The off-season has been in full swing with some major surprises taking place.
Not one to be left out of the festivities, the Knicks made some splashes of their own. They completely retooled their roster (which was smart) and added the big name marquee players like Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Brandon Jennings.
They added to their depth with guys like Courtney Lee and signed one of their standouts from last year’s roster in Lance Thomas. (although they probably should have tried to sign one or two more; I would have really liked them to keep Langston Galloway)
Their new additions have high praise for the team as they should, I just wish they would temper their expectations a little. They made some pretty good moves and it has the whole basketball world saying that famous phrase that any realistically thinking Knicks fan absolutely HATES to hear: The Knicks Are Back".
With all due respect to the Beatles, If the Knicks are going to "get back to where you once belonged", it's not going to happen in one off-season.
Let me be one of the few people to declare we have a long way to go before the Knicks are officially “back”. This was also said when Amare Stoudamire came to the Knicks. Unfortunately that never came to fruition as he gave the Knicks just one good season, then his knees fell apart on him (something that could very well happen to their biggest offseason acquisition) His contract became a black hole of team funds. The Knicks were not “back”.
This was also said when the team traded basically their whole serviceable roster PLUS A FIRST ROUND PICK (?!?!?!) for Carmelo Anthony even though the whole basketball world knew for a fact that he would have signed with the Knicks as an impending free agent. Sorry, but that thought still stings to reminisce about. How great has he worked out for us? He was part of a Knicks team that featured the worst roster in possibly the history of the 70-year old team
This “The Knicks are Back” mindset just seems to be implanted in all of the basketball world and Knicks fans alike. Honestly can you blame them though? The last time the Knicks were good was three years ago when they “fluked” themselves to a 53 win season, only for their resident clown at the time, JR Smith to elbow Jason Terry in the playoffs against Boston and needlessly extend the series. The result made them that much more tired when they had to go up against a powerhouse of a team in the Lance Stephenson-era Indiana Pacers. That was the closest the Knicks got to real success recently.
Boy does that feel like a long time ago. They have only gone downhill from there, compiling what are some of the worst seasons in franchise history including one that set a franchise record low for wins! ('14-'15)
I’m sorry but it’s going to take some time before I am convinced that "The Knicks are Back".
I have seen this story before, and the only thing that makes me hopeful is that we have possibly the best European player to come to the NBA since Dirk Nowitzski.
Yes, the Knicks traded for Derrick Rose, the youngest MVP in the history of the NBA. The best part of this trade honestly is that they didn't give themselves a possible future blunder for the franchise by surrendering a first round pick.
Giving up their possible point guard of the future could turn into a blunder here.
Yes, they signed what was once one of the best centers in the game in Joakim Noah, but they might have offered him a couple of years too many. Do not be surprised if they are trying to trade him in two years if they have a better younger option coming in from the Spanish league.
Yes they signed Jennings and Lee, the former of which can really put up some dumb shots and the latter most of the time plays pretty average. Lee couldn’t possibly be as bad as last year’s starter at the position which is not a fair assessment to Aaron Afflalo but a true one. (He was barely put in a position to succeed here in his one year)
All this amounts to a lot of what ifs.
What if Rose is the exact same injury riddled player the Bulls wanted to rid themselves of? What if Noah follows that same archetype and does not see nearly as much floor time as expected? What if Jennings becomes the second coming of JR Smith on the Knicks (Not counting the year he won sixth man of the year) What if Lee is ultimately only remembered for that shot he missed with the Orlando Magic when they played the Lakers in the finals.
It means that the Knicks are not back just yet so please stop saying that.
Derrick Rose please do not make any more remarks about how the Knicks are a "Super Team". Joakim Noah, we are pleased that you are back playing in your home town but just show us a full year of minimal injuries? Courtney Lee please provide the defense they expect out of you, you won’t need to score we have plenty of guys who do that.
Please, Knicks, show us that we can actually say that you are back and not feel like we are yelling into a wall hoping it will magically open up one day and there will be a Larry O'Brien trophy sitting there for us. This kind of thing simply does not happen overnight.
The Knicks have a ways to go before we can officially declare they are “back”.