2010 New York Knicks Preview
Last year the Knicks were…..well the Knicks. The circus at Madison Square Garden was there for everyone to see as it was dismantled early and the Knicks continued to be the laughing stock of the Eastern Conference. Solid losing stretches guaranteed missing the playoffs and most of the talk about the New York Knicks focused on off the court issues like Stephon Marbury. This season the Knicks motto will be “Welcome to New York Lebron” as Lebron’s free agent status should easily be a top story for most of the year.
Mike D’Antoni enters his second year as head coach of the Knicks. He spent most of the first year getting rid of players that did not fit or agree with his system. This year the pieces are starting to fall into place and it will be interesting to see if it brings some wins to the Big Apple. Hs run and gun type of approach is at least exciting to watch.
The problem is the off-season did not provide the Knicks with players that fit into the offensive system in place. The Knicks signed David Lee to a contract but he is not the run and gun type of player. He can score and is a fan favorite so it’s nice to see him stay in New York. Quentin Richardson and Chris Wilcox both left town and the only player to fill the void that was brought in is Darko Milicic. That is hardly considered an upgrade.
When the draft came around the Knicks did not do so bad when they selected Toney Douglas and Jordan Hill. These players might actually get a chance to contribute this season with the expectations terribly low in New York.
This season is over before it began for the Knicks. The lineup is full of so-so players that do not fit the scheme and the tempo the team is going for. Eddy Curry, Al Harrington, Cuttino Mobley, David Lee and Larry Hughes all have talent but they are not the type of team that will compete in a talent laden Eastern Conference. This season is all about courting Lebron James for next year and getting a lottery pick would not hurt the cause. The Knicks are destined to finish in the cellar of the East and focus on Lebron. Spike Lee may not even be able to root for this team.