the curtain on just how successful the Carmelo Anthony deal has been.