Oh, goodness! Have you watched any of the Knicks games? They are a legit threat in the east, fluid offense and defense. Phil Jackson might just be a genius after all, shame on us for thinking differently. Phil said to give him 1-3 years and he would have the Knicks ready to compete. So far he has come through with just that. They look at least to be third coming out of the eastern conference, following the Cavs and then the Bulls.
So Phil Jackson is the President and General Manager with Derek Fisher as the head coach. You can tell Phil has established a hybrid of the Bull’s 96-98 era and the Laker’s 00-02 championship teams. They run the system he inherited, the infamous, “Triangle Offense.” It’s being run beautifully so far this season, fluid and easy. I’m not even sure if Derek Fisher has to do anything, he spent most of his career in the triangle offense. He just has to teach them in film and practice how to run it, but after the players get on the floor the system takes care of itself. Derek won’t be fully tested though unless they make it to the playoffs.
Now, the personnel has changed greatly for the Knicks, at first glance they look like a bunch of no names. Actually they are a bunch of no names, mostly guys you’ve never heard of non-superstars or even role players. So we start with Melo you know Melo, scoring beast, can take you to the rack and shoot the ball well at the forward position. He can get you 30 and 10 a night, a constant threat, he’s your Jordan or Kobe right now for this team. At this point in the season, they really let him take over late in the games to rip out the throats of opponents. What I mean is he comes in fresh in the fourth and plays, “Hero Ball.” Hand me the rock and let me work and take over the game. Then you have Robin Lopez at center, he’s your Shaq or Luc Longley. More like a Luc Longley because his offensive game isn’t even close to Shaq. But he does everything else very well and he can run the floor as a big man. So far I’ve seen a lot of Sasha Vujacic, “The Machine,” carrying the ball at point guard and he looks great. He has a couple of rings from the 09 and 2010 Lakers so he has the experience at least.
Then you have the no names, I’ll start with the rookie they said wouldn’t be ready for 2-3 years. Kristaps Porzingis a forward/center. Plays like a forward but big like a center, this guy has been looking pretty good. Although his game is a little raw, you can see the talent is there, he’s good defensively, runs the floor and can dribble the ball and finish at the rim in different ways. Derrick Wiliams, Lance Thomas, Langston Galloway, Jerian Grant, Kyle O’ Quinn, Jose Calderon a guard has been around the league. Lastly Arron Afflalo although we haven’t seen him in a game yet, he’s been around the league, and a pretty substantial point guard.. Those guys I just mentioned have been shooting the 3 ball well as I would call them role players. Especially Kyle O’ Quinn he shoots a nasty dagger like three when he’s free. The inside/outside game is great the triangle has been running smooth and fluid. You can tell they are practicing hard and have the system down.
I’m excited for these Knicks, such a great franchise coming back from the ashes. Melo deserves a team in contention every year as long as he can stay healthy. Is Phil a genius again? How will Derek Fisher coach up this team and if they do make the playoffs like I predict; will he be prepared to coach in a series? They could easily be a 3rd or 4th seed in the playoffs if they keep this up after three games. It brings me joy to think about the possibilities, Go Get’em Knicks!!