Good Idea/Bad Execution

So give the Knicks points for trying to shop Carmelo Anthony as per this story. Take away points for going to Cleveland and asking for Kevin Love. Should the Knicks trade Carmelo? Absolutely, and hopefully this was just the start of their efforts, but they need to get real. They are not going to get a Kevin Love-type player in return.

And that’s ok, the important thing is to get some more draft picks or young players who might turn into something rather than try to fool anyone into thinking they can remain competitive. This is not a team that will win a championship as currently constructed, so you send Anthony and Rose out of town, give Noah a seat on the bench, and surround Kristaps and Willy with some young guys. For the first time in probably a decade, the Knicks control all of their future first round picks, so losing this year really isn’t a problem. You head to the lottery and see what happens.

They have about a month before the deadline and they are 20-26. A smart team would sell aggressively. The Knicks have never been a smart team.

 

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  • Greg  On January 26, 2017 at 11:43 am

    “The Knicks have never been a smart team.” That’s seems a bit harsh. They were very competitive under Red Holzman; they won NBA Championships in 1969-1970 and 1972-1973. Holzman helped to build a fine team, no? Also, from 1951-1953 they lost the NBA Championship three times — that was a competitive period for them, no?

    Now if you want to take about the Dolan era, then yeah, not too smart. But “never”? Too much,

    Interesting factoid: I read somewhere that the Knicks and the Boston Celtics are the only two original NBA teams still located in their original city.

    • nysportsfanatic  On January 26, 2017 at 12:13 pm

      You’re right, but the absolute misery of the past 16 seasons (1 playoff series win/4 total appearances) has skewed my perspective.

  • blmeanie  On January 26, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    what year did Ewing leave NY? Was that the rough timeframe for the 16 sad seasons?

    • nysportsfanatic  On January 26, 2017 at 9:22 pm

      2000.

      The fall really started when Van Gundy resigned in December 2001. Up to that point they hadn’t missed the playoffs since 1986, and hadn’t missed the playoffs for more than three-straight seasons since the mid-60’s.

  • blmeanie  On January 27, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    I would go back to the early 80’s and give it all a name, “curse of Benard” When he blew out his knee, they were a threat for the Celtics/Lakers. Ewing was coming on and if Benard was uninjured they were going to be scary.

  • nysportsfanatic  On January 27, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    Two problems with that theory.

    1- He blew out his knee in March of 85 when they were 24-48, so not a threat to anyone.

    2- They won the draft lottery in May of that year, so they initially had good luck. In fact in 1990 they became the first team to come back from an 0-2 hole and win an elimination game in the Boston Garden.

  • blmeanie  On January 27, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    had no idea they sucked when he blew it out…i remember in ’84 – did they play Celtics in playoffs?

    • nysportsfanatic  On January 27, 2017 at 4:34 pm

      They did, King had a crazy series and they lost in Game 7 of the Conference Semis.

      But, Cartwright broke his foot in the preseason and they lost two more starters from the ’84 team so the ’85 team was basically King on his own.

      I went to his comeback game in April of 87. Man was that loud.

  • blmeanie  On January 27, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    where was Ewing in 84 and 85?

  • blmeanie  On January 27, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    was it 85 that he was drafted?

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