Posted: April 28, 2012 in Bunker

As a Knicks fan, I’m saddened by this first round match up.

With all the hype about the Knicks-Heat “renewing” their rivalry, I don’t think this series will be close. (Also does ESPN realize that Patrick Ewing and Alonzo Mourning no longer play for those respective teams. Do they want to mention that neither the Knicks nor the Heat have the “tough guys” or the physical players that made the rivalry so intense. Do they want to also neglect to mention that Knicks fans don’t hate the Heat and Pat Riley nearly as much as they did 12-13 years ago? No. Okay, just checking.)

This is my nightmare. The Knicks are hot team, winning 9 of their last 13 games, Carmelo Anthony living up to the billing of being a superstar and Amare Stoudemire looking as though he’s back to his superstar form of the previous years. However, they are playing the team to beat this season. As a shameless LeBron James defender, I’m rooting for the Heat to win the championship. I don’t care what any New York Knicks fan says, they do not match up well against the Heat and the Heat are the last team I would ever want to see in the 2012 playoffs in the first round.

But as someone who believes the Knicks will inevitably lose this match up against the Heat, I wonder what fall out will be for the New York Knicks. The Knicks still have a formidable front line with Anthony, Stoudemire and Chandler, a phenom cash-cow named Jeremy Lin and not much cap space to do much else. Knick fans have fallen in love with Steve Novak, Landry Fields and even sparingly J.R. Smith. I’m sure not all of these guys will be back, so what will we make of the 2012-2013 Knicks?

Will the Knicks bring back Mike Woodson? The team has played unbelievably well under Woodson and their defense has stepped up significantly since the former Atlanta Hawks coach took over. Do they go after Phil Jackson? Will they bring back Isiah Thomas. I’m almost more excited for the Knicks off-season than I am their possibly playoff run. I don’t see much good coming out of this Knicks-Heat series. This is one of these series that I would have been much more excited to see two years ago with an “up and coming” Knicks team. This team was supposed to contend. Here, the Knicks just look to compete against a team with true championship or bust expectations.

But stranger things have happened…


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