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The Disappointing 2012 New York Knicks: From a Non-Knicks Fan

A Big-3 yes, but can they overcome a roster of bums? No.

As of January 8th of this lockout-shortened season, the New York Knicks are 4-4 after eight games. Seeing the Knicks come out to a mediocre start isn’t anything new to New York fans in the last few years. Including last year, which was highlighted by the acquisitions of Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks have only made the playoffs twice in the last ten years.

Looking at a 4-win/4-loss record at the start of the year isn’t horrible, even for championship caliber teams, but there is always much more to a team than just it’s win/loss record.

The compiling of a Big-3 in New York of Amare Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler was meant to follow the blue prints of the Boston Celtics (Kevin Garrnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen) and the Miami Heat (LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh). The plan was to bring a taste of the success that those teams have had to the Big Apple, but I have my doubts.

Like I said, the 4-4 record isn’t the biggest concern since last year we saw the Miami Heat struggle out of the gate when their new stars were trying to learn to play together, but were able to come 2 games away from winning the NBA Championship in June.

Normally I wouldn’t care enough about a franchise like the New York Knicks who have been completely irrelevant for most of the time I have been following the NBA, but last June I fell in love with the city of New York when I was there on my honeymoon.

Living in Edmonton, hundreds of miles away from the closest NBA franchise city, I have been relegated to being a Toronto Raptors fan due to the national TV broadcasts in Canada. Being in New York gave me a taste of what it would be like to live in a great sports city and in turn made me feel the pain for all the Knicks fans. How frustrating it must be for Knicks fan to live in such a great sports city and have such a meddling NBA team.

Much is being said these days that the new Big-3 in NY is bringing relevance back to the Knicks fans. When I put myself in their shoes I don’t like what I see.

For me to look at a NBA team and call them great, I want to see a team with two all-stars, one being the deferred to alpha dog, while the other understands their role as the very good #2, and then a number of diversely skilled role players surrounding them. The variety of skills that I want to see in the rest of the team is strong rebounding, a passing point guard, some three-point shooters, and a few lock-down defenders.

In the early and mid 2000’s the Knicks were trying to transition from the glory days of Patrick Ewing and John Starks with the questionable egos and contracts of individuals such as Stephon Marbury, Steve Francis, Eddie Curry, Zach Randolph and Allan Houston. These were tough times for Knicks fans but things started to look up in 2010. A few younger players were starting to make some real contributions to the team that had just acquired Amare Stoudemire. Raymond Felton, Landry Fields, Danilo Gallinari, and Timofey Mozgov were starting to look and play like a professional basketball team around the star, Stoudemire.

Then the Melo Drama kicked in. With Carmelo Anthony wanting to come to New York the Knicks bent over backwards to make it happen. This is where I, when putting myself in a Knicks fan’s shoes, cringe.

Carmelo was a free agent after the 2011 season, he wasn’t going to resign with the Nuggets, and in order for the Knicks to get him they had to trade most of their good young talent.

So in classic fashion of the NYK’s management they over reacted and shipped out moat of their young talent for Carmelo. The problem that I have with this is that Carmelo was going to come to NY regardless!! Right now my wife is watching Carmelo’s wife’s reality show where they are planning a wedding in NY, she needs to be there for her reality TV career. If Carmelo didn’t go there via trade he would have signed there as a free agent in the summer. It was the only place he was going to end up.

Now, instead of waiting out the season with a playoff bound team in 2011, they are stuck now with two all-stars, a defensive center, and a team full of bums.

If I was a Knicks fan I would have been prepared to see what the 2010-2011 team could pull off, wait for free agency in the summer, sign Carmelo without giving up the entire structure of the team, and then go from there.

One injury to either Amare, Carmelo or Chandler could sideline this team for much of the season.

If the much higher quality Big-3 in Miami couldn’t win a championship with a rag-tag roster, the Knicks don’t have much chance of making a run. I don’t like it, and if I was a Knicks fan I would be pretty sad that the team rebuild that seemed to be going as planned in 2010-2011, was given up on in a flash in order to get Carmelo.

There is something to be said for a team that drafts well, develops players, and makes trades when needed. It leads to a ‘sustainable’ franchise, something that the Knicks are obviously not concerned about.

Sorry Knicks fans. You guys aren’t a real team yet and it looks like it may be a long time still until you are going to have championship caliber squad.

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