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How Patient Are Knicks Fans Going To Have To Be At The Beginning Of This NBA Season?

Submitted by on October 30, 2014 – 12:04 pmNo Comment

New York Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony has been preaching one thing to Knicks fans so far this season: Patience. He believes that, at some point this year, the Knicks and their new triangle offense are going to start clicking. And when they do, he believes that they’re going to be pretty good. But initially, they are not going to look like a finished product. Not even close. There are still quite a few players, like J.R. Smith, who are adjusting to the triangle and trying to learn the intricacies of it. So it’s going to take some time—and a lot of patience—before the Knicks look good.

That was on full display during New York’s first game of the 2014-15 NBA season. The Knicks got trounced by the visiting Chicago Bulls, who ran away with a 104-80 victory that saw Derrick Rose & Co. put the Knicks away early. It was actually so bad that, after the game, Carmelo was asked whether or not he was embarrassed by his team’s poor performance.

“Embarrassed?” he said. “No, I am not embarrassed. We will get better. I believe that. I know that and we have another shot at it tomorrow night [against the Cavaliers].”

Knicks new head coach Derek Fisher echoed Carmelo’s sentiments. He also alluded to the fact that it’s going to take time for the Knicks to get it together as a team.

“We’re going somewhere,” he said after his first game as a head coach, “but at the beginning of where we’re going, it’s going to be difficult to get wins. We have to fight really, really hard to win games.”

Both Carmelo and his coach are right. The Knicks are headed in the right direction right now, thanks to the addition of Phil Jackson in the front office. But it’s not going to look like it for at least a few more weeks—and could take even longer than that. They’re going to have to get comfortable running the triangle and adjust to all the changes that have been made within the organization. Once they do that, the Knicks will be OK. But in the meantime, it’s going to be important for their fans to remember one thing: Be patient! Otherwise, this is going to be a very looooooong season for everyone.

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