Harris DeckerI’ve thrown my hands up on the steep declines. I have whiplash from the turns and I’ve bubbled with anticipation as they tried to climb to the top. It’s February and I’m officially sick of riding the Knicks roller coaster.
This season has been a disaster, yet the Knicks find themselves only a few games out of the final playoff spot. The trouble is, with so much hope comes so much disappointment. Friday night, the Knicks destroyed the Denver Nuggets, blowing them out in a full team victory. Sure, Carmelo Anthony had 31, but the rest of the team contributed immensely. While I want to be optimistic, facing the Thunder on Sunday could be a harsh reality check.
There is potential with this team, but I don’t think this is the year it is realized. Over the next few weeks, I’d like to see Steve Mills explore any and all trade opportunities to help build for the future. This is no longer a win-now situation. Even a guy like Kyle Lowry can only do so much to help a team that is completely out of sync.
Lowry is a guy I would try to target in the offseason, but that might be contingent on moving Tyson Chandler’s contract before the trade deadline. With Chandler still on the books, the only contract relief will come from Kenyon Martin, Cole Aldrich and Beno Udrih. In short, they won’t have much money to play with and will still be pushed right past the NBA salary cap.
So, what’s the point of it all? With players like Tim Hardaway Jr. showing improvements and Amar’e Stoudemire finally playing with fire and passion again, the Knicks are a watchable team. They are playing well at times and playing terribly at others. That said, I’m waiting on the sidelines for the time being. I’m waiting until the roller coaster comes to a halt before I get my hopes up that the Knicks are on the rebound. No pun intended.