New York Knicks: 50-1

Whatever debate there was about Phil Jackson’s ability to institute a culture change is over. He did it and could have foreseen.
J.R. Smith has seen the light.
“Trying to consider the rest of the group over myself or my scoring is something that I never actually had to do before,” Smith told ESPNNewYork.com’s Ohm Youngmisuk. “I have been in a position to dent, [now I am ] able to take my time and allow the game come and let my teammates succeed more than myself, I think that’s the ultimate win.”
For now, it seems Jackson has performed magical, although transformations in the preseason have a way of reversing themselves as the year progresses.
Getting Smith to purchase in the equal-opportunity tenets of the triangle offense is huge, and everything then –figuring out how to coax defense from a frontcourt rotation involving Andrea Bargnani and Amar’e Stoudemire, convincing James Dolan to keep kazoos out of the locker room–should be cake.
The Knicks aren’t so far removed from a 54-win season in 2012-13. Jackson’s influence alone should help them get closer to this total compared to 37 wins season was amassed by them.
However, don’t expect a championship chase–Carmelo Anthony understands some help and not until the undesirable contracts on the novels slough off in 2015.

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