The New York Knicks had something of a tough 2012 season. Amidst internal strife, a coaching change, the birth of Linsanity, the death of Linsanity, fire extinguisher-punching and an assortment of other issues, the team still managed to win its first playoff game in 13 years. Of course, nobody was really satisfied with that. Both the Knicks and their fans want more and, in order to get more, the squad will need to add some depth.
While the chemistry issues, how Amar’e Stoudemire is best utilized and what role Jeremy Lin will have in Mike Woodson’s offensive scheme are all things that are debatable, this much is not: New York needs more playmakers. Even if the team wasn’t ravaged by injures towards the end of the year, on paper, it clearly lacked the sort of depth necessary to make any semblance of a legitimate postseason run.
Enter: Lamar Odom.
But a source with knowledge of Odom's thinking says the New York Knicks would be "on the top of his list" if the Queens native becomes a free agent.
"Lamar is big on being comfortable," the source said. "And New York is somewhere he can be comfortable."
The Knicks' interest in Odom is unclear at this point.
This will be an interesting story to watch for several reasons. First and foremost, most of the money that New York will have to spend this summer will likely go to Lin. Secondly, whether or not Odom will even have the ability to test the market as a free agent is unknown at this point; the Dallas Mavericks retain the option of trading him and, likely, will try their damndest to do so. Thirdly, would the Knicks even be comfortable doling out money to a guy who looked done last year? (Just kidding, it’s the Knicks, of course they would.)
As noted in that same report:
The source close to Odom said Odom is eager to put the experience past him. Odom has started offseason workouts already, with eyes on an Olympic roster spot and with the motivation to prove that he's a better player than the one who struggled through last season.
Yeah, good luck with that.