Though the Knicks will miss the NBA postseason for the first time in three seasons, the team still had enough time to play spoiler a bit in the regular season. By defeating the Nets in Brooklyn by a score of 109-98 on Tuesday night, New York prevented the “home” team from securing the Eastern Conference’s fifth seed just yet.
Despite the commanding victory, there’s no denying that such a win was otherwise meaningless for the Knickerbockers. Instead of celebrating a playoff berth at this point in the year, New York is instead faced with a variety of different questions as the summer approaches.
With that in mind, let’s examine some of the more pressing issues (through some varied links) as the team attempts to find the right formula for success in the months that follow.
Has the injured Carmelo Anthony played his last game in orange and blue? For what it’s worth, his buddy and long-time teammate J.R. Smith believes the superstar will return. See here.
Though the Knicks are concerned as to whether or not Anthony will return to the team next season, will Amar’e Stoudemire return after his own respective contract expires in 2015? According to the New York Post, STAT may be open to venturing overseas instead.
Coincidentally enough, there’s plenty of talk that recently bought-out Knick Metta World Peace could return to the team next season anyway. Having said that, another former Laker and local Big Apple product could don orange and blue even before World Peace’s return. According to ESPN, Lamar Odom is poised to sign a contract with the Knicks (potentially on Wednesday) that includes a team-option for next season.
Needless to say, such question marks that the potential departures and/or arrivals of these players appear to represent are only a handful of pieces to the puzzle of the Knicks. That said, I recently joined my friends on the KnickSwag podcast to ponder some noteworthy solutions that are likely to be explored by the team in the near future. Click here to take a listen and learn more.