Are Knicks Playoff Run Hopes Over?
But with (Jeremy) Lin out of the picture for at least the first round — and with the prognosis of Amar’e Stoudemire’s balky back still not entirely clear — it’s difficult to see New York posing even the remotest threat to the East’s top seed, be it Chicago or Miami.
Frankly, the Knicks should be grateful they’ve gotten this far. They have succeeded with an undrafted, twice-waived, D-Leauge point guard with no particularly exceptional skills at the helm while the team’s top two stars — Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony — were sidelined.
Then they overcame the return of Anthony — who selfishly demanded the offense was run his way — and the resignation of coach Mike D’Antoni, whom Anthony stealthily ran out of town when D’Antoni insisted on making Linsanity work.
Through all of their ups and downs, the Knicks somehow found an excess of success with a dearth of talent.