A source has told ESPN that owner James Dolan expects the 2013-14 New York Knicks to win the NBA title this season.
The Knicks’ season starts Wednesday night against Milwaukee at MSG, with Carmelo Anthony perhaps back at the power forward spot and J.R. Smith not in the arena.
Mike Woodson has plenty of options for his opening night lineup against the Bucks.
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.
Smith wants the starting nod from coach Mike Woodson. That said, if the Knicks reprise his role as the go-to guy off the bench, he’d be OK with that, too.
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’ head coach said Wednesday that J.R. Smith needs to “grow up and do the right things” after the sixth man was suspended five games by the NBA for violating the anti-drug policy.
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.
With NFL Week 1 and the Yankees garnering the majority of the attention on this Monday morning, Craig was sure to carve out a few minutes to discuss the suspension with Boomer, who is still curious about the use of a ‘roach clip’…
Smith “did not test positive” for a performance-enhancing drug, Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reported via Twitter.
“I believe our team can go as far as going to the Finals,’’ Udrih said. “We have to think like that from the first practice. We can be very good. It all depends how seriously we’re going to take it. We all believe we can go really far.”
“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.”
This will be the season when the Nets-Knicks rivalry will blow up and evolve into one of the greatest in pro sports.