This is going to be a time-consuming and painful process with the Knicks, and Carmelo Anthony is finally realizing that.
Let me start by saying I’m sorry. And then let me tell you why this Knicks debacle is your doing.
December 15 is coming, and Jackson was wise to say he wouldn’t make a move for the sake of making a move. But make no mistake about it: Change is coming, whether it’s now or after the season.
The Knicks let another winnable game slip through their fingers on Thursday night, and there were a lot of interesting storylines. Let’s go through them.
Things are bad, and usually these types of circumstances prompt James Dolan to swoop in and do something ill-conceived.
The Knicks’ shooting-guard position was supposed to be a strength this year, but so far it has been an absolute disaster.
As the Knicks continue to sputter through the regular season — and likely to another lottery season — there has been hidden progress within the losses on the offensive side of the ball.
With the Knicks at 4-11 and closer to the first pick in the draft than the NBA playoffs, chatter has already started about the Knicks’ upcoming offseason.
Is age already creeping up on Carmelo Anthony? Or are some of his lower statistics the product of the triangle offense and his return to small forward?
No one knows how long Stoudemire will stay healthy, but the Knicks must take advantage of his skills while he is.
Pick your metaphor. The Knicks’ defense is a sinking ship. A dumpster fire. A nuclear wasteland. Nicolas Cage’s acting career. The president’s approval ratings. Take your pick, they all work.
The Knicks need to play their best players and force opponents to match up against them. It’s the only way this team is going to forge an identity and figure things out.
There’s an adjustment that has to happen, but as coach Derek Fisher and president Phil Jackson have both said, the team isn’t making basketball plays when the system affords the opportunities.
If you just look at the stats, it appears the Knicks are playing pretty good defense this season. Teams are only averaging 98.4 points against them and shooting 44.7 percent from the field. But those numbers are illusions hiding a simple fact.
The Knicks would not have beaten the Cavs last year. Not with Mike Woodson as their head coach. Not in a million years.