The New York Knicks have been a laughingstock for years. Whether it be planning to sign Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant but ending up with Marcus Morris and Reggie Bullock instead, or any other of a host of front office, coaching and competitive failures over the last few decades; if you name it, the Knicks have failed at it.
Finally, the organization came as close to a house-cleaning as you’ll see take place at Madison Square Garden when they hired Leon Rose to run basketball operations and Tom Thibodeau as head coach. Say what you will about Thibodeau, but he demands that his teams play at maximum levels of effort and execution, and more often than not that’s enough to get your team to overachieve in the NBA.
Why the future is brighter than ever for the New York Knicks
The Knicks are a respectable 25-26 and sit alone in eighth place in the Eastern Conference standings, but there are better reasons to be optimistic about where this franchise is going. They may make the playoffs and be first-round fodder for the Brooklyn Nets, Milwaukee Bucks or the Philadelphia 76ers, but that won’t diminish their luster in coming years.
Rather, they’re showing a savvy and patient approach that should pay off in dividends when their next opportunity comes to court a superstar, and they’ve already built the foundations of a competitive roster for when that time comes.
Let’s take a look at three reasons the future is bright for the New York Knicks.