Since the 2000-01 season, the New York Knicks have been to the postseason just four times. During that span, the Knicks have never played in a conference final. They have won just one division title and have had a grand total of just three winning seasons. What happened?
James Dolan, that’s what happened.
The one constant over the past 20 years is Dolan, the Knicks’ owner. He along with team president Steve Mills have been around for two decades of losing. The Knicks .400 winning percentage since 1999 is the worst in the NBA.
Six general managers and team presidents have come and gone in the past two decades. In all, 12 coaches have tried to turn around the ailing franchise. The most recent, David Fizdale, was fired after 22 games this season.
Fizdale went 17-65 in his first season last year. He started the 2019-20 season 4-18 and Dolan and the front office had enough. Assistant coach Mike Miller was named the interim head coach.
Fizdale and Knicks general manager Scott Perry were supposed to be the team that could bring a bona fide superstar to New York. Fizdale had coached LeBron James and had developed plenty of relationships around the league.
The idea was to keep Kristaps Porzingis and bring in another star to build the team around. That star was supposed to be Kevin Durant.
But, as the story goes, the Knicks traded away Porzingis and the Durant thing fell through last summer. So now, the Knicks are a team with no coach, a roster lacking a superstar, and a 4-20 record with losses in their last 10 straight games. It’s a long way down to New York.