I have been an avid and loyal NYK fan since I arrived in New York in 1983. I as a lot of fans endured the Ewing era and left in disappointment with only one real shot at winning a title to only lose to the Houston Rockets, in 7 games under Pat Riley. We have watched NYK owner James Dolan profit from all of our loyalty and support of this franchise with no reward. Watching him hire coaches like John McCloud, Don Nelson, Stu Jackson, Jeff Van Gundy, Don Chaney, Lenny Wilkins, Larry Brown, Isiah Thomas and Mike D’antoni as to some how prove he is trying to fool us into believing that he is trying to make the team better. Going out and hiring GM’s and team presidents like Scott Laydan (Utah Jazz) and Isiah Thomas (Toronto Raptor GM and Indiana Pacer coach).
He has ok’ed free agent signings of Eddie Curry, Jerome James, Shandon Anderson, Howard Eisly, Jonathan Bender., over pay for Allan Houston then stuck with his hefty contract for years, trades for bad contracts like Stephon Marbury, Antonio Mcdyess, Glen Rice, Luc Longley, Travis Knight (traded for Ewing to Seattle), Clarence Weatherspoon, Jalen Rose, Malik Rose, Antonio Davis, Zach Randolph, Steve Francis, Larry Hughes, Anfernee Hardaway, Tim Thomas, Al Harrington, Cuttino Mobley, Jerome Williams , Nazr Mohammed and Maurice Taylor.
Within a 4 year period, the NYK have traded away young drafted players Wilson Chandler, Renaldo Balkman, David Lee, Channing Frye, Trevor Ariza, Nate Robinson, Renaldo Balkman, Danilo Gallinari. Last two years NYK had quick 1st round playoff exits winning only one game with Star players Amare Stoudamire and Carmello Anthony. Coming into last season, the NYK amnestied PG Chancy Billups (had to make room to sign Tyson Chandler) and had a big problem at PG. They only had 2nd year player Toney Douglas and rookie Iman Shumpert a natural SG to run the PG. NYK then signed aged and injury plagued vet Baron Davis. He was unable to play right away due to he needing time to recover from injuries. It was an utter disaster, having Toney Douglas at PG. Carmelo had to play point forward to help facilitate the Mike D’antoni offense, which took him away from what his strength, scoring. Then the signing of Jeremy Lin, who was recently waived from Houston Rockets. He spent at least a month in the D-League. Mike D’antoni then put Lin in the first game at backup in a Boston Celtic game. Mike D’antoni then put Lin to start against the now Brooklyn Nets and then the legend of Lin-sanity began.
Well here we are in an offseason that was supposed to bring back the cohesive roster from last season. NYK wanting to resign players Steve Novak and Lin with early bird rights and were able to due to the ruling of arbitration between NBPA and the NBA. NYK instead signed Jason Kidd after a failed attempt to get Nash in a sign and Trade, traded Josh Harrelson, Jerome Jordan, and Toney Douglas to Houston Rockets for Marcus Camby, resign Steve Novak and JR Smith and finally do a sign and trade for Raymond Felton and Kurt Thomas for Jarad Jeffries and Dan Gadzoric, sign swingman Ronnie Brewer. Also NYK sign swing-man James White and PF Chris Copeland (both played overseas).