Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Gone Fishin': The New York Knicks

(Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images - Edit by Payton Wales)

Okay, so there are still two minutes left in the third quarter of Wednesday's Game 5 between the Knicks and Heat as I start this post, but let's be real, this series is over. Amare had five fouls six minutes ago and the already depleted Knicks are starting to make lazy plays while the Heat finally stomp on their metaphorical throats in this one.

The Knicks have lost their motivation it seems, and that tends to tell the story of this season for New York. They've always needed to be inspired. With the exception of Defensive Player of the Year Tyson Chandler and the NBA's temporary darling Jeremy Lin these players have always needed an outside force to propel them to actually play hard.

First there was Lin, where the season for the Knicks really started. There was no reason to talk about the team until he went on his run and won those six straight without the team's two superstars. Then Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire came back, and things started to go back to normal. Winning some, losing some, floating in 7-seed / 8-seed mediocrity. They even needed a coaching change to find the drive to beat out the Milwaukee Bucks for one of those spots.

And the search for motivation continued in this opening series. I know what you're thinking and you're absolutely right, they had no chance in a seven-game series with the Heat. But if you're a Knicks fan, you probably expected a better effort, and you probably expected to see Lin at some point too. Lin became a lack of motivation culprit in this series. Apparently, he won't play at 85 percent. Newsflash, Jeremy, half the players (maybe more) still playing professional basketball at this point are 85 percent. Everyone is banged up. And there is no waiting for the next round here either. This is it. 1-3. Elimination game. Win or go home. Is it more about the money than winning? Saving yourself while your stock is still high? Apparently, because this is the last chance for you to play this season and you aren't. That's just not being there for your teammates.

So let's bid farewell to the New York Knicks for the season. Will they re-sign Mike Woodson? Extend Jeremy Lin? (Landry Fields just turned the ball over, uncontested as I type this) Will they improve over this season? Make roster changes? These are the questions surrounding the Knicks going into next season. But you know what, if they aren't going to put in a full effort on the court, why should we put in the effort thinking about them? Make me care next season, guys. Make me care.


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