Prior to the NBA season tipped off there was plenty of buzz and excitement for New York basketball.
The Brooklyn Nets brought in rookie head coach Jason Kidd and big name players Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Jason Terry, and Andrei Kirilenko to put around Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, and Brook Lopez. A team that won 49 games the previous season was now expected to take the next step and contend with the Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers, Chicago Bulls, and New York Knicks.
The New York Knicks finished 54-28 during the 2012-2013 season. They didn’t overhaul as the Nets did, but added complimentary pieces in Meta World Piece and Andrea Bargnani to put around defensive anchor Tyson Chandler and all-star Carmelo Anthony.
The battle for the East now seemed to be a 5 man race.
Well, things didn’t go as planned.
The Bulls lost Derrick Rose to another knee injury and both the Nets and Knicks stumbled out the gates and weren’t even in the playoff picture in the pitiful East.
The East was now a two team race between the Pacers and Heat.
Instead of keeping their heads down and giving up on the season, both teams have fought back.
The Nets, who have death with a plethora of injuries have won 5 of their last 6, with wins over the Heat, Golden State Warriors, and Oklahoma City Thunder and currently sit in the 8th seed. It’s a shame though that the Nets have finally clicked after losing Brook Lopez for the season.
The Knicks have also been with the injury bug and have had to deal with J.R Smith’s antics, but have also turned it around. They have also won 5 of their last 6, with wins over the Heat, San Antonio Spurs, and Dallas Mavericks and are just 1/2 a game out of the playoff picture.
Both teams picked the right time to turn it around. With the mid-way point of the season coming around, these two have plenty of time to establish themselves as contenders once again.
New York is alive once again!