New York City athletes have a fickle history with bold predictions.
Joe Namath predicted a Super Bowl III victory. Mark Messier predicted a win over the Devils in Game 6 of the 1994 Eastern Conference Finals. Both are legends.
Former New York Mets outfielder Benny Agbayani predicted a five-game victory over the Yankees in the 2000 World Series. He is a clown, albeit a lovable symbol of that Mets era.
Although I am not a New York athlete, let alone a person who has an iota of physical athletic ability, I am about to make a bold prediction myself.
Carmelo Anthony will not be a New York Knick this season.
Maybe that isn't so bold, but I predicted a Colts vs. Vikings Super Bowl matchup this season, so I need something safe to regain any self respect.
Knicks GM Donnie Walsh knows that his best chance at a title involves meshing Carmelo Anthony with the pieces he has now and go from there. Carmelo Anthony has done everything to imply that he wants to play for the Knicks. A match made in heaven will occur this summer...hopefully.
With all that in mind, there is still a season to play, and Donnie Walsh is probably going to dance with the girl he brought to the hall. Half the season is gone, and the sixth-seed Knicks are on a playoff island that's more isolated than Revis Island, Gilligan's Island and the Lost island combined. The fifth-seed Magic are four-and-a-half games ahead of the Knicks and currently hold the head-to-head tiebreaker. The seventh-seed Bobcats (Bobcats?!?!?!) are five games behind the Knicks, and New York holds the tiebreak advantage over them.
Will the Knicks ever climb out of this black hole and vault into the four-five matchup, or are they destined to face a dangerous third seed? Or, will they utterly collapse and fall to the seventh or eighth seed, perhaps even missing the playoffs altogether?
Let's take a look at the Knicks' upcoming schedule to see what hand they've been dealt here.