"Even with Carmelo Anthony returning to Madison Square Garden on a massive contract, the New York Knicks aren't going to make the playoffs during the 2014-15 season. There's a slight chance they do—in fact, they're the first team in these standings with a realistic shot at a coveted postseason berth—but there's too much novelty and not enough talent.
Don't get me wrong. Phil Jackson has gotten off to a great start while running the show for the 'Bockers, trading for Jose Calderon, Samuel Dalembert, Shane Larkin and others, drafting Cleanthony Early and Thanasis Antetokounmpo, luring Melo back to New York and allowing hope to enter back into the equation.
However, that hope should apply to the 2015 offseason, not what comes between now and then.
With Derek Fisher learning how to coach, just months removed from playing in the postseason for the Oklahoma City Thunder, and a roster that isn't too much more talented than last year's, the postseason is a pipe dream. Plus, learning the triangle offense will be a process for the established incumbents.
Don't count the Knicks out quite yet, but don't expect them to play past the regular season either."