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The bar for the New York Knicks was set pretty high heading into this season, and they have failed to meet it thus far. To think this team is on the verge of imploding, though, would be incredibly ignorant.
Carmelo Anthony and company have been horrific on the defensive end—as per usual—and injuries to numerous players, including Amar'e Stoudemire and Iman Shumpert, haven't helped things either.
That being said, this team is officially on its way to greener pastures.
The basketball world can call for Mike D'Antoni's job all it wants, but the Knicks are undergoing a major identity transformation. Their defense has been terrible, yet it is being preached, from Mike Woodson all the way up to D'Antoni, and it is going to fall into place.
Both Tyson Chandler and Stoudemire are now hitting the glass hard, and Anthony's court vision has never been clearer.
As for the shortcomings of Toney Douglas and Landry Fields, people tend to forget that they are still in the developing process. Their games will come to them soon enough.
Will the Knicks win the championship this year? The Miami Heat's superstar trio failed to accomplish such a feat in their first season together, and it is likely New York with follow suit.
A deep postseason run, however, is far from out of the question for this squad.