Knicks Rumors Tracker: Why No Moves Is Good News for New York

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistMarch 12, 2012

BOSTON, MA - MARCH 04: Head coach Mike D'Antoni talks with Jeremy Lin #17 of the New York Knicks on March 4, 2012 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Boston Celtics defeated the New York Knicks 115-111 in overtime. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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New York Knicks fans didn't exactly have the eighth spot in the East in mind when Carmelo Anthony joined the team last winter.

With Amare Stoudemire already in Gotham City, the Knicks could become serious contenders in the East.

It hasn't exactly worked out and New York sits in the last playoff spot in the East at 18-23, only a game above Cleveland and Milwaukee.

Many Knicks fans might want to see the team make some trades before the deadline, but that would be a mistake.

Knicks management is smart to stick with what the team already has.

Although Anthony did make the move last February, he and Stoudemire have not had that much time to really learn how to play with each other.

Head coach Mike D'Antoni was also without a training camp to give the two more opportunities to gel together in the offseason.

Earlier in the season, D'Antoni was fighting for his job. While his job has gotten a bit more secure, the team's recent run has not done much to make fans feel settled with what the Knicks have.

New York has lost seven of its last 10, including five in a row.

Despite this, it's really not time to hit the panic button.

I don't think any NBA fan would expect the Knicks to miss the playoffs in favor of the Bucks, Cavaliers or Pistons.

As long as New York makes the playoffs, they could be a serious threat, even though they got swept out of the first round by the Celtics last year.

With Anthony and Stoudemire, the Knicks have two guys who are bona fide star players and can take a game over.

The biggest problem coming into the year was at the point, but pretty much everyone in America knows how that one was solved.

While Linsanity has slowed down quite a bit, with Jeremy Lin the team has the point guard needed to make D'Antoni's system work. The Knicks have been a much better team since Lin entered the fray.

He may not be an elite point guard, but he can be good enough to help get the Knicks over the hump.

The Knicks also have young guys like Iman Shumpert and Landry Fields. They're still very young, so it would be wrong to not give them some time to develop. Shumpert is only a rookie and Fields is in his second season.

Plus, the team has shown a lot of improvement on the defensive end, which has always been one of the critiques about D'Antoni.

Last year, the Knicks were tied for 27th in points allowed at 105.7 per game. This year, New York has risen to 18th, only giving up 96.3 a game.

Knicks management simply needs to let this team just organically grow and improve together. They may not win a title this year, but it could really pay off next year.