At 20-7, and despite being a collection of Golden Girls in high tops, New York, with Anthony, shelved six-time All-Star and 2007 All-NBA First Team selection Amar’e Stoudemire, five-time All-NBA First Team selection Jason Kidd, 2012 Defensive Player of the Year Tyson Chandler and effective ballplayers Marcus Camby, Rasheed Wallace, Raymond Felton, J.R. Smith and Steve Novak, finally has an opportunity to make the conference finals for the first time since the 1999-2000 campaign and compete for their first franchise title since 1973.
“Winning the division, getting out of the first round, getting to the Eastern Conference finals,” said Anthony, 28, a five-time All-Star who has averaged 24.7 points per game since being taken out of Syracuse University by the Denver Nuggets with the third pick in the 2003 NBA Draft. “I don’t see anything less than that. I’ll sit here and tell you right now, it’s unacceptable. With the guys we have, with the team we have, with the roster that we have, it’s unacceptable.”
The 39-year-old Kidd, the only man in league history to amass at least 15,000 points, 7,000 rebounds, and 10,000 assists in his career, and Felton make a formidable duo in the backcourt.
Ideally complementing the point guard’s, the 38-year-old Camby, a two-time member of the NBA All-Defensive Team who earned the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2006-07, Wallace, Stoudemire and Chandler give the Knicks invaluable muscle in the paint.
Leading the talented collection of geriatrics is extremely solid head coach Mike Woodson.
The 54-year-old Woodson, a no-nonsense defensive mind, has compiled a glittering mark of 38-13 since replacing the terminated Mike D’Antoni in February.
As a veteran unit designed to win now, provided that Woodson wisely distributes minutes to rest his elderly players, the Knicks will be a lasting, and powerful, force on the hardwood throughout the winter and into the spring months.
Out of respect to Miami, it is difficult to envision the Knicks preventing the Heat from going back-to-back in June.
Regardless, the New York Knicks will continue offering wrongly starved Gotham basketball fans reasons to believe they can capture an elusive Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy until their fateful meeting with the Miami Heat in the springtime.by