2005_04_sknicksdone.jpgReader, you can choose the way to start this post:
1. Isiah fiddled while The Garden burned.
2. He who is ignorant of Layden's history is destined to repeat it.
3. How many small forwards do you need, anyway?

The Knicks are officially heading for the lottery after a hugely disappointing season. Stephon Marbury's acquisition last year and the addition of Jamal Crawford made the Knicks appear interesting (if not dominant) to start the season. After a promising 16-13 start, the arrival of 2005 seemed to propel the team into a nosedive, which has to date led to a 30-46 record and last place in the Atlantic Division. This hardly justifies the Knicks $100+ million payroll, which is by far the highest in the NBA.

Injuries certainly contributed to the problem: Allan Houston played in only 20 games, and Penny Hardaway managed just 37. But for the most part, this is a franchise dogged by the inability to think long-term when making trades or when determining strategy.

In Gothamist's opinion, the team should have been blown up long ago, but Layden and Thomas have saddled the franchise with a litany of high-dollar, long term contracts attached to very average players that aren't proven winners. Yes, Tim Thomas, we mean you, and Allan Houston? Come on. Management should recognize that 'winning now' isn't working, and trade whatever they can for additional draft picks and young talent. So, hoops fans, pick another team, because the Knicks have gone fishin'.

In other NBA news, the Nets are still right on the playoff bubble (more on this later this week), and the Spurs, Heat, and Suns are fighting to the finish for homecourt in the playoffs.

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