Looks about right.

Looks about right.

Knick of time?

Looks about right.

Oh, how the mighty have fallen. The Knickerbockers used to be one of the marquee franchises in all of sports, playing in Madison Square Garden, the most famous arena in the world. Now, for the last decade or so, they have turned into a league-wide laughing stock. With some of the most fanatic supporters in the NBA, the crowd really brought that sixth man element to every game. That support seems to be a bygone thing, as MVP chants for opposing player Kobe Bryant rang loud through the arena last year. That would have been blasphemy in years past, but the Knicks front office seems to have done everything wrong in building their team, alienating even its most loyal fan base in the process. They are starting to move in the right direction, with last season’s hiring of head coach Mike D’Antoni. The former Suns coach brings his up-tempo style to the Big Apple with hopes of energizing the City That Never Sleeps. The Knicks are looking to use a small lineup most of the time, with heavy player rotations to apply pressure on the opposition. With ultra-athletic David Lee (6’9″) starting at center, the Knicks are looking to outrun the competition. If other teams slow the game down against New York, then the Knicks are dead in the water. They have no size to match up on defense, so they’re going to rely on speedy guards Chris Duhon and Nate Robinson to push the pace every chance they get. Power forward Al Harrington is going to get his points and SF Jared Jefferies will be their defensive stopper in crunch time. The Knicks are nowhere close to where they need to be to contend for a title, but at least they’re back on the right track.

Prodigy’s take: Well, it looks like we won’t be able to kick the Knicks around anymore. It was a sad day when Isiah was let go: no more sexual harassment, inept coaching, or front office boobery that we all came to love and expect from the bumbling G.M. Seriously, though – the Knicks are creating cap space for the free-agent bonanza of 2010, so look for them to spend some cheese and land a big name next year. Prediction: 4th in the Atlantic.