New York Knicks: 50-1

Whatever debate there has been about Phil Jackson’s ability to institute a culture change in New York is over. He did it and could have foreseen.
J.R. Smith has seen the light.
“Trying to think about the rest of the group over my scoring is something that I never actually had to do before,” Smith told’s Ohm Youngmisuk. “I have always been in a position to score, [now I am ] able to take my time and let the game come and let my teammates triumph more than myself, I think that’s the ultimate triumph.”
Transformations from the preseason have a means of reversing themselves as the year progresses, but for the time being, it appears Jackson has performed magic.
Getting Smith to purchase in the equal-opportunity tenets of this 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 maintain kazoos from the locker room–should be cake.
The Knicks are not so far removed from a 54-win year in 2012-13. Jackson’s influence alone ought to help them get closer to this total compared to 37 wins they accumulated last year.
Still, don’t expect a championship chase–maybe not before the contracts on the books slough off in 2015 and Carmelo Anthony understands some actual help.

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