New York Knicks need to UP the effort to win in 2014

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Well Knicks’ fans the season is around the corner. Are we ready? Well, we better be. Much was done in the offseason, but we are still a flawed team.

It is not too late, but management better wake up in order to compete with the Miami Heat.

The New York Knicks currently are small.  Mike Woodson’s love for small ball may help Carmelo Anthony score points, but clearly the Indiana Pacers showed the Knicks it will not work over a seven game series.

December 3, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Toronto Raptors forward Andrea Bargnani (7) during the first half against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets won 113-110. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

We lost because we could not compete with Indiana on the inside.  The two shining stars in that series were Iman Shumpert and Chris Copeland.

Indiana liked Copeland so much they signed him.  Now yes, Andrea Bargnani, is a step above Copeland, but he is a 3, 4, not a true center and never will be.

The Pacers had younger legs, a quicker Lance Stevenson, who no Knick seemed to stop.  Indiana also has added size in Luis Scola and shooting and instant offense in both Copeland and the return of Danny Granger.

Now the losing of Copeland is important as last year the Knicks suffered to find a consistent second scoring option.

Here’s what the Knicks must do to take a run at an Eastern Conference championship.

MAN UP
Currently, we only have one legitimate center. Bargnani may be seven-feet tall, but he plays like a three.

To compete for a championship he must MAN UP.

So where do we look for size? With Jeremy Tyler now out a minimum of eight to 10 weeks and every doctor knows foot injuries take time (just review last year, Marcus Camby, Kurt Thomas, and Rasheed Wallace) and do not heal easily. Based on the hardware used, he will be prone to future injuries. I would now look to sign both Earl Barron and Hamed Haddadi.

Now this may be difficult as the Knicks only have one guaranteed contract left, but Knicks’ general manager Glen Grunwald, needs to Smarten Up.

I watched Tyler in every summer league game, he is young, strong and has a decent shot, but seems more like a power forward, then a true center.  I think he has heart and potential, but we need to play for now.

If Tyler needs to be cut, (as his deal is only partially guaranteed and I am not privy to the language), we will need to make a closer look.  This would allow us to have two roster spots now and resign Tyler later.

This will allow him to work his way back through our D-league affiliate.  To hold a roster spot for an unproven big now, is too risky. We must protect Tyson Chandler and limit his minutes.

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