Finally back on top of their division, all the New York Knicks keep hearing is that they are going to fall back. Second in the Eastern Conference last season, now they’re supposedly second-best in their own city.
With Smith and Anthony on the court together, the ball often stops, which would hurt the ultra-effective Felton/Chandler pick-and-roll. Smith also doesn’t apply the smart, heady defense that’s needed with the rest of the starting five.
For the Knicks to make a serious run to the NBA Finals, they have to improve their defense. There’s a few ways that a team’s defense can be improved.
DeMar DeRozan scored 20 points to lead the Raptors to a 100-91 preseason victory over the New York Knicks on Friday night, spoiling Andrea Bargnani’s return to Toronto.
Woodson will have a lot of flexibility when it comes to finding the proper offense/defense balance. He can go with a dual point-guard lineup with Prigioni or start a bigger two-guard like Shumpert or Smith.
The Knicks have the NBA’s leading scorer in Carmelo Anthony, but after that there are questions about who’s going to put the ball in the basket until their second- and third-leading scorers get back.
This is the way the Knicks’ season has to start. It’s so disappointing, but also so typical at the same time. Dolan would have it no other way.
Steve Mills is returning to the New York Knicks as president and general manager, replacing Glen Grunwald in a front-office shakeup just days before the start of training camp.
New York Knicks forward Andrea Bargnani has been ruled out of the FIBA Eurobasket Tournament. Bargnani has been suffering from pneumonia.
Knicks guard Raymond Felton responded to Paul Pierce’s claim that the Nets will own New York.
Knicks head coach Mike Woodson is still tampering around with his lineup, only guaranteeing starting spots to three players: Tyson Chandler, Carmelo Anthony and Raymond Felton.
“It’s an unbelievable move for (Nets coach Jason Kidd) to have a team like that to start off his first year,’’ Smith said. “They have a great chance to compete for a title. But we’re still the marquee team in New York.”
The New York Knicks have re-signed veteran forward Kenyon Martin. General manager Glen Grunwald announced the signing Thursday.
This will be the season when the Nets-Knicks rivalry will blow up and evolve into one of the greatest in pro sports.
Tim Hardaway, Jr, CJ Leslie, Andrea Bargnani and Ron Artest are the new members of the club. But is the team better? How will they compete with an improving Eastern Conference next year?