The New York Knicks have, arguably, made the biggest improvements in the offseason so far.
President Phil Jackson - of the Knicks, not America - wasted no time in trading for Derrick Rose this summer and he has recruited Rose's former Chicago Bulls teammate, Joakim Noah, too.
Adding that duo to the already attractive sophomore Kristaps Porzingis and franchise player Carmelo Anthony makes the Knicks instantly a very different proposition.
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Brandon Jennings has also arrived at Madison Square Garden, and shooting guard Courtney Lee has also signed after leaving the Charlotte Hornets.
Former MVP Rose has been telling anyone who will listen this summer that the Knicks are a team to be feared next year, but now Lee has gotten in on the act.
In a discussion with Basketball Insiders, the 30-year-old insists the Knicks will exceed most expectations.
“We’re contenders, man. They didn’t make the playoffs last year, but we’re looking to change that and win big. The ring is the ultimate goal for everybody on the team; I know it is for me. When they talked to me and told me about the pieces they were adding alongside the players who were already there, I didn’t think anything less than a championship [was the goal].
“We’re trying to get the Knicks back into the playoffs and win big. … Everybody is hungry and everybody has their own motivation or chip on their shoulder. We just need to come together, get that chemistry and see it click. Once everybody is together and everybody is hungry, I think we can be very scary.”
The talent is there, but Anthony's knees are far from sturdy, Rose hasn't been the same since his ACL blowout and Noah's fitness has been on the decline since he won Defensive Player of the Year in 2014.
If they all stay fit, they will be a fascinating watch.