I have almost forgot that there was an NBA team in New York City. If it wasn't for the ridiculous and absurd repetitiveness of the 2010 free agency class talks, the Knicks would have been forgotten.
I once heard that in the past Madison Square Garden used to be a mecca of basketball. It used to house a competitive team, maybe. What I don't understand is how they were so loved. They have only won 2 championships in their entire existence and to make them even more pathetic is the fact that their last one was in 1974. That is almost as bad as their cross town neighbors, the horrible existence of mediocrity that is The New York Jets, who only have one championship from the "Joe Namath guarantee" to beat the Colts in 1969. Heck even the Mets have won a championship more recently.
To me the only reason that they have been the "beloved Knicks" is that they play in New York City, "The Big Apple". In an arena that once had a great basketball team, so we think. An arena that has held many great boxing matches and hockey games. That is the only reason that people have this over-romanticised idea that the Knicks are so great. They are one of the most valuable Franchises in the NBA, which is completely ridiculous.
It is for that reason that the owner James Dolan does'nt really care about puting a franchise together that is competitive year after year. The Knicks fans can boo all they want when they go to the games, but that is exactly what Dolan wants. He doesn't care if you boo or write signs showing your anger because you are at the game, which means that someone has bought a ticket, and that is all Dolan cares about, the dollar. As long as fans keep showing up to the games, nothing will get done.
Isiah Thomas was no help to the situation. Stephon Marbury's return home was a failure. Thomas sent the Knicks in the opposite direction of improvement. He filled the roster with overpaid untalented players that you could not get rid of because no team would want a bad player, especially if they have a heavy contract to go with it. That was all supposed to change with the additions of Mike D'Antoni and Donnie Walsh as the president.
The Knicks are in a better situation now, but it is till a very bad one. They play no defense, which is to be expected from a D'Antoni team, and their offense is horrible. All they have is David Lee, Nate Robinson, and a horribly wasted pick on Danilo Gallinari who missed most of his first season with an injury. David Lee is not that good and woohoo, Nate Robinson can jump over Dwight Howard and dunk a ball. Now that's somthing. So is his ridiculously irradic shot selection that has given him a whopping carrer average of 12.3 ppg and 42.5 FG%. This season he's really lighting up the scoreboard with a 29.2 FG% so far. That combined with averaging 1.5 turnovers per game and you have yourself a player that if on any other team would be riding the bench.
The only thing that has the fans hanging on is the hopes that in 2010 Lebron James and another one of the players from the amazingly talented free agent class will jump on board with the Knicks. They are clearing cap space with the intention of landing one of the stars, but guess what, so is every other team in the league!
A good example is the current New Jersey Nets who's part owner Jay-Z is good friends with Lebron James. The Nets still have this idea of moving to Brooklyn which will then bring Lebron James to New York City, but not in a Knicks uniform, and not in Manhattan. So to have this idea that Lebron is coming to New York City because his friends Jay-Z and C.C. Sabathia are in the area is ridiculous.
The Knicks recently have declined to sign Allen Iverson who became a free angent after being released by the Memphis Grizzlies, and was passed though waivers unclaimed. Sure he would not be "The Answer" to the many problems of the Knicks, but it would bring some excitement to the Garden. Something the fans of the Knicks have been missing for a very long time. This is a microcosm of the Knicks existence. You can just add this to the list of the many times that the Knicks management has failed to deliver to their fans.