The New York Knicks will begin the year without their star player, but Metta World Peace predicts a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals.
The New York Knicks aren’t expected to go deep in the playoffs this year. In fact, they would surprise just about everyone if they even make the playoffs. But Metta World Peace thinks that the Knickerbockers will meet the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference Finals.
— Metta World Peace (@MettaWorldPeace) August 13, 2018
The chances of that matchup happening are not good, but maybe Metta World Peace can see into the future.
A Pacers-Knicks matchup in the playoffs would be awesome to see. The two franchises have a rivalry dating back to the 90s when Reggie Miller and Spike Lee were talking trash to each other. John Starks was draining threes and Patrick Ewing was dominating the paint.
Those were the rough and tumble days of the NBA and while today’s game will never be the same, the Pacers-Knicks rivalry feels familiar.
But unfortunately for Knicks fans, this isn’t happening—at least not this year. The Knicks don’t have the roster to compete for the playoffs this season. If they had a full year with a healthy Kristaps Porzingis, maybe they could sneak in as the seven or eight seed. But without Porzingis for the foreseeable future means that any playoff hopes are unrealistic.
This season is about developing the young talent and allowing Fizdale to implement his system. The Knicks have a better chance at securing the first overall pick than they have at making the playoffs.