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8 Reasons NY Knicks' Age, Chemistry Issues Will Prevent NBA Title

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8 Reasons NY Knicks' Age, Chemistry Issues Will Prevent NBA Title
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The New York Knicks may have had the most curious offseason of any team in the NBA. They parted ways with young, high upside pieces in Landry Fields and Jeremy Lin due to financial constraints while bringing in the kind of veteran talent usually reserved for a proven contender like Miami or Los Angeles.

Now, with Lin suiting up for Houston and Iman Shumpert still a ways away from returning after an ACL injury, New York is still a playoff-caliber team, but among the oldest in the league. In order to succeed next season, they will be depending not only on the fragile chemistry that earned them a seventh seed last season, but also a number of players with serious mileage on their legs.

Few teams have as much sheer talent as the Knicks, and on paper they appear capable of beating any squad given their pair of superstars and bolstered depth, but in actuality it is that lack of chemistry and reliance on battle-tested players that will prevent the team from hoisting its first championship banner since 1973 when Willis Reed and Walt Frazier were still running the hardwood at Madison Square Garden.

New York will undoubtedly win its share of games behind proven contributors like Jason Kidd and Marcus Camby as well as their high-scoring tandem of Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony, but here are eight reasons that that won’t be enough to secure a Larry O’Brien trophy next June.

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