Tonight may be one of the most hyped evenings for a basketball game since the 1990’s. The now somewhat relevant New York Knicks take on the Boston Celtics in Madison Square Garden, now all the Knicks have to do is hold on to their end of the bargain and come to play. My prediction for the Knicks this year is they finish in the 7th or 8th spot in the east and get bounced in the first round.
Next year is the year that matters and hopefully big things are on the horizon. Carmelo Anthony seems like he only wants to play is in New York, and after his standing ovation at the Garden a few nights ago why would he choose anywhere else? The next piece to the puzzle for the Knicks will be adding Chris Paul. Since the NBA owns the Hornets and I’m sure David Stern wants the Knicks to be relevant again he will have no problem letting Paul go to the Knicks. Putting Stoudemire, Melo, and Paul on one team will be a perfect fit with each other. Melo is more of a perimeter jump shooter, Stoudemire takes care of everything in the middle and Chris Paul is one of the best distributing point guards in the league. Melo is also a perfect fit because he only plays defense when he wants to and D’antoni doesn’t require defense ever. I’m unsure why the “experts” at ESPN don’t think those three are a great fit for each other, maybe because they don’t know what they’re talking about since they though putting Lebron on a team with Wade who is the same player and adding a wing big man in Bosh would work instead of adding a low post threat. Hopefully the Knicks will add the right pieces for this year and if not this year then next year and restore the 90’s Knicks to the NBA.