I parachuted into practice to fill up a notebook for a season preview, and was not surprised to hear all kinds of high expectations.
Naturally, the Knicks expect to win.
Every team in the league is offering similar quotations today, even one that gave up before Thanksgiving and finished with a miserable 23-59 record.
“I think we should make the playoffs,” Wilson Chandler said.
I believe my follow-up was something along the lines of, “Seriously?”
Chandler, though, made a nice recovery.
“The atmosphere alone gives us 10 more wins,” he said.
It seems the players are going along with Mike D’Antoni, which after last season is critical. The rotation is going to create a little animosity, though.
Eddy Curry is on the outside looking in right now.
D’Antoni confirmed the lumbering big man is not in his circle of friends right now.
“Iâ€™m definitely stunned, especially since he didnâ€™t tell me that,” Curry said. “I havenâ€™t talked to him. Iâ€™m here with him every day. All he has to do is tell me, let me know whatâ€™s up. So Iâ€™m definitely stunned to hear that from you guys, but weâ€™ll see what happens.”
We’ll have to wait and see what that does to the attitude.
“Change is different,” Jamal Crawford said. “We still have a lot of the same players, but the way weâ€™re going to play is so different from what weâ€™ve done in the past. Thatâ€™s not a knock on anybody. Itâ€™s just a new offense that everybody embraces. That alone brings hope. When people see change, they can believe in it, kind of like Obama.”
On the news front, Wilson Chandler expects to play against Miami on Wednesday. The sprained knee has survived two days of practice, and there was a lot of contact during today’s scrimmage.
Danilo Gallinari is also ready to play. His conditioning isn’t great, but D’Antoni indicated he may use the rookie depending on how the game plays out. The back isn’t perfect. He is still experiencing some discomfort.
“I just have to live with it,” he said.