Rooscooter wrote: keyindabox wrote:
Rooscooter wrote:The Knicks gathered together the key parts of the failed Denver Nuggets team and expected different results with them being older.
Melo and Stat are not the leaders a team needs to get to a championship unfortunately. There are some character guys on that team as well and I'd rather have them make the finals than the Heat but I was never overly optimistic that it would happen.
I disagree with your comments on Melo. While I will admit that STAT is hurt too often to prove to be a real leader, this season can be a game changer for Melo. If we can go from first round exit to ECF, it will do a lot for him as a leader. He's coming back tonight and says his knee feels like its "night and day", so if that's true, I think we can still do some damage with a healthy Melo. Whether STAT can be healthy for the playoffs but more important, effective, is another question and probably the x-factor to us being able to beat Miami in a 7-game series.
Then again, I'm a diehard Knicks fan, so that might just me backing my guys up, but I do think there is some truth in that.
No offense intended on the Melo comments..... I'm a die hard Lakers fan going back to the early 70's and I'm pretty sure Howard isn't the kind of player that will lead us anywhere either. Some guys have IT and some don't....... Melo has a history of checking out at the wrong time and he's had a lot more "cover" than he has now. He's a fantastic scorer and a great player but doesn't inspire anyone or elevate his game in the playoffs.
Kidd may be the reason NY gets where they get this year.
Ok you lost some credibility when you say at the end that KIDD may be the reason the Knicks get anywhere ....he has literally been horrible since DECEMBER...the Knicks are only getting anywhere because of MELO. He has been a different player this year and I whole heartedly disagree with your statements about the Knicks...
First off, the main reason the Knicks have struggled since starting hot? INJURIES. They have literally had injuries to every single player on their team and to make matters worse, some of these players have gone down at the same time (Amare, Chandler, Melo). Look at it, Felton was out a month, AMare out for basically this whole year, Melo out for 1/6 of the year, Chandler probably gonna end up missing 15 games, Kidd out, Shumpert out for half the year, Rasheed Wallace out for the whole year (and if you watched any Knicks games, he was actually very key for that Knicks bench and played really), Kurt Thomas now out for the rest of the season....I mean the only player that has played almost every game is JR Smith.
I think if the Knicks can get healthy in time, they can make some noise. I think they are not gonna draw a favorable match up in the first round...ESP if they draw the BULLS (who have OWNED them this year). Crazy how 2-7 seeds in the EAST are all neck and neck right now. I think the Knicks have to get the 2 seed...if they drop any further than that, they will probably exit in the first round again.