Knicks 2011 Season Preview: Conclusion
[Scene: Pessimist is banging on the bathroom door]
Pessimist: Hey there Optimist why are you hiding? It’s that time of year again!
Optimist: [From inside the bathroom] I’m not coming out!
Pessimist: Why not? I’m feeling lucky again this year after trouncing you twice in a row! C’mon we can just skip to the prediction part!
Optimist: I don’t have any hope left for this team. I’ve been tricked time and time again. Every year I think this Knick team is going to be different and win a few extra games. Instead they end up doing worse than you can even imagine!
Pessimist: Don’t forget that you thought the Knicks were going to get LeBron too!
Optimist: Oh no that super team in Miami! [sobbing uncontrollably]
Pessimist: Hey, pull yourself together. The Knicks still got Amar’e, who is one of the best in the league at his position.
Optimist: Yeah, but he might not be better than David Lee. Speaking of which, who is going to rebound on this team? Turiaf? Gallo? Amar’e? When there’s a shot up, they all get alligator arms.
Pessimist: Amar’e has been average, so let’s not think of him as a modern day Cliff Robinson. And Mozgov and Randolph appear to be strong in that department. Gallinari could pick up the slack, while Azubuike and Fields could help out a little too. The team wasn’t great at rebounding last year either, unless you’ve forgotten.
Optimist: Admit it the Knicks rebounding is going to suck this year.
Pessimist: Fine. New York is screwed on the boards.
[More sobbing from the bathroom]
Pessimist: Ok forget rebounding for a second. What about shooting guard? The Knicks have a lot more depth this year.
Optimist: You’re right about that. Walker, Mason, Fields, Chandler, Douglas, and Azubuike. That’s not a bad group of guys to trot out at the off-guard. But I heard Azubuike will be out until December.
Pessimist: And at small forward you’ve got some good upside with Gallinari and Randolph. That could be a couple of future All Stars, no?
Optimist: You’re right. Gallo has averaged 7.9 rebounds per 36 minutes this preseason, up from his career rate. Meanwhile Randolph just needs to put it together on offense, and the Knicks staff that concentrates on offense might be able to get him there.
Pessimist: I already mentioned 5 time All Star Amar’e Stoudemire at power forward. So we can move on to center. Mozgov and Turiaf averaged 2.4 and 2.1 blk/36 respectively. Do you know when was the last time a player averaged more than 2.0 blk/36 with more than 1000 minutes for the Knicks?
Optimist: Dikemebe Mutombo in 2004.
Pessimist: Well the team could end that drought this year.
Optimist: I’m not sure if either of those players will play 1000 minutes, but I get your point. New York will have some shot blocking ability this year.
Pessimist: And don’t forget Anthony Randolph swatted 2.4 shots per 36 minutes over his career. Don’t you think the overall defense will be better?
Optimist: Yeah. At every position the team is either the same or better defensively. Wow I feel so much better. Thanks!
Pessimist: Any time. Ready to make that prediction?
Optimist: I sure am. [Opens the door] 44 wins and the 7th seed in the East.
Pessimist: [bursts into laughter] I knew it’d pay off.
Optimist: What would pay off?
Pessimist: To get you in a good mood so you’d make another of those dumb predictions. The Knicks really haven’t gotten better. Amar’e for David Lee is about even. And the same goes with Felton for Duhon. Anthony Randolph isn’t going to see a whole lot of minutes, and the New York crowd that still gets enamored with points per game is going to howl every time Randolph misses a shot. Oh and the starting center is Mozgov/Turiaf, thanks to Amar’e's unwillingness to play center. Opposing teams don’t have to worry about missing shots, because they’ll just rebound them. [laughing while holding his stomach] Sorry, but you’re looking at a 33 win team.
Optimist: YOU @^#*&$ !!!! [Lunges towards Pessimist as the lights dim]
How many games will the Knicks win in 2011
- 40-42 (48%, 145 Votes)
- 43-46 (22%, 66 Votes)
- 36-39 (21%, 65 Votes)
- 47 or more (5%, 14 Votes)
- 32-35 (3%, 9 Votes)
- 31 or less (1%, 6 Votes)
Total Voters: 305