NBA Trade Deadline 2012: 5 Moves to Make the New York Knicks Legit Contenders

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NBA Trade Deadline 2012: 5 Moves to Make the New York Knicks Legit Contenders

It has been almost 40 years since the New York Knicks won an NBA championship.

Yes, you read it right, 40 years.

It's about time the franchise becomes serious about winning and about becoming a contender again. They have the talent to do so, but if they want to compete with the likes of the Heat, Bulls and Thunder, they need to mix things up.

When the Knicks of the 70's had "Clyde" and "Earl the Pearl" running the show, they had a little something called chemistry. They did so with the "Rolls Royce Backcourt" of Dave DeBusschere and Willis Reed.

Stars played with other stars and made each other better. They had one common goal—an NBA championship.

You don't see that with the blue and orange of today when you stare the team in the face.

Their plethora of talent and bench is as deep as any in the league, yet they lack something. This current team is having issues gelling together.

You can blame it on Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire or even the emergence of Jeremy Lin as a primary guy, but all fingers point to something being wrong. The consistency is not there and it's quickly becoming an off-night every night.

There are times the Knicks cannot find scoring, defense, rebounding and more importantly communication. It makes it even harder to watch when the second unit comes in and outplays the starters.

In order for the Knicks to get where they need to be, they might need to make changes and even part with some of their stars.

Coach Mike D'Antoni's high-flying, running-and-gunning system is a good one if it can be utilized right.

Yes, defense wins championships, but an unstoppable offense scoring an obscene amount of points can do the same. The Knicks have the talent to score and keep scoring, but this team needs some kind of change.

Any one of these five trades will improve the Knicks in needed areas and make them a serious contender for a championship.

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