For the New York Knicks, 2010-11 was a season of ups and downs, winning streaks and losing streaks, new starts and old disappointments. It was a new team from day one: Amar'e Stoudemire, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov and Landry Fields—all five starters in the first game were different than the starters in last season’s opener, and only one, Gallinari, was even on the team then.
Fans at first held their emotions in check after winning the offseason door prize, Stoudemire, and when the Knicks didn’t exactly bust out of the gate, going 3-8, there wasn’t much public angst. After all, New Yorkers were used to it.
You heard it all year long: The Knicks hadn’t made the playoffs in seven years and hadn’t had a winning season in 10. It looked like it was going to be eight and 11. Same old, same old Knicks.
But then, they strung together a few wins. And in one of the memorable “moments” of the season, the Knicks went 13-2 as Stoudemire went off, scoring those 30 points nine games in a row. Suddenly, the Knicks were 16-10.
Halfway through the season, the Knicks overhauled their lineup and were new again, with three new starters (and sometimes four): Carmelo Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Ronny Turiaf (Toney Douglas, Jared Jeffries).
By the end of the season, New York would more than comfortably make the playoffs and notch 42 wins.
In between, and even before and after, there were many memorable moments along the way, including of course the big Carmelo Anthony trade, that Boston Celtics thriller in mid-December and a couple of last-second, game-winning shots, to name a few.
Outsiders might look upon the Knicks’ season as a failure. They were unceremoniously bounced from the playoffs 4-0, at home. But the once-starving Knicks’ fans know this was unquestionably the best season in years, with dividends yet to come.
Here are the top 25 memorable moments of the Knicks’ 2010-11 season.