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Magic: Knicks will contend for Eastern title

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07:00 AM ET 12.21 | Hall of Famer Magic Johnson sees the revamped Knicks struggling early, but predicts they'll be battling the Heat and Bulls for the Eastern Conference crown next spring. "Number one, the biggest challenge, is how do they come together," said Johnson, an ESPN analyst, Tuesday during a conference call. "How do they play as a team? We saw what happened to the Heat early on last year. They were not playing well together, and then they finally caught fire mid-season and into the playoffs. If you're not in sync with one another, the Knicks are going to struggle early, so fans have got to be patient."

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December 21, 2011  07:06 AM ET

I concur... They have an elite front court - as good as any in the league... Come to think of it, I can't think of a better front court than the combo of: Amare, Melo and Chandler in the league?

December 21, 2011  08:20 AM ET

you missed one thing. They signed baron Davis. they will regret it. Also, they probably need a better coach, defensive minded

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December 21, 2011  08:41 AM ET
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you missed one thing. They signed baron Davis. they will regret it. Also, they probably need a better coach, defensive minded

agree, if mike "no-D" antoni wont preach defense i mean his already clicking by now...

December 21, 2011  08:42 AM ET
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you missed one thing. They signed baron Davis. they will regret it. Also, they probably need a better coach, defensive minded

agree, if mike "no-D" antoni wont preach defense i mean his clock is already clicking by now...

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December 21, 2011  09:02 AM ET
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Granger,D West and Hibbert is an outstanding front court as well.But can the pieces gel is the question?Still they are not as talented as the heat,knicks or bulls...

I expect the Knicks to win the championship this year. Not that I'd be disappointed if we don't or fall short... but if we lose to Miami in the playoffs we need to start rebuilding...

December 21, 2011  09:05 AM ET
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Actually it will be a 3 way race for the ECF...Heat,knicks and bulls.

I dunno about the Bulls though. Their style of play is too conservative sorta reminds me of Knicks Van Gundy. Any team that catches fire can light them up and knock them out like Miami did last year.... I mean they're too methodical - almost predictable. I hate watching their team offense... it's boring.

December 21, 2011  09:06 AM ET
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I expect the Knicks to win the championship this year. Not that I'd be disappointed if we don't or fall short... but if we lose to Miami in the playoffs we need to start rebuilding...

You honestly think bibby or douglas are good enough to lead our team threw a championship run?? Prepare for heartache!!

December 21, 2011  09:09 AM ET

I think people miss a very important fact about chandler. He was a missing piece for dallas that got them over the hump. News flash to all my fellow knick fans. We are NUMEROUS pieces from a chip. So to think chandlers 10points and 9 boards are gonna lead us to a chip you guys are highly delisional.

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December 21, 2011  09:14 AM ET

Don't jinx my Knicks Magic.

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December 21, 2011  09:15 AM ET
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I dunno about the Bulls though. Their style of play is too conservative sorta reminds me of Knicks Van Gundy. Any team that catches fire can light them up and knock them out like Miami did last year.... I mean they're too methodical - almost predictable. I hate watching their team offense... it's boring.

Didn't seem to be an issue all year last year, and they got slightly better by adding a SG who can get more than 4 a game. With great team D, you can have some issues on the offensive side because the other team is normally only scoring 87 points.

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