Madison Square Garden is supposed to be one of the greatest places on earth to attend for live entertainment. Unfortunately if you are a Knicks fan, they haven’t given their you much to cheer about in recent years. The Knicks hit a new low this week, losing at MSG to the Charlotte Bobcats. That’s right, the team that only won 7 games all of last season, went into MSG and beat a team that consists of Carmelo Anthony, Amar’e Stoudemire, Kenyon Martin, Meta World Peace and Andrew Bargnani. Now, just four games into the 2012-2013 season, it might be time for the New York Knicks to panic.
If things weren’t bad enough when losing to the Bobcats, it was even worse when Tyson Chandler was injured on a drive by Kemba Walker. Chandler will miss up four to six weeks of action with a small non-displaced fracture of his right fibula. This could be even worse, considering the defensive prowess that Chandler puts in the middle of the lane for the Knicks. The Knicks have been on a three-game losing streak and you can imagine that owner James Dolan and general manager Donnie Walsh can’t be happy with how things are going. Apparently there have been talks about Carmelo being on the trading block, which seems nearly unheard of considering how happy Melo was to leave Denver and head to the big market in New York. Then again, we saw what happened with Dwight Howard in Los Angeles, so maybe Melo belongs in a smaller market as well.
The Knicks will hope that Martin, Bargnani, World Peace and Cole Aldrich, can at least manage the defensive side of the ball while Chandler is out. They likely won’t be able to have the same success as the former defensive player of the year, but they can do their best to try and limit the scoring of other teams. On the offensive end of the ball, they’ll hope that Melo, J.R. Smith and the rest of the offense can get things going. But it’s certain that they can’t have any more embarrassing losses like they did against Charlotte. Especially not with cross-town Brooklyn looking to make a run this year in their own new arena, Miami winning championships, and Boston already beginning their own rebuilding process. Then again, if Philadelphia can start the season like they did, then there’s a chance for the Knicks to turn things around quickly as well.