There is no questioning the Knicks at this point in the season. New York is 4-0 after a blow out win over the reigning Champion Miami Heat, then beat a solid Philadelphia 76ers team twice in two days, and despite playing poorly in comparison to their first three wins, beat the Dallas Mavericks who were 3-1 going into the game in their most recent win.
Carmelo Anthony (27 PPG) is playing at an MVP level, and J.R. Smith is looking like the Sixth Man of the Year. Raymond Felton is showing fans in New York, and all around the league, that he is better than Jeremy Lin, the Knicks last PG who took the world by storm last year. Jason Kidd, Kurt Thomas, Rasheed Wallace, and Marcus Camby, who are all 38+ years old, have seemed to have found the fountain of youth.
And guess what? This isn’t even the best Knicks team that we will see this season. A’mare Stoudemire and Iman Shumpert are returning from injuries, and will add to an already deep, talented team. Both should come off the bench to make the Knicks second unit, already among the top groups of reserves, the best bench in the NBA.
Where is the weakness? At this point there is no outstanding flaw. As a lifelong Knicks fan, it gives me great pleasure to announce that the New York Knicks will be contenders this season. I hope reading that feels as great for you as it does for me write.
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