Yeah, I said it. I could care less if the Knicks make the playoffs this year and indeed I kind of hope they don’t.
1) Why bother? This is just so obviously not our year. Amar'e is clearly not going to be back at full strength this year, if he's back at all. Melo is going to stay shooting 40% as he plays through nagging injuries for the rest of the season. Jeremy Lin, to be honest, needs a little more seasoning before he's truly ready for playoff prime time. Baron Davis is…. Baron Davis. And as we recall from last year, watching an inexperienced and injury-ravaged Knicks team get its doors blown off in the first round of the playoffs is... not actually that much fun! Wanna see a decimated Knicks team get disemboweled by the Heat or Bulls? Me neither.
2) Teach ‘em a lesson. Injuries, shminjuries. Honestly, there wouldn’t even be a question of the Knicks not making the playoffs if they hadn’t spent the first 2/3 of the season fucking around, phoning it in against teams like the Bobcats, trying to talent their way out of bad situations and expecting that star power would make up for lackluster effort. I don’t think you can take teams for granted or give up like six games in a row ‘cause you’re grumpy at your coach and still reasonably expect to get what you want in the end because you make the max salary. So if missing the playoffs for the first time in forever is the splash of cold water needed to bring our stars back next year extra pissed off and playing hard, then I’m all for it.
3) Missing the playoffs = Mike Woodson gets fired. I'm sorry, but if Mike Woodson gets an extension on the basis of simply making the playoffs, that would be the worst possible outcome of D'Antoni's firing. Basically, this would seal our fate as a more-hyped version of the Hawks for the next 3-4 years--that is, good enough to be a consistent second round out but not more. Mike Woodson is fine, nice guy and all, and clearly the Knicks play better when they try harder which they were not doing under Pringles, but Woodson is nothing special, and if this team wants to contend I think we need to make a run at a higher-caliber coach this summer. I would rather miss the playoffs, let dudes heal up over the summer, have Dolan through a shitload of money at someone like Rick Carlisle, Nate McMillan (or Phil Jackson...) and start out fresh next year with a good coach and a real training camp.
In sum: if missing the playoffs this year means we can start fresh next season with a fully-healthy, highly-motivated roster that goes through a real training camp with a better head coach, it would be well worth giving up on trying to get the pot o’ shit at the end of the poop rainbow that is this lockout season.