The Knicks are poised for a postseason run in 2012-13, but don't be surprised to see some major changes in New York if things go south next season.
In the midst of an offseason of optimism, there is plenty of reason to hope for the Knicks right now.
Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler finally get a real offseason together. Mike Woodson seems up to the task of getting the team to gel, instilling his guys with a toughness reminiscent of the Knicks in the '90s. Lastly, Woodson has the defenders to make his system work, with Marcus Camby, Kurt Thomas, Rasheed Wallace and Ronnie Brewer giving New York a stifling second unit.
If everything falls into its right place, New York can contend for a title with this team. However, if the pieces still don't fit together and the Knicks languish in the middle of the pack once again, then there won't be much to be hopeful about anymore. Instead, the Knicks will be a team that is declining with age and clearly not capable of winning a championship as currently constructed.
Even with the Big Three still under contract beyond 2012-13, failure next season will be the end of New York's experiment. It will be time to start over and try again, and here's how the Knicks should do it.