The Knicks are struggling. It’s easy to point fingers, but who can we really blame? I’m a Knicks fan and when I see my team lose, I get frustrated, but then I remember that this is a whole new team that hasn’t had much time playing together; and I’m not talking since the Tyson Chandler trade, but back from the Carmelo trade. If this was a video game like NBA2K then yes, the Knicks would be playing awesome as they supposed to be, but this is reality. So, who can we blame? No one…not yet.
Even though the coach is usually the first to blame, it’s not Dantoni’s fault. Neither is it the fault of our super stars, Melo and Amare. The team needs more time together. The lock out really hurt this team. So, it’s like the Knicks are having training camp during the season. I don’t regret any of the Knick trades. We got our two superstars, which I am happy about and as much as I miss having Chauncey Billups because he is a leader and a winner and a point guard, we really needed a big man. Tyson Chandler is one of the best centers in the game because of his defense and leadership.
There are areas the Knicks need to address in order to be a championship-caliber team. First of all, we need a true point guard and hopefully we have an answer in Baron Davis, who should be ready soon. But if not, I’m sure there would be guys available in February who we can have as insurance (Jamal Tinsley comes to mind) or next summer, when there will be free agents floating around like, Steve Nash and Raymond Felton.
Another area we need to address is outside shooting. Outside of Josh Harrellson and Steve Novak, we do not have a pure shooter. We have guys who can shoot the three ball, but not on a consistent basis. A couple of guys that we can possibly look at are Gilbert Arenas (who’s waiting for a team to pick him up) and JR Smith who will be available in March.
The bottom line is we need patience. Yeah, it’s easy for me to say, especially being a NY fan and having all those losing years, but we are heading in the right direction…it’s just a matter of time. It’s good to be a NY Knicks fan again!