Dolan was not shy about his expectations for the Knicks this year when he held a meeting with the coaching staff and executives.
“He told them he believes they have enough talent to win it all,” one source told ESPN.com, “and he expects it to happen this year.”
There is certainly reason to believe New York can make noise throughout the season. They have a very talented roster led by Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, Amar’e Stoudemire and reigning NBA Sixth Man of the Year J.R. Smith. Not to mention, the organization acquired Andrea Bargnani and Metta World Peace in the offseason. Toss in Raymond Felton, Iman Shumpert and Kenyon Martin and there is plenty of reason to believe the Knicks are destined for an NBA Finals appearance.
The only problem with that expectation is New York has to get past the Miami Heat, which will be no easy task if the NBA champions from the past two years can stay healthy. Not to mention, the Eastern Conference in general has improved from a season ago.
I certainly like that Dolan relayed his thoughts to the people under him in the organization in an attempt to motivate the team. Obviously, a winning attitude from everyone involved, not just the players, is the only way to go the distance. At the same time, Dolan is putting a lot of pressure on a team that will only play their first game of the season on Wednesday night.