By the time 2010 turns into 2011, the Knicks’ three-game losing streak could well hit seven and effectively neutralize the eight-game winning streak that brought true excitement back to Madison Square Garden.
In an effort to assess whether his roster is capable of true playoff contention, general manager Donnie Walsh will view the Knicks on Wednesday night during their home game against the Oklahoma City Thunder — the 69-year-old Walsh's first live game since hip replacement surgery last month. He’ll undoubtedly come away with some personnel ideas.
Here are three suggestions:
A complementary star
Now is the time for Walsh to make that blockbuster trade for Denver’s Carmelo Anthony. They saw last Friday what LeBron James can do with wingmen like Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. Amar'e Stoudemire has, what, capable point guard Raymond Felton? Imagine the pressure Anthony could take off of Stoudemire as the former free-agent forward negotiates his way through an MVP-type season.
Get Chris Duhon back
The Magic is dangling him for Ronny Turiaf. It’s not a great trade, but it would bring the former two-year Knicks starter Duhon back in the role of a true reserve point guard behind Felton. And that would be an upgrade over swing-guard Toney Douglas, who had no assists in 23 minutes against Cleveland.
Get more from the bench
Stoudemire has a sore neck. Felton leads the league in minutes. If the wear and tear of the season beats these guys down, the Knicks will go nowhere. Getting Shawne Williams in there should help lower Stoudemire’s 37.6-minute per game average. And if the Knicks acquire Duhon, or Sebastian Telfair from Minnesota, either guard could spell Felton for about 12 minutes a night.