First, the bad news:
Rasheed Wallace, a key factor to the Knicks’ early success in November and December, will have surgery and is out for the remainder of the regular season and possibly the first week of the playoffs.
This is the problem with investing in old players, something Glen Grunwald apparently failed to consider when he signed 5-7 players age 35 or older.
This is a young man’s sport.
Woodson is no help on this matter, he believes veterans win in this league. Yes, veterans win, if and when they are healthy.
Jason Kidd, Marcus Camby, Prigioni, Rasheed Wallace, Kurt Thomas, add to the list now the newest old Knick, Kenyon Martin. This is sick.
Now, the good news:
The Knicks will advance past the first week of the playoffs. The Knicks have time to fall and re-ascend the eastern conference standings. The Knicks need only get healthy and hit their stride when the playoffs near. We are months away from the playoffs, approximately 30 games away from the playoffs.
The Knicks need to figure this out. The days of being a top defensive team are long gone. The days of wide open 3-point shots are over. Novak is not a factor, don’t play him. Felton needs to regain his athleticism. Shumpert too. The Knicks need to step up and redefine how they are going to win. The Knicks don’t rebound the basketball. J.R. Smith isn’t the same player, nor is Stoudemire, though the latter appears to be headed in the right direction.
Melo needs to step up and be the leader of this team. That doesn’t necessarily mean take more shots, rather get the team playing well together again. This has never been Melo’s forte as he is a volume shooter, but if the Knicks are going to make any noise against top teams Miami, Indiana, Brooklyn, and anyone in the West, the Knicks must start and end the conversation with Melo, the MVP candidate that needs to start figuring out how to make the players around him better than what they currently are: a .500 basketball team with pipe dreams of being a championship caliber team.