As their roster stands now, the New York Knicks are not legitimate title contenders. We’re talking about an NBA championship, here. Even the “given” Miami Heat have struggled through the past two rounds.
What’s worse is, despite New York’s furthest postseason advance in 13 years, 2012-13 was a step back.
Not due to the Knicks’ performance. This was the best squad New York has floored in over a decade, and there has been clear, incremental improvement over the past three seasons.
It’s just that the Indiana Pacers lapped the Knicks, and the Chicago Bulls gored them in four without Derrick Rose. Both these teams improved more, and they have fewer questions to answer this offseason—and a whole bunch of younger players.
The Knicks missed making the Eastern Conference Finals—what seemed to be their “berthright”—after riding a middle-aged lineup to a 16-2 regular-season finish, the No. 2 seed and a Round 1 win.
That still leaves them two steps away from the NBA Finals and another yet from taking it all.
There is so much focus on the Knicks making the Eastern Conference Finals—it’ll take an additional something to get there.
NBA title? A whole lot more.