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Quick—point to a good decision that the New York Knicks have made over the last few years. Here's some music to entertain everyone while we wait for an answer.
Steve Mills, the current general manager, is one of the many front-office members who deserves a portion of the blame, though he's by no means culprit No. 1. He's only been in charge since late September, so the amount of damage he's done is rather minor, although he's been unable to swing any deals that would actually help N.Y. get off the schneid.
He's also helped bring the CAA (Creative Arts Agency) theories to the forefront of the list of theories behind the Knicks' decline.
Mills chose to keep Chris Smith instead of Ike Diogu, Chris Douglas-Roberts, C.J. Leslie, Josh Powell and Jeremy Tyler, which is notable because the brother of J.R. Smith has been called the worst player in the history of summer league basketball.
Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski once reported that a rival GM said he's "maybe the worst player in the history of the [NBA] summer league."
And this is a guy who is now being recalled out of the D-League so that he can play meaningful minutes, per the Knicks' official Twitter feed.
But is that the only negative thing that the front office has done?
Of course not.
The Knicks also re-signed J.R. Smith to a contract extension after knowing that his knee was injured, and he may have come as a package deal with his brother thanks to the CAA connections.
J.R. has gone on to shoot the lights out during the 2013-14 season, but not in a good way. Normally that phrase means he's been so good that the lights flicker, but Smith's shooting has been so ugly that Knicks fans are turning the lights off to avoid watching him.
How about trading for Andrea Bargnani and giving up multiple draft picks in the process?
Better yet, what about this entire roster?
It's clearly not suited to complement Carmelo Anthony's skill set, and that doesn't bode well for either the present or the future. And if 'Melo leaves town, what does that say about the Anthony trade that New York made with the Denver Nuggets a while back?
You can now see why Favale called Masai Ujiri, the architect behind both the 'Melo trade and the Bargnani deal, one of the main culprits.
As Frank Isola of the New York Daily News made clear, it sometimes seems as though the Knicks are more concerned with making headlines than winning basketball games.
How's that going for them?