Don’t look now, but the Knicks are (gasp!) a game and a half out of second place in the Atlantic. Now I know that nobody is going to be getting these Knickerbockers confused with an NBA contender, but they are finally showing some promise under Coach D’antoni by winning 7 out of their last 9.
It’s common knowledge that the Knicks, and their fans, are putting all their hopes in the Lebron sweepstakes, but I don’t think they need Lebron to continue this road back to respectability. Realizing the fact that there isn’t any team gullible enough to take Jeffries and Curry’s contract from us(too bad Isiah didn’t get a job in the League) so this is the what I feel is the most realistic New York Knicks 2010 starting lineup:
PG: Toney Douglas: Knicks fans are kicking themselves for the fact that they took Jordan Hill 2 picks ahead of rookie sensation Brandon Jennings, but you can’t go back in time so the Knicks will have to make due with their own Rookie Pg who has shown flashes of play-making potential in his limited minutes so far this season.
SG: Joe Johnson: Joe is an electric player who will have to serve as our Lebron conselation prize. (sort of like a thank you for playing, but get real he’s LEBRON) Johnson is an All-Star player who will command almost a max deal, but his late game swagger and undeniable skill make him a bargain, and help get the Garden rocking like its 1999 again.
SF: Wilson Chandler: This kid is one of the more impressive athletes that Coach D’antoni claims to have ever coached, and that is hard to argue. His defense slides perfectly into the turnover happy scheme that the Knicks are trying to run, and his offense is evolving, and will evolve even more given the opportunity to play with a Joe Johnson.
PF: Danilo Gallinari: When the Knicks made this pick two years ago alot of fans groaned, another Frederic Weis, but Gallinari has turned out to be as good as advertised, even if he still needs some toughening up. Danilo could make a great complement to Joe Johnson’s slashing and pulling up with his excellent spot up game.
C: Chris Bosh/Amare Stoudamire: I still can’t make up my mind on who I like better out of these two, but I’ll definetly take either of them in New York home whites. If we were to sign either of these it would instantly give us our best low post option since Ewing left, and both would immensely help the Knicks 24th ranked defense.
I’m not saying that Knicks fans shouldn’t hold their breath for Lebron, all I’m saying is that the moves Donnie Walsh is trying to make will set the Knicks up with at least a respectable Eastern Confrence playoff team, one that will bring back the feeling that you only get from seeing important New York basketball in May at the Garden.