Tonight marks one of the most dramatic returns in NBA history as Brandon Haywood returns to the NBA after taking the 2013-14 season off.
The Knicks are going to matching up against Haywood and his Cavaliers tonight with a new starting lineup. Jose “He’s 75% ready to go, which is 100% in the NBA” Calderon misses another game so Shane Larkin remains as the starting point guard but Quincy Acy takes Amar’e Stoudemire’s place as the Knicks’ starting power forward. STAT will be the center for the second unit. Let’s hope that that somehow works.
There are a lot of emotions wrapped up in Haywood’s return, as well as the free agent signings of former Rookie of the Year Mike Miller and former All Star (and former NBA World Champion) Shawn Marion, so this seems like it will be a tough task for the Knicks, espcially since they’re playing the second half of a back-to-back on the road against a very good team. But there’s at least a chance that the new Cavaliers team needs a little bit of an adjustment period. Maybe the Knicks have a shot? It’d be nice if Carmelo Anthony got more looks on offense.
Let’s go Knicks!