The New York Knicks were one of the teams that were really hurt by the extended lockout this offseason. With so many new players on the roster, they really could have used a full training camp to gel as a team. They’ve also added some new coaches—such as Mike Woodson—who could have used this offseason to implement their new strategies for the upcoming season.
The Knicks won both of their preseason games over the Nets, as well as their first game of the season over their rival Celtics. Watching those games though, it was very clear that this team still has a lot of work to do if they want to make a run at an NBA Championship this season.
It will be very interesting to see how D’Antoni utilizes his off days this season. On one hand, the Knicks could really use these off days to practice and gain cohesiveness as a team. On the other hand, though, it will be important that D’Antoni doesn’t burn out his players since they need to play 66 games in such a short period of time and still be fresh for the playoffs.
Here are my early impressions of the 2011-2012 New York Knicks.