Wsup Mafra .. Don't get me wrong I have big props for Brunson performance.
All I'm saying, the media are putting super-big expectation on Brunson making the Knicks a playoff team.
When the Knicks biggest problem winning wasn't just the missing PG last season.
The Knicks starter lineup (Fournier/Barrett/Randle) could never pull it together as a trio to perform like team-players throughout the 82 game season.
And coach Thibs decision-making was never able to fix any of the problems in the starter lineup !!!
I think the expectations (with national media) with Brunson is that NYK will battle for the 8-10 spots? a bubble team.
The Knicks don?t want to sell low on Randle, give away a first rounder to dump him on to somebody. No need to do that now bc you can always entertain that idea later?
The hope is that Brunson runs the offense, taking ball out of RJ and Randle?s hands, which might make them more efficient. We shall see.
A healthy D-Rose and Brunson closing games is what will be the difference this year. They make playoffs (bubble) of Rose didn?t miss 50 games. If RJ makes a 4th year leap and Randle returns to form and team is playing well, then they can look to move Julius at deadline (after recouping some value).
Plus, what if Obi doesn?t improve and show something? And Randle is meshing?
I?m excited to see how they fit?
Fournier 6th man / Hart backup big
DRose, IQ, Obi, Cam running the second unit.
I just hope Thibbs plays 10-11 guys and keeps them fresh and running and applying pressure then reward the best 5 come final 10 minutes.