Waiting for roll of the Dice

A healthy but timid Antonio McDyess would do nothing for the Knicks' playoff hopes.

Updated: October 13, 2003, 9:45 AM ET
By Joe Lago |
Editor's note: Here's a glimpse of the good -- and the bad -- that could happen to the 2003-04 New York Knicks.

Antonio McDyess
The Knicks are being extremely cautious about Antonio McDyess' comeback.
Best Case Scenario
The lottery will be avoided and a middle seed in the East will be secured if these three things happen to the Knicks.

1. McDyess can dunk without fear. The Knicks' season ended last year in the preseason when Antonio McDyess broke his kneecap on a simple, uncontested dunk. The same deal holds true for this year: A healthy McDyess means a playoff berth. Everyone in the organization is hush-hush about a timetable for McDyess' comeback, but a return of the old McDyess by the All-Star break seems realistic. The Knicks, though, have no use for a timid McDyess. "We're going to need him to go really far," Allan Houston said.