Knicks Rebound from Off Court Issues

Heading into the 2016-17 NBA season, one of the most interesting stories in the league revolved around the New York Knicks. The Knicks had a very active offseason, which saw them trade for Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah from the Chicago Bulls. The trade made the Knicks one of the hardest teams in the league to predict as they clearly have a lot of talent, but could be prone to injuries.


While the Knicks started off hot, including winning five games in a row at one point, they have seemed to have slowed down a lot. The Knicks are currently three spots and 2.5 games out of the Eastern Conference Playoffs and have had a lot of issues with both performance and locker room issues.


Over the past month, the Knicks have had to deal with off the court issues with both Derrick Rose and Carmelo Anthony. Prior to a game a couple weeks ago, the Knicks announced that Rose had not reported to the game. At first it was not clear where Rose was, but it was eventually revealed that he had returned home to Chicago to spend time with his family. Rose, who is nearing the end of his current contract, even stated that he was considering leaving the game entirely. Rose ultimately returned to the Knicks and has played well since coming back.


Anthony, who has been with the Knicks for several years, has continued to be one of the best players in the league and the top scorer on the Knicks. However, due to the continued losing, many have speculated that Anthony may accept a trade. Anthony has reportedly had several conversations with back office personnel and may be open to accepting a trade to a number of competing teams across the league.


While the Knicks have had some issues in recent weeks, they do appear to be turning things around. On Monday night, they had a game against the playoff-bound Indiana Pacers. The Knicks played a tough and strong game and ultimately were able to win the game by 6 points.

Knicks Pursuit of Title Includes Signing of Hometown Noah

For New York Knicks fans, the last two seasons have been tough to endure. In the 2014-15 campaign, the team suffered a franchise-record 65 losses. The next season produced similar futility; only six teams won fewer games than the 32 victories achieved by NY.

But from these ashes sprang a sliver of hope. With the fourth pick in the 2015 draft, the Knicks hit the jackpot with Latvian power forward Kristaps Porzingis. The 7’3” tall Porzingis has given team president Phil Jackson something to build around—and Jackson has been busy.

The 2014 NBA Defensive Player of the Year said that he dreamed of playing for the Knicks since he was five years old. The son of former French tennis great Yannick Noah and former Miss Sweden Cecilia Rodhe, Noah was born in New York and attended Poly Prep high school in Brooklyn, where his mother and sister still live.

If he had it his way, Noah would retire a Knick. Whether he gets his wish will depend on how well the four new players jell with current Knicks Porzingis and 9-time All Star Carmelo Anthony.

Whether New York is good enough to win a title remains uncertain. But make no mistake—in one offseason, the Knicks have gone from a 50-loss disaster to a legitimate contender to win the Eastern Conference.