New York Knicks: 50-1
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Whatever debate there has been about Phil Jackson’s capacity to institute a culture shift in New York is finished. He did it could have foreseen.
J.R. Smith has seen the light.
“Trying to think about the rest of the team over my scoring is something which I never really had to do before,” Smith told ESPNNewYork.com’s Ohm Youngmisuk. “I have been in a situation to score, [now I’m] in position to take my time and let the game come and let my teammates succeed over myself, I believe that’s the ultimate win.”
As the year progresses personal transformations from the preseason have a means of reversing themselves, but for the time being, it seems Jackson has performed magic.
Getting Smith to buy into the equal-opportunity tenets of the triangle offense is huge, and everything then –figuring out how to coax defense out of a frontcourt rotation involving Andrea Bargnani and Amar’e Stoudemire, convincing James Dolan to maintain kazoos out of this locker room–must be cake.
The Knicks are far removed from a year in 2012-13. Jackson’s influence should help them get closer to this total than the 37 wins season was amassed by them.
However, don’t expect a championship chase–Carmelo Anthony gets some real assistance and maybe not before 2015 is sloughed off in by the contracts on the novels.
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