After outclassing the bush league Orlando Magic 99-89 on Tuesday night to improve to 5-0 and remain the only unbeaten team in the NBA, it is evident that the New York Knicks will be a lasting, and powerful, force in the Eastern Conference throughout the 2012-2013 season.
The Knicks, who have won their opening five games for the first time since advancing to the finals in 1994, are a veteran unit designed to win now.
Although a glorified version of The Golden Girls in high tops, New York, with six-time All-Star and 2007 All-NBA First Team selection Amar’e Stoudemire, five-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony, 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 compete for their first franchise title since 1973.
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.
Most importantly, with the 28-year old Anthony, 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, New York has a legitimate superstar.
Leading the talented collection of geriatrics is solid head coach Mike Woodson.
The 54-year-old Woodson, a no-nonsense defensive mind, has compiled a glittering mark of 23-6 since replacing the terminated Mike D’Antoni in February.
Provided that Woodson properly distributes minutes to rest his older players, the Knicks dominance will continue until they are bounced in the playoffs by the Miami Heat.
Nevertheless, the New York Knicks will offer wrongly starved Gotham basketball fans reasons to believe they can capture an elusive Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy until their fateful meeting with the Heat in the springtime.by