by Marcel Mutoni

Going into the 2008 season, few teams are as fascinating as the New York Knickerbockers. Heaven knows they’ve had an eventful summer, and the regular season – featuring an embattled head coach and point guard, and the immortal Zach Randolph and his crew prowling the streets of Gotham – promises to be full of headlines and intrigue.

Amidst the madness and hysteria, however, we find a reasonably talented basketball team perfectly capable of making noise in the Eastern Conference. Eddy Curry, its starting center, believes the Knicks have what it takes to keep playing past the last game of the regular season. From the NY Post:

Eddy Curry was asked about the Knicks’ timeframe for making the playoffs, rather than merely hoping and planning for it.

“We’re at that point [now],” Curry said. “I feel like we’re real close, even though we haven’t played a regular season game yet. It’s just a feeling here that’s a lot different than it’s been in the past.”

The Knicks, after everything they’ve been through in the last few years, in the Playoffs? Hey, why not.

The talent, the size, the youth, and even a healthy touch of the insane (see: Robinson, Nate) is certainly there.

Crazier things have happened, after all.