Challenging times reveal the true character of a person, athlete or team, and the New York Knicks have struggled mightily during the first half of the 2013-14 season.
New York returned the nucleus of last year's team, so we as fans already knew a great deal about the makeup of the individual players, Coach Woodson and the team as a whole.
It was not a surprise that the Knicks went into a tailspin when Tyson Chandler was injured, that the offense has stagnated at times or that Raymond Felton and Pablo Prigioni have been unable to keep opposing guards out of the paint.
However, we have gleaned plenty of new information from this year's club. We learned about the ability of some of the team's younger players, the character of a couple of veterans and the effectiveness of certain lineups. We also gained greater insight into the squad's offensive weaknesses.