Everywhere I look, there are few believers in this team. The beat writers think the 5-game streak is a fluke, that the teams we beat were all losers, people at the Garden don’t even know who Mozgov is, don’t know about the regime change, don’t know about Landry Fields (hey, why did Larry Brown rave about Landry like that? That was quite a bit of butt kissing for a rookie, but maybe Larry was trying to compliment Donnie for drafting Fields) or Raymond Felton.
I’m not even going to try to convince anyone about this team. Every year I tell people the Knicks are going to be better, this year is no different.
Except this year, they are.
Those of us that see it, know it. Those of us that see the hustle plays, the blocks, the selflessness on offense during half-court execution. We know if the tempo of the game starts to go up, that we’re basically going to win the game. Our game is to run, we haven’t seen the lobs and the monster dunks, but they are coming. We’re 16 games in and beginning to develop a swagger, and it all starts with Felton. If Felton keeps this up he could be a candidate for most improved player.
I know my team, I may not know the other teams as well (for example, Atlanta) but I think I know what it takes to win and we have it. We aren’t still looking for it down the road, we’ve got the tools to win right now. We’re young, and hungry, and nobody believes in us, and we’re in a very good position to succeed.
That’s what Donnie has done, he’s put us in the position to sneak up on people this year.
What actually transpires is up to our players to determine. I think with Stoudemire, Felton, Gallo, Chandler, Douglas, Turiaf, Mozgov, Walker, and Landry Fields, we have enough to resoundingly beat Atlanta today, but we shall see. Those Josh Smith / Joe Johnson types, can’t wait to play them, because, quite frankly, I think we have better versions of those players in Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari and Landry Fields. Donnie was right. We have the pieces that Denver is too stupid to realize it should want. But if New York keeps this up, we may not need to give these pieces up, because we may not need another superstar. There could already be one on this team. Felton, Gallinari, Chandler… How good is Fields going to be in three years?
Let’s see. Atlanta is athletic, right? Let’s see how we do against an “athletic” team.
If we beat Atlanta today, we move up to the 5th spot in the Eastern Conference.