hen the Knicks finally open the season on Friday, it will have been 271 days since their last official NBA game— last spring's Game 5 loss to the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. If their preseason contests against the Nets are any indication, the layoff has left them far from game shape. The Knicks looked tired and out of sync last week, with Ewing appearing particularly sluggish and hauling around what seemed to be 15 extra pounds. (Aren't you supposed to sweat... More >>>