New York Knicks: 50-1
Whatever debate there has been about Phil Jackson’s ability to institute a culture shift is over. He did it could have possibly foreseen.
J.R. Smith has seen the light.
“Trying to think about the rest of the group over my scoring is something that I never actually had to do before,” Smith told ESPNNewYork.com’s Ohm Youngmisuk. “I’ve been in a situation to score, [now I’m] in position to take my time and allow the game come and let my teammates triumph over myself, I think that’s the ultimate win.”
As the year progresses Private transformations from the preseason have a means of reversing themselves, but for now, it appears Jackson has performed magic.
Getting Smith to buy into the equal-opportunity tenets of the triangle offense is enormous, and everything after that–figuring out how to coax defense out of a frontcourt rotation between Andrea Bargnani and Amar’e Stoudemire, convincing James Dolan to keep kazoos from the locker room–must be cake.
The Knicks are far removed from a 54-win season in 2012-13. Jackson’s influence alone should help them get closer to this total than the 37 wins season was amassed by them.
However, don’t expect a championship chase–Carmelo Anthony understands some assistance and maybe not until the undesirable contracts on the novels slough off in 2015.
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