What if the impatience comes from the team seemingly making way more foolish moves than good ones? Nothing is guaranteed, but the Knicks seem determined to make shortsighted, poorly planned, moves that puts us in the category of "not good enough to win a ring, and not bad enough to have impactful draft pics."
This has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with Melo. The Knicks were the only team to fully guarantee STAT a 5-year deal that was uninsurable. The Knicks then used their brand new amnesty provision to waive a soon expiring contract to get a center who doesn't have much of an offensive game, and would get in the way of your $100M man who does most of his damage with the floor spread in the PnR. Oh by the way...that $100M contract was given to a guy who's knees were estimated to hold up for 3, MAYBE 4 seasons...hence why 1) no one else would guarantee a 5 year deal, and 2) no insurance company would take on his contract.
For every good move the organization makes, there's a handful that you can objectively question.
Getting a top-5 talent in Melo made sense, but it's been nothing but lateral movement since then. Even the coaching change. To go from MDA, to a coach that lost his last head-gig because his offense was too predictable, and his defense fed right into an opponent creating mismatches and exploiting them -- is as shortsighted as it gets. Is Woody a breath of fresh air after the disaster that was MDA? Absolutely. Has Woody shown to be a championship-level coach? Yea, as an assistant under Larry Brown. Since then it's been decent, then good, then great regular seasons and no Conference Finals.
So what exactly is there to be patient with? Patience, like respect, is earned. Give me something tangible that convinces me to wait and see what comes of it. Knicks' FO just stumbles, and trips over themselves, and gives us teams that are neither lottery, nor Finals bound. That means a bunch of 1st and 2nd round exits.