On Monday morning, news emerged that the New York Knicks have reached a two-year deal with recently amnestied free agent, Metta World Peace.
The decision to sign World Peace certainly did not come as any real surprise, simply considering that World Peace is from New York City and the Knicks had been the heavy favorite over the course of the past couple of days. In turn however, the Knicks have assembled an interesting roster with some intriguing personalities that include Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler and J.R. Smith.
Throw World Peace into the mix and you have yourself a roster that will either figure it out or simply fall apart.
There’s no doubt that head coach Mike Woodson faces a monumental challenge in dealing with all these egos and putting together a team that can compete for an NBA Championship. The Knicks, you may remember, did earn the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference this past season, so credit Woodson because if anyone can make this work, it’s him. There’s a level of respect there between Woodson and his players and that could become very handy in the dog days of the winter season.
Anthony is the leader of this team, there’s no doubt about that. Whether or not you want to criticize his shot attempts, there’s still the fact that he shouldered this team to their point of success a season ago by leading the NBA in scoring. Throw in the fact that Anthony will be a free agent next summer however, and that only adds to the pressure that will be put on Woodson to win.
If the Knicks can’t win this season and/or if Anthony decides to bolt next off-season, New York could be headed south simply based off of speculation.
Good luck, Coach Woodson — you’re going to need it.
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