By Joseph Crevier @JosephMCrevier on September 3, 2014
There is no hiding that the New York Knicks have been without an NBA title for 40 years. This is partially due to bad luck, but New York's woes can many be attributed to management's track record of making bad deals. Luckily, the Knicks are now in good hands with Phil Jackson as President of Basketball Operations. Let's hope no additions can be made to New York's All-Disaster team anytime in the near future.
Immediately upon his arrival in the Big Apple, Stephon Marbury was a locker room cancer. Marbury feuded with Larry Brown, who was New York's head coach at the time, and later on Isiah Thomas. Foolishly, the Knicks chose Marbury over Thomas who was fired following the 2008 season. Newly hired Mike D'Antoni would have none of Marbury's shenanigans leading to his ultimate banning from the team. Not exactly the ideal return for two first-rounders.
Speaking of horrible trades, in 2006 New York decided it would be a good idea to absorb a hobbled Steve Francis' near maximum contract in exchange for Trevor Ariza and the expiring Penny Hardaway. Francis failed to ever make an impact in New York averaging about 11 points per game in just 68 contests. This deal proved yet again that the Knicks love taking on awful contracts.
Kenny Walker is not exactly a household name, which is partially the reason why he is included on this list. Walker was selected No. 5 overall in the 1986 NBA Draft, falling yards short of the expectations of such a highly drafted rookie. Appearing in a grand total of 448 games, Walker lasted a quick seven years in the league before calling a quits. Walker was drafted ahead of notables, Dennis Rodman and Mark Price.
The whole Jordan Hill situation was doomed at the start. Knicks' fans were not hesitant in expressing their displeasure in the pick nor were they in the wrong. Stephen Curry was available at No. 8, but New York questionably decided Hill was the better fit. Hill has certainly rekindled his career with the Los Angeles Lakers, however D'Antoni and big men simply do not mesh. His Knicks' career came to an end after appearing in a measly 24 games.
Now a laughingstock amongst NBA circles, the 300-pounder Eddy Curry was an absolute disaster. To much of his credit, Curry did impress in the 2006-07 season, but failed to do so much after that. Much to D'Antoni's displeasure, Curry entered the 2007-08 season wildly out of shape, leading to his demise in the NBA. The worst of all, New York traded a draft pick to acquire Curry, which ended up being a man named LaMarcus Aldridge.
Another 300-pounder, Jerome James began his Knicks career in 2004 signing a five-year, million deal that would come back to haunt the franchise for years. James proved to be nothing more than dead weight as he failed to eclipse three points per game during the entirety of his career in New York. In a time when the salary cap was much lower, James' contract log jammed the Knicks' books much like present day Amar'e Stoudemire has.
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