Jamal Crawford has a head for numbers. He can spit back stat lines from games long gone like nobody I’ve met in this league. And when he’s wrong, it’s never by much. Crawford is also big on setting tangible goals.
The success rate on that front varies.
Crawford is the eternal optimist. He’s played in 532 games without making a playoff appearance, more than any player in the league. Still, there is no dark cloud.
So how are the Knicks going to do this season?
“Iâ€™m not going to talk about my expectations because I donâ€™t want to jinx us,” Crawford said with a smile. “Weâ€™ll see what happens. Iâ€™m upbeat.”
Will the streak end?
“It will finally end,” Crawford said.
We don’t have enough information to rain on his parade, but the Knicks are facing a difficult battle. There’s no way of knowing who’s coming or going in what promises to be another season of change. That instability can be costly. Still, there don’t seem to be too many playoff locks in the Eastern Conference.
Boston, Cleveland, Detroit and Orlando are all safe bets.
The picture gets a little blurry after that group, so there is a chance the Knicks will be in the playoff hunt. For the record, I’m saying 36-46 is a good year for this cast. Mike D’Anotni seems to be getting through. Now, we’ll have to wait and see what happens when the first losing streak hits, but the enthusiasm alone has to be worth something in the standings.
It’s your turn. Give me a prediction. Give me a reason to believe.