Burning questions: Atlantic
Does anyone believe in the Knicks? And how will Kidd fare as the Nets' coach?
Each day, we'll tackle a different division in the Eastern Conference and answer burning questions for every team. Today, we examine the Atlantic Division.
1. Do the New York Knicks believe they can have another great season?
There can be lots of X's and O's discussions relating to this season's Knicks team. But it won't matter if the players do not believe they can have a season like 2012-13. If the addition of Andrea Bargnani helps them believe they can be even tougher to defend and capable of putting together many huge shooting nights (and consequently more wins), only then will those X's and O's matter.
But after watching their competitors load up this summer (or in the case of the Chicago Bulls, welcoming Derrick Rose back from injury), it is entirely possible the Knicks could enter the season with strong feelings of doubt -- doubt that this season can be as special as 2012-13. Or, for that matter, doubt that they've done enough to keep up with the rest of the Eastern Conference. Absent the belief that they can contend for a title, the Knicks also have the strong potential to be the league's biggest disappointment.
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