The New York Knicks enter the 2012-2013 NBA season with a lot of optimism. Coming off a year where they won their first playoff game in over 10 years by defeating the Miami Heat in Game 4 of their first-round matchup, the Knicks are ready to take further steps this year. There were a lot of promising offseason moves, such as the resigning of Steve “Novakaine” Novak, and J.R. Smith, along with the additions of Marcus Camby, Ronnie Brewer, Jason Kidd, and Raymond Felton. The team did not retain last year’s biggest story, Jeremy Lin, but hope that Felton and Kidd can more than compensate for Lin’s production. The Knicks have a solid mix of veterans and younger players that hold a lot of promise for this upcoming season.
Carmelo Anthony was very pleased with the Knicks upgrades, and believes that Ronnie Brewer in an underrated addition. Iman Shumpert, who said that he should be ready for action somewhere between December and February, stated that Brewer is the type of player you hate if he’s not on your team. Anthony stressed better cohesion with his teammates and alluded to the idea that he may not score as much, and pick his spots to be aggressive offensively. Tyson Chandler said that he is completely healthy and had praise for Marcus Camby. Chandler said that Camby can control the paint, and control the tempo while taking some pressure off of himself. He is ready to defend his defensive player of the year award.
The most interesting comment to me came from Shumpert. When asked about how he is dealing with his injury, at first he said he was down and out about it, but then realized that it could be a blessing in disguise. Shumpert, while sporting a new 1980s flat top haircut, believes everything happens for a reason, and said since he tore his ACL, that forced him to do other things to work on his game, such as study more film, strengthen other parts of his body, and become more of a student of the game. He had a very positive mindset and is ready to pick up where he left off when he returns.
Amar’e Stoudamire said this was the first time in his career that he was told to develop a post game. He sought out who he called “the best post player in the history of the game” Hakeem Olajuwon to work with him on the craft. Amar’e said he learned a lot about the nuances and techniques of post play, and we should see more versatile offensive moves from him this year.
The Knicks as a whole are very confident, and believe that they can accomplish a lot this season. As Marcus Camby put it, “The sky’s the limit.” Knicks fans should be excited about this season, as unlike the last two years, they are starting the year with a set squad, a full offseason, a coach not on the hot seat, and with stars Anthony and Stoudemire having a full season of experience playing together. This year there are no excuses.