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Before getting into the top 10, we’ll touch on a few of the worst moments of 2013.
J.R. Smith had a good year in 2013 and due to some very good late-season play, he took home the Sixth Man of the Year Award. His 2013 year, however, will be remembered for his elbow to Jason Terry’s head.
After the infamous elbow to Terry and night out with Rihanna, J.R. finished the remaining eight playoff games by shooting 29 percent from the field. His brutal finish helped the Knicks out of the playoffs.
Over the summer, the Knicks decided to trade three draft picks, Steve Novak, Marcus Camby and Quentin Richardson to the Raptors for Andrea Bargnani. The Knicks now lack future draft picks, three-point shooting and toughness in the post.
It’s obvious the trade did not work. To be honest, I was for the trade when it was originally made. I thought Bargnani would put up numbers, spread the floor for Carmelo Anthony and revive his career. I was wrong, as Bargnani has done none of those things, and the trade has turned into a complete nightmare.
The Knicks allegedly thought J.R. Smith’s Sixth Man of the Year award was an MVP award and decided they needed to keep him for three more years by giving him a deal worth $17.95 million.
J.R.’s knee surgery did not scare the Knicks though, as they also politely decided to sign J.R.’s younger brother to a contract. Everything J.R.-related is now a disaster and it started with the contract.
The list of bad things that have happened can be summed up by this entire season. The Knicks went 9-21 to start the 2013-14 season and have already lost more games at home this year (12) than they did all of last year (10).
Coaching drama, trade rumors and blowout losses have been staples of the Knicks' season thus far. A 41-point loss to the Celtics, a 31-point loss to the Spurs and a Christmas Day embarrassment have been the best examples, but thanks to James Dolan and the Knicks, there are plenty more. The end of 2013 was a train wreck; let’s hope that ended when 2013 did.