Originally posted on All Sports Everything  |  Last updated 10/30/13
The New York Knicks haven’t even tipped off the new season, and yet, a familiar pessimism regarding the outlook of their 2013-2014 season permeates throughout NYC and NBA circles everywhere. The team’s already been eulogized about a million and one times.  Cause of death?  The usual — yada, yada, yada.  Pick your poison.  Every article written takes a doom and gloom approach to predicting the Knicks’ chances.  Writers who’ve shown mercy on the Knicks predict a fifth seed finish.  Others have them finishing lower.   Basically, it’s Murphy’s Law.  Everything that can go wrong, will go wrong.  However, when juxtaposing other NBA teams against the Knicks, it’s quite the contrary.  Other teams are always given the benefit of the doubt.  In their case, everything that can go right, will go right. Admittedly, I understand part of the reason it’s always open season on the Knicks is because of their insufferable and oft indefensible owner, James Dolan.  His antics, overspending, poor hirings, odd firings, and much more haven’t made him a strong contender for any Best Owner of the Year awards ever.  So imagine the uproar an anonymous ‘Source’ caused when he credited Dolan with reportedly saying, he believes the team has enough talent to win a championship this season.  When I read the headline, Source:  Dolan Expects to Win, I chuckled because, why is this news? What should Dolan say in a meeting to the staff that he hired?  None of you have what it takes to coach us to a championship?  Yes, we have the second-highest payroll in the league but no one’s worth their weight in gold?  Andrea Bargnani is every bit the bust that everyone expected?  Amar’e Stoudemire is a leach who’s sucking up cap space? J.R. Smith and Ron Artest are headcases who are always on their worst behavior and incapable of making headlines for all the right reasons?  Everything they say about Melo never being able to win is true? Coach Woodson, you’re a colossal screw up and collapse artist every postseason?  I don’t expect anything better from you? I mean, cut the dude some slack.  Even he’s entitled to feel hopeful about his team’s chances, especially with a 0-0 record.  And please, don’t mistake my take on this as a Dolan endorsement.  As a lifelong Knicks fan, there’s no way I could defend half of the ******** he’s done since his tenure began.  But I also know how the media’s influence is more powerful than people are willing to admit.  And the timing of this ‘Source’s’ generous scoop, hours before tipoff, is more than convenient. When I see headlines that serve no purpose other than to provide discord among players, the team, or fan base, I ignore them.  Instead, I maintain a positive, yet realistic, outlook until their record says to do otherwise. Tonight, the Knicks will take the court against the Milwaukee Bucks and begin the 2013-2014 campaign of silencing all cynics.  Show ‘n’ prove, fellas! -@itsshanarenee  
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