The Sad Season of the Knicks Comes to an End – by Duncan Freeman

As the NBA season comes to a close, we look back yet again on a disappointing season for Knicks basketball. Last year was the same—Oh, Carmelo is so good (he is), he’ll lead the team, and all these young players will help the Knicks make a playoff run! Which means we could win the final! Well, that didn’t happen, and it hasn’t happened since 1973. We got back there twice—in 1994 and 1999—when the Knicks came close to winning but never quite could.
From then on, we’ve been your classic middle-of-the-pack team—occasionally 7th or 8th seed, but never making it past the conference finals, even with Melo and Stoudemire (A.K.A Stat). This was the story last year as the Knicks missed the playoffs and we looked forward to the new season with Melo as a free agent and thinking about the future of our team. Well, Melo singed a five-year deal and with all the chaos of LeBron, Love, and Wiggins, the Knicks made their own five-star acquisition—the famous Phil Jackson, coach of the two greatest shooting guards to play the game. After winning 11 championships as a coach—and two as a player on the Knicks—Phil would try out his famous triangle offense in another big city.   The fans were excited. I was excited! Finally, a change. We all thought better things were to come.
But from opening day, you could see it would be a long season. The Knicks were quickly down by 30, and many fans expressed their anger with language too vulgar for BenSPN. One balding, frustrated man ripped off his Christmas-themed Melo jersey and threw it into the crowd, so clearly angered by yet another terrible start to a season for the Knicks.
After winning the next game, analysts changed their opinions and expectations.  Perhaps this could work. Maybe the Kicks and Phil Jackson could do this. And then the team went on the longest losing streak the city of New York had ever seen. At some point, the Kicks just started to tank. Whether it was the countless close losses, the injuries to Melo and Stat, or maybe the trades. Ah, yes, the trades: Shumpert, who on the Knicks couldn’t shoot or play defense, is now the staple defensive player and three-point shooter off the Cavs’ bench. Then J.R, an inconsistent scorer and wimpy defender on the Knicks yet he now starts for Cleveland and is bringing new energy to that contender.
After this, the fans and analysts learned to expect no more wins. Then the dropping of Stat left us with…only Melo. And then even he was shut down for the season with knee issues. This has left the Knicks with draft picks, boatloads of money, a couple of scrubs, and Andrea Bargnani.
The fans don’t even boo anymore; they have come to expect terrible losses. Even Spike Lee has been sitting in his seat the entire game instead of getting up and yelling. This season is long over and has been for a long time. Fans have showed up with bags over their heads because they were so ashamed to watch the Knicks yet now we again look forward, but this time with optimism. A historic and great franchise in a city equally great. Once destroyed by the likes of Isaiah Thomas and Mike D’Antoni, the fans now look forward to the magic of what Phil Jackson can do in the offseason.
Phil has to prove to New York that he can build a team and put New York back on the map. There are skeptics. Phil has not had to rebuild before. Phil hasn’t even had a front office job before the Knicks because he is so used to coaching. He has always been given great teams to coach and he still has to improve ours if we can make a run at the title. But we have faith—we have to have faith—that this great basketball mind can fix our disheveled franchise.
But after all it could all come down to chance, a lottery pick, or even the selfishness of a certain free agent.

More Sad News for the Knicks

The Knicks have recently bought out Amar’e Stoudemire’s contract (essentially releasing him from the team) and Carmelo will not be playing for the Knickerbockers for the rest of the season even though he played the All-Star Game like a punk, New York has finally completed the transition into having an all D-League roster. Knicks fans finally have nothing to see at Madison Square Garden except for an astounding lack of water fountains. Knicks fans also are unable to say that, even with the worst record in the league, they still have two star players on their roster.

But for now expect to see blowouts against the Knicks that are so routine you might be better off watching Mike Tyson Mysteries or Friends reruns on Netflix.

The Sad Season of the Knicks Continues

The Knicks’ season continues with more despair than hope. As of now the team is the worst  in the NBA with their pitiful 10-41 record; they are even worse than the lowly 76ers, but the team from Philly has a great future, unlike the New Yorkers. What makes it even more sad is that Knicks owner James Dolan told a lifelong fan to go ahead and root for the Nets after being criticized by him in an email. Dolan even called the fan an alcoholic. This may mean that no one will be showing up for Knicks games anymore because…

  1. The tickets are too expensive to watch D-leaguers.
  2. It’s just no fun.
  3. The t-shirt cannon gunner has the most accurate 3-point shot on the squad.

P.S. benspn will be having more on the Knicks’ sad season with a special guest blogger!

Derek Fisher

Derek Fisher, the new Knicks head coach, vows to end the Knicks title drought. So basically Fisher is saying he will beat Lebron, and one of the western conference powerhouse teams, with Carmelo if he stays, and a bunch of old idiots who are overpayed and like to punch fire-extinguishers for fun. This team even with Carmelo didn’t even make the playoffs, this year, even when a team under .500 got in.

Phil Jackson

11-time NBA champion coach, Phil Jackson, was put on the New York Knicks’ payroll yesterday as the new president of basketball operations.  Jackson, the former coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, will take over the position for the star-crossed Knicks in the midst of one of the most polarizing seasons in the team’s history.


                                                             Phil Jackson

Reasons why this is the right move: from guest blogger

Luring Phil Jackson back into basketball has proven to be no small feat, and yet the Knicks did just that.  Having the greatest coach in NBA history in the front office will be invaluable for the struggling franchise.  Jackson not only provides legendary insight on all basketball operations, but is also an incredible selling piece for free agents, something that will be very important for the Knicks if Carmelo Anthony opts out of his deal and frees up cap room to sign a star like Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving, or (hopefully) Lebron James.  Regardless of whether Carmelo stays or goes, though, the Knicks will still have at least one bona fide star and Phil Jackson has won championships with TWO DIFFERENT TEAMS built around the play of one star (ahem… Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant).  In the end, it won’t really be about IF Phil Jackson will win a championship with the Knicks, but HOW MANY he will take home in New York.

Reasons why this is the wrong move: from Ben D, owner of

The Knicks hired Phil Jackson as their PRESIDENT?! He’s never EVER even had a front-office position, but the Knicks have decided to give him the biggest job in the franchise? For what reason?! Because he was a sub on their last championship team who knows how many years ago (1973, where he played on average 17 minutes a game). To attract Melo back to New York with absolutely no money to do anything else and maybe get drunk on the idea they could get Lebron. The Knicks will either re-sign Melo when we already know they can’t win with just him alone, or they will attract a different big free agent, and still not win. Phil has never won anything without having at least two hall of famers on his team, and the Knicks DO NOT have two hall of famers on his team. The NBA is also moving away from his signature triangle offense, and Phil may try to enforce the defense on the Knicks unsuccessfully. The end of the story is that Phil cannot work his magic and get New York another title, but he did just make their financial woes that much worse.