It has been a roller-coaster season for the Knicks.
From floundering at the start of the season with their marquee line-up of Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler, to streaking with Jeremy Lin at the helm and Anthony and Stoudemire out injured, to finally ditching coach Mike D'Antoni and hanging tough with Carmelo running the show (with Lin and Stoudemire out).
The struggles on the floor that have shattered the marvellous season that Knicks fans felt they were promised, has led to just as much turmoil off the court. With various rumours, claims and counter-claims arising.
The knee-jerk reactions from fans and pundits alike have been misguided and desperate, changing target from week to week.
Early on it was a complete disdain for the predicament the Knicks had placed themselves. Acquiring three highly paid stars while sacrificing their reliable role players. The 'help' was blamed for the inconsistent win-loss ratio the Knicks enjoyed early on.
Second came the 'lack of defence' argument. That the Knicks acquired 2 non-defensive stars in Anthony and Stoudemire, and the attempt to plug the middle with Chandler and overcome these short-comings had ultimately failed.
The argument run was that management had made a dud deal in acquiring Anthony for too high a price.
Thirdly, with Melo and Stoudamire out, Lin carried the Knicks to seven straight wins and the argument that one or two of the Knicks stars ought to be shipped to acquire some pieces that 'fit'.
Or that Melo should come off the bench as a scoring 6th man. Suddenly, it was the 'help' that were the solution and the stars the problem.
Lastly, since management decided on which piece they would rather keep, Melo or D'Antoni (with D'Antoni being fired) and since Melo has been carrying the team offensively for the past week or more, the claims that there is something inherently wrong with the team have notably died down.
The problem with the Knicks season has ultimately been one of image. Who is the team going to be built around? Who is going to dominate the ball?
The lack of practice and playing time in this shortened season has impacted more upon the Knicks than on any other team. Simply put, with more time together the Knicks stars will put it together and next season New York will be a far better team.
The knee-jerk criticisms the Knicks have endured all season have been unhelpful, generally unrealistic and juvenile.