From the second they gave up a lot of depth to bring in Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks past Spider-man the Musical as the thing with the most unrealistic expectations in New York.
If they were a playoff team with one superstar in Amar’e Stoudemire, adding a second instantly made them a threat to Boston, Miami and Chicago to some. Forget the quality depth sent out of town, forget questions of fit, forget time to meld. Fans wanted results immediately.
They are 7-6 since the trade and coach Mike D’Antoni wants to calm the jitters of fans and bring the expectations more in line with reality, as he told Howard Beck at the New York Times.
“It’s great — they care,” he said, before adding a bit of wry advice. “You know, take some Prozac or something. Hang in there. We’re hanging in there. We’re pedaling as fast as we can pedal.”
He acknowledged “some deficiencies, some holes,” particularly on defense — a weakness that has been demonstrably worse since the trade.
“The biggest thing is not to panic,” D’Antoni said, adding, “We’re not as good as we will be.”
Knicks fans, they may not be as good as they are going to be for a couple of years. Just a warning. And D’Antoni’s right, prescription medications are the solutions to all life’s little problems.