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

 
Knicks say they need time, not an overhaul

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!

   

GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) - Some of the players were old, though the New York Knicks say their team is young in its development.

Advertisement
So they feel they need time, not an overhaul, to get further next season.

``We're just fine. I love our team just the way it is,'' point guard Raymond Felton said Monday. ``When you start making too many changes, you can't build on something. If you're going to be successful, you're going to be good, a team has to be a team, has to be together for a while. This is our first year together.''

Most of the ones who spoke Monday considered it a good one, though Iman Shumpert said not reaching the Eastern Conference finals made it a failure. To have done that, the Knicks would've needed to win Saturday at Indiana, then win a Game 7 that would've been played Monday at Madison Square Garden.

Instead, they were holding exit meetings at their training center, believing they're not far from being at the level of the Pacers or even Miami Heat, who open the East finals on Wednesday.

``We're right there,'' Carmelo Anthony said. ``When you look back, recap this whole season, just some detail-oriented things that we've kind of got to fix, but we're right there. I believe we're right there as a team.''

The Knicks finished 54-28, the second-best record in the East, and reached the second round for the first time since 2000. Their Atlantic Division title was their first since 1994.

``We took a step in the right direction and now we have to continue that process,'' center Tyson Chandler said. ``It's a process, but I think the organization, like I said, took a step in the right direction and now it's important for us players and coaches and everybody involved to continue that and take it to the next level.''

The Knicks hoped to get there this season by surrounding Anthony and the core players with a roster heavy on veterans. Players such as Jason Kidd, Kurt Thomas, Rasheed Wallace and Marcus Camby, all 38 or older, were counted on to provide postseason experience but either weren't healthy (Thomas and Wallace), playing poorly (Kidd) or hardly playing at all (Camby) by the time the second round began.

At least a couple of them will be gone, so there will be roster changes. Team executives will have to decide if they want to replace them with similar players, or younger ones who might not be as ready to win next year but might help build a better future.

``As far as the older guys on our team, we really don't know how that's going to play out,'' Anthony said. ``But this was the first year that we had, the first full season that we had together to be able to do and accomplish what we accomplished this year, so I don't really want to say it takes time. Eventually something has to happen, we want to win a championship. That's the goal and we're going to keep striving for that.''

Anthony said he wants J.R. Smith to return, even after the league's top reserve struggled through most of the postseason. Smith can become a free agent.

None of the players said he knew whether Kidd will continue playing after the 40-year-old guard shot just 3 of 25 in the playoffs. He has two years remaining on his contract, as does Camby.

Neither Smith, who has said he wants to return, nor Kidd spoke to reporters Monday. Amare Stoudemire, who played limited minutes in the playoffs after recovering from his second knee surgery this season, also was unavailable. His ability to remain a healthy contributor seems necessary if the Knicks are to compete with the elite teams.

They think they can, even though they've proven it for just one season. Other top teams in the East, such as Miami, Chicago and Boston, have been doing it for many years and will be expected to continue next season.

``We kind of teased the city of New York a little bit because now everybody expects us to play at this level, this high level,'' Anthony said. ``And that's what we hold ourselves accountable and push ourselves this offseason, to come back and be at that level and even better.''

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2014
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
News: Playoff Series Odds posted
Mejia: Grizzlies get to 50
Nelson: Surprises and Disappointments
Lawrence: Zig-Zag Theory
LeBron still No. 1 in jersey sales
Kings' 'new era' off to slow start
Nuggets home for first time in decade
Blazers survive, surge into playoffs
All-Star Davis provided hope for Pelicans
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NBA Pro Basketball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
NBA Hot Streaks
7-2 L9 G-Plays, +4,002 This Year
9-1 L10, 16-3 L19, 37-11 Streak
11-5 L16 Picks, +2,007 This Year
6-1 L7 Picks, 10-2 L12 Win Streak
19-9 L28, +1,870 G-Plays TY
9-3 Last 12 Picks
12-4 L16 Totals, +1,624 Picks TY
18-9 Last 27 Selections
4-0 L4 G-Plays, +1,586 TY
8-3 L11 G-Plays, 10-3 L13 Totals
+1,573 Totals This Year
5-1 L6 G-Plays, 6-2 L8 Picks
7-2 L9 Picks, 13-4 L17 G-Plays
3-0 L3 Picks, 4-0 Guarantee Run
4-1 Last 5 Guaranteed Plays
6-1 Last 7 Over/Unders
NBA Pro Basketball Expert Sports Picks
2013 NBA SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Chip Chirimbes + 4002
Mike Rose + 2007
Paul Bovi + 1717
Last 7 Day Leaders
Handicapper Money
Paul Bovi + 778
ASA + 476
Chip Chirimbes + 468
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Dave Cokin 59 %
Chip Chirimbes 58 %
Paul Bovi 57 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Michael Black + 1870
The Prez + 1413
Paul Bovi + 1318
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Tony Stoffo + 1573
Stephen Nover + 1447
Kyle Hunter + 1045
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Mike Rose + 1604
Bruce Marshall + 1498
Chip Chirimbes + 1108
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 receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!