The New York Knicks made the NBA Finals in 2001. Since then, well….they’ve sucked. Yes, they had a good stretch from 2011-2013, but they have primarily been mediocre at best this century. A lot of it has been due to personnel that were more focused on personal gains than anything else. Also, poor coaching decisions were big part of it. Stephon Marbury and Larry Brown? Most definitely not. No offense to Larry Brown obviously, he is a hell of a coach, deserved a lot better.
The Knicks have also just had bad luck. Amar’e Stoudemire played like an MVP in 2010-2011, but trouble meshing with Carmelo Anthony and continuous injuries in the following seasons kept the Knicks from potentially contending for a title. After the 2014 season, the Knicks brought in Phil Jackson as the Team President in hopes of turning the franchise around. However, the Knicks had the worst season in team history under new coach Derek Fisher, but there were a lot of reasons why. So stop blaming Phil Jackson. Melo was hurt for most of the year and they traded away Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith (I agree with shipping Smith, but not Shumpert).
Then the Zen Master made a bold move in drafting Kristaps Porzingis this past summer and got the whole kitchen sink thrown at him for it. How do you guys feel now? The Zinger as they now call him is playing like a future building block for New York and it s very promising. Melo is embracing a team-first mentality, which greatly improves the team and makes him even more of a threat. Robin Lopez is a solid starting center for them and has that blue collar style that the fans will love. The pieces are falling into place for the Knicks guys.
I think the next step for the team is to find a point guard that will help run the complicates triangle offense. Jose Calderon is a very good point guard, but he is getting up there in age, so that should be the priority right now. Don’t expect a championship contender tomorrow, but they could be contending for one of the lower seeds in the East come springtime. The best thing is that they have a lot of building blocks in the beginning of their careers, which will translate to sustainability in the future.