I’m landing the Knicks at 43-39, getting the eighth and final seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. It will be a good start to the Jackson and Fisher era.
Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks are hoping a full season under team president Phil Jackson can help them return to the playoffs. It starts Wednesday night against Chicago.
Here are the 10 things that will determine the Knicks’ success this season, in order of importance.
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The only starters that appear certain are Carmelo Anthony (likely at small forward) and Jose Calderon. The other positions all seem to be, potentially, up for grabs.
“Trying to think about the rest of the team over myself or my scoring is something that I never really had to do before.”
As far as Phil Jackson is concerned, Carmelo Anthony is the Knicks’ only star, but that doesn’t mean he and his teammates together won’t be able to run the triangle offense efficiently.
Most of New York’s players are what they are: one-dimensional guys. Shumpert, Hardaway and Larkin can be more than that.
Phil Jackson made two big signings since becoming Knicks president, and Carmelo Anthony seems thrilled with both.
Derek Fisher has wisely used the first four preseason games to experiment with different player combinations. But he has been shorthanded at one of the most competitive spots on the roster.
“It’s going to take a few months,” Smith said. “Over the course of the year, understanding where everybody is going to be. It’s going to take a while.”
Can Anthony fit into the triangle? Will he get shots in rhythm in spots where he likes to score? Will the ball move? Will he be willing to move off the ball and cut for easy baskets?
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When the preseason starts in four days, we’ll see how much head coach Derek Fisher is getting through to his team.
The rookie coach ran his first practice Tuesday morning, a 2 1/2-hour workout that was heavy on defense and teamwork, which were both missing far too often last season.