By Professor Fred Whitted NORTH CAROLINA (BASN) — The title above...
Knicks Have 2 Golden Boys in the Pocket
NEW YORK, NY (BASN) – It’s been a pretty interesting summer for the New York Knicks thus far to say the least. They let their most marketable player in decades, Jeremy Lin leaves for the Houston Rockets and they chased Steve Nash and almost lost Iman Shumpert in the process. Future Hall-of-Famer, Kobe Bryant actually did the Knicks a huge favor in the short and long run. By him meddling and stealing Nash’s heart away to the Lakers (yes Kobe used the Nash children’s card) the Knicks were able to turn their attention to Jason Kidd and eventually reacquiring Felton Spencer. All the while, the bonus is being able to keep Shumpert who many believe will be a future All-star.
Aside from Amar’e Stoudemire’s workouts with Hakeem ‘The Dream’ Olajuwon down in Houston, the Golden Boys; Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler had the most rewarding summer. The All-star forward and reigning Defensive Player of the Year both won gold medals in the Olympics in London this past week.
For the Knicks, the actual winning of the medals isn’t the only thing the team and organization is beaming at; but the preparation and other nuances that made up such a dynamic team. This is Chandler’s first gold medal and Melo’s second (he’s been in 3 Olympics thus far, winning a bronze medal under Larry Brown in 2004). The sacrifices and blending in into a team and cohesive unit with good chemistry and other things that make for championship basketball are lessons that both will bring with them to the Knicks this season. Chandler however is coming off of an NBA Championship last season while with the Dallas Mavericks and the aforementioned Kidd against the Miami Heat. But, coming to the Knicks has been an adjustment and when you consider the lock out shortened season and no steadiness at point guard, there was a lot to overcome.
Now with a fresh outlook and winning for their country against a good and formidable Spain team, for the second time no less; the 2 Golden Boys should be able to carry over their winning ways for a successful Knicks season.