The New York Knicks have more important things to worry about than the Brooklyn Nets or the loss of Jeremy Lin. Their roster is likely complete. Now the real work begins. Here are five early questions for the New York Knicks.
1. Can the Knicks stay healthy this season?
The Knicks have been riddled with injuries ever since Amar'e Stoudemire came to town. Although injuries are a part of the game, I wonder how well this team can play if they can avoid the injury bug for most of the season.
2. Which Raymond Felton did the Knicks get?
Felton played well with the Knicks from 2010 to 2011. He was so good that the Knicks were able to include him in the deal for Carmelo Anthony. But Felton has not played well since leaving New York. His points per game and assists have dropped. And his weight has increased. We will see if Felton can revert back to his old form.
3. Will Anthony and Stoudemire finally play well together?
Basketball is still a team sport. Throwing talented players together does not guarantee wins. These players must still play as a cohesive team. Anthony and Stoudemire were united on the Knicks in 2010. Since then, they have tried to figure out how to play well together. Both of them are lethal scorers. But they need to share the ball, make their teammates better and keep the defenders guessing.
4. How far can the Knicks go in the 2013 NBA Playoffs?
Adding veteran players like Jason Kidd and Marcus Camby means that the Knicks are looking to win now. Since Stoudemire came to town, the Knicks have failed to get out of the first round of the playoffs. Now Stoudemire feels that anything other than an NBA title will mean failure.
5. Are the Knicks done making moves?
It looks like the Knicks are done making moves, for now. But two major free agents are looming. Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard and Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul will both be free agents in the summer of 2013. The Knicks may be involved that summer or even sooner.
These are some of the early questions for the Knicks. They have a full training camp and season to find the answers. And they better find them soon because these veteran players are not getting any younger.
More from Edwin Torres:
Edwin Torres was born in New York City. He has been a Knicks fan since the early 1980s. He has visited Madison Square Garden on many occasions to watch the Knicks and his favorite player, Patrick Ewing. For more articles, follow him on Twitter @FlipPoker.
Sources:NBA - Statistics - Yahoo! Sports