After finishing the 2015-16 season at 32-50 and 13th place in the NBA’s Eastern Conference, the New York Knicks had to make some upgrades during the offseason.
The team hired head coach Jeff Hornacek, acquire the rights to Derrick Rose in a trade with the Chicago Bulls and signed free agents Joakim Noah, Brandon Jennings and Courtney Lee.
DJ Clue a long time dj on New York’s Power 105 has been a long suffering Knicks fan and he’s happy that key names at key positions are in place. “Any move is a good move because we were struggling,” DJ Clue told me. “I think some good trades and some good pickups, I’m not mad at all. They’re just missing a solid free throw shooters.”
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Since the Knicks made the blockbuster trade with the Denver Nuggets that brought Carmelo Anthony to New York in 2011, Anthony has played under four head coaches. Hornacek makes it his fifth.
Anthony has always been an efficient scorer. Last season, basketball purists marveled at his ability to play a team concept. In 72 games last season Anthony had a productive 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and had a successful gold medal run with USA basketball this summer. “I’ll be entering, what…my 14th season,” Anthony told me earlier this summer.
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“I have to continue to lead this team. We’re professionals and we’ve certainly improved from last season.”
HoopsHype has the Knicks pegged at third in the NBA’s Atlantic Division and seventh in the Eastern Conference.Actor, podcast host and die-hard Knicks fan Michael Rapaport sees it a little different. “I’m looking for a four seed in the East,” Rapaport told me.
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“I think the Knicks’ moves were good. I expect them to make the playoffs. You got a lot of pieces. The ‘umph’ is the health factor, not just with Rose, not just with Noah, you know Brandon Jennings; I love him. So hopefully, if they’re all healthy and their hands are on deck for at least 65 games and all of those guys are playing, we’ll definitely make the playoffs.”
The Knicks begin their season on Tuesday in Cleveland against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
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