It’s hard to tell what we’re going to get with the current Knicks team that has been put together. Certainly, given the talent, real and diminished, the potential to make a better run at the Chip than we did last year is possible. However, even if the Knicks are any good their biggest problem will be the level of chemistry which certainly will not match that of other contenders such as the Thunder, Spurs, Celtics and Heat. Nevertheless, the off-season moves have gotten the attention of the talking heads, like Shaquille O’Neal, who likes the Knicks, and Charles Barkley who disses them, and the contenders.
Of course Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal always have something (or nothing, depending how you look at it) to say and it is their job to talk about the Knicks. However, as Shaq settles into his new career as an over-educated analyst and Barkley perfects his role as huggable but disposable curmudgeon, it’s the expressions of Chris Bosh, center/forward for the Champion Heat, that are more most noteworthy.
Bosh, now accepting his role as a center for the Heat, said “I just want to say — the freakin’ Knicks, man. I think they’re going to be a good team. Nobody’s really talking about them, and I don’t like it. They’re flying under the radar right now. I think the Knicks are going to be a very good team.”
Shaq seems to think the Knicks have what it takes, from a talent standpoint ot beat the Heat, but he questions whether they have the heart and commitment to be champions. He said, "I think when Carmelo plays against LeBron (James) and (Dwyane Wade), he should take it personally, like he’s always talked about last (among the three). When Amar’e plays against (Chris) Bosh, he should take it personally. That’s what I always used to do. I played against guys, I used to take it personally that you’re not talking about me. They need to do that. In order to beat Miami. O’Neal continued. “They’ve done OK. But in New York, OK is not good enough. In order to have a legitimate 1-2 punch, OK is not good enough.”
Unlike Bosh and Shaq, Barkley had nothing nice to say about the Knicks. A week ago Charles Barkley, an avowed hater, suggested that the New York Knicks were really the "Old York Knicks" lost in a time warp. About the Knicks he opined, “They must think it’s 1995. It’s 2012. They went out and got 92-year-old Jason Kidd and 92-year-old Marcus Camby."