Thursday, June 4, 2009

Can The New York Knicks Make A Playoff Spot Next Year?

By: Marc Cogliano

The New York Knicks have not made the NBA playoffs since the 2003–04 season under Lenny Wilkens. The Knicks were swept by the New Jersey Nets in the first round. So since that I haven't been a happy camper seeing my team crumble each year. With Isiah and Marbury gone, the Knicks should have a better shot of making the playoffs. Right?

After this year with Mike D'Antoni the Knicks were pretty exciting to watch Iwould have to say. We are doing a great job with knocking down the salary cap to go after the big names in the summer of 2010. But the Knicks need to make the playoffs next year for the simple fact to get the big names to come and get ready to go far in the playoffs.

Another thing is that honestly I really don't believe is, D'Antoni's system can get the Knicks into the playoffs. Yea, the Phoenix Suns were very successful with it but the Knicks don't have players like Steve Nash, Amar'e Stoudemire, and Shawn Marion.

In the East it's all about playing defense, and with D'Antoni's system I don't believe the run and gun offense will get far with this New York team. The Knicks were always known for being a tough bunch of guys that love to play defense, but along the years things change and personal change.

If the Knicks still have Mike D'Antoni as their head coach in the summer of 2010, then we have to go after guys that can shoot, make plays and get far in the playoffs. Hopefully it can work, but if he is not there, we have to go after coaches that know how to coach defense and get the right guys to play it to have a shot to get far in the NBA playoffs.

So the Knicks need to get lucky and make the playoffs next year and get some big names or possibly, the Knicks need to look for a defensive coach and win the hard way like the old days.

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