There was so much hope. We had our batman and robin who would come save Gotham City from the doldrums of NBA obscurity. The duo of Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony were supposed to make us respectable. Hell throw Chauncey Billups in there and we should be contenders.
Yet we are not. Yes we are in the playoffs and anything can happen once you get there. (See 1999 New York Knicks in case you don't believe me.) I just do not see any fight out of these Knicks. When playing teams such as the Pistons and the Pacers, teams they should dominate, they just look disinterested to be there. Although they seem to bring it against teams such as the Heat and Celtics. Is it the bright lights? You are in New York there are constantly bright lights. Is it the fact they start off Sportscenter? Ask Kobe if that is what he looks for in a game. Fact of the matter is they need to put more effort in every game. It has been a rough month with not only the craziness of trying to build chemistry with a brand new team but also with the fact that they play an astronomical 18 games in March. Whatever the excuse we need to find an answer or we can kiss anything but a first round sweep goodbye.
Now is it only a lack of motivation that is their problem? If that is the case there is one finger to be pointed, and that is at Mike D'Antoni. Don't worry, I'm not going to be calling for his job just yet, but he needs to get on these guys and make everyone accountable. Do what needs to be done to have these players realize what they need to do ere in New York.
A Championship would do wonders for Knicks basketball. It has been way too long since we raised a banner in Madison Square Garden. We need the team all of us fans projected would be playing before the season started. New Yorkers do not want to hear about next year. This is a what have you done for me lately society. If you haven't noticed the Knicks have not done anything for anybody in a really long time.
All the Knicks need is a little motivation, a little effort, a little momentum and literally anything can happen.