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 5 years ago '11        #8541
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 Blkboipurp said:
Hold on a second...would the Knicks even be able to get Goran Dragic this offseason?
We have a MLE.. but the problem is if we want Novak/Lin back we need to use the MLE on them since we don't have their bird rights.

Odds are against us if i'm correct.
 5 years ago '04        #8542
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Cheese Doodles

This is 2012, but these New York Knicks are eerily similar offensively to the team that teased us for an entire decade into believing it had championship mettle, only to succumb repeatedly to the greatness of Michael Jordan.

Carmelo Anthony is the Knicks right now, much a Patrick Ewing was the Knicks years ago, which is a good thing. The rest of the Knicks now are what they were back then, too, which isn't so good. But it can become a good thing if Amare Stoudemire returns, healthy and ready to put all the questions about his ability to co-exist with Melo to bed once and for all.

If Stoudemire comes back and ends all that nonsense, there's no telling when the Knicks' season will end.

If he doesn't, the Knicks will be done by the first week of May.

Book it!

"I have no idea when (Stoudemire) is coming back, but I can't wait for it because we need him," Anthony said. "He's important to this team. To what we're trying to do."

Don't bother knocking Melo for failing to emphasize Stoudemire's importance to his own game. You can't blame Anthony for wanting to refrain from such conversation when he's averaging 31.7 points per game in April, playing like a man clearly in pursuit of Gotham City's unfiltered and uncompromised affection.

But if Sunday's 93-85 loss to the Miami Heat proved anything, it proved an army isn't made up of one man. That a dynamic duo -- or trio, if you want to include Chris Bosh -- in the form of Dwyane Wade and LeBron James are significantly more sustainable than a one-man wrecking crew.

"I'm loving what I'm seeing from Melo right now," Knicks' interim coach Mike Woodson said on Sunday. "I'm proud of him, the way he's playing and the effort he's giving. But nobody's blind here. Everyone knows we'll need more than him to get to where we want to go. Nobody's saying his name that much, but I'll say it: Amare! We need him. He'll come back when he's healthy enough to play, but I'll be very happy when he does."

Relieved would be a more appropriate word.

All anyone had to do was watch the continuously gifted but erratic play of J.R. Smith, a surprisingly poor output from Iman Shumpert and the alarming, inexcusable regression of Landry Fields to know how desperately Woodson is aching for Stoudemire to come back.

In 43 games this season, Stoudemire averaged 17.6 points and eight rebounds on 47 percent shooting. He did it with a questionable back, questionable knees and -- no matter how much anyone tries to avoid it -- the simmering acrimony with a touch of chaos that, essentially, has served to damage his career and stature in New York.

People forget that Stoudemire was the Man before Melo arrived. That he was the one averaging 26 points, heading to All-Star weekend, with New York's affection as his motivation. All that changed once Melo arrived. When Mike D'Antoni decided to veer away from both and make Jeremy Lin a savior, Lin had the audacity to jack up more shots than Stoudemire, with the unwavering support of the now-departed coach.

Back a few months ago, Stoudemire acknowledged, "It's hard. The bottom line is about winning, and we all know this. But I'm not going to lie by standing here and saying it's easy to hear folks questioning whether or not you should be here any longer, or whether you fit, when you're just a year removed from being an All-Star and doing the things I was doing."

Stoudemire wasn't blaming anyone, but it would have certainly been within his right to do so. Such is the case when you're the forgotten man, and politics are influencing things just as much as basketball.

But things are working out now. Not just because the Knicks are 13-5 since Woodson took over, or because of Melo's resurgence as an offensive force.

Things are working out now because in spite of all that, it's still evident the Knicks can't make much noise in the postseason without Stoudemire.

"They will need him," Chicago Bulls guard and reigning MVP Derrick Rose, told me a few days ago. "They're doing a lot of great things. Coach Woodson is doing a great job; I've got to give it to him. But no matter what, you always need someone like Amare Stoudemire. He's a big-time player. He's something we'd have to pay attention to."

That means all the attention couldn't be focused on Melo. Against Chicago or Miami, this is exactly what the Knicks will need.

When you hear Smith echo how Miami won't want to see the Knicks in the first round, or others bloviating about what a tough out the Knicks will be, it sounds good. It even seems plausible ...

If Stoudemire comes back.

"Like I said," Woodson deadpanned, "we could use him."

Healthy, that is. Nothing less will do.
 5 years ago '04        #8543
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"Congrats to Jeremy Lin - named a divisional winner for the 2011-2012 NBA Sportsmanship Award! "
 5 years ago '04        #8544
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Tucked away in a private room at a fancy steakhouse in Buckhead, Ga., the night before the Knicks and Hawks played last month at Philips Arena, interim Knicks coach Mike Woodson was busy holding court.

The room was filled with folks the former Hawks coach had invited to thank for the love and support he'd received since moving to Atlanta in 2004, people he wanted to thank personally and appropriately for sticking with him through the good and bad times.

Woodson carried on, ribbing one of his guests about his golf game and busting another one's chops for being the shortest man in the room, laughing and joking in ways no one in New York, outside of those with a backstage pass to the traveling circus that is the Knicks this season, has seen him act.

Sure, they've seen a smile or two out of Woodson since he took over from Mike D'Antoni. The Knicks are 13-5 and 9-1 at Madison Square Garden since he moved into the big chair, but they haven't seen the relaxed Woodson that owned the room at that steakhouse.

They haven't seen the Woodson who kicked into high gear when Knicks forward and shooter deluxe Steve Novak crashed the private party, along with several of his teammates, out the night before the game looking for a bite to eat near the team hotel.

Woodson gave Novak a glowing introduction, called him one of the greatest shooters on the planet and then turned serious and fined Novak for wearing a T-shirt and jeans to one of the most expensive restaurants in town.

Woodson was joking, of course. And he repeated his "you're fined" routine on every one of the Knicks he ran into that night, including Jeremy Lin, who showed up late by himself, hat on backwards and his earphones near closing time.

"Fined for what?" Lin said as Woodson dropped the punch line on him, moments after announcing his arrival, "Ladies and gentlemen, the King of New York."

Just a few weeks in and you could tell Woodson and this team had already bonded in ways that would produce the sort of results we've seen from the Knicks on the floor. Even with Lin and Amar'e Stoudemire out with injuries, Woodson has driven the Knicks to the brink of a playoff berth with his straight-talk approach and unwavering demand that his guys plays defense, share the ball and play the game the right way.

If the Knicks are smart, they'll make Woodson a permanent fixture in that locker room and in that city, forgoing their usual coaching/character search for a coach with a surplus of character who has already won over the most important group of men involved -- the men in his locker room.

Woodson inherited a fractured bunch with an 18-24 record. That's not the team that will face the Celtics tonight on TNT. That old bunch played through Lin and its biggest stars, Carmelo Anthony and Stoudemire, struggled to find their way in an offense that didn't suit their games.

Woodson has tweaked D'Antoni's offense and demanded the stars and everyone else turn up the defensive intensity. Under D'Antoni, the Knicks averaged 16.1 isos a game and shot 35 percent. Under Woodson, those numbers have jumped to 22.2 and 41 percent, respectively.

Anthony has flourished in Woodson's system, playing his best basketball of the season since the changeover. He's averaging 31.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.9 a.ssists and shooting 51 percent from the floor this month and averaging 30.2 point over the Knicks' last 10 games.

Anthony looks like the star Knicks fans thought they were getting when the organization traded away much of its young core for him last season. And he's doing it against the best of the best. He dropped Video 43 points and the game-winning 3-pointer in overtime in a win over the league-leading Bulls two weeks ago and Video lit up the Heat for 42 points in a loss Sunday.

He doesn't have to publicly endorse Woodson, but his play is affirmation that the change is to the liking of the Knicks' biggest star.

And anyone worried about Woodson's no-nonsense style clashing with a team full of diverse personalities -- check the Knicks' roster, they travel from one end of the personality spectrum (Landry Fields) to the other (J.R. Smith) and make stops everywhere along the way -- overlooked his results with the Hawks.

Woodson worked under some of the most dysfunctional circumstances any NBA coach has had in recent years during his six seasons with the Hawks. He inherited a program that was stripped down to the supports when he took over. His first three teams were filled with rookies, veterans playing out the last string of their careers and journeymen role players needed to fill out the roster.

His last three seasons, when the youngsters matured, prized free-agent acquisition Joe Johnson became an All-Star and eventual All-Star Al Horford was plucked in the top three of the 2007 draft, the Hawks took flight. They averaged 46 wins over his final three seasons, making the playoffs each year and compiling a 53-win season in his finale, the fifth-best record in the Hawks' Atlanta history.

When the Hawks decided not to offer him a new contract after a second straight second-round playoff exit, it wasn't about him losing his team or his X's and O's being off. They had new management and the brass decided a tone and philosophical change was needed after six years of Woodson's grinding approach. So Woodson exited having helped resuscitate a franchise only to see someone else (his longtime top a.ssistant Larry Drew) try to finish the job (it should be noted that the Hawks took a step in the postseason but haven't been back to that 53-win level since Woodson's departure.)

Now Woodson has his chance to do the same in New York: finish a job someone else started.

The Knicks are poised to make a move similar to what the Hawks made in Woodson's final three seasons in Atlanta. They'll have all of the distractions that come with playing in New York. And Woodson will spend his time in the blender that is the New York tabloids, despite his desire to remain out of the spotlight.

But they'll also have a coach who has a firm grasp on what it takes to get to the next level, how to manage a locker room full of complex personalities and how to wrestle with the weight of expectations in the same city he began his professional career in as a player when the Knicks made him the 12th overall pick of the 1980 draft. In a strange way, things have come full circle for Woodson.

And while he's not Phil Jackson, John Calipari or any of the other "names" rumored to be on the short list of candidates the Knicks will consider for the job, Woodson is also not full of the bluster or handcuffed to the drama that comes with those "names" either.

What Woodson is, which is much more important than anything else, is the right coach for this Knicks team now and in the future. And you don't need a backstage pass to figure that out.
 5 years ago '04        #8545
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since Amar'e is expected to make his return Friday and i heard from at least one dude on here on how they should bring him back, just thught i'd ask the rest of yous

should he start or come off the bench (for at least the rest of the reg. season)
 5 years ago '04        #8546
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 5 years ago '04        #8547
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Clyde Frazier

"Melo is balling !! Knicks with the knack, can't wait for Stat to come back!!"

that's my Dipset rapper
 5 years ago '04        #8548
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Based Hahn

When he merely rises from the bench and pulls off his warmup shirt, The Garden crowd begins to stir. When he simply catches the ball, the people urge him to shoot.

When it goes in, it is like a religious experience.

So the eight from downtown that he drained (on 10 attempts) against the Celtics in a 118-110 win on Tuesday night -- including a pair of clutch bombs that served as daggers late in the game as Boston was making a push -- had The Garden delirious on a night the Knicks hit 19 three-pointers.

"He is the best three-point shooter in our league, it's not even close," said J.R. Smith, who, himself, had seven and also seems to always know where Novak is on the floor. "People are starting to catch on to it, but not fast enough."

Smith is right. The NBA is now well-aware of the sharp-shooting prowess (and the "Discount Triple-Check" celebration) of a player that was starting to fade from existence five seasons into his career. Novak's emergence as one of the league's most dangerous shooters -- he currently leads the league in three-point shooting percentage (47.2 percent) -- has put him high on advance scouting reports.

The next step for him to make as he attempts to establish this season not as a fluke but a breakthrough is the ability to run off screens and like the game's top snipers do. Mike Woodson has inserted a few plays for Novak and we saw a few run very effectively against the Celtics.

"He had a lot of great looks and he knocked them down," Woodson said. "As we continue to flow and go along, those shots will become tougher because teams, they watch tape and they're not going to leave. So we've got to find ways to get him some looks."

The Heat, for one, stayed glued to Novak throughout Sunday's game and he struggled to get free. The Bulls did the same. Considering that these are the two most likely potential first round opponents for the Knicks, Woodson definitely has to create movement to help free up Novak.

And while his three-ball is what has everyone smitten, Novak is working hard to dispel the cynicism about other areas of his game, including defense. Coincidentally, Woodson is admittedly not a big fan of the three-pointer, but with a weapon like Novak, how could he not utilize him. But Novak can't stay on the court, especially in critical moments, if he is a liability on defense.

It's obvious teams will attack him on offense, so, to his credit (and Woodson's demand) he has put more focus on preparation on that end of the floor. And despite physical mismatches -- he was caught one-on-one with LeBron James and Paul Pierce several times in the last two games -- he has been determined to compete. Against Boston, Novak banged in the low post with the powerful Brandon Bass and came out of it no worse for the wear.

But there's no question this one-dimensional player has a hell of a dimension: shooting. And he has a chance to leave his mark in the Knicks annals with the greatest three-point shooting season in franchise history. Hubert Davis currently holds the all-time highest three-point shooting percentage for a season with 47.6 percent in 1995-96. Novak is right on his tail with five games to go.

He also has a chance to be the first Knick since Campy Russell in 1981-82 to lead the NBA in three-point shooting percentage.

As for threes made, he's far off the franchise season mark, but considering the compressed schedule and his late arrival to the rotation, he's not that far. Novak has 117 three-pointers made in 49 games, which is 2.4 per game and 100 shy of the franchise record for a season. John Starks had 217 in 80 games (2.7 per game) in the 1994-95 season. Consider that Starks played 34.1 minutes per game that season, while Novak has played a little more than half of that: 18.2 minutes per game this season.

OK, so now that we agree that Novak is a keeper, how do the Knicks keep him?

Novak was picked up on waivers from the San Antonio Spurs in December, who had signed him to a pair of 10-day contracts before he was locked up for the rest of the season in 2010-11 and, as a result, given a second year for 2011-12.

The Knicks don't have any Bird Rights on Novak, so he will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. They will be over the NBA salary cap, so the only way to re-sign Novak -- with the understanding that his market value will no longer be as a veteran's minimum player -- is to dip into their two resources: the mid-level exception ($5 million) and, as long as the Knicks are below the luxury tax threshold, the bi-annual exception ($1.9 million).

Now, the Knicks will probably need most of their MLE to re-sign Jeremy Lin, but how much of it depends on what the market demands for the restricted free agent (the Knicks have the right to match). But there is certain to be some competition for Novak from contending teams, as well.

Novak has found a home at The Garden this season. Whether he keeps it a home -- remember, Shawne Williams took the money and ran, too (and who could blame him?) -- remains to be seen.

The team's core of Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler are locked up for at least another three years. Lin and Iman Shumpert are also expected to be around for a while. What the Knicks have to do is be creative to build, and maintain, a strong bench. Novak is a big part of that mission.

AMAR'E LOOKS CLOSE (AND DIFFERENT)

As he hit The Garden floor for his rigorous pregame workout routine, Amar'e Stoudemire pulled back his hoodie just a bit and grinned. Along with a clean-shaven jaw and a well-cropped goatee, Stoudemire had his hair in neat cornrows.

It was a throwback look to that of a 16-year-old Stoudemire we saw in a clever time machine ad by the NBA last season.

The Knicks would love to put Amar'e in a time machine, perhaps to December of 2010, when he was arguably the most dominant player in the NBA in a month that saw him break a franchise record with nine straight 30-plus point performances.

This time around, it's now Carmelo who is having a big month and as Stoudemire is poised to return to the lineup (perhaps as soon as Friday in Cleveland?), the talk is less about how Stoudemire will bolster the lineup and more that his presence could mess up Melo's game.

The two have managed to co-exist with mild success on the court, but more often than not the two have not equally thrived at the same time. Mike D'Antoni struggled to find the answer and now it's Mike Woodson's task as the playoffs near.

"I've got to see if this is going to work," Woodson said. "I got to make it work."

The fact of the matter is Stoudemire should not step into the lineup and disrupt the offense because he will be looking to get his body into game condition. The best mentality he can take into the game is to keep it as simple as possible and stick to fundamentals: run hard, box out, rebound and defend. Stoudemire, for now, should have the focus of a role player and, like everyone else, play off Melo.

Then as he gets more and more comfortable, and the injured back appears stable, the Knicks can start working him back in as a go-to option in the offense.

FIXINS

• What, you thought I'd lead with Melo's triple-double? Hey, you never read it in this space that he was dominating the offense too much. Melo is probably feeling as good as he has since training camp began in December and he has really found his game under Woodson. He also doesn't get nearly enough credit for his basketball IQ, which is something Mike D'Antoni used to tell me regularly.

The truth is, Melo sees the floor better than most think. He is mostly a willing passer, but he can be stubborn. When his mind is right, as it is now, he has tremendous court awareness. The Celtics, as Doc Rivers said, paid almost too much attention to him, which freed up the shooters around Melo and he found them. And when Boston defended him one-on-one, he recognized that and scored seemingly at will against whatever physical defenders (he seemed to enjoy the pounding from Sasha Pavlovic and Brandon Bass) they threw at him.

Hey, there's nothing new to Melo finding open shooters. He's been doing it throughout the season. But look back and consider how many wide-open shots the Knicks have missed this season? Would you keep passing to a guy in the corner who has bricked four straight?

"We just made shots tonight," he correctly noted. "Guys were open the way [the Celtics] were guarding me tonight."

For Woodson, the plan should be to find a way to set up Stoudemire as another outlet for Melo to find when double-teams come.

• Jared Jeffries played just 5:39 off the bench which shouldn't be a surprise considering he's playing through serious pain in his right knee, which will almost certainly need surgery in the offseason. In fact, Jeffries, who is wearing a brace to protect the knee, may be told to shut it down again once Amar'e returns to the lineup.

The season is almost over, but the Knicks are still keeping an eye out for potential big man help for the playoffs, be it via the D-League or elsewhere. A free agent is playoff eligible only if he appears in one regular season game, so Knicks would have to have the player in uniform (and on the court) by the season finale on April 26. Veteran Mikki Moore, who has been in the D-League, could be a name on the radar if just to provide needed depth and experience. Knicks would have to cut a player first.

• Baron Davis had a stomach flu in the morning and needed an IV to help him feel good enough to play against the Celtics. Then, he said, in the third quarter he tweaked his balky hamstring. With Jeremy Lin out of the lineup, Davis knows the Knicks desperately need him and therefore he is playing most nights when, in any other situation, he'd be sitting out. With Davis (18:24, scoreless, 1 a.ssists, 2 rebounds, 2 turnovers) at barely a half-tank, the backup point guard situation is precarious, but credit veteran Mike Bibby for coming through against Boston. Bibby played 26:27 and though he recorded just three points, he posted six a.ssists with no turnovers and five rebounds.

• After consecutive games on the exclusive national schedule, we return with the MSG Network broadcast Wednesday night (Knicks Game Night starts at 7 p.m.) when the Knicks play their final game in the state of New Jersey. Despite finding a usually very Knicks-friendly crowd when they cross the Hudson, the Knicks in regular season play are 31-48 all-time against the Nets in Jersey since the franchise moved there in 1977. The Nets played their first NBA season at Nassau Coliseum on Long Island, where the Knicks were 2-0 in 1976-77 (yes, when the Nets are in Brooklyn next season, it won't be the first time the Knicks play the Nets as a New York-based team).

The Knicks have played the Nets in three different sites since the team moved to New Jersey in '77. The first four seasons were at the Rutgers Athletic Center, followed by 21 years at the Meadowlands Arena and then last season (and this one) at the Prudential Center in Newark.

For anyone keeping score, the Knicks are 84-82 in all-time regular season meetings against their rivals since the NBA-ABA merger.
 5 years ago '10        #8549
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 Born_Loser said:
since Amar'e is expected to make his return Friday and i heard from at least one dude on here on how they should bring him back, just thught i'd ask the rest of yous

should he start or come off the bench (for at least the rest of the reg. season)
I'd like to see him come off the bench just so he can ease his way back instead of just forcing it.Its probably not gonna happen that way though
 5 years ago '07        #8550
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 Born_Loser said:
Clyde Frazier

"Melo is balling !! Knicks with the knack, can't wait for Stat to come back!!"

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 5 years ago '07        #8551
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damn we might lose novak after this season

mle or bi annual? hopefully we can keep the shooting gawd
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Based Hahn

"Mathematically, the highest #Knicks can finish is 5th, catching the Atlanta Hawks. How: Knicks win out, including at ATL on Sunday, and Hawks would lose out, all home games vs BOS, DAL and LAC. Of course ORL would have to go 1-3 as well. Sixth still possible, too under similar scenario. Funny thing is, finishing 5th would mean facing Celtics in the first round. "
 5 years ago '08        #8553
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^Thats not happening
 5 years ago '04        #8554
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putting it out there...Ray Allen next season?

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Based Hahn

"Bucks lose 118-109 to Pacers, #Knicks clinch playoff berth with four games to play. Mathematically could finish anywhere from 5-8 seed."
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Amare Stoudemire will return to the Knicks' lineup before the end of the regular season, he told Yahoo! Sports on Thursday.

According to Yahoo!, Stoudemire will return Friday against the Cleveland Cavaliers, but the Knicks have said they want to see him take part in a shootaround before clearing him to play.

Stoudemire has been out since March 24 with a bulging disk in his lower back. The Knicks have gone 9-4 in his absence.

"We're just trying to strengthen my back," Stoudemire said in a video on the website. "... I have no doubt that I'll be back 100 percent."
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Woodson says Amar'e WILL start and trying to get confirmation but it appears that Landry may be coming off the bench
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DAMN!

Knicks are trying to make one more move to set the roster. Knicks are trying sign Dan Gadzuric and the sacrificial lamb will be Skywalker 2.0. Fields WILL come off the bench and My Toys R Us spokesperson will not playing tonight
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Berman

"Woodson claimed Gadzuric would be available for playoffs. Walker will be waived and didn't make trip."
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Based Hahn

There should be no celebration this time. Let's just acknowledge what was supposed to be the result of this season all along: The Knicks are in the playoffs again.

It became official when the Milwaukee Bucks dropped a 118-109 loss in Indiana on Thursday night, which eliminated any chance of them catching the Knicks (33-29) in the Eastern Conference playoff standings by virtue of the NBA tiebreaker format.

Just think only nine days ago, the Knicks were trailing by eight points in the fourth quarter in Milwaukee and faced the reality of falling out of the East playoff bracket. They rallied to win that night, 111-107, in a game that now stands out as the most important victory of the season...to date.

Let's re-emphasize: The Knicks were supposed to make the playoffs. So what they've accomplished so far -- though this 15-5 run under Mike Woodson is impressive -- is merely to meet expectations. Going into Friday night's games, the Knicks still were mathematically in play to finish as high as the fifth seed, but they could finish as low as eighth.

OK, with all of this acknowledged now (we'll save the potential matchup conversation for a later date), let's take a moment to point out something that is worth celebrating: The official end of an era.

The Bucks loss clinched a second straight postseason trip, which will mark the first time in 11 years that the Knicks earned consecutive berths. It was during the Patrick Ewing era that the team made 14 straight trips to the playoffs, from 1987-88 to 2000-01. Coincidentally (or not), once the Ewing era ended, the run of playoff appearances quickly came to an end, too.

Ewing was traded in 2000, the team made the playoffs in 2000-01 and then saw the postseason only once (2004) in a nine year span from 2001-10.

That is the second-worst drought in franchise history, after a 12 season run from 1955-56 to 1965-66 saw just two playoff appearances.

But perhaps Wednesday's victory in New Jersey, which provided the 33rd win of the 66-game season, provided an equally important accomplishment. It clinched at least a .500 finish, which may be a modest result, but not when you consider recent history.

The Knicks haven't had consecutive non-losing seasons since, again, 2000-01, which was the last of nine-straight winning seasons.

After that season, the Knicks had posted nine straight losing records, including the 2003-04 campaign (39-43) that resulted in a playoff berth. That run ended last season when Mike D'Antoni's Knicks finished 42-40. Mike Woodson has the team four games over .500 and aiming for more.

The Knicks are also 21-11 at home, which is their best winning percentage (.656) at The Garden since the 2000-01 season. One of the most important missions in creating a new era was to re-establish The Garden as a home court and not a personal showcase stage for visiting stars (see: LeBron, Kobe, Paul Pierce and, when he arrives next week, Blake Griffin), which is what it became in the 2000s.

Much like losing became the ugly stain of the past decade, winning is what establishes not only the end of that era, but the beginning of a new one. But it takes more than just one season, one playoff berth, to put separation between the eras. And before Woodson took the helm, this team looked destined for a losing record and there was a very real potential to miss the playoffs.

So we can now call this a new era. One that will have stars Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler here for at least another three to five years. One that has some intriguing young talent, such as Jeremy Lin and Iman Shumpert, as well. One that has major decisions to make at head coach and in the front office this offseason, as well.

This is still the beginning of this new era. But the good news is, it also is the end of the old one.

What this new era needs now is another long-awaited achievement: Winning a playoff series, which hasn't been done since Ewing left.

Actually, winning a playoff game would be a good start. It's been 11 years.
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