One negative thing about being a Knicks fan is that the media is always going to sleep on you. No matter how much the team improves, with a deeper bench or younger players or great value signings, the media will not acknowledge your improvement.
ESPN is one example of the media that has done this yearly in their preseason forecasts. Last season, every single analyst projected the Celtics or the 76ers to win the Atlantic Division. The final result? Our New York Knicks were lifting up the division banner in the rafters. ESPN also projected the Knicks to finish seventh in the conference. Yet again, the Knicks took the challenge and proved them wrong by a wide margin, finishing second only behind the Heat.
This year is no different. After adding and re-signing players like Metta World Peace, Beno Udrih, J.R. Smith, Pablo Prigioni, and Kenyon Martin to under value contracts and picking up young prospects Tim Hardaway Jr., Jeremy Tyler, and C.J. Leslie, ESPN refuses to recognize the Knicks’ improvement. In the 2013 offseason forecast, they projected the Knicks to win 48 games and finish fifth in the Eastern Conference, down from 54 wins and second in the conference last season.
Let me ask you something: how does a team that gets younger and deeper drop in the standings and in win count from one season to the next? The Knicks are loaded. Beno Udrih, Pablo Prigioni, J.R. Smith, Metta World Peace, Kenyon Martin, and Amar’e Stoudemire are all expected to come off the bench. However, every single one of them is worthy of a starting spot.
Just on our team we have the most recent scoring champion in Carmelo Anthony, the reigning sixth man of the year in J.R. Smith, a player just a season removed from being defensive player of the year in Tyson Chandler, and a young dynamo with star potential in Iman Shumpert.
If all the pieces fall together and everyone stays healthy, the Knicks have the potential to be one of the most fearsome teams in the league. The media will only give more motivation to prove doubters wrong.
Watch out for the Knicks. If you don’t pay attention, they might just sneak up on you.I think I'm speaking for all Knicks fans when I say ESPN has no idea what we're capable of.