Friday, October 24, 2014

30 Teams in 30 Days: New York Knicks

In this installment of our continuing "30 Teams in 30 Days" series of NBA team previews leading up to the start of the 2014-15 NBA season, we will begin our 2-day stay in New York by kicking things off with the New York Knicks, a team that is desperately looking to return to glory with a new coach and a new direction this upcoming season.

Last season's record: 37-45(3rd in Atlantic Division/9th in Eastern Conference

Head Coach: Derek Fisher(1st Season)

Arena: Madison Square Garden(19,812)


Last season turned out to be a fork in the road for a New York Knicks team that was struggling to find it's identity along the way.  Injuries would doom the team, and after finishing the year with a 37-45 mark, it would ultimately mark the end of the era for Mike Woodson in New York in just his lone year as Knicks head coach.

After the season came to it's conclusion, owner James Dolan decided to clean house, and look ahead to 2014-15 with a clean slate.  The first thing he did was to bring in Phil Jackson as President of Basketball Operations for the Knicks, and he had a long, hard task of looking for a coach to restore it to the days of Walt "Clyde" Frazier, Patrick Ewing, and John Starks.  He found it in Derek Fisher, who retired at the end of last season, and decided to let him take the wheel in the process of rebuilding the Knicks dynasty.

But the main reason why the Knicks want to rebuild and reload was of course, trying to keep Carmelo Anthony in the "Big Apple", and they got their wish, as they signed him to a contract extension, in the efforts and quest to make the New York Knicks a contender once again.  Now the real work starts.  New York is ready to make a statement that they don't want to be bottom-feeders anymore, they want to be at the top this season and in the years to come with hard word, dedication, and a commitment to do one thing: winning.  If the Knicks can put all that to good use, maybe they could be good this year and that may be a good lesson for Derek Fisher to learn in his first year on the sidelines in New York this season.

Upcoming team previews in the "30 Teams in 30 Days" series:

  • Saturday: Brooklyn Nets
  • Sunday: Philadelphia 76ers
  • Monday: Washington Wizards
  • Tuesday: Charlotte Hornets

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