Dec 5, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; New York Knicks guard Raymond Felton (2) drives past Charlotte Bobcats guard Kemba Walker (15) during the game at Time Warner Cable Arena. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks Dealing With the Pain

The story of the offseason was how old the New York Knicks instantly became overnight. It was almost as easy as just add water, shake, and instantly your the oldest team in NBA history.

It’s funny though that when you are winning, no one seems to care how old you are.

Dec 8, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Knicks point guard Jason Kidd (5) being defended by Chicago Bulls shooting guard Marco Belinelli (8) during the second half at the United Center. The Bulls won 93-85. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

The Knicks 14-5 start to the regular season has been due in large part to that age that everyone seemed to criticize before the season.

However there are causes for concern and it has to do with that age.

We aren’t even a quarter of the way through the season yet and the Knicks elderly bodies seem to be breaking down. Hopefully for their sake it won’t become a trend.

Amar’e Stoudemire and Iman Shumpert have yet to play this season and the like of Marcus Camby (foot), Jason Kidd (back), Raymond Felton (hand) and Carmelo Anthony (finger) have all been banged up at one time or another.

Felton has been playing through pain in his hand since Wednesday, but Kidd was forced to miss four games and ‘Melo now two straight. That is something that Knicks’ head coach Mike Woodson hopes doesn’t continue.

Injuries are part of an NBA season, but you don’t want to see it get out of control.

When the Knicks have their full complement of players, they are scary good and will get even scarier when STAT and Shump get healthy.

When your winning, all is good and no one seems to care, but injuries can deflate a team very quick. This Knicks team probably beats Brooklyn if Kidd is playing and probably beats Chicago if ‘Melo were in the lineup. Not that I have any complaints with 14-5, but a 16-3 team would be something right now.

However even when they are winning, it is going to become a chore for Woodson to monitor the health of his players, especially the older ones.

You definitely don’t want to have to play the “what-if” game, wishing guys were healthy.

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