As Mike D’Antoni, once considered the best coach in the league, begins his second season with the New York Knicks, the team is playing as bad as ever, starting out the season with a 1-7 record.
Despite getting a massive contract to come coach the Knicks, the former Championship winning coach of the Phoenix Suns has been unable to turn the team around. Few are blaming the coaching, however, as most of the blame falls on the terrible personnel moves that the Knicks have been making for the past decade.
With no team centerpiece to speak of, the Knicks have buried themselves into a hole as they wait to make a bid for Lebron James when his contract ends at the end of this season.
Until the Knicks do make an effort to sign “King James” (which is a maybe), they have essentially forfeited this season.
Since the Knicks intend to cut even more salary to be able to sign James (to what will undoubtedly be ridiculous money), they are unlikely to make any moves in which they add talent, only ones in which they get rid of high price guys like Eddy Curry.
To make matters worse, the Knicks do not have a first-round pick in next year’s draft (which is a shame since their pick will inevitably come very early) after trading it away to the Jazz.
With the way that the team has been built, many Knicks fans wonder if New York will even have a team to build around James, if they even get him. Luckily, Knicks fans are used to owner James Dolan (who also owns Cablevision, Madison Square Garden, and the New York Rangers) putting a subpar team on the court every single year, big stars or not.