VECTORMAN wrote: Zenzibar wrote:
VECTORMAN wrote:Remember when Knox was lighting up summer league, and a bunch of Knicks fans were labeling him the Batman to KP's Robin? Lol
I say this to highlight how talented he actually is. One very up and down rookie year isn't going to wash away my excitement for the young man. It's fun to think he will improve a lot over the next few seasons, at his size, and with that sweet looking stroke from 3. He's not an elite athlete, but he looked like a beast dunking on fools in SL. He's got a lot of size and still growing, and will continue to add muscle mass and grown man strength.
Just think about how much young talent the Knicks have. They're sort of loaded, especially compared to "young" Knicks teams over the last decade or so. I was always easily hyped for the Nate/Lee/Frye and Gallo/Chandler/Mozgov lineups of the world. But when I look down this roster, it's much more impressive than those teams.
RJ, Mitch, DSJ, Knox, Iggy, Frank, Trier, Dotson. Plus Randle who is only 24 and looks like he could be in the all-star game this year. Peyton and Portis are still young but serviceable. Plus Morris who is proven.
Oof. Fiz has his work cut out for him this year. Can't wait to see how this all fits together and how many of these guys can carve out a long term role in NY. I expect to be entertained.
Enjoyed reading this post.
Isn't it funny how our fortunes have changed and now have what 99% of the fanbase was asking management for: tank correctly, solid, if not very good drafts, and loading up on young talent.
We're where we asked to be, so it's nice to see when NY Knicks fans recognize and appreciate it.
There's always a lot of moping and complaining and paranoia amongst this fan base. I tend to see the brighter side of things.
You nailed it when you said this is the type of roster and situation many die-hards were asking for for years. It's been clear since the end of the Ewing era that the Knicks needed a legit rebuild. I begged for it the entire way, but also got on board with their many plans for max free agents. I got my hopes up LeBron, I put my faith in Melo, and I got my hopes up again for KD. But in the end, maybe it was all for the best. Maybe this is finally our moment.
I think RJ and Mitch are star players in the making. If one of DSJ/Knox/Randle can step up and be that 3rd star, or the Knicks can sign one in free agency down the road, and the rest of the young guys can mature into really good role players... with all of the flexibility Scott Perry has afforded us, plus finally control of all of our future picks... we may finally be able to morph this roster into a contender in the next 3 years or so.
If so, it will be glorious to have done it all from scratch, and certainly worth all the pain and suffering. Those same fans who love to complain can still kick guys like Frank and Knox while they're down, and they can pile on Fiz or Steve Mills or whoever the easy target is until they're blue in the face. I see this for what it is. This is a legit full rebuild and the Knicks are doing it quite well.
That's why I, like yourself, are taking delight in each small phase.
At times last year, being a Knicks fan was like rooting for a horse in the triple crown. Metaphorically speaking, many fans ripped up their betting tickets after Durant went to the Nets.
But somehow, it was alright with me. Somehow, my belief in Scott Perry and Mills has grown. That Durant wasn't here because WE decided against it. As it was decided by us, that the Anthony Davis cost was not within our present philosophy and hence stood pat.
Somehow, I rather see Mitch take another step up here in NY, same goes for Knox, Frank, Trier, RJ, etc.
That's not even considering the plethora of 1st round picks stored away, and equally amazing and as you mentioned, a stash of SUPER max money.
Seriously my fellow, how can one miss out on enjoying the state of this present Knicks organization.