Nine seasons since the New York Knicks have won a playoff game. During those years, they have made the playoffs once (2002-03), and they were swept in the first round. They haven't had a winning record in those years and they haven't finished above 3rd in the Atlantic Division since the 1999-2000 season.
We have seen big names like Marcus Camby, Antonio McDyess and Stephon Marbury try, and fail to bring this team back to respectability. The Knicks have been the laughingstock of the NBA and Madison Square Garden—the "Basketball Mecca"—turned into a place where frustration and anger loomed more than anything.
Enter Donnie Walsh.
His "Go Get It" attitude and hard work have slowly brought this ailing franchise back on it's feet. He has brought in a star—Amare Stoudemire—and now has guys like Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul in his sights. He found some young talent in Toney Douglas via trade and Landry Fields late in this year's draft, but there is one acquisition that will be the reason the Knickerbockers finally make it back to the playoffs in 2010.
His name is Raymond Felton, and here are 13 reasons why he is the key to New York's success this year.