2014 New York Knicks Season Preview
A year after winning over 50 games and a solid playoff appearance in 2012-2013, the New York Knicks came into the 2013 NBA season looking capable of making a run at the Eastern Conference Finals and the NBA Finals. But the wheels fell off early and the Knicks finished the season in 9th place in the Eastern Conference, outside of the playoff picture. In steps basketball legend Phil Jackson as president of basketball operations for the Knicks. Jackson quickly installed one of his protégés Derek Fisher as the head coach and has made major roster changes. Gone from the New York Knicks 2014 roster are frustrating players Raymond Felton and Tyson Chandler. In their place will be Jose Calderon and Samuel Dalembert as well as talented rooky Cleanthony Early. Returning stars J.R. Smith and Amar’e Stoudemire will attempt to bounce back after frustrating seasons last year. But once again it looks like the weight of the New York Knicks chances will fall on Carmelo Anthony’s shoulders. Anytime Carmelo is on the court the Knicks have a chance to win and the Knicks will be a serious threat to make the playoffs once again.
2013 New York Knicks Season Preview
A #2 playoff seed behind solid outside shooting turned into a disappointing exit when the shots stopped falling, but the New York Knicks are sure they can contend for an Eastern Conference championship once again in 2013. New York added Andrea Bargnani, Metta World Peace, Cole Aldrich and Beno Udrih to a team that won 54 games in the 2012-13 season, and while they gave up a lot in the trade to get Bargnani, the big man will give Carmelo an inside presence they’ve been lacking with Amar’e Stoudemire constantly injured. The Knicks will open the season at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 3, with the Minnesota Timberwolves coming to the Big Apple. Other key home games will be vs. San Antonio on Nov. 10, vs. the Bulls on Dec. 11, and vs. Brooklyn on Jan. 20 that now includes Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.
2012 New York Knicks Season Preview
A year removed from one of the tensest trade negotiations in NBA history (and possibly what locked in the owners to the lockout), Carmelo Anthony will start his first full year as a New York Knick alongside Amar’e Stoudemire and the newly signed Tyson Chandler. Last year ended with a six seed and first round exit in the playoffs, but with fellow first full year Knick Chauncy Billups leading the charge at the point, Anthony and Stoudemire will look to whip the Garden faithful into a frenzy in 2012 that will take them further into the playoffs.
2011 New York Knicks Season Preview
The New York Knicks put a lot of emphasis in getting LeBron James this offseason, and while they did not land the coveted free agent prize, they still made several moves that could put them back in the playoff picture for the first time since 2003. The signing of Amare Stoudemire was one of the biggest moves of the offseason, and provides New York with one of the most talented scorers in the league. Although his consistency is sometimes questioned, his athleticism and 6-foot-10 frame give him tremendous potential. In addition to a premiere scorer, the Knicks also have a surprising amount of depth. Raymond Felton, Toney Douglas, Wilson Chandler and Landry Fields are all reliable defenders and can be called on to score if need be. Coach Mike D'Antoni will have to focus on improving his team's rebounding this year. They ranked 23rd in the league in rebounds last season, and will rely heavily on Anthony Randolph and Stoudemire to grab a larger number of boards. The Knicks have been in rebuilding mode for a long time, and fans are beginning to get impatient, but the pieces are in place for New York to be competitive in the East once again.
2010 New York Knicks Season Preview
New York Knicks fans have to be excited about the upcoming 2009-2010 NBA season because their team has the feeling of a future contender. Head Coach Mike D'Antoni has brought some excitement back to the Garden with his brand of up tempo basketball that has New York scores baskets in bunches. If the Knicks get a solid season out of Al Harrington, David Lee and Nate Robinson then New York could steal a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
2009 New York Knicks Season Preview
The Knicks have some talent on the roster this year, but it will be up to the unselfishness of the team to see them really thrive. Coach Mike D'Antoni will have to work with Zach Randolph and Eddy Curry to make sure his offense is able to support itself with passing under heavy man-to-man defense. This basketball team has the potential to do great things, as long as they do them together. Be watching this Knicks team this year, as they could make a serious push for the playoffs.