Scoreboard: Are the New York Knicks Serious Playoff Contenders?
No one wants to talk about it, but we probably should: will the New York Knicks actually make the playoffs?
The Knicks have been openly destructing their team to clear cap space for a chance at signing LeBron James next summer. They have a roster full of guys — Nate Robinson, Al Harrington, Larry Hughes, Jared Jeffries, Eddy Curry, Darko Millicic — who they have no interest in having on their team.
Their best player, David Lee, is a hard-worker who has improved every year and put up great numbers, not to mention he's loved by Knicks fans, but the team wouldn't reward him with a long-term deal for fears of tying up 2010 cap space, so Lee is a free agent and question mark to return next season as well.
And despite the roster full of guys who can't help but think about their next contracts, the team is actually playing pretty well and in playoff contention.
After beating Charlotte last night, the Knicks are in ninth place in the East, just a half game out of a potential playoff spot. They've won seven of their last 10 and are playing better than just about any team in the East outside the top three, and young players Wilson Chandler and Danillo Gallinari continuously improve.
Is inconceivable as it sounded a few months ago, the Knicks are actually one of the most exciting teams in the league right now.