Knicks’ New Formula for Winning Doesn’t Include Bad Attitudes

January 5th, 2010 by Keith Schlosser Leave a reply »

Who would’ve thought five years ago that a 14-20 record would garner a team serious consideration for the playoffs?

As bizarre as it is, the Eastern Conference has become that weak, and with that very record, the Knicks are one game out of the seventh and eighth seeds of the East.

At the beginning of the season, the Knicks were predicted to have another lottery selection type season. However, Coach D’Antoni has guided this team of otherwise role players and vagabonds into playoff contention, finally instilling a winning mentality.

While many were quick to criticize the Knicks for not yet getting a star player (let’s revisit this in the summer), D’Antoni saw no reason why the right combination of players could not win.

The problem, however, has been finding that right combination, and it’s safe to say D’Antoni has alienated some of his players in the process.

The more the Knicks have begun to win, the smaller D’Antoni’s rotation becomes, and that leav ...

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