Race to Respectability: Does Knicks’ Early Lead Mean Lakers Are in Trouble?

November 23rd, 2015 by David Murphy Leave a reply »

The Los Angeles Lakers (2-11) and New York Knicks (8-6) are in Year 2 of a race back to respectability. Are these two major media dynasties on course to pole position, or are they simply teams that remain lost in an ever-evolving NBA landscape?

Knicks featured columnist Sara Peters and I will represent our respective basketball behemoths as we stake claims for future supremacy in a quasi-monthly, season-long series of back-and-forth email exchanges.

Today we discuss what has steered our teams in the early stages of the 2015-16 season, including successes, failures and the never-ending expectations game.


Why are the Knicks off to a solid start in Rebuild Year No. 2?

In a word: defense.

Last season they had the worst perimeter D in the league. Teams would just set up camp behind the arc and rain down threes. It was disgusting.

Now the Knicks have a top-three perimeter defense, holding opponents to a 29.6 three-point field-goal percentage and 4.6 percent below their normal shooting average.

The key to that defense has been—I can't believe I' ...

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