Anyone who complains about this year’s team is downright spoiled. Yes, the Knicks should probably have a better record than they currently do, and there’s no doubt that they should be competing for playoff position, and not fighting just to get in, but at least they’re watchable. The same couldn’t be said for the 2009-10 squad.
The 2009-10 New York Knicks literally had nothing to play for. With the organization’s eyes set on free agency in 2010, most guys knew they weren’t going to be in New York’s long term plans, and everybody was out to fend for themselves. They hung around the playoff hunt through December, but not surprisingly, tapered off soon after.
The roster couldn’t have been more randomly thrown together. There was a nice foundation of young talent, like David Lee, Wilson Chandler, and Danilo Gallinari, but things got a little hectic after that. Al Harrington got buckets, Jonathan Bender revived his career, and Nate Robinson prompted video reviews after shooting into an opponent’s hoop too close to the buzzer. Bill Walker played, as well as J.R. Giddens, and both Jordan Hill and Darko Milicic solidified their draft bust statuses. Even Tracy McGrady made his New York debut because of his coveted expiring contract.
My least favorite part of that season was the Chris Duhon pick and roll, which usually resulted in him looping from the three point line to the baseline, and back again without any direction or ball movement whatsoever. Duhon actually wasn’t half-bad the season prior, when he averaged 11.1 points and 7.2 assists, but his play was so unforgivable in 2009-10 that it made fans yearn for more Toney Douglas.
So if you think things are bad this year, just remember the 2010 squad. Sure, both teams did/will be doing some playoff watching from their own couch, but at least this time around we get to watch Melo drop in 28.1 points a game. As far as non-playoff Knicks teams goes, this year’s may be one of the best of all-time.