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How to Fix the Knicks

Stephon Marbury (Courtesy of NBA.com)
Knicks PG Stephon Marbury needs to leave New York if they want to be successful in the future.(Courtesy of NBA.com)

I’m not gonna call myself a self-proclaimed expert on NBA player personnel decisions, but it doesn’t take a genius to realize that the New York Knicks are a mess right now. It’s easier for Boston fans to see when our team is 17-2 and New York’s team is 6-13. Now that we have success we can appreciate it, and we can also feel for the absolute nightmare the Knicks are going through as a team and franchise.

There is a future in New York, Knicks fans! But, only if Knicks management follows these particular steps:

1. Fire Isiah Thomas.

  • I know this won’t happen because he got his random stamp of approval from team management. But come on, Isiah has made some horrible personnel decisions, from adding Malik Rose, Steve Francis, etc. Worse yet, Isiah has been horrible as the coach of the Knicks (39-62 so far with the team), and it seems he can’t fix the mess that former coach Larry Brown seemingly started.

2. If Isiah Thomas is not fired, make sure he doesn’t start calling any woman a five letter “b” word.

3. Highly encourage Isiah to blow up the team if he cannot be fired.

  • I’m talking a full-scale explosion. Goodbye Eddy Curry, Zach Randolph, Stephon Marbury, Quentin Richardson, Jamal Crawford, etc. I know that’s a lot easier on paper than it is in real life. The Knicks have a ton of money tied up this year obviously and for the moment next year too (check out the Knicks’ salaries until 2011-2012). So really, unless they trade for draft picks and expiring contracts, the Knicks will be a mess until the 2009-2010 season.
  • Do whatever you can between now and the beginning of the 2009-2010 season to rid the team of the ridiculous contracts. Desperately trade Marbury and his $20+ million salary for anything. I mean anything! He’s horrible for team chemistry and a big waste in terms of money. In the right situation, Marbury can be successful.
  • After dumping Marbury, the Knicks have to try and lose the deal that hurts them in the future: Zach Randolph’s deal that will pay him a guaranteed $17.33 million in 2010-2011. Maybe they can convince a team he can be successful in the right place as well. He’s a good player, but not the type you tie your entire future around.
  • Sadly, the Knicks do not have much leverage really until the 2010-2011 season, because Eddy Curry, Jamal Crawford, Quentin Richardson, and Jerome James all have player options for the 2009-2010 season, which adds up to roughly $35.8 million.

4. In blowing up the team, do not re-sign anyone to long-term deals and do not trade for longer contracts.

  • The Knicks are killing their future by doing any of this. However, they are notorious for making such ridiculous deals. At this point, with the team this ravaged with overpaid talent, its better to just let the contracts expire rather than try to make trades to help the team. The Knicks are severely restricted from making any large personnel moves unless another NBA team is dumb and is willing to take on any of their contracts.

It all seems simple, but under my particular plan, the Knicks won’t be winners at least until 2010-2011, which may be way too long for the Knicks business-wise. If they’re throwing out the same bad team for another few years, TV ratings will drop, and with it season-ticket holders. But, the long-term success is in the dangerous hands of Isiah Thomas, and to be honest I don’t think he’ll ever dig the Knicks out of this hole.

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2 comments for “How to Fix the Knicks”

  1. As a Knicks fan, I’m more scared about Dolan owning the team than Isiah running the team. Everything comes from the top down and I’m choosing the lesser of two evils (kinda like choosing dog poop over bull crap).

    So the Knicks settled the case and now we get this from Thomas: “As I have said before, I am completely innocent. This decision doesn’t change that. However, this is the best course for Madison Square Garden, and I fully support it.”

    Posted by Dave | December 11, 2007, 9:47 am
  2. I think both the Dolans and Isiah need to go. There needs to be a change of philosophy throughout the organization. Unfortunately, the Dolans are not selling anytime soon.

    Posted by Adam B. | December 11, 2007, 11:30 am

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