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As a basketball fan in New York, I have grown up watching an abysmal display of the sport sort of (not) proudly brought to me by New York Knicks. Oh, and that “other” team in New York (the Brooklyn Nets) isn’t doing too well either. The knicks have not been producing a product that I would pay to see at the so-called mecca of basketball and home of the Knicks, Madison Square Garden. At the moment, the Knicks have 24 wins and an embarrassing 30 loses. In the last ten games alone, they have won a whopping two (yeah yeah, hold onto your socks), with a playoff berth slowly slipping away.
One of the major problems with the Knicks organizations at the moment is that they are in an identity crisis – on one hand, they have aging superstar Carmelo Anthony and could try to rebuild now, while on the other hand, they could be patient and build around their young and talented superstar Kristaps Porzingis. I feel like the Knicks should try to build for the slightly more distant future rather than try win in the immediate future because, as presently constructed, the Knicks are flat-out, uh, terrible.
Analyzing the Knick’s starting five, they have two good players: Kristaps Porzingis and Carmelo Anthony. But even they have their faults. For example, Melo is coming off a season where he had a season-ending knee injury and is still struggling to make a major comeback from. Porzingis has shown flashes of stardom, but is still a rookie and therefore has a lot to learn. The other three starters are new additions to the team: Jose Calderon, Arron Afflalo and Robin Lopez. Out of the new additions, Robin Lopez has been the most productive. I don’t think Robin will ever grow into a great player, but he is a solid player that offers good defense and is a proficient rebounder and scorer. Arron Afflalo is a middle-of-the-road shooting gaurd and has not lived up to expectations of being the second leading scorer. The last player in the starting lineup is Jose Calderon and, to put it nicely, he has been absolutely atrocious. As a result of Jose being older, his speed has dramatically decreased and this has made him a defensive liability and just a shooter offensively.
From the looks of it, the Knicks could really use our good friend Petrovic. Actually, I don’t even think he could save the Knicks from this mess. As a fan, I am trying to staying patient (whether you believe it or not after this rant) and trust in the current Knicks GM Phil Jackson. With a load of weak players and a brand new coach getting caught looking at questionable photos, they still have a lot of pieces to add and it will be at least two to three years before the Knicks are competitive. Hopefully, they will add some superstars like Russell Westbrook or Kevin Durant in free agency.
Even though the Knickerbockers straight-up suck, I’ll still keep my hopes up for them and continue to watch and listen to their games no matter how frustrating they become.