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News » New York Knicks Getting Inside 2008-10-29

New York Knicks Getting Inside 2008-10-29

New York Knicks Getting Inside 2008-10-29

If nothing else, the Knicks will at least play hard.

Coach Mike D'Antoni made it clear on the eve of training camp that any player that fails to keep up will get left behind. The newly hired coach quickly settled on a rotation. And he used that group of eight and nine exclusively in preseason games hoping to build immediate chemistry.

Winning back the fans is a high priority for the Knicks.

After seven consecutive losing seasons, the paying customers need to see this team show up and compete every time it steps on the court. They are on the verge of losing faith. Playing the right way might keep them interested until the roster is upgraded.

"You've got to prove things are different," Jamal Crawford said.

It's a difficult job Larry Brown and Isiah Thomas failed to complete.

"The work we've put in during the off-season, and the work we've put in during training camp is going to show," forward David Lee said. "It's a much more exciting brand of basketball, and I think the fans are going to demand consistency in our effort more than anything this year. I know last year they were frustrated we weren't getting the job done, weren't giving the effort needed to win games. That's going to change. We're going to have good games and bad games, but I think everybody is going to see a change in the effort."

Like past seasons, talent is not the issue.

Finding the right mix is the real problem. Zach Randolph, Nate Robinson, Wilson Chandler, Quentin Richardson, Jared Jeffries, Chris Duhon, Crawford and Lee hit the floor running. Danilo Gallinari will be worked in once his back injury begins to improve.

The rest of the bunch is expendable.

Scoring isn't an issue, either. Getting a couple of timely stops late in close games is going to be something this group struggles with most of the season.

"Our offense is way ahead of our defense," D'Antoni said. "Our problem is that we have to get a little, I mean a lot, a lot better."

COACHING STAFF: Head Coach -- Mike D'Antoni, 7th year overall, 1st with Knicks (267-172). Assistants -- Herb Williams, Phil Weber, Dan D'Antoni, Kenny Atkinson.

LAST SEASON, REMEMBERED: 23-59 (4th in Atlantic).

THIS SEASON, PREDICTED: 35-47 (3rd in Atlantic).

POSSIBLE CHANGES, PREDICTED: Stephon Marbury is in the final year of his contract and is no longer starting. Knicks president Donnie Walsh is going to accept the first deal that makes sense. Zach Randolph and Eddy Curry still cannot play together. Somebody has to be moved to make cap room for the summer of 2010.

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Added: October 29, 2008


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