Found December 17, 2012 on
The pressure and weight of expectations can either make or break a team/individual. In today’s sport’s society it seems that people are in a hurry to tag a person as the next big thing. This has gone on throughout time and throughout all sports and taken away the enjoyment for nice ride.
Remember Harold Miner, when he came out of Southern Cal, was tabbed as the next Michael Jordan. Aside from winning the slam dunk contest, unfortunately his career was far from following Jordan’s footsteps.
Was reading an article today on Oak Hill Academy where they were naming a player who was tabbed as the next Jeremy Lin. Now, (1) what exactly has Jeremy done that has earned him the recognition to have someone follow in his footsteps? (2) How is it that we are placing this type of pressure on a 16 year old kid? Now we don’t know if this kid will make the NBA or even make the cut with a Division I college hoops program.
The point being, patience and perspective are needed before we dub a team or player the next big thing. The Knicks fans need to step back and assess what they have as a team.
All of the support pieces that were added are fitting in nicely with the pieces kept from last year’s team. Kidd & Felton are providing good leadership at the point and great perimeter shooting. Rasheed Wallace is providing a nice defensive presence & a good mid-range game to compliment Carmelo on the block. The Knicks are clicking on all cylinders like a well oiled machine. That has the looks of a deep playoff run in the future.
Now before you start making plans for trips to the NBA Finals and getting up close and personal with the Larry O’Brien trophy, take a step back look at the big picture before it ruins what could be the first leg of a great ride. So far aside, from Camby, Amar’e and Shumpert, the team has been really healthy and dealt with only minor health issues (i.e. Carmelo’s finger). If previous seasons have taught us anything it is that health problems will arise and players will have rise to the occasion. There will be bumps in the road that will test the faithful. They need to expect the bumps and see the team getting over them versus saying the sky is falling and jumping off faster than the passengers on the Titanic.
Teams normally need a year to solidify their roles for their key players and reserves, along with the star player developing a complete trust in the supporting cast. Carmelo has made strides so far this season, but a run in the playoffs with this cast is needed along with going through growing pains and overcoming them. The support of the fan base aids in the process.
With perspective, the buildup to a title can be enjoyed and making the eventual title win even the more enjoyable.
Paramjit Mahal @denver3334 – Knickswag Contributor
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Yikes. Jeremy Lin and J.R. Smith trade back-to-back airball three point attempts in the 2nd quarter:
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