Originally posted on Knicks Journal  |  Last updated 4/11/12

With strong defensive play propelling the Knicks to many victories already this season, the surprising concern thus far has actually been the team's fluidity on offense.
Toney Douglas' early season struggles as starter set the negative tone for the Knicks offensively, and New York has struggled throughout without an efficient floor general. Of course, Jeremy Lin provided a spark as LINsanity struck, and the Knicks couldn't help but be relieved that their point guard woes appeared over.
But now that Lin is sidelined through (at least) the potential first round of the postseason, the Knicks' offense has been impaired, falling completely stagnant. Though Coach Woodson has motivated the team enough to keep persevering through various injuries and adversity, there's no doubt the team's playoff chances have taken a hit as they've struggled to find a rhythm on offense.
Although the team opted to roll with the backup point guards already in place, the difficulties they've encountered on offense certainly leads many to wonder what could have been, had the team chosen to bring in an outside option. According to ESPN New York, not only was Amityville native Mike James considered for a roster spot on the Knicks prior to Lin's emergence, but he was also willing to step in to help out following the Harvard grad's injury.
Following three different 10-day contracts with the Bulls, James was recently signed for the remainder of the season. The Knicks had quite the close look at James as he surged in the D-League while playing for the Knicks' minor league squad, the Erie BayHawks. James soared during his comeback attempt, and apparently it worked, as the NBA's best team took notice.
Since being signed for the rest of the season, James has actually played sparingly for the Bulls. It's clear he would have had a much larger role on the Knicks, who have voids they still have been yet to fill. The only thing signing James would have cost the Knicks (besides a minimum contract) would have been freeing up a roster spot. Mike Bibby, who after struggling earlier this season, hasn't even found playing time under his former Hawks Coach Mike Woodson, likely could've been the victim. With the veteran not getting court time as it is, the release would have been a low-risk, high-reward reward action by the Knicks.
While James isn't necessarily a pass-first guard, he impressed while filling in for Derrick Rose during an injury-plagued month of February. James averaged 7.8 points and 3.5 assists during four contests that month, proving he still has plenty in the tank.
Whereas the Knicks crave a guard who can create offensive opportunities for his teammates, they could also use players who are also able to create for themselves as well. Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith represent the only two Knicks who have been thriving as of late, and James would have joined them by pouring in the points off the bench.
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