The New York Knicks started out the season with a bunch of young energy and fire. First year head coach David Fizdale preached that the Knicks would be competitive and bring “grit” to each game. Throughout the first 10 games, I’d say that was correct. However, the tables have begun to take a rough turn for the young roster.
After the past few games – Raptors, Magic and Thunder, the Knicks seem to have lost that young fire in their eyes. Of course, they are going to have stretches where fans are going to say that, considering they’re the youngest team in the NBA with a first year head coach. But, in a season were it should be all about youthful drive and competitiveness, it might be gone already.
Coming into the season, something we made very clear, is that their record doesn’t matter. The Knicks are going to be fun to watch and they should worry about developing the young guns. They have been exactly that, but the past few games, dare I say, look like the same old boring Knicks. No fire, lackadaisical defense, poor shooting and decisions, they just looked bad. But again, what else are you going to expect, we weren’t suppose to be good…this season.
That fact of the matter is, the organization are playing without their star player and are composed of primarily youth. For them to success would be an abnormality, but development is the essential idea here. The Knicks have given us a taste at what the future beholds, and some might say it’s a bright one.
The main players that should be playing from now on and developing for the future are Frank, Dot, Trier, Knox and Robinson. That’s the young core that needs to gather as much game experience as possible. Yes, Knox and Robinson have had ankle issues, but when healthy those are the building blocks.
Everyone else and I mean everyone, minus Kristaps Porzingis, should be available for trade. Trier has the grit to earn himself an important role, but it’s too early to tell what might happen. All I know is that is sucks now, but we are moving in the right direction.