Would point guard play improve with Raymond Felton, Jason Kidd and Pablo Prigioni?
Would the Knicks cobble together reasonable production from shooting guard between J.R. Smith, Ronnie Brewer and Iman Shumpert?
Is Carmelo Anthony a 3? A 4? Both? Neither?
Can Amar’e Stoudemire stay healthy?
Is Marcus Camby still young enough to matter? How about Rasheed Wallace? Kurt Thomas?
Really, the only given was this: the Knicks have Tyson Chandler. He’ll rebound well, he’ll score efficiently, and he’ll play such effective defense that the collective deficiencies on that end of the floor from the rest of the roster, statistically, will disappear.
And now, that presence is in flux, following a knee injury in last night’s win over the Nets.
There were other takeaways from that game. Felton was terrific at times. Prigioni was magical. Both had real issues at the defensive end, as did Chris Copeland, for those hoping he can be a regular contributor. And Mike Woodson got angry with Steve Novak’s defense, which seems odd, because it sure doesn’t look like a question of effort from Novak, more a lack of ability.
But all of these things are on the margins. Tyson Chandler’s M.R.I. will determine if this is a playoff team or not.
Do whatever you normally do to pray for good fortune. The season rests on those results.