Derrick Rose setting sights on playoffs, Carmelo Anthony on high seed
The New York Knicks have started to turn it around after stumbling out of the gate this season and currently sit with a 15-13 record. With Christmas not yet here, there of course is a long, long way to go in the season. But the Knicks’ respectable start has left two of the team’s stars with postseason dreams dancing in their heads.
Rose, in his first season in New York, has played admirably, averaging 16.7 points, 4.5 assists and 4 rebounds. The former Chicago Bull believes the postseason definitely are in the picture for the Knicks.
“Right now the goal is the playoffs,” Rose said this week, via ESPN. “Once we get in the playoffs, we’re going to be a hell of a team to go against, like you don’t know what to expect from us in the playoffs. Our goal is to get there first.”
While Rose took a more conservative approach by setting sights on simply cracking the top-eight in the Eastern Conference, Anthony aspires to much loftier goals, perhaps even competing for one of the top seeds.
“With this team and the talent that we have, we have the opportunity to do something special and solidify ourselves as one of the top seeds in the East,” Anthony said. “But we have to work on some things and get better.”
The Knicks currently sit as the East’s No. 5 seed, six games behind the Cleveland Cavaliers (21-6) and 4.5 games behind the 20-8 Toronto Raptors. While there’s plenty of time to make up some games on those upper echelon squads, there’s also just as much of a chance of the Knicks sliding down the standings, although the team’s recent play suggests the squad is trending upward.
Rose believes that the Knicks’ play of late is bringing back fans who gave up on the team over the past decade-plus.
“We’re going to get to the point where we’re going to bring some Knick fans back to us,” he said.
One good way to bring departed Knicks fan back? Not just reach the postseason, actually win a series after doing so only once in the past 14 years.