As we all know, life is full of ups and downs, and this fact also applies to the world of sports. Basketball teams can experience several years of glory and win a lot of trophies only to find themselves being at the bottom of the table in the following period. It is something we could often see in many leagues and many sports, although it was not so common in NBA. Since this is a “natural phenomenon,” basketball franchises are always looking for ways to climb back to the top as quickly as possible, and New York Knicks are currently engaged in one such battle. The glory days of this team are long gone, but the history and tradition are forcing the management and the players to try their best and have a successful season to awake forgotten memories.
– Improvements In The Roster
New York Knicks failed to make it to the playoffs in three consecutive NBA seasons, and the harsh reality of this situation forced the owners of the club to start investing more into the team. Season 2015-16 ended with 50 losses, which disappointed everyone who admired the mighty Knicks from the past. The president of the club, the one and only Phil Jackson, is certainly a man who knows everything about the game, and his vision should be enough to turn this ship around.
The coach Jeff Hornacek was pleased with the activity in the trade window, and some highly notable names were added to the squad. Among them, the name Derrick Rose has the biggest weight, and this shooting guard should be one of the key players in the current season. He arrived from Chicago Bulls, in exchange for Robin Lopez, Jose Calderon, and Jerian Grant, but Rose was not the only player who moved to the Big Apple from the Windy City. Joakim Noah also signed a deal with the Knicks, and the price tag of $72 million shows the value of this player. Joakim Noah used to play together with D-Rose in Chicago Bulls, so this should be like a “reunion” that will produce fruitful season full of winnings and intensive plays
– Season 2016-17
In the current season, Porzingis, the rising star, and Carmelo Anthony, a seasoned veteran who is an icon for NY Knicks, have carried the team on their backs, and the newcomers, Noah and Rose, had relatively little impact on the style of play or the results. However, the results are very good, and Knicks now have six consecutive wins and the basketball that they play is cohesive and fluent. We could say that they are like “the old Knicks.” Even though it is still very early in the season, it seems that Eastern Conference is witnessing a re-birth of the sleeping giant. Knicks have the power to make it to the playoffs, and if Rose stays fit and avoids injuries that are his trademark– who knows where they may end up after all.