User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto Racing
Horses
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
Built to win now, Knicks didn't get close

New Sportsbook.com customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

   

NEW YORK (AP) - A team built to win a title now didn't get close.

Advertisement
Sure, the New York Knicks ended lengthy droughts for division titles and playoff series victories, so there were successes. But they surrounded Carmelo Anthony with players on their last NBA legs with a championship in mind, knowing the window to win one would slam shut quickly.

As Hall of Famer Earl Monroe said in April on the night they honored the 40th anniversary of their last championship squad: ``This team wasn't built to be winning a championship for next year. Not when you're getting guys 38, 39, 40 years old. This is for this year.''

Now it's over. It was good, but not nearly good enough.

The Knicks were eliminated Saturday by the Indiana Pacers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. It was the Knicks' first appearance in the second round since 2000, but they expected to go further.

``We all knew what was the goal that we had set,'' Anthony said. ``Everybody wants to win a championship.''

They had to settle for their first Atlantic Division title since 1994 and a 54-28 record that was their best since winning 57 games in 1996-97. Anthony won the scoring title and J.R. Smith was the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year, so Anthony wouldn't consider the season a failure.

``Overall, we had a hell of a season, hell of a year,'' he said. ``I think we took some steps forward as a team, as an organization, to win the games that we won, 50-plus games, to win our division. To get to this point right now where we're at, we had a chance to get to the conference finals. We'll take that. It's a learning curve for us, and we'll be back better and stronger next year for sure.''

Not without a change of personnel - and perhaps a change in philosophy.

Coach Mike Woodson wanted veterans, insisting teams need them to contend for titles. But few clubs have ever loaded up on them the way the Knicks did, and the old guys either finished poorly or couldn't finish at all.

Kurt Thomas (40) and Rasheed Wallace (39) never made it to the playoffs because of foot injuries. Marcus Camby (39) hardly played. Jason Kidd (40) lost his Hall of Fame-bound game in the playoffs, missing all 17 shots across the final 10 games and finishing 3 of 25 from the field.

Kidd and Camby are still under contract for two more seasons.

There are plenty more questions. Amare Stoudemire has been unable to remain healthy the last two seasons, so it's unknown what the Knicks can get from the player who has $45 million left on his contract. Smith can become a free agent and would seem in line for a big raise from the $2.9 million he'd be scheduled to earn, but his horrendous 29 percent shooting and poor decisions over the final eight games could scare off potential suitors.

The Knicks didn't want to worry about any future decisions after Saturday's abrupt end to their season, choosing instead to focus on the achievements that had been absent for so long in New York.

``I thought we did a great job of staying together all season, stringing some wins together and winning the division,'' center Tyson Chandler said.

---

Follow Brian Mahoney on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Briancmahoney

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2014
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
Nelson: Surprises and Disappointments
Lawrence: Zig-Zag Theory
News: Playoff Props posted
Grizz grab 7th seed, beat Dallas in OT
Nets rest starters, lose to Cavaliers
76ers top resting Heat, 100-87
Pacers cruise past Magic, 101-86
Hawks top Bucks, 'over' cashes
Bucks' Kohl reaches deal to sell team
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NBA Pro Basketball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
NBA Hot Streaks
7-1 L8 G-Plays, +3,907 This Year
12-3 L15 Picks, 33-11 Streak
3-1 L4, 8-2 Last 7 Days
19-9 L28, +1,870 G-Plays TY
18-9 Last 27 Selections
11-4 L15 Totals, +1,629 Picks TY
11-5 L16 Picks, +2,007 This Year
4-0 L4 G-Plays, +1,486 TY
7-3 L10 G-Plays, 10-3 L13 Totals
+1,473 Totals This Year
6-1 Last 7 Selections
5-0 L5 Picks, 9-1 L10 Win Streak
5-1 L6 G-Plays, 6-2 L8 Picks
5-2 L7 Picks, 12-4 L16 G-Plays
+1,446 This Season
4-0 L4 Totals, 9-4 L13 Picks
NBA Pro Basketball Expert Sports Picks
2013 NBA SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Chip Chirimbes + 3907
Mike Rose + 2007
Stephen Nover + 1629
Last 7 Day Leaders
Handicapper Money
Chip Chirimbes + 673
ASA + 585
Paul Bovi + 478
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Dave Cokin 59 %
Chip Chirimbes 57 %
Mike Rose 57 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Michael Black + 1870
The Prez + 1413
Paul Bovi + 1218
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Tony Stoffo + 1473
Stephen Nover + 1347
Kyle Hunter + 1045
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 1827
Mike Rose + 1604
Chip Chirimbes + 1008
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and recieve access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!