- Chris Broussard, NBA analyst
The Knicks talked the talk this summer.
Amare Stoudemire said "anything less than a championship is a waste of a season."
And J.R. Smith, the club's mercurial shooting guard, said Knicks fans can expect "a championship" this season.
Of course, Baron Davis, speaking boldly of "banners" and "X factors," predicted a Knicks title last season; then promptly went out and averaged six points a game.
So we're not putting a ton of stock in the Knicks' big, bad words. Though I won't go as far as Stephon Marbury, who recently said the Knicks' 'Melo-Amare pairing will never work. In an interesting bit of irony, during the Knicks' very public, months-long courting of Anthony during the 2010-11 season, one of Marbury's former teammates told me the Knicks should avoid 'Melo at all costs because he's "a 6-foot-8 Marbury."
Anyway, I will give these Knicks one thing. Unlike last year's crew, they are putting substance behind their tough talk. At least so far.
Chris Broussard writes that the Knicks have the potential to challenge the Miami Heat but to do so they must find better cohesion, among other key steps to improvement.