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The New York Knicks had every opportunity to succeed this offseason, but instead, they fell flat on their faces.
Letting Jeremy Lin leave the Big Apple will hurt more than Knicks fans want to admit. Sure, he was somewhat unproven, but at the same time, he brought a level of excitement and energy to the Knicks that they lacked for the past few seasons.
Lin wasn't just an All-Star caliber point guard, he was a player to rally around and believe in, and that is something that builds chemistry, which is exactly what the Knicks need.
Instead of going with what they know, the Knicks decided to go with older, overrated players by acquiring Jason Kidd, Kurt Thomas and Marcus Camby this offseason. Age isn't what the Knicks needed, and that will be clear when they struggle throughout the 2012-13 season.
Size in the paint will be nice for the Knicks, but without production at the point, which is something Kidd won't bring, the Knicks won't be able to utilize that size often enough. Carmelo Anthony needs to develop into a leader for the Knicks to succeed, and that just isn't going to happen.
Runner-Up: The Houston Rockets after losing Kyle Lowry, Luis Scola and Courtney Lee.