The Knicks definitely surprised many people with their 11 wins and 4 losses start this season. They surprised me too. I love the fact that they are still undefeated at home, with all their losses being on the road. I think this is one of the best starts for the Knicks in franchise history, certainly in my lifetime anyway. The real surprise is that it shows the team is up for a championship run this year so far. The only other times they started seasons like this was back in the 1970 season when they won their first of two titles, and in 1994 when they went to the finals, but lost to Hakeem Olajuwon and the Rockets.
The person that I am most impressed with is Carmelo Anthony. He leads the league in points per game in the first quarter with 10.5 points. Also, he is third in the NBA in points per game throughout the whole game, right behind Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant. However, those are not the things I am most impressed with, what I am most impressed with is his passing of the ball. He is starting to drive in and bring the defenders in and then kick the ball out to the open man. That is called good basketball.
Another player I am impressed with is Jason Kidd who has back spasms now. I did not even know he was third all time in three-pointers made. He is a very unselfish player and is clutch. Ronnie Brewer and J.R. Smith are also making their mark. Ronnie Brewer is starting to hit the three point shot. I thought that he was just a defensive player and was a good finisher in the lane but I was wrong, he is much more than that. He does everything from rebounds to assists to fantastical dunks, and I am just glad he is on the team. Also, J.R. Smith is probably having the best year of his career. Now, many people were saying that he is a big ball hog and he never passes, and they were right, in the beginning. Now, he is starting to pass more and is finding players like Steve Novak for three and finding Carmelo for the open jump shot.
I can’t help but mention two more players - Tyson Chandler and Pablo Prigioni. Tyson is making history with us. In the last three games before the Wizards game last night, he made 33 of his last 37 field goals, and Walt Frazier said that Tyson Chandler and Wilt Chamberlain are probably the only two to ever do that before! He has been grabbing the rebounds and dunking alley oops thrown by everybody. If he continues to play like this, I think we will continue to win. Finally, let’s discuss Pablo Prigioni. He is 35 years old and played for the Argentinean Olympic team. At first, I thought we just had another reserve for our bench. He proved me dead wrong. Prigioni has been stealing the ball when the other team inbounds it. When we score, he comes zooming up to try and steal the ball from whoever the inbounder is trying to pass the ball in to. I am so glad we have him on the team.
With a veteran team that includes Rasheed Wallace, Marcus Camby, Kurt Thomas, Pablo Prigioni, and Jason Kidd, the Knicks are proving they are experience counts. They teach the younger players smart things to do during the game and I think that is why we have been winning so much.
However, there is one player that has not been making me happy over the last couple days, and that is Raymond Felton. He really needs to step up his game. He has been missing open jumpers, turning the ball over, and even screwing up the team. If he were to play better, then this team might even have taken back some losses making them wins, but you cannot change the past, so this is how it is. I am not disappointed, though. The Knicks are 11 and 4.
My name is Mike V. I am an enormous basketball fan. I also am a die-hard Knicks fan. After graduating 5th grade, I started writing this blog at the age of 10 in the summer of 2012.