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What was the single most disappointing moment of the season for you?
Chris Celletti - Finding the single most disappointing moment of the 2013-14 Knicks season is akin to trying to point out the biggest plot hole in Season 6 of Sons Of Anarchy. There’s an infinite abyss to search through and you almost can’t go wrong with whatever emerges. I think to properly answer this question, we have to define when the 2013-14 season actually began. If we’re counting last offseason and the preseason, we have some very strong candidates; the Andrea Bargnani trade, the nepotistic gifting of a roster spot to Chris Smith, the J.R. Smith double-whammy of a secret knee surgery and a marijuana suspension (I’m saying from now on, any time an athlete has an injury and suspension happen so closely together, we should say they “Pulled a J.R.”). If we only take into account the actual 82-game season, then boy howdy is this like trying to piece together a missing person’s case.
Kevin Smith - Most “fans” gave up on this team early on, and in retrospect, that was the right move. Unfortunately, I wasn’t one of them. Because I’m a glass half full type of person, I thought this team would make the playoffs, even if it were only because of my lack of confidence in Atlanta. Anyways, the crushing blow to me was the Washington game, and even more specifically, when Bradley Beal hit the game-winner. I was in attendance that night, and that’s when everything hit me like a ton of bricks. Why did I get my hopes up? Why did I bother attending games all year? I didn’t say a word to my girlfriend (who was at the game with me) for a legitimate hour. I was in a bad mood, and tried everything I could cheer myself up. Apparently there wasn’t enough beer and ice cream between Madison Square Garden and my house to make that happen.
Aaron Jacobs - Trying to find just one major disappointment in this dismal excuse of a season is very difficult. Starting from square one, we have the firing of Glen Grunwald, the J.R. Smith contract, the roster spot for Chris Smith who is not talented enough to play in the D-League, the Andrea Bargnani trade and finally the countless injuries/off-court distractions. I am going to take an obvious choice here and I am going to say the single most disappointing moment of this entire season was without a doubt the Andrea Barngnani trade because it is just another mistake in the long line of blunders during the James Dolan era. Just another bust trade in a long line of them leaving the Knicks in a terrible position to draft future talent, the Knicks continue to mortgage their future to try and win now and every trade seems to be worse than the last.
Dave Nowinski – Has to be the development of Iman Shumpert. Coming into this season Shumpert was being hyped as Melo’s main sidekick. After the 2013 NBA playoffs where he suffocated Pierce on defense, and was a legit offensive threat big things were expected for him. This season he has been putrid on offense. Instead of focusing on his ball handling in the offseason it looked like he was more focused on his hair and writing rhymes. Shumpert, consistently settled for 3′s and scored a pedistrian 6.7 points a game. Instead of becoming a double digit scoring, Shumpert shot 38% from the field and showed little growth in his game.
Max Marcilla - Looking back on the season, I can find between five and ten absolutely horrendous moments. From missed game-winning shots, to blown leads, to defensive mishaps in the late stages of games, this season had had a plethora of forgettable moments. Although it was only one game, the worst moment of this season was losing the game to the Cleveland Cavs on March 23rd. The team’s confidence was sky-high following their eight game winning streak, and after a solid first half, the Knicks were well on their way to nine straight. But, just as the entire season has gone, the Knicks disappointed, and lost when they needed it most. The Knicks 17-point lead was squandered, and they fell just six points short. It was at that point where all the talks transformed, going from “can the Knicks beat the Pacers or Heat in round one” to “can the Knicks even make the playoffs.” That loss was a big setback, and the Knicks, despite giving all they got, couldn’t come back.