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I sat down for a good day thinking about who the Knicks' most dangerous weapon is, and I just can't say. I'm sorry to all the Knicks fans or anyone else who really wanted my answer but, I just can't say. But here are the (quite obvious) nominees:
Amar'e Stoudemire, PF
He's the ultimate example of a hybrid player: a power-finesse guy. Amar'e isn't exactly soft, per se, but he seems to exhibit the raw physical power and domination only when he's comfortable or he's mentally put himself up to the task.
Sometimes he really underachieves, and that doesn't exactly inspire fear. However, when he is on, clear the lane because you're about to be a poster. This unexpected spark of hardwood monstrosities make people wary of the man-child.
Carmelo Anthony, SF
When it comes to the regular season and the 2009 playoffs, you dare (or dared) not mess with 'Melo. Sure, the team concept kind of fell apart when 'Melo wanted to take over, and defense was simply a legend Anthony heard in bedtime stories when he was little, BUT could you stop him?
'Melo hasn't met a 50-point game he hasn't liked and fears no lane defender, regardless of size. However, for whatever reason, this ruthless tenacity and raw talent hasn't translated, as 'Melo has made six first-round exits in seven attempts (will it be seven out of eight soon?).
People can't stop 'Melo at times, but they certainly plan for him and use his sometimes selfish play against his other teammates.
Chauncey Billups, PG
Nicknamed "Mr. Big Shot," Billups, even in advancing age, is coasting off the near legend he created in his Detroit days, when he led Detroit to a title. In total he has gone to seven straight Conference Finals (six with Detroit, one with Denver).
Billups lacks the youthful step he once had and his reputation exceeds him sometimes, but just when you think he's down, Billups will nail something close to a 36-footer, fully defended, and it will go in, nothing but net.
Players love playing with him, and he's still adept at knowing when to pass and when to shoot, but is his "Mr. Big Shot" moniker something the fans believe in, and are coaches trying to draw up plays against him?
Knicks Playoff Factoid
Despite playing exceptionally well against the Celtics in the first two games of the first round (Celtics lead 2-0), the Knicks are still fighting for their first playoff victory since April 29th, 2001.
On that date, the Knicks took a 2-1 lead on the Toronto Raptors in the best-of-five first-round series. Since then, the Knicks have lost eight straight playoff games across 10 years.