It’s Thanksgiving, and it’s certainly a good day to be a member of Knicks Nation. Let’s take a look at what we have to be thankful for about each member of the New York Knicks:
Head coach Mike Woodson:
For being the best coach that the Knicks could possibly have. Since Woodson took over in March, the Knicks have won 26 of 34 games, solidifying themselves as a truly elite team in this league.
Woodson has done what D’antoni could never quite figure out; he’s successfully running the offense through Carmelo Anthony while getting the Knicks to play complete lockdown defense. And that’s not to say that Woodson is a better coach than D’antoni–it’s to say that he’s a better coach for the Knicks than D’antonio, or any other coach for that matter, because the winning formula doesn’t necessarily involve having the best pieces, but instead involves having the right pieces.
For that killer three-pointer. Although Novak’s shooting is off to a slow start this season, this is the same dude that led the league in three point shooting just a season ago. No matter how bothersome his lack of athletic ability may be and no matter how stupid his discount double check is, there is just something that you have to love about Steve Novak.
For being a complete pest and thorn in the side of other teams. Whether it’s coming up with a big steal or just causing havoc on the defensive end, it always seems like Prigioni is doing the small things. The 35 year old rookie might not be well known by the rest of the league, but he is showing that he can play.
For bringing extra toughness and a new attitude to the Knicks. It’s hard not to like Sheed, and when he’s on your side, it’s hard not to love him. Wallace can still talk trash with the best of ‘em, and he does it in an almost graceful way, as he has proved to be one of the best leaders on this team.
For finally maturing. It was always clear that J.R. Smith had the talent, but it was his decision making and level of intelligence that we questioned. Well, J.R. is becoming a better decision maker both on and off the court. He’s enjoyed the New York nightlife less this season, while adopting more of a “we” mentality on the court.
For not holding a grudge. When the Knicks traded for Carmelo Anthony in February of 2011, Raymond Felton was one of the guys that went to Denver in exchange for the superstar. But none of that mattered to Felton this past offseason, as he didn’t hesitate to sign with the Knicks despite the cries for Jeremy Lin that were soon to follow. Of course, Raymond has been the best point guard the Knicks could ever ask for (bye-bye Lin), so there’s no doubt that the organization went in the right direction.
For bringing leadership, experience, and another clutch gene into the locker room. The acquisition of Kidd went almost unnoticed in the offseason, but his play this season has been noticed by everyone. Kidd is shooting over 50% from both the field and three-point land, as he has hit big shot after big shot throughout the season to this point.
For even more defense. The Knicks’ defense hasn’t lost a beat since despite not having Iman Shumpert, and that can be largely accredited to Ronnie Brewer’s presence.
For being the heart of this team. There is absolutely no quit in this Knicks team. Whether it was the come from behind win in San Antonio, or even the efforts in Memphis and Dallas, this group never quits, and much of the heart that this team shows each and every night is a reflection of Tyson Chandler, the soul of the squad.
For everything. The first two years of the Melo era in New York did not go as planned, and the critics from the outside were heard, but everything is finally what we had always hoped it would be. Carmelo Anthony is the best player on the best team in Eastern Conference, and we couldn’t be happier to have him.
Amar’e Stoudemire/Iman Shumpert:
For letting us imagine just how good this team will be when you return. The Knicks have been the best team in the East without Stoudemire and Shumpert, so implementing these two stars into the lineup could make this team unbeatable.
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Written by Michael Burke
I'm Mike. I'm 16 and love sports. I'm a Knicks, Yankees, Colts and Notre Dame die-hard. My dream is to cover the Knicks professionally, so I hope that PSB can help me reach that goal. Follow me on twitter: @michaelburke47