The Knicks' loss to Indiana in the playoffs hurt for many reasons... With Boston down, Brooklyn struggling to gel and Chicago missing 2011 MVP Derrick Rose, New York's chance to take on the Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals was last season... Thanks to their own inefficiency, key players being banged up from the long regular-season grind and a roster full of one-dimensional players, they couldn't capitalize...



With Rose's return to Chicago, Brooklyn stacking up and Indiana's young roster likely to take another step forward, the Knicks may be on the outside looking in when it comes to the top four seeds in the Eastern Conference...

New York will need a lot to go right this season if they hope to make it out of the second round, or even the first...



Iman Shumpert needs to become the two-way player the Knicks desperately need... Anthony needs to play at a higher level than last season, as does Bargnani... Ron Artest needs to energize the Knicks with toughness and perimeter defense while being a model citizen... Felton and Prigioni will need to find ways to put New York's scorers in positions to succeed...



Most of all, the Knicks need to stay healthy... Smith and Stat have knee issues, while Melo and Tyson were banged up by the end of last season... New York will have one of the NBA's oldest rosters again and if they want to make a serious run, they will need to keep everybody on the court...



We all know that this team has potential, but what might be needed we may fall short...

Thoughts???