The Knicks will have to be more than Stoudemire,[Only registered and activated users can see links. ]and aging point guard[Only registered and activated users can see links. ]if they are to reach owner James Dolan’s lofty goal of going deep in the playoffs, which may be the only way coach Mike D’Antoni can survive his lame-duck season.
Health was an issue for each of the Big Apple 3 this summer, with Stoudemire rehabbing his back, even amid a report he recently pulled out of a California charity game because of it. Anthony had two offseason surgeries — on his left knee and chronic elbow. Billups also rehabbed the knee that forced him out of the Boston series.
Plus, there’s reserve guard Toney Douglas, who had major offseason right shoulder surgery and told The Post two weeks ago he was “still in the process’’ of rehab. It’s unclear if he will be ready Dec. 9 for camp.
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SAY THE KNICKS add Grant Hill & Kurt Thomas, or something like that. Is that enough to be competitive this season (top 4 in the Eastern Conf)?
Obviously, the health of our 4 best players (Carmelo, Amar'e, Billups & Douglas) will determine that.
GOOD NEWS... at least a short season means our big-3 will be (we hope) healthy come the playoff run.
Maybe we get lucky and a Kwame Brown & J-Crawford decide to sign 1 year deals with us; or we get a C, Hill & maybe Wilson Chandler.
Whatever it is... Getting healthy and preserving cash for 2012 is the focus.