The New York Knicks are one of the oldest organizations on the NBA. They are one of the originals that began play in 1946. In their earlier years, the Knicks were one of the NBA’s more successful teams. Throughout their history the New York Knicks have won their division five times- 1971, 1989, 1993, 1994, and 2013. In addition, the Knicks have won the Eastern Conference eight times- 1951, 1952, 1953, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1994, and 1999. The Knicks have also won the NBA Championship on two occasions- 1970, and 1973. Lately though, the Knicks have been stuck somewhere below mediocrity. Bad personnel decisions, bad relationships between players and coaches, and bad choices for GM’s have led to this.
In an attempt to find an organizational direction, team owner James Dolan hired legendary NBA head coach Phil Jackson as team president and gave him full control over operations. The first thing Jackson did was extend franchise player Carmelo Anthony last offseason, a move that was criticized by many. Jackson also hired Derek Fisher as the team’s head coach. The Knicks have been awful this season and currently sit at 12-49, and that became the worst record in the NBA. There are many who say the Knicks should just scrap the entire thing, and start from zero. They have not officially decided to do that yet, but that is the direction they are headed.
The New York Knicks finished the 2014-2015 NBA season 17-65, good for the worst record in the Eastern Conference. The Knicks entered the 2015 NBA draft with the fourth selection overall as the 76ers and Lakers were able to jump ahead of them via the lottery. Karl Towns went first overall to the Minnesota Timberwolves. A surprise as D'Angelo Russell went second overall to the Los Angeles Lakers. The Knicks then set their sights on Jahlil Okafor from Duke, hoping the Sixers would be tired of drafting big men and opt for someone else. The Sixers drafted Okafor however, and Knicks President Phil Jackson was left in no man's land, so he selected Kristaps Porzingis from Latvia. The selection angered many fans, as they saw “names” like Emmanuel Mudiay and Stanley Johnson still on the board. Jackson wanted a big man though, and even thought about taking Frank “the tank” Kaminsky with this selection. The Knicks then pretty much struck out in free agency as well.
The New York Knicks, the most talked about (but merely average) team in sports at the moment, had a disappointing 2015-2016 season. They weren't expected to be serious contenders, but they were not expected to be that bad either. The Knicks finished the season 32-50, good for the third-worst record in the Eastern Conference last season. The Knicks made a flurry of moves this past offseason, even without a first round draft choice at their disposal, due to a trade from years back that is so complicated we won't even attempt to explain it. They signed Joakim Noah to a four year, 72 million dollar contract in free agency and traded for former All-Star point guard Derrick Rose. Rose and Noah joined Carmelo Anthony and Kirstaps Porzingis in the Big Apple to form quite a unique starting lineup. How have the moves translated to this season? Well, not as they had hoped. So far this season, the Knicks are 17-21, and are currently sitting with more questions than answers.