The new York Knicks face the two strongest teams in the eastern conference for their first two games of the season.
At the Garden against the Chicago Bulls, the Knicks will kick off their season facing the team that almost got Carmelo Anthony out of New York City. With Derrick Rose healthy, the Bulls are predicted to land on the top four slots at the end of the regular season. Joakim N0ah and Pau Gasol are there to stay and will provide the much needed defense and passing ability that coach Tom Thibodeau demands from his team.
It’s going to be an interesting match to watch, considering the triangle offense will be put to use in New York, in a real game, for the first time. We’ll be able to see if Melo bought into the selflessness that the triangle demands and if his supporting cast is up to the challenge.
Right the next day, the New York squad travels to Cleveland to face the next Big Three. Kyrie Irwing, Kevin Love and the man himself Lebron James are projected to take the east by storm and go to the finals. They too are going to be in the process of learning how to play with each other and building chemistry, but having those three all-stars on the team certainly helps. An offensively deadly team, they will be explored defensively in the beginning of the season, but in the end there’s no doubt they will make the playoffs on top of the ladder.
So the Knicks will have a big challenge right out of the bat, having to prove to skeptics that they are ready to fight for a playoff spot and maybe install the foundation on which they will build the championship contender they plan to be for years to come starting next summer.