Monday , Nov , 13 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

The N.Y. Knicks: The NBA’s Version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Here we are 2 weeks into the season, and the NY Knicks are 2-5 as of this writing. They have Lebron and the Cavs coming to the Garden tonight for a tough game. Can the Knicks win this high profile game? The answer is yes. Will the Knicks win the game? Maybe. It all depends on which Knick team shows up to play. Throughout the first 2 weeks of the season, the Knicks have seemed like two different teams. One team starts off slow, getting behind by double digits in the first half every game this season. This is the team the garden boos. This is the team the opponents want to see. This team is hesitant on offense and lacks effort on defense. The opposing team takes advantage of this and like a wolf among sheep, pounces on them, establishing an early lead.

The N.Y. Knicks: The NBA's Version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

All of sudden, something clicks inside of these Knicks. They start to transform into something different. They begin to play defense. The ball is moving to the open man. Loose balls are caught, rebounds are grabbed and hustle plays are made. The Knicks that were once hearing boos are now hearing cheers. The opponents are now scrambling trying to make a basket, trying to keep their composure and they’re feeling the pressure. This Knick team makes a dramatic comeback, almost erasing the mistakes the first team made. Are they successful? So far, they have only succeeded twice. But why are the Knicks that way? Why the split personality that has fans scratching their head? More importantly, what can they do to correct it?

             As I watch Knick games, I see the potential. On paper, this team is one of the most talented teams in the league. While there have been some disappointing performances with Channing Frye and the Marbury-Francis starting backcourt, there has also been some surprising signs of life. The comeback of Quentin Richardson has been very encouraging. Isaiah will have a tough decision to make when Jared Jeffries returns. Richardson has been the Knicks best player offensively and defensively. He is their leading scorer, 2nd on the team in rebounding and often defends the opponents toughest wing player. David Lee has been better than expected, leading the team in rebounding and providing his all out energy and hustle. I also believe that Steve Francis would be playing better if he wasn’t injured after his breakout performance. There are two things that this team can do that can help them rid themselves of their early Dr. Jekyll act and stop hiding Mr. Hyde.
  1. They have to play better defense. The Knicks team defense lacks stability. They must play defense for 48 minutes. The Knicks can score. No doubt about it. They just let the other team score more. The guards have to keep opposing guards out of the paint and our big guys have to make people feel sorry they got that close to the rim.
  2. Cut down on turnovers. The Knicks are a high turnover team. If they can cut down on turnovers, they can stay in the game. The Knicks allow too many points off of turnovers. If they take care of the ball, they will be able to hold their opponents to fewer points.

            Knicks fan want the team to be Mr. Hyde. They love when the team scraps, fights, hustles and plays hard. We want the team to play this way. We need the team to play this way. I don’t know if the Knicks will beat the Cavs tonight. I don’t know which team will show up. But what I do know is if Madison Square Garden can see more of Mr. Hyde and less of Dr. Jekyll, the Garden can be a much happier place again.

Side note:

I just wanted to thank all of you that read my first article.  A special thanks to those that posted responses. I’m glad to see that there are some faithful Knick fans out there.


To all my N.Y. Knick fans…..HOLLA BACK!!!!! It’s early in the season and things will get better. Keep the faith. We will be on top of the division soon and like AlGator said, we will not be accepting midseason bandwagon jumpers


To all you haters……keep the hate coming. You’ll regret it soon. However, if you are going to post some hate let me know what team you’re representing and how long. Your hate holds no weight if you haven’t stuck with a team through trials and tribulations.


Once again, I thank you all for your support and your comments (whether good or bad).

And as always…..…..