In the ever-present tug of war within the Knicks — play the veterans to make the playoffs or play the youth to get them experience — apparently youth will now have its day.
Coach Mark D’Antoni hinted at that today, that it was time for the youth movement the rest of the way. The goal of making the playoffs is a long shot — the Knicks are currently 11th in the East, six full games back of the Bulls in the eighth spot. That is simply a lot of ground to make up, too much.
This may mean less Al Harrington, less Chris Duhon, less Nate Robinson (who has said he’d be happy to agree to a trade, as long as it’s to the Lakers, Magic or Celtics; so it’s not happening). It means more Jordan Hill. It also seems curious the Knicks would profess their desire to get Tracy McGrady via trade if they want to emphasize playing youth.
Of course, if they had taken Brandon Jennings in the draft they might not needed to have this conversation at all.