When Mike D'Antoni stressed the idea that "getting into the 40s" in terms of wins was the idea he lit a fire with some fans and media members for accepting being mediocre.
I believe that's misconstrued.
In theory, that would be quite an accomplishment for a franchise that hasn’t been to the playoffs in nearly a decade. And if the Knicks don’t upgrade their roster between now and the Feb. 24 trade deadline, then simply making the playoffs might be all any Knicks fan can hope for...It offered a reality check about the Knicks’ ability to consistently sustain a high level of play. That includes Stoudemire. Despite his 41 points Sunday, he is showing signs of wearing down, something D’Antoni will have to monitor over the last 32 games of the season...When you’ve been miserable for a decade, mediocrity can be made to sound like a good thing. D’Antoni is in the final year of his contract so he’s not about to promise the moon. If the Knicks’ goal is to simply make the playoffs, and they do that, then he can say he has done his job.When you are this young, every day you hope for development. Basketball is a game about developing players and overall chemistry as a team day after day with the hopes that you are peaking during the playoffs. But for the Knicks, who haven't been relevant in post season basketball (Nets series doesn't count bc they were barely a foil) in a decade you have to manage expectations. This is a .500 team as presently constituted. I think we all realize that.
Donnie Walsh did not come here to be mediocre, so what Willis is saying is something we've talked about here for some time. The Knicks have to get Melo. Walsh knows the need for Anthony. He doesn't need to be told, not with his franchise player in his prime.
But in terms of what the team is right now, which does not include the Nuggets forward, the team should just focus on securing a playoff spot considering they are simply one of the youngest teams in the league.