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The 8-18 New York Knicks are in serious trouble. Just one season after winning 54 games, the Knicks are devoid of any championship talk or aspirations. On the surface, it’s just a matter of time before owner James Dolan axes  head coach, Mike Woodson and replaces him with assistant coach, Herb Williams. However, such a move would essentially end the Knicks’ season and may push impending free agent, Carmelo Anthony out the door. In addition, the lack of suitable replacements on the open market make axing Woodson a premature move. The Knicks could turn to ex-Knicks Larry Johnson or Allan Houston to take Woodson’s spot on the bench, but neither guy has skill or experience to take over the team. 

While it’s easy to blame a coach for a team’s slow start, Carmelo Anthony and co. can’t deflect all of the blame. Melo is averaging 26.4 points per game and 9.1 rebounds per game, but his poor showing percentage (44.3%) and low assist total (2.9 APG) aren’t getting it done. JR Smith is starting to play better, but Woodson did not have Smith’s services for the first five games of the season. Add in Tyson Chandler’s 20-game departure due to a broken leg and the injuries sustained by Pablo Prigioni and Raymond Felton have rendered the Knicks without a point guard. Still, if the Knicks continue to lose games, Woodson won’t be around to see all of his guys return. 

More times than not, coaches are saddled with the blame for failing to meet expectations. They receive credit and failure based on their team’s performance. Under certain circumstances, the coach should be given a chance to turn things around. Woodson, winner of 54 games last season, should coach the Knicks for the entire season. Axing Woodson now will just lead to turmoil during a season when the team must rebound and prove it can retain the talents of Carmelo Anthony. 

Since Monday, we’ve seen a plethora of NBA trades and free agent signings. While the biggest trade chip (Dwight Howard) remains in Orlando, the Nets re-signed center, Brook Lopez to a four-year, $60 million contract. While some may wonder why the Nets locked into this massive contract, consider that the Net had until Monday night to offer a contract to (and sign Lopez) before he became unrestricted free agent. With rumblings that the Charlotte Bobcats were interested, the Nets couldn’t take any chances. Under the new Collective Bargining Agreement, the Nets cannot trade any 2012 signed free-agents until January 15, 2013. Should the Nets trade for Dwight Howard, know that it can’t happen until then.

On the other side of town, the Knicks completed a sign-and-trade for old friend, Marcus Camby. Camby averaged 23 minutes per game last season, pulling in nine boards, five points and a block and a half. The 38-year-old Camby agreed to a three-year, $12 million contract and will backup Tyson Chandler. To land Camby, the Knicks had to surrender Toney Douglas, Jerome Jordan, Josh Harrellson, and two future second rounders. While it seems like a lot to give up for an older player, the Knicks know they have a three-year window to win now.

Finally, Jeremy Lin remains a free agent, but the Knicks are expected to match Houston’s offer sheet. The same goes for Kris Humphries and the Nets. The Nets are hopeful that they’ll be able to retain the Hump.

Even though the Knicks got their first playoff win in over a decade and their NBA odds were not bad, the 2012 postseason for Knicks fans was almost as bitter as previous years. Last season, the Boston Celtics swept the Knicks in the first round, and this season, they lost in five games to the Miami Heat.

With a lot of cap space tied up, and a large mountain to climb; the Knicks are desperately in need of a full training camp and preseason to get their chemistry right. A lot of things happened this season to the Knicks, let’s take a look back, see if their regular season had anything to do with their early postseason exit.

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As the seconds ticked away on Wednesday night, the Knicks faced the realization of another first round exit and another off-season filled with many questions. With over $50 million committed to the Big 3 of Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire, and Tyson Chandler, the Knicks won’t be able to do much fishing in the free agent pool. However, the Knicks most prized free agent acquisition, Jeremy Lin, remains the most important piece for next year’s team.

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After a franchise-rejuvenating seven game winning streak in February, the Knicks have fallen back into a funk. Since the All-Star break, the Knicks are just 1-4, dropping four straight road games. During the four game losing streak, the Knicks have surrendered 112 points per game. That’s not going to get it done. Sure, Tyson Chandler missed the last two games against the Spurs and Bucks, but that doesn’t mean the entire defensive effort should stop. 

As of today, the Knicks are 18-22 and only two games ahead of the Bucks and Cavaliers for the eighth playoff spot. How depressing is that? 

All of the Linsanity momentum is gone. Since returning from injury, the Carmelo Anthony led Knicks are just 1-5 while giving up an obscene number of points. Blame Anthony all you want, but this disaster is squarely on the shoulders of Mike D’Antoni. We’ve always heard about how much of a basketball wizard this dude was and hasn’t done anything. Heads will roll if this team doesn’t make it into the second round of the playoffs. 

When you mix Charlie Sheen with the New York Knicks, you get one thing: LIN-ing!

Jeremy Lin, the first-year point guard from Harvard, has sent New York and Knick fans into an absolute frenzy. The 6’3″, 200 pound Lin has played significant minutes and has put up big-time stats, leading to three straight Knick victories. In those three victories, Lin is averaging 26 points per game, eight assists, and two steals. Among point guards, only reigning MVP Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook come close to those numbers. Lin is playing some awe inspiring basketball, but should Knick fans expect this hot streak to last?

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The Knicks finalized a three-team, sign-and-trade, trade to land center, Tyson Chandler. The 7’1″ center joins the Knicks after helping lead the Dallas Mavericks to an NBA Championship. Chandler is an extremely athletic, above average defender inside the paint. To get Chandler, the Knicks will shell out $58 million over the next four seasons. The Knicks sent Ronny Turiaf to the Wizards and Andy Rautins to make the deal work. Dallas received a large trade exemption, but that’s really relevant.

To fit Chandler within the salary cap, the Knicks ‘amnestied’ Chauncey Billups and his $14.2 million 2011-12 salary, meaning that salary will not count against their cap this season. Chauncey isn’t too happy about this, either. 

Chandler isn’t a good offensive player (10.1 PPG), but his defensive prowess provides an immediate, desperate upgrade that the Knicks needed. If you watched the NBA Finals last year, you know Chandler was in LeBron’s head. 

Overall, Chandler is a great addition to a Knick team that desperately needed some sort of defensive presence. The move allows Amare to stay in his natural, power forward position.

Chandler is a rugged, intense winner. Welcome to NY, Tyson.