Without Amare, the Knicks are centered around a superstar that can carry the load scoring 25-30 a night (Melo) and they have defensive players to help back on that end of the court (Chandler, Kidd, Brewer). They aren't THAT great defending the ball...bottom half of the NBA...but to make up for that, they have surrounded Carmelo with shooters. They are arguably the best 3PT shooting team in the NBA, attempts/makes and percentage considered, and they rarely turn the ball over.
In other words, they are a real TEAM that has an offense built just for them, relying on a defensive anchor (who was DPOY last year) and a stellar defensive PG that can defend up to three positions on the court AND a two-guard (well, he's playing SF) that can do the same, not to mention solid bench players in JR Smith, Steve Novak (best shooter in the NBA) and Chris Copeland.
We aren't a team. We don't fit the offense. We have two superstars who have to have the ball and are used to creating for their teammates, and one all-star PG who is 38-39 years old who is used to creating for everyone AND running his own offense...and a PF who just doesn't want to score.
Agree to disagree. Same offense, same age, same DPOY, same number of shooters. Kidd's not a great defender anymore and nearly the same age as Nash, Felton isn't a shooter, Novak couldn't defend a wet paper bag if his life depended on it, Melo is as ball dominant as Kobe, Chandler has been more efficient offensively than Howard without nearly as much talent, Meeks is just as good of a shooter as Smith, Hill/Jamison/Meeks are all above average subs...et cetera
I could go on and on naming similarities and advantages of 2 teams running the same offense with very similar rosters but it wouldn't change anything.
The most important difference is that team has bought into the offense and they have a DEFENSIVE coach. They PRACTICE defense. Our team couldn't get the stops. Our team disappeared into Kobe ball when we needed points instead of going to bread and butter P&R. Our team isn't a team because we still have too many people pulling in different directions.
That's the only excuse.
I'm glad the Knicks are having so much success...it eliminates all of the stupid excuses our Lakers Fans are bound to come up with.
We are NOT too old. We are NOT a team. That starts and ends with Kobe, Nash, Dwight and MDA. If they can't all get on the same page, we are SCREWED.