Blame Knicks players, not D'Antoni

Melo, Amare need to step up and prove they're worth the money

Updated: January 20, 2012, 2:15 PM ET
By Stephen A. Smith | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- Prancing into the Macy's on 34th Street right before a game on Wednesday night, a fan wearing a New York Knicks cap proudly looked at his friend, chronicled the team's roster, then stuck out his chest and asked in I-dare-you fashion, "How good do you think they're going to be this season?" The friend, clearly a contrarian, responded by saying: "I have no idea. When they start playing, I'll be sure to let you know."

It is 14 games into this truncated 2011-12 season, and ...

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