Across professional sports, there are always teams that can be considered a “disappointment” in some form or fashion. Season in and season out, organizations do not meet the standards that were set for them after a great performance during the previous year or the signing of a big name player. The National Basketball Association has teams that fall within the same category. After the 2013-2014 season, no team has been a bigger let down than the New York Knicks.
Coming into this season the Knicks were expected to continue to build on their strong 2012-2013 campaign which saw them end the year as one of the top teams in the East. Other than the Indiana Pacers, there were many experts who considered this team one of the only groups with the ability to remove the Miami Heat as the power players in the conference. Unfortunately for the organization and their massive fan base, the exact opposite would occur.
With a 35-45 record the Knicks will have to watch the 2014 post season from their couches as they were unable to make the festivities for the first time since the 2009-2010 season. This is coming off of a year where they earned a 54-28 record and won their first playoff series in more than a decade. Fans and the basketball community alike believed that things were going on an upswing for the team that plays in Madison Square Garden but from the very start, the wheels were already coming off of the bus.
The NBA season would be well into its second month before the Knicks would reach their fifth win. Media personalities across the industry often debated what exactly was wrong with the group and the unfortunate truth was that there were multiple problems throughout the ball club.
While Carmelo Anthony continued his high level scoring display, it would be hard for the organization to find any help for their star player. Early injuries would plague the roster as Tyson Chandler, Amar'e Stoudemire, Andrea Bargnani, Kenyon Martin and Metta World Peace would miss extensive time. When key players such as these are forced to sit for a large amount of the year any team would have a hard time overcoming those odds. Still, the Knicks had their opportunity to preserve against such obstacles but just seemed unable to get over the hump.
Beyond the injuries that kept players off the court, those on the court would struggle so badly at times that the group would become a laughing stock of the sports community. Anthony had one of his best statistical seasons of his career, but the struggle of players such as J.R. Smith would offset his play. Much of the season was spent trying to find who would step up to be the other player maker that this team would need. Rookie Tim Hardaway Jr had his moments and gives the team something to look forward to in the near future, but he would not be enough to give this team the much needed boost.
As the season came down to the last few games for the New York Knicks it would become apparent that this team would not make it into the post season. To make the situation worse they are stuck in contractual obligations and lack of rebuilding resources that causes much of their fan base to show utter disgust with talking about the organization. New team president Phil Jackson has his work cut out for him as he looks to prove that the New York Knicks will be worth watching in the future.