They were the second best team in the Eastern Conference and had high hopes heading into the playoffs. Prior to the start of the season, they were written off as an old team that had next to no chance of beating the Miami Heat. Yet, they managed to beat the Heat in three of four regular season games. There was reason for optimism.
Unfortunately, they never even had a chance to face the Heat after failing to move past the Indiana Pacers in the conference semifinals, despite having homecourt advantage. Of course, it didn’t help that Tyson Chandler had suffered from an illness which caused him to lose weight against one of the bigger and stronger centers in the league in Roy Hibbert. It also didn’t help that Amare Stoudemire was nowhere near 100 percent and was generally ineffective and disruptive to what the team had become on both ends of the court. Still, those are considered excuses at the end of the day, and every team has a few of those by postseason.
Recognizing the need to bolster the roster, the Knicks were active in the offseason and acquired Andrea Bargnani, Metta World Peace, and Beno Udrih while retaining Kenyon Martin, Pablo Prigioni and J.R. Smith. There is plenty of scoring and depth on the roster – certainly more so than last season – now, but is it enough for them to compete for a championship against the powerhouse teams like the Heat, Pacers, Brooklyn Nets and Chicago Bulls? Time will tell how Mike Woodson will utilize his new roster, but ask Smith about the upcoming season and he will already tell you that anything but a championship will be a bust:
— JR Smith (@TheRealJRSmith) August 16, 2013
Okay, then. I call waste.
James Park is the chief blogger of Sheridan Hoops. You can find him on twitter @SheridanBlog.