Two years ago, Amar'e Stoudemire, a new hope for a downtrodden organization that suffered through years of Stephon Marbury, Eddy Curry and Isiah Thomas, declared upon his arrival that “The Knicks are back.”
He jumped the gun. They played much improved basketball and earned postseason bids, but only now are they truly a noteworthy team sitting at the top of the Eastern Conference.
Back among the NBA’s elite, the Knicks currently possess the No. 1 seed with a 20-7 record this season.
The road to a championship will certainly be festered with bumps along the way, but this team is built sturdily enough to make a deep playoff run.
Led by the fine tutelage of head coach Mike Woodson, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler are both playing sensational basketball for New York. These two stars are setting the tone by working hard on both sides of the court.
This squad has dissected opponents through the three-pointer, an art they have mastered resoundingly.
Whether Knicks fans like it or not, reinforcements lie ahead, which will give them a deep squad heading into the postseason.
Here are seven reasons why the Knicks' hot start is far from a fluke.