Jan. 27, 2009
New York, NY
The New York Knicks have only lost one game in their last fives match-ups! This is great news considering the Knicks lost a franchise record 59 games last season. For the Knicks to have a record of 20-25 this season is definitely a testament to new head coach, Mike D'Antoni, whose guidance seems to have transpired into winning at Madison Square Garden, where the Knicks have gone 7-1 in the month of January.
After being acquired in a trade from Golden State, Al Harrington has led the team in scoring, averaging 19.2 points per game, while David Lee and Nate Robinson are both averaging over 15 points per game for New York. Chris Duhon leads the team in assists, with 8 per game and David Lee is the Knicks' rebounds leader with over 11 boards per game.
Perhaps the missing ingredients that the Knicks needed this season are the quick guard play of Nate Robinson, whom the Knicks drafted back in 2005, and the three-point shooting ability of Harrington to spark them on. However, nobody in New York thought it was a good idea at the time to trade away Randolph as well as Jamal Crawford, who were the two leading scorers on the Knicks at the time.
There definitely needs to be credit given to the general manager of the Knicks, Donnie Walsh, for having the fortitude to make that trade, as well as D'Antoni for being able to coach Robinson and Harrington into his system of basketball.