New York Knicks: Team Looks to Veterans in an Effort to Rebuild

Benjamin J. Block@BenjaminBlock21Correspondent IIOctober 3, 2012

Kurt Thomas, one of the newest old additions in the Knicks' effort to rebuild.
Kurt Thomas, one of the newest old additions in the Knicks' effort to rebuild.Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

New York Knicks owner Jim Dolan scoffed at father time this offseason, showing that the organization is an equal opportunity employer that doesn't discriminate against age.

Head athletic trainer Roger Hinds will face his biggest challenge in 2012-13 as the Knicks look to showcase what is officially the oldest team in NBA history.

Tyson Chandler, who turned 30 on Tuesday, is one of the younger Knicks on this team. He spoke from experience on how veteran presence is necessary in order to win.


"Obviously, we've got some guys a little over that mark, but you know what, the guys that we do have are going to bring great veteran leadership and they bring a calmness around the team that we didn't have before, and it's only going to benefit us," Chandler said, as quoted by the AP. "In order to win in this league, you've got to have veterans." 

In the Knicks' effort to rebuild, they have likely extended the playing careers of five guys in the process. 

38-year-old Rasheed Wallace, who is finalizing his deal, joins ex-Knick Marcus Camby and Kurt Thomas who are now 38 and 39 respectively.

Dolan wasn't finished, as he approved the signing of 39-year old Jason Kidd, and 35-year-old rookie Pablo Prigioni.

While these additions will mainly serve as bench players, their average age is nearly 38.












Just to put things in perspective, the new general manager of the Orlando Magic, Rob Hennigan, is 30 years old, and his head coach Jacque Vaughn is 37.

All father time jokes aside, the Knicks could be onto something bringing in these veterans.

In this Wall Street Journal article, Coach Mike Woodson talked about how the Knicks are trying to mirror the teams that typically win championships.

"It's veteran teams that are winning titles, and I think what we tried to do here is assemble enough talent on the team for that, `What if?"' Woodson said. "If this guy gets hurt, maybe he can fill in."



Tyson Chandler also added that he is confident the veterans will bring a welcomed balance to the team.

"All of those guys are bringing a different element to this team that we didn't have last year," he said. "We had a lot of young guys. We were all over the place. We won basketball games, it was exciting, we had our ups and downs, but it wasn't consistent. Veterans like this bring consistency and that's ultimately what's going to get us to win basketball games."

The Oklahoma City Thunder had an average age of about 25 last season, and their lack of veteran depth was primarily why they were exposed at the hands of the Miami Heat in the Finals, who sport an average age of almost 29.

While the average age of the Knicks' 13-man roster this year will be 32 years and 240 days, they possess more of an ideal dynamic of a team that is poised to win it all.