Tyson Chandler won't be thinking about preseason predictions or power rankings when the Knicks take the court Wednesday night against Milwaukee.
"I don't think any championships have ever been won on paper. So I could care less where people have us," Chandler said late last week.
Many pundits have the Knicks finishing fifth in the Eastern Conference behind Miami, Chicago, Indiana and Brooklyn.
And for good reason.
But it would be foolish to get wrapped up in preseason predictions.
Many prognosticators (this one included) thought the Knicks would finish between fifth and seventh in the East last season and behind Boston in the Atlantic Division.
Instead, New York won 54 games, finished second in the Eastern Conference and won the Atlantic Division title.
But this year brings a new set of challenges for Carmelo Anthony & Co.
In addition to the contenders at the top of the conference, many teams that have struggled in the past few seasons are expected to improve. Detroit, Washington and Cleveland have the personnel in place to take a step forward this year.
So, if the preseason pundits are correct, the Knicks will have plenty of competition in the East.
Which brings us to our question: where do you think the Knicks will finish this season? Can they defend their Atlantic Division title? Or will they tail off in the top-heavy East?
UP NOW: Mike Woodson hasn't made any firm decisions yet, but it sounds as if Carmelo Anthony will play power forward against Milwaukee on Wednesday and Andrea Bargnani will start the season on the bench.
QUESTION: Where do you think the Knicks will finish this season? Can they defend their Atlantic Division title? Or will they tail off in the top-heavy East?
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