New York Knicks: 50-1

Whatever debate there has been about Phil Jackson’s ability to institute a culture shift in New York is over. He did it to a greater degree than anybody could have foreseen.
J.R. Smith has seen the light.
“Trying to consider the rest of the group over myself or my scoring is something which I never really had to do before,” Smith told’s Ohm Youngmisuk. “I’ve always been in a position to dent, [now I am ] able to take my time and allow the game come and let my teammates succeed over myself, I believe that’s the ultimate win.”
Transformations in the preseason have a means of reversing themselves as the year progresses, but for now, it seems Jackson has performed magic.
Getting Smith to buy into the equal-opportunity tenets of this triangle offense is huge, and everything after that–figuring out how to coax defense out of a frontcourt rotation involving Andrea Bargnani and Amar’e Stoudemire, compelling James Dolan to maintain kazoos out of this locker room–must be cake.
The Knicks are far removed from a 54-win season in 2012-13. Jackson’s influence ought to help them get closer to that total compared to 37 wins they accumulated last year.
Don’t expect a championship chase–not before 2015 is sloughed off in by the contracts on the books and Carmelo Anthony gets some help.

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