Well, the Knicks officially completed the preseason last night with an 88-82 victory of the Nets. But, as is the nature of preseason, the score really doesn’t matter.
- The Knicks looked disjointed on offense, which can be expected in a preseason game after such a significant layoff. However, it is an area where the Knicks are going to need to excel if they are going to be one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference.
- Josh Harrellson, or Jorts as he is so affectionately known, looks primed to make an impact; and frankly he is going to have to because there isn’t much behind Chandler and Stat inside. Jorts can flat out play, and he brings a much needed toughness to the Knicks interior. Based on his play in the preseason, he may just be the answer to the Knicks frontcourt depth problems.
- Balkman is another reserve that is going to be important for the Knicks this season. He has shown in both of the preseason games that he has the conditioning necessary to do what he does best as an energy player.
- I think we are going to see a lot of Melo at the point forward and the point guards on Douglas and Bibby operating as shooters to spread the floor—at least until Davis arrives on the scene—that will definitely have an effect on how D’Antoni goes about running the offense.
Overall this team looks primed to simply run other teams out of the gym with their offense, which should allow D’Antoni to rest his starters in the 4th quarter of games. But, the question will be: can they sustain an acceptable level of defense that will allow them to do that? That remains to be seen.