It's a crying same that the New York Knicks have been been so bad for so long. Knicks fans are among the most passionate, loyal, and educated basketball fans in the world, and their allegiance has been rewarded by a decade and a half of one unmitigated management disaster after another.
It wasn't always like this, of course. The Knicks were once one of the teams to beat throughout the 1990's. The team boasted lineups that included John Starks, Charles Oakley, and their long time centrepiece Patrick Ewing. All of which were weapons in the arsenal of one of the most iconic and legendary coaches of all time, Pat Riley.
Almost the equivalent of the Oklahoma City Thunder of today, supremely competitive but just not enough to slay the runs of some all-time greats. The team would run into the unstoppable forces of Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajawon and a possessed Reggie Miller hell-bent on destruction.
However, at the turn of the century, the Knicks made the fatal error of constantly swinging for the fences for quick fix solutions instead of building up a young core. This direction has continued on until today. From treating first round draft picks like Halloween candy to tossing out multi-million dollar deals like dollar bills at a gentleman's club to being on the paddle end of almost every trade they've made, I will rank these moves from the minor head-scratchers to the full blown nuclear disasters.
20 Sign Amar'e Stoudamire to a 5 Year, $100 million Contract
19 Drafting Jordan Hill After Losing Out on Stephen Curry
18 Dumping Patrick Ewing
17 Giving Away Iman Shumpert Just to Dump J.R. Smith
16 Trading Tyson Chandler for Jose Calderon
15 Attempting to Mesh Zach Randolph and Eddy Curry
14 Allowing Jeremy Lin to Walk
13 Signing Jerome James
12 Signing Jared Jeffries
11 Not Using the Allan Houston Provision... on Allan Houston
10 Giving Carmelo Anthony a No-trade Clause
9 Trading Anthony Mason for Larry Johnson
8 Signing 38 Year Old Marcus Camby
In trying to raise the collective age of the 2012-2013 Knicks to historic levels of geriatrics, the Knicks reunited with Marcus Camby, giving him a three year, $13 million deal, stretching him into his 40s. Camby was barely a factor, but he would be an important component of an important deal that you will read about later on in this list.
7 Dumping More Young Assets in Pursuit of the 2010 Dream
6 Trading Penny Hardaway and Trevor Ariza for Steve Francis
5 Trading a Future Lottery Pick for Andrea Bargnani
4 Selling the Farm to Get Melo
3 Trading for Antonio McDyess
2 Trading for Stephon Marbury
1 Trading for Eddy Curry
The biggest and most costly blunder in the team's history came when Isiah Thomas decided Eddy Curry would be the team's franchise center, sending their 2006 1st rounder and a right to swap in 2007 to the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls were eager to dump the young big man after he was diagnosed with a serious possibly life-threatening heart condition in 2005. While Curry would have his career year in 2006/07, posting 19.5 points and 7 boards per game, it was all downhill from there as he would come to camp totally out of game shape the next season and rarely touched the court from that point on.
As if having an eight figure player warm the bench wasn't bad enough, the price paid to bring him to New York would prove to be catastrophic. The Knicks would bottom out in 2006 and 2007 surrendering the #2 pick (LaMarcus Aldridge) and the #4 pick (Joakim Noah) respectively. The Bulls would swing Aldridge to Portland for Tyrus Thomas, so some karmic mercy would prevail.
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