SPANISH HARLEM, NY – Yesterday marked the last game of the NBA’s regular season. And as usual, it ended without a Knicks post-season appearance. This was supposed to be the year the Orange & Blue would make the NBA Playoffs – remember? The Knickerbockers went into their off-season looking to make a splash – and a splash they made; trading for Derrick Rose! But it didn’t end there, as Phil Jackson added Joakim Noah and Brandon Jennings to the mix. Confidence was certainly high in New York but little did we know… It was the beginning of possibly the worst season in this franchise’s history.
I know, I know… some will focus on the times when the team lost more games. Older fans will complain about the Patrick Ewing years and how they never got over the hump. Those my age will talk about the Isiah Thomas years, when they drafted and traded for good talent, only to watch them lose or get injured. The Knicks came into this season hoping that a change in personnel would finally get them to the playoffs, but it never materialized. There were moments when you looked at this team and saw a lot more talent; times when you said to yourself, “This team may have a chance.” Those feelings came and went and hope turned into anguish.
As the season dwindled into nothingness, fans saw that the Knicks were out of, well, everything. Including their minds and the playoffs. As a fan base, we came to grips with the fact that the team was lottery bound. They couldn’t even lose the right way, knowing full well that the best option would be to tank, the coaching staff decided to play their best players late in the games when they should of gave those minutes to other players. Phil Jackson could have come down from his high horse and told Jeff Hornacek to do everything in his power to lose, but as always, Phil did nothing.
Changes need to be made, but I don’t have any reason to believe that this organization has the people in place to make the right moves and I don’t mean just trading Carmelo Anthony. As much as this staff and fans believe that trading Melo is the right thing to do, they will get nothing in return that could make this team better for next season and that’s what makes all of this one of the worst Knicks seasons ever. The bad news… it will get worse before it gets better!
As a Melo fan… if this the last game he played as a Knicks, I will leave you with this to remember him by.
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