Look around and grab your friendly neighborhood NBA preview and, if you are a Knicks fan, you can't be really too excited about what you see.
But previews are as meaningful, to me, as VIP passes to a high school game.
As expected, the team is ready to prove its doubters wrong and that journey begins down in South Beach against one of the game's best, who has a habit of destroying the Knicks.
"They got the message, they know what to do," Coach D'Antoni said from practice today. "I think we have some added elements to the team, little bit more speed and a little bit more length and a little more focus that the players are putting in on the defensive end and I think that we'll be pretty good."
As we've noted countless times this preseason, the Knicks have improved defensively, but that won't translate unless the team can make sure they match the regular season energy of opponents.
Miami isn't Cleveland or the Lakers, one of the big reasons Wade is "keeping his options open," but, like the Knicks, they are in good shape from a cap standpoint and many consider them to be the Knicks biggest rival in the 2010 sweepstakes.
One of the players who is considered one of the cornerstones, Michael Beasley, apparently is still struggling with demons and Jermaine O'Neal is a venerable shell of his former self.
What it comes down to, as it will on most all nights, is can the team make shots and get stops. Can they find a way to control a superstar opponent and walk away with a W?
Can D'Antoni make sure that the right mix of players is on the court down the stretch who can consistently make shots in the half court, and take shots away on the other end.
David Lee, who got the chance to play virtually every game last year at the five, feels that whatever match up he draws defensively will have their hands full against him on the other end. But if Lee has to be forced to guard guys on the block at the end of games, the team may struggle to close out games.
"I did it over 8 games last year so it was something I got used to," Lee said. "I don't have a fear of any center in the league. I'm just trying to go out there and play hard as I can, play within our system and compete on every play."