It has to do with hard work, teamwork, being more interested in winning than individual stats or contracts, character, intelligence, decent chemistry between the players on and off the court etc.... PLUS TALENT.
I don't have any bad feelings towards people that want to see Artest or anyone else in a Knicks uniform. I just strongly disagree with them about how to put together a championship caliber team. In fact, I feel sorry for Artest in particular because I recently read that he's under the care of doctors for his emotional problems and taking medication (not sure how true it is). If true, his past behavior is not even really his fault. Perhaps the care is why he's behaving better. I would still prefer we bring in players without that kind of baggage or extra risk.
I'm not sure what Walsh is going to do with all our really bad contracts like ZBO, Jeffries, James etc... or Marbury in particular because his expires at the end of next year. I just hope he slowly improves our future and avoids doing stupid things that make us a little better next year but cripple our chances of winning it all 3-5 years from now.
We are at least 3 all star caliber players away from being serious contenders. In other words, we are a team of role players.
1. We have a chance to get one in the draft for next year.
2. As some bad contracts expire and get close to expiring we might be in a position to have enough cap space to make a trade or sign a franchise player in a couple of years.
3. Maybe we'll still be a lottery team next year, make a lucky trade (like LA did this year for Gasol), or get a late first rounder or second rounder that just happens to pan out.
4. Maybe Lee will develop a solid outside shot in the offseason or Chandler will blossom.
Whatever happens, this is going to be a 3-4 year project and it's going to involve getting rid of disruptive personalities and bringing in a lot of new talent.