After years of being overhyped frauds, the Knicks are trying to dispel age-old beliefs, one game at a time. Their national-TV win over the Lakers is another notch on the belt, even without Carmelo Anthony for most of the night.
It makes the impending return of Amare Stoudemire that much more glaring, to see if he can fully fit into this new Knicks scheme. If he can come off the bench and be content fitting in, rebounding and being the scoring anchor for the second unit, then the Knicks can be truly dangerous in the East.
It would vault them ahead of the aging Celtics and nobody truly has a handle on what the Brooklyn Nets are or aren’t in the Eastern Conference, other than having four good players.
The East isn’t wide open but there’s an opening for the Knicks to make it to June. But if things keep up after the All-Star break, they’ll become the hunted…can they handle that?