What a disaster of a year it was for the New York Knicks. President of Basketball Operations Phil Jackson was meant to be a shining light on this team. A team which Derrick Rose said pre-season is a ‘Superteam’. Jackson and superstar Carmelo Anthony continued to butt heads all season long, while the confusion of their triangle offense baffled all outsiders. Everything that could go wrong did go wrong this season for the New York Knicks, maybe because they’re the New York Knicks.
The New York Knicks will be nothing if not interesting this season. They’ve picked up Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah in what people are dubbing the super team of 2011. Yes, the Knicks aren’t a super team and certainly won’t be contending for a title anytime soon but this team is far from mediocre. Carmelo Anthony is an offence stud along with Noah, Rose and Kristaps Porzingis I’m confident they will win more games than they lose. Brandon Jennings coming off the bench is also a huge asset. I thought Joe Public would be all over this team inflating the win total, however, this is not the case.
Expected Wins (44).
Where to start with the New York Knicks. Phil Jackson has caused an unbelievable amount of unnecessary drama, even calling out LeBron James and his ‘posse’ a term that holds racial connotations and was called out by none other than Carmelo Anthony who said it was disrespectful. On the court, the two big free agent signings didn’t work out, to say the least. Derrick Rose despite not being awful, wasn’t what the Knicks were hoping for and to make matters worse Rose suffered another season-ending Knee Injury that will require surgery. It’s hard to believe that Joakim Noah was the Defensive player of the year, in the All-NBA first team and an NBA All-Star just three seasons ago. Noah is a shell of his former self, much like his old Bulls teammate. Noah averaged just five points and eight rebounds through 46 games this season before failing a drug test that saw him suspended for 20 games. Despite Carmelo Anthony having a no-trade clause, Phil Jackson has made it clear to the entire basketball world that he doesn’t want Anthony at the Knicks, saying "We have not been able to win with him on the court at this time and I think the direction with our team is that he is a player that would be better off somewhere else and using his talent somewhere he can win or chase that championship.” It seems increasingly unlikely that we will see Melo in a Knicks uniform again. To make matters worse for the Knicks, their one shining beacon of hope, Kristaps Porzingis was so annoyed with the Knicks postseason that he skipped his exit interview and has taken extended leave. I also have concerns about Jeff Hornacek as an NBA coach but that is the least of their current worries.
There is no other option for the Knicks than to blow this whole thing up and start from scratch. Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Carmelo Anthony all shouldn’t be in New York next season. The Knicks need to build around their future Kristaps Porzingis, something they should’ve done 12 months ago. Jeff Hornacek and Phil Jackson have said the Knicks will be running exclusively the triangle offence next season. Expect another disaster season.