The New York Knicks’ disappointing, ugly loss last week to the Toronto Raptors is living proof of how things have changed around this franchise. The fact that I used the terms “disappointing” and “ugly” show the shift; in past years the narrative following that loss would have been “expected letdown” or “typical” or “can we fire D’Antoni already?”.
While the Knicks have indeed leveled from their torrid start to the ’12-’13 season, things are far better than most thought they would be as we lean over the edge of the All-Star Break. The Knicks own two blowout victories over Miami, once crushing the Heat in their own building without the services of Carmelo Anthony. They’ve handed the Spurs, who own the league’s best record, 17% of their 12 losses this season. They lead the Atlantic Division and are second in the East. Anthony is having an MVP-level season (do not confuse this with an endorsement of ‘Melo over LeBron James for MVP; LeBron is having an otherworldly season and no