Even with the inevitable run the Knicks will offer their fans (two games in a row?), this is not a team that can contend. The team is currently in danger of missing the playoffs in the eastern conference, behind such juggernauts as Philadelphia, and Toronto. Nor are the Knicks an improving team with young talent, and a closet fall of draft picks. (Two picks in the next 4 year) Looking at what we gave draft picks for is both upsetting and embarrassing. Oh we don't have our 2014 second round because of Marcus Camby, that makes sense, oh he also cost us our 2015 second round pick? He didn’t play one game? Sounds right. Bargnani cost 3 draft picks? 3? A first and two second rounders? Really?
Woodson is not a good coach. Just read Chris Herring (WSJ beat writer – As mentioned on twitter yesterday, one of the best writers out there.) for exhibits A through Z. His lineup choices, devotion to under-performers (I'm looking at you J.R.), his belief in matching his line-ups to other crappy team lineups, and etc.... The whole thing is just depressing.
I know 2015 is not going to be better. Melo's game is what it is, he's said this plenty of times in his own words, he's a great scorer who stifles ball movement, and plays sub-par defense. Thanks to management we have already destroyed whatever potential was left in Shumpert. We've even destroyed the potential in 35 year old second year player Pirgioni, I assume that's because Woodson considers him a rookie, and hates his guts.
So the plan has to be build for the future. It just has to be right? Right? PLEASE SOMEONE SAY THE KNICKS ARE THINKING ABOUT THE FUTURE. *Brief 20 minute cry session. Ok, I'm back. The Knicks have 30 more games before Feb 1. Pick your record of choice, oh we still suck? Sitting pat, resigning Melo to an overpriced max contract, and then waiting another year before multiple albatross contracts come off the books can not be option number 1.
The obvious best course of action is to trade whatever current assets the team has for future assets the team doesn't have. I still like the Melo to Houston for a package centered Asik. I would like two of Houston’s four second round picks in 2015 and a first rounder in 2016. I loved someone in ESPN chat who suggested Chandler for Perkins and picks. I will take 2015 OKC first round please. Shumpert, the only likeable guy on the team (besides Chandler and Pablo) is probably worth a pick. And though I’d rather him stick around, he’s better off someplace with a average to above average player development program. The Knicks player development program is terrible and will continue to be so as their will be no rookies, and brothers of current roster spots get first dibs.
Before all this happens Woodson is likely to be fired. I’m ok with that. But what I really want for Christmas is the realization that a rebuild is needed and management works to make that a reality. It’s probably more likely the Knicks trade away our 2018 draft picks for the honor of losing in the first round of the playoffs the next two years, and that my friends is just depressing.