By Nick Villano @nick_villano on June 5, 2014
The New York Knicks were arguably the biggest disappointment in the NBA in 2014. They went from the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference, to missing the playoffs. The need for change was evident when they brought in Phil Jackson and said goodbye to Mike Woodson. The team plays in the world's most famous arena, and they need to build a winner if they want it to be filled again. These should be the first five things they do.
While Tyson Chandler is far from the problem with the Knicks, he showed some severe regression this season. He is the one player on the roster that can still get a somewhat decent return. He is also an expiring contract, which is valuable in NBA circles. The team could turn Chandler into something good for this year and the future.
Raymond Felton was bad last year. He was, like, really bad. He came into the season overweight, stayed that way (which is a skill when you consider he plays a sport for a living), shot under 40 percent and played zero defense. He only averaged 5.6 assists per game on a team that has the second leading scorer in the league. This is where you need to upgrade if you're the Knicks.
Phil Jackson was brought into the Knicks to make the team a winner. He thought that he could get one of his former players Steve Kerr to be the coach. He ended up spurning him for the Golden State Warriors. Now he is looking to go after Derek Fisher. which is a mistake. It seems like Jackson is forcing the issue to find someone who was once under him.
You traded the future to get a guy who doesn't score a ton, can't stay healthy and is seven feet tall, but can't rebound. James Dolan and the rest of the Knicks organization need to do what they can to eliminate this terrible deal. Andrea Bargnani will bring this team down.
Say what you will about Carmelo Anthony, but superstars of his caliber are near impossible to acquire. When you get one of them you don't just let them go. The team's number one priority is to keep Carmelo in MSG for as long as possible. Money shouldn't be an object. It isn't for the team across town. The East is up for the taking right now. If you can make a few moves, you could be in the Finals.
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