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Knicks Tip Off Tonight vs. Bulls

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Basketball is back in New York, but can the Knicks compete in the East?

Knicks Tip Off Tonight vs. Bulls

The New York Knicks begin their quest to make it back to the postseason this evening versus the new look Chicago Bulls at Madison Square Garden. First year head coach Derek Fisher and Knicks President Phil Jackson are hoping their winning pedigree will also translate in New York.

The Bulls are healthy again. Derrick Rose is back. They added Pau Gasol. Joakim Noah can potentially be a 20/10 player. Jimmy Butler is still getting better on the wing. They have also acquired one of Europe’s top NBA prospects, rookie Nikola Mirotic from Yugoslavia as well as sharp-shooting rookie Doug McDermott from Creighton.

The Knicks also did some roster overhaul in the offseason. New York improved at the point guard position with veteran Jose Calderon by way of the Dallas Mavericks (though he starts the season injured) and young point Shane Larkin. Also acquired from the Mavericks, the Knicks added a veteran presence beneath the rim in Samuel Dalembert. Carmelo Anthony signed his big money deal to keep him in New York. Tim Hardaway Jr. is prepped to have an impressive sophomore season. Iman Shumpert will again provide energy and tenacious defense. The team will run the triangle offense, the same offense Phil Jackson used to create both the Chicago and Lakers dynasties of the 1990’s and early 2000’s. There's definitely a lot for Knicks fans to be excited about.

Despite roster changes, the Knicks still have plenty to prove in the Eastern Conference. It almost looks a sure bet to see the new look Cleveland Cavaliers take the east with ease with the league's newest “big three” of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. The Western Conference looks five or six teams deep in terms true NBA Finals hopefuls, including last years champions, the San Antonio Spurs. The East from the outset looks to be a two horse race between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Chicago Bulls. Perhaps a dark horse in the east may be the Washington Wizards. But LeBron's latest decision has shifted the power out of Miami, so the East is very much up for grabs.

But enough with the guessing and the hypotheticals. The NBA is back! There is still an entire NBA season for fans to look forward to, and Knicks fans hope they have an improved product to watch this season at Madison Square Garden.

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