New York Knicks’ training camp is a little over a week old and the first preseason game is a mere two days away. With that being said, now is a good time to take a look at the early winners and losers so far in camp.
Winner-Raymond Felton: Felton was brought back for his second stint in the Big Apple and was handed the starting job before camp really got underway. In addition he seems to have won over all of his teammates in a short time as everyone has had nothing but positive things to say about him.
Loser Marcus Camby: Just a week into camp and Camby is already hurt, costing him about 10 days of action and a handful of preseason games.
Winner- Carmelo Anthony: If they hand out awards for saying all of the right things, then ‘Melo is already an MVP candidate. He’s sounding like a leader and a guy prepared to do all of the right things to win.
Loser- Pablo Prigioni: He was going to be the third point guard anyways, but with all of the talk of how well the team is with Felton and Jason Kidd at the point, Prigioni has become the forgotten man.
Winner- J.R. Smith: Smith wants to start and has the opportunity to make his case as really to only healthy 2-guard on the roster.
Loser- Ronnie Brewer: With an all new roster, the Knicks need all of their parts in training camp and that includes Brewer who was brought in to be the starting shooting guard. Because of offseason knee surgery, Brewer is well behind his teammates already.
Winner- John Shurna: If there is a guy that could be a surprise to make the roster, it very well could be Shurna. His play has opened up plenty of eyes so far. As an undrafted rookie with a non-guaranteed deal, all he can do is let his play do the talking for him and that’s what Shurna has done.
Loser- Knicks’ Depth: On paper this is supposed to be a very deep team, but who knows with the rash of aging veterans on this team. I already mentioned the injuries to Camby and Brewer. In addition, Amar’e Stoudemie and Chris Smith have been banged up and Rasheed Wallace has to work himself into shape. All of the sudden, the Knicks don’t look so deep if injuries become a problem.
Winner- Mike Woodson: Woodson got the veteran team that he wanted and his message has been received loud and clear as the first word out of every Knicks’ players mouth is defense. He’s trying to change the culture and he appears off to a very good start.
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