March 14, 2003
The Knicks gave up much of the momentum they gained by beating player-owner Michael Jordan and his Washington Wizards Sunday with a painful loss to the miserable Memphis Grizzlies. But Coach Don Chaney says they could be a threat despite their 9-21 record on the road. "The way the Eastern Conference is right now," Chaney said. "You just don't know."
Is eight the Knicks magic number? The last time they made the NBA Finals it was surging out of the lowest playoff seeding. Their chances of recapturing that spotdespite their losing recordlooks pretty good. They are just 3-1/2 games behind the Milwaukee Bucks for the final playoff spot, with the historic doormat Wizards in between.
If things don't work out this season, the next is looking a whole lot brighter for the Knicks. They received an emotional boost with the sight of All-Star forward Antonio McDyess on the benchalbeit in a suit. McDyess is slowly rounding into form after suffering a fractured kneecap in the team's third preseason game.
The Knick front office believes that McDyess, emotional leader and fan favorite Latrell Sprewell and the $100-million-dollar man, superstar Allan Houston could form the core of a championship team. With a $93 million annual payroll, fans have a right to expect as much.