Failed Season

There were three ways the Knicks’ season could have ended successfully.

1- Win the NBA Championship

2- Lose in the NBA Finals

3- Lose to the Heat in the playoffs.

#1 is obvious. With only two trips to the finals in 39 years, #2 would definitely have been a success. And while some Knicks’ fans don’t want to admit it, the Heat are a much, much better team so losing to them doesn’t make the season a failure.

So, I count yesterday’s elimination in the second round to the Pacers as a failure. This team was built to win now and they didn’t do it.

Now the Knicks have to figure out how to improve a team that couldn’t get past the second round. Bringing Smith back is a must, but creating more depth is going to be a hard problem to crack. They have a late first round draft pick, but they are over the cap so the rest won’t be very easy.

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  • blmeanie  On May 20, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    so this will be harsh and you may react accordingly, but the Knicks…well, they really aren’t constructed to be a really good team. They are led by a ball hogging scorer that hasn’t been out of the first round in 9 of the 11 years he has been playing. Teams you line up against certainly has something to do with how you perform in the playoffs but it is rare that a 30 shot high scoring player will lead you to the promised land. Iverson, Gervin, Kobe (when without another great player), Dantley, Thompson, even Pierce. Paul Pierce felt, before KG and Ray showed up, that he needed to be a big time scorer (still thinks it at times to a fault) and the team suffered.

    There are some interesting players on the knicks, but all in, they don’t strike fear in me or probably other teams when the intensity ramps up.

    You might think a tweak here or there will get you there but I have my doubts.

    • nysportsfanatic  On May 20, 2013 at 4:47 pm

      I think Tyson Chandler is incredibly underrated.He wasn’t anywhere close to 100% after his back injury and that really cost the Knicks. I also don’t think you can pin this loss on Melo. He played a great game Saturday, the problem is nobody else did. JR Smith deserves a lot of blame. After that elbow to Terry’s head he lost the ability to shoot.

      I have to admit, I never though the Knicks would lose because of their offense, but that’s exactly what happened.

  • blmeanie  On May 20, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    I liked chandler’s game before he came to the Knicks. If it is injury it will be good for you, if it is also normal decline then ouch…

    • nysportsfanatic  On May 20, 2013 at 9:49 pm

      I think you simply don’t like the Knicks. That’s ok, but I think it might cloud your judgement a bit.

  • blmeanie  On May 22, 2013 at 11:27 am

    I hope, from the context of the Yankees, that you would understand I can like players on hated teams (see Jeter, Munson, Guidry…). To that point, I struggle to like the “game” of any of the Knicks.

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