These Knicks can beat the Heat

It may be too soon for an NBA title, but the time is right to leave Miami in tears

Updated: March 8, 2011, 4:33 PM ET
By Stephen A. Smith | ESPNNewYork.com

At some point, the New York Knicks will put us all out of our misery, in a good way. Far from being a franchise on a respirator, they'll have a pulse of their own. They'll legitimately become a contender, instead of one in name only. We'll all look at Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire, the greatness associated with them, and happily call each of them one of us.

This could happen soon -- very soon, if the Knicks manage to return to the playoffs for the first time in seven years and face ...

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