If you're in the habit of reading a prediction from a couple of people who haven't watched one minute of training camp and maybe a few minutes of a preseason game then head to BDL.
"...Donnie Walsh is the right executive for this team. Mike D'Antoni's the right coach. And soon enough, they'll have the right players. Or, at least, they'll have a chance at them. And it's just not worth commenting on any of these players because they won't be Knicks in 12 months time. Danilo Gallinari(notes) will be, and he looks like a stud. Jordan Hill looks solid, for a thin draft at least. Others might come back, but if Knicks fans have any say, they'll be role players. Even the ones who are brilliant, like Lee. Or explosive, like Robinson.How this team can be worse than last year's 32 win group is hard to fathom. Did I miss where it says Al Harrington or David Lee are lost for the season due to injury? Did I miss where the Pacers, Nets, Bobcats and Bucks have become unbeatable?
But whatever happens, another year of taking blows will lead you toward respectability. And though New York's record won't be respectable this season, you can respect where they're going. Even if they step back in 2009-10.
The bottom line is no one knows what will come of this group, but from someone who has actually seen what is going on in camp I can tell you that things are moving in the right direction and that baring a roster shift or injury the team is going to win more than 32 games.
That's a prediction and not one of hopeless optimism. How many wins exactly? Who knows and who cares. It's not a stretch to say they can compete for the 8th seed.
I've watched a ton of basketball and beg for teams to do the little things, which I am pleasantly surprised to have seen from certain members of this team. But, then again, I'm more concerned with giving fans Xs and Os and solid info than punchlines and forced comedy.