For the first time in years, I am unable to look at the schedule and get a feel for which games the Knicks are certain to lose, whether they have Chauncey Billups, or as we expect, Chris Paul at the helm. A renewed sense of Knicks empowerment should touch NYK fans this season as we begin with all three of our stars healthy and a renewed commitment to defense with the hiring of Mike Woodson.
Still the schedule is a grueling one and may give us pause for concern regarding Chauncey and D’Antoni’s tendency to work his nine man rotation into the ground. Coach D’Antoni may be even more likely to slip into overuse of his stars since his job is quietly but obviously on the line. Five times during the season the Knicks play four games in five nights. Thankfully, they play only one back-to-back-to-back this season. That set is against Chicago, Boston and New Jersey in February with the Celtics game at home in MSG.
As was widely anticipated, the Knicks open the season at home against the Celtics on Christmas. After facing the Lakers on December 29th, we get to bring in the New Year while watching the Knicks take on the Kings on December 31st.
The Knicks also play on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Monday, Jan. 16 against the Magic. On February 24-26th we expect 1-4 Knicks to travel to Orlando for All-Star Weekend at the Amway Center. The season ends in Charlotte on April 26th.
Here at Knicks Fanatics Blog, you can expect that we will live blog most of the games and present the Knicks Fanatics Radio Show every Sunday at 7:30 pm featuring hosts Peaceman, O&B and Vic Corbit. Isn’t it great to have a season. Let’s do this.