The Knicks are a talented team with clear potential to be one of the best in the league. That’s why I’ve been thinking long and hard to dissect what their problem is. Finally, I figured out why it’s so hard for the Knicks to be great. Surprisingly,
even though he should definitely be unemployed it’s not D’Antoni.
Although they definitely have most of the right talent to do damage, no other team in the NBA has to jump over the hurdles that the Knicks have to clear every single day.
So what is it?
Well…they play for the NY Knicks.
New York City is not for the weak at heart- it’s not even for some of the strong at heart. It takes a different type of person to make it in the Big Apple. Yes, it’s the land of opportunity. Yes, if you can make it here you can make it anywhere.
It’s also the jungle. A drug. An addiction.
There are so many distractions in NYC that it takes years of trial and error just to train yourself to focus. After you’ve learned to train yourself to focus, you have to implement that training to actually learn to focus. After you’ve done that, then you can begin planning the journey to success. This is why so many people self destruct before maximizing their full potential.
It’s also necessary to state that not all distractions are bad distractions. There are
reality shows and fashion lines other business opportunities that are seemingly positive- but it all takes away from the bottom line, which for the Knicks should be to win.
So when I decide to go out (which is few and far between), and every time I go out, I see certain players from the Knicks- especially after a LOSS- it’s a tell-tale sign of how weak they are.
I get it. It can be a cool scene for people who aren’t used to it…but after a while, you have to go home! You should NOT still be closing the club in your 2nd, 3rd, 4th season here.
There are hundreds of hours of game tape to be watched. There are thousands of shots to be taken. There are millions of DEFENSIVE drills to be done.
What. The. Hell. Are. You. Celebrating.
This is why the Knicks will not be great. This is why my good friend and avid Knicks fan Anthony Donahue will continue to pull all of his hair out.
It’s impossible for the front office to know which group of guys are conditioned to survive life in the city. Also, despite the fact that they have side things going on, I think Amar’e and Carmelo are good Knicks. Baron Davis also seems mature enough to deal with the lures of NYC (it’s early, jury is still out). It’s a start to have them to build a roster around, but no championships can be won with three players.
So, how do the Knicks fix their conundrum?
They can’t, they’re done.
…I love NY.