We’re a little under two months until the NBA All-Star break and we still don’t know what the heck is going on in the Eastern Conference. The Western Conference is clearly the class in the NBA, but it still has its flaws. Every few weeks, we’re going to bring you “NBA Panic Meter Monday” for five NBA teams, where we basically decide where on the panic meter (0-10) each team is.
Essentially, at 10 and you should start freaking out and completely sell your team’s chances this season. A zero means don’t panic at all.
Simple enough? Let’s play…
NEW YORK KNICKS (9-21)
The Knicks have shown absolutely nothing this season that would tell me, or their fans for that matter, that they could turn this season around. This is the first time all season long that I honestly think the Knicks are exactly what their record says. They’re a 9-21 team. Originally, I bought into that narrative that Tyson Chandler would fix some of their defensive woes, that hasn’t been the case. I’m starting to believe that this is the end of Carmelo Anthony’s tenure in New York. Was it a failure?
PANIC METER: 8
Los Angeles Lakers (13-18)
If the Lakers were smart, they’d shut down Kobe Bryant for the rest of the season. Even though it’s not going to happen, it should. The only thing left between the Lakers officially tanking is a Pau Gasol trade. Reports indicate that it could be close. If that happens, we already know…
PANIC METER: 7
Brooklyn Nets (10-20)
The Nets have been bad this year. When Brook Lopez broke his foot, they automatically turned into a worse team. Jason Kidd looks like a lame-duck coach and the players, reportedly, have no idea what Kidd is trying to implement. There’s only one question that remains: who do the Nets get rid of first, Kidd or Paul Pierce?
PANIC METER: 9
Boston Celtics (13-17)
The Boston Celtics are the worst tanking team in the history of tanking teams. Hiring Brad Stevens is proving to be a bad hire because he can’t tank properly. Then again, they may win the Atlantic Division by default because the two New York teams are complete dumpster fires. Ok, most of that was sarcasm. But the job that Stevens has job is pretty darn good. Imagine if they actually had a quality squad?
PANIC METER: 6