I don’t think anyone honestly believes the Knicks will reach the second round of the playoffs under Woodson. Maybe it could happen under someone else, but there’s only one way to find out.
It’s games like the one Monday night against Milwaukee that make Knicks fans wonder why they waste energy investing passion into this team during modest win streaks.
There aren’t a lot of teams in either conference that are real fits for the Knicks if they decide they have to trade Carmelo Anthony and start a genuine rebuild.
These are not rumors, but rather scenarios that work financially for both sides inside the CBA, and could be feasible in a theoretical world.
With Mike Woodson’s inability or unwillingness to find a way to use Bargnani well, his injury helps the team by default.
James Dolan can stay away from New York as long as he wants, but over the next 27 days, preferably sooner than later, the conversation is going to happen.
There really isn’t any point in watching anymore. The small details might change from night to night, but the Knicks always find a way to lose.
If they haven’t already, the Knicks need to find out what Anthony is thinking so they can act accordingly. Any way you cut it, the Knicks do not provide a bright future for Anthony.
Woodson’s future as head coach is on the line, and perhaps even Anthony’s future as a Knick. That’s how important the next 15 days are to the future of this franchise. They better take advantage of it.
The Knicks are slowly turning it around, and looking more like the team that won night after night last season. But there’s one thing they haven’t been able to do. They can’t close games.
This whole episode is simply another perfect example of how chaotic and disorganized the Knicks’ management structure is. Nothing is ever handled the right way.
Will the Knicks finally be able to sustain an increased defensive effort under Woodson, something they haven’t done for more than a year? If that’s the case, then this run might be more sustainable than people think.
It’s amazing what happens when J.R. Smith doesn’t play. It’s nowhere near that simple, of course. But it was a very significant change in direction for the Knicks on Friday night.
New York’s coach has to decide whether it’s more important to win basketball games or give playing time to the players with the biggest contracts. The decision is really that simple.
This group of players has run its course, as has the Carmelo Anthony era. The trade for Melo was a failure. The idea of building around him hasn’t worked. It’s time to accept it, cut losses and move on.