This was supposed to be the breakout year for my New York Knicks. They were supposed to come together, knock off the Celtics and take home the Atlantic Division title – hell, I predicted so! The Knicks were supposed to make some serious noise in the playoffs.
Instead, the Knicks are floundering with a sub-.500 record (7-11) and appear to be headed nowhere fast.
Once again: sigh.
This begs the question, why are the Knicks so horrible?
The easiest place to assess blame is the coaching. Coach Mike D’Antoni is under fire, and I sometimes find myself thinking that he has to go. However, I cannot blame him for the performance of a team led by two stars and that has no role players.
It’s all about bad pieces that do not fit in the puzzle. Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudamire, while great players individually, are a bad combo. Anthony is a ball-stopper while Stoudamire thrives on pick-and-rolls.
Even still, the pair could work if they had a point guard to help direct everything. Who are the Knicks point guards? Hmm, let’s see: Iman Shumpert, Toney Douglas, and Mike Bibby.
Are you kidding me??? Hell, their point guard situation is so bad, a healthy Baron Davis is seen as a HUGE upgrade.
Here is how I would fix my Knicks: trade Amare Stoudamire for the New Jersey Nets’ Daron Williams. Williams not only gives the Knicks a bigger upgrade at point guard, but he will bring instant cred with Anthony. Plus, the Knicks will not have to gut their roster to land Williams (thank you very much James Dolan).
Or, as rumor has it, trade Amare AND Tyson Chandler for Dwight Howard. That would free up some max money for Williams.
Either way, a point guard would go a long way to fixing the Knicks. Just as long as someone tells Dolan to stay his ass out of it…