After Charles Oakley’s arrest at The Garden, the New York Knicks have reached rock bottom.
Believe it or not, the New York Knicks have reached their lowest point as a franchise following a bizarre night at Madison Square Garden.
Former Knicks star Charles Oakley was ejected from his seat midway through the first quarter and arrested after an altercation with security and team owner James Dolan. Following the embarrassing altercation that was witnessed by millions on ESPN, the Knicks blew a 10-point fourth-quarter lead to the Clippers in route to their third straight loss.
Between Oakley’s arrest, the losing, and the ongoing beef between Carmelo Anthony and Phil Jackson, it’s time for the Knicks to dismantle their franchise and start over from scratch. Perhaps they should take a page from the Philadelphia 76ers to create their own virgin of “The Process.”
Although it’s in the franchise’s best interest to obtain new ownership, the chance of James Dolan selling the team is little to none. Yet, to one of the NBA most historic teams it is a travesty to see how low the Knicks has fallen under the ownership of Dolan.
Following their last NBA Finals appearance in 1999, the Knicks have yet to reestablish themselves as a title contender- not even as a playoff caliber team in the less competitive Eastern Conference. Over the past 16 years the Knicks has been nothing but the biggest laughing stock in the NBA. And it is easy to understand why.
Since 2001, the Knicks have had 10 difference head coaches and six 50-plus games losing seasons- as well as appearing in the playoffs four times winning one playoff series. According to basketballreference.com, the Knicks have only won 41 percent of their games from 2001-2017. Leaving them with the third-worst winning percentage in the NBA over the past 16 years.
Adding fuel to the fire, it is sad to see how the Knicks have treated their All-Star foward, Carmelo Anthony. While turning the Knicks into a relevant team his first three seasons, Anthony became New York’s most intriguing star since Patrick Ewing.
In return, the organization shared their appreciation for Anthony with countless trade rumors. As well as sending subliminal messages by team’s president, Phil Jackson.
Since December, Jackson has been trying to deal the nine-time All-Star, but Anthony has been unwilling to waive his no-trade clause. Even after he plead to deal Anthony to the Clippers, Celtics, and Cavaliers, three of the top championship contenders in the league.
At the end of the day, it is time for Jackson, not Anthony to leave The Big Apple. If Jackson really wanted to trade Anthony, why bash his will to win to the media? As an executive for the Knicks, Phil Jackson sucks! What has transpired in New York isn’t Anthony’s fault.
Despite playing on a team who is 10 games under .500 and on the verge of missing the playoffs for the fourth straight season. Anthony is producing at a high-level averaging 22.9 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 2.9 assists, in 33.8 minutes per game. He’s shooting above his career marks in 3-point field goal percentage and free throw percentage.
Yet, Knicks fans have found the need to stand by Jackson and boo their star forward in The Garden. Reminder, it was Jackson who came and dismantled a playoff team who once won 54 games in a single season. Since Jackson took over as team president in 2014, the Knicks are a disgraceful 71-417 under him.
Until they fire Jackson and if possible can gain new ownership, things will continue to get worst for the Knicks. And after Oakley’s fiasco with James Dolan, I am afraid to see the next crazy saga that will involve the New York Knicks.