Patience is a virtue the Knicks have never been accused of having, or exercising. They have always been known as the quick fix Knicks. This offseason kind of forced them to take the patient approach instead of displaying their all too familiar “shiny thing” syndrome (going after the perceived next best thing). Thank God for the lack of cap space, I shudder to think if they had cap space, that they would have backed up the Brinks truck for the likes of an aging Rondo, or an injured Boogie Cousins, or even as great as he is, an aging and brittle Chris Paul.
The Knicks are on the right path finally. They are saving themselves from themselves. They are building with youth through the draft, and hopefully, next year (2019), when free agency rolls around, they will have the cap space to become real players. This is the first time in recent memory that they actually had back to back 1st round draft choices. The last time that happened, was in 2008 (Danilo Gallinari), and 2009 (Jordan Hill).
It’s hard to build a competitive team when you’re starting at a lower tiered talent level than your competition. When your roster is comprised of 2nd rd picks and marginal free agents, you are destined to be . That is exactly what happened to the Knicks over the last 20 years. Couple that with wasting the 1st rounders they did retain on the likes of Michael Sweetney, Mardy Collins, Renaldo Balkman, and who can forget the human poster Frederic Weiss. You can see how they have failed to produce an NBA team New York fans deserve.
This is no doubt, going to be a long season. It’s going to be interesting to see all the Johnny come lately bandwagoners in the coming years. Believe me, the Knicks will be a legitimate title contender in the next 2 years. They will be a marketing bonanza for the NBA. They will be on national TV weekly, they will get people to actually watch NBA TV again. This train is moving in the right direction (finally).
It’s been a long wait, so I guess we can wait a little bit longer, but Knick fans are issuing a warning, to Coach Fizdale, President Steve Mills, and GM Scott Perry, “You better get this right”. We don’t want to feel like the wait is in vain. Don’t screw this up. Do not take our patience for granted.