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Beno Udrih says Knicks can make it to the Finals

Sep 5, 2013, 8:31 PM EDT

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Beno Udrih was one of the Knicks’ offseason acquisitions that the team hopes will improve its roster over the one that led them to finish with the second best record in the East last season.

New York made it as far as the second round of the playoffs, before injuries to Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith limited their effectiveness against a very strong Indiana Pacers team. Despite their regular season success, most have predicted a drop-off next year, with other teams in the East seemingly entering next season with a stronger group of talent.

Udrih, however, believes that his new team has enough to reach the Finals, and that needs to be the mindset when training camp opens later this month.

From Marc Berman of the New York Post:

“I believe our team can go as far as going to the Finals,’’ Udrih told The Post at Ashe Stadium in his first remarks since signing. “We have to think like that from the first practice. We can be very good. It all depends how seriously we’re going to take it.

“We all believe we can go really far. And our goal from the beginning has to be win it all because we know we’re going to be in the playoffs. Our mentality from the first practice has to be: we want to win a championship.’’

This falls along the lines of, “What do you want him to say?” It’s also not all that outrageous of a statement.

The Knicks were so good last year because Anthony was stellar offensively to the point where he won the league scoring title, and Smith was so effective off the bench that he took home the Sixth Man of the Year award at the end of the season.

It isn’t a stretch to believe that the additions of Udrih, Metta World Pace, and Andrea Bargnani can make New York tougher to deal with than they were a season ago in the playoffs. But Miami, Indiana, and Chicago will all likely have a say in whether or not the Knicks can actually make it to the Finals.

  1. legend30 - Sep 5, 2013 at 8:51 PM


  2. money2long - Sep 5, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    how many of you forgot carmelo anthony was the league’s most lethal scorer last season?

    • dysraw1 - Sep 5, 2013 at 9:41 PM

      he was at his best when in the flow of the game,and was fluid so much more than ever seen him.

    • legend30 - Sep 5, 2013 at 9:44 PM

      Because he takes like 55 shots per game. You must forgot that Carmelo never been to the NBA finals. Only way Melo is going to the finals is if he join forces with LeBron. You know it and Melo knows it.

      • dysraw1 - Sep 5, 2013 at 10:11 PM

        you kill me

    • adamsjohn714 - Sep 5, 2013 at 11:14 PM

      By most lethal, he means he killed his team’s offense. Shots aren’t infinite. They have a value, and missing actually is bad.

    • eopanther8 - Sep 6, 2013 at 7:43 AM

      He was still the most lethal scorer when the Knicks were getting bounced in the 2nd round too. Obviously, it’s not nearly enough.

      • jimeejohnson - Sep 6, 2013 at 1:04 PM

        He played through a shoulder injury. Anybody who ever actually PLAYED hoops knows shoulder injuries affect shooting proficiency.

  3. dysraw1 - Sep 5, 2013 at 9:36 PM

    the Geno part of the show begins on sunday

  4. papichulo55 - Sep 5, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    The best in the East? Hell, the Knicks will have its hands full being the best in New York City. This should be fun to watch!

  5. bougin89 - Sep 6, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Given the rules of the game and how one team can theoretically score more points than the other team, yes it is theoretically possible the Knicks make it to the Finals.

    Would I bet 3 cents on it? No.

  6. dysraw1 - Sep 6, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    here’s why i love this game, its the freshness of a new season basically run on three probabilities that your either gonna be good,bad,or in the middle. me being as optimistic as always, and i already know we are good. so why can’t the stars align and every thing fall into place[ like it did for the Mav’s] weve been pushing in the right direction for three seasons so hey why not

    • jimeejohnson - Sep 6, 2013 at 1:05 PM

      Exactly, Knicks can hang with the Heat. The big question is can they get past them? You never know.

    • miamatt - Sep 6, 2013 at 1:24 PM

      The Knicks need to show they can make a respectable showing in the playoffs.

      I don’t disagree that they have gotten better and better over the past three years. I also don’t disagree that it is conceivable they could get the right combination of health and luck to have a dream season.

      But color me skeptical about any team relying on the 1-2 punch of Anthony and J.R. Smith to take them deep into the playoffs. I still see the East as Miami, Indiana, and Chicago…. then a big step down to New York and Brooklyn…. then a huge step down to the bottom rung of the playoff qualifiers.

      • aienjell - Sep 6, 2013 at 10:17 PM

        Well if the stars do align we could technically have a 1-2-3-4 punch if melo, amare, jr and bargs bring their A-game as they are fully capable of with beno being a very respectable backup facilitator for our “punchers”

  7. marcuspokus - Sep 6, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    I just don’t see the Knicks getting past the Heat or the Pacers. I don’t believe Bargnani makes the team better, he’s a bust. Udrih and Metta are solid at respective positions, but what needed to be addressed was a good backup for Tyson Chandler. Amar’e will not cut it because, even when healthy, he’s a weak rebounder and defender. Martin won’t be enough to contend with Bosh, LeBron, Hibbert or West either, so if Chandler gets in foul trouble the Knicks only consistent rim protector and rebounder has to sit leaving the paint exposed for other teams to exploit.

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