The 2012-13 NBA Season is still a few months away. But I already have concerns about the New York Knicks. Here are my three summer bummers about the Knicks.
Carmelo Anthony's Injury
Carmelo Anthony is back from the London 2012 Olympics. And he brought a gold medal with him. Anthony played well at the Olympics, but he nursed a sore hamstring toward the end of the competition. The injury was serious enough to prompt a visit from a Knicks' trainer. Anthony says he is completely healthy now, but the injury is a concern. The Knicks need him to stay healthy all season long. Anthony is the key to their championship hopes.
Amar'e Stoudemire's New Groove
This summer, Amar'e Stoudemire spent time developing his post game. Stoudemire trained with Hall of Fame center Hakeem Olajuwon for two weeks, trying to learn how to play in the post. But I don't expect Stoudemire to be a post-up threat overnight. I'm sure the new moves will help. But this little experiment will be short-lived. When the games start, Stoudemire will revert back to his comfort zone. He will be that slashing, pick-and-roll player once again. So why is he wasting time learning how to be a post-up player? Instead, Stoudemire should be figuring out how to coexist with Anthony on the court.
Raymond Felton's Weight
Raymond Felton admitted that he was out of shape last season. That resulted in a down year with the Portland Trail Blazers. The Knicks added three new point guards to their roster, but Felton is going to be the starter for the Knicks. If he wants to regain his form, he must get into shape. The Knicks also have point guard Jason Kidd, but he will turn 40 years old this coming season. The Knicks can't rely on him to carry the bulk of the point guard duties. That's why Felton is the future. The Knicks need him to report in prime condition.
These are my three summer bummers for the Knicks. The season is still a few months away. But I'm already worried about the Knicks. Hopefully these issues will be gone by the first preseason game in October.
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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.
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