That’s all folks: A look back at the season that was 2013-14

Harris Decker

Carmelo AnthonyIn a season with so much wrong, the Knicks could do nothing but watch as the Atlanta Hawks defeated the Miami Heat 98-85 on Saturday. There was no shot on the line or free throws needed for the Knicks. Instead, Carmelo Anthony and the rest of the team watched as the Hawks clinched the eight seed, eliminating the Knicks from the playoffs.

It comes as no surprise. The Knicks had a dismal season both on and off the court. From the trade that sent valuable picks to Toronto for Andrea Bargnani, the Glen Grunwald firing, to blown games against the Nuggets, Rockets and Wizards. The sour taste in my mouth still lingers from the blowout Sunday losses to the Spurs and Celtics. Did this team deserve to make the playoffs? Absolutely not. There will be no more waiting. The magic number is zero.

Looking back on this season, it still boggles my mind how far this team fell. After winning 54 games and a playoff series last year, the team came into the 2013-14 season with high hopes, especially after the crosstown Brooklyn Nets brought in Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, lighting a fire for both fans and players. It just never came together and now Mike Woodson has earned the firing he’s likely to receive.

kiddwoodyWe’ll never be able to answer the questions. How important was Jason Kidd to this team last year? How much of their great play was because of his leadership? How much credit did Woodson actually deserve last year? All I can say is that this roster doesn’t look all that different and one year later the Knicks will be watching the playoffs on television.

Another theme of this season were the what-ifs. What if Amar’e Stoudemire had cracked the starting lineup earlier in the season? What if Andrea Bargnani had remained healthy? What if Phil Jackson was hired two months earlier, when it appears talks surfaced? What if Steve Mills had fired Woodson after the 9-21 start? The questions will drive you crazy. The answers are much clearer.

Phil Jackson’s arrival was a stroke of brilliance. With no room to maneuver under the cap, the Knicks spent money in the one place that the NBA doesn’t rule: the front office. Not only did James Dolan spend money, he spent it wisely. Jackson is a proven winner and understands basketball on a level that is hard to even comprehend. The future looks good for the Knicks. While I want to say that it looks bright, I can’t make that claim just yet. The reason for that is wearing No. 7.

Phil JacksonAs soon as the season ends, Jackson will likely fire Woodson, name a new head coach and then shift 100 percent of his attention to Carmelo Anthony. With an op-out looming, Jackson will have a major decision on his hands. Rebuild around Anthony and pay him a kings ransom or let him go (hopefully in a sign-and-trade) and move on without the former scoring champion. It’s not an easy choice and I’m glad I don’t have to make the call.

It will be an exciting offseason and I wanted to personally thank each and every reader for remaining loyal through the good and the bad. There are brighter skies ahead and I can’t wait to watch the Knicks raise another championship banner to the rafters of Madison Square Garden.




253 comments
rico
rico

do we have to look back on that abortion of a season? please no

1harris1
1harris1

Good win only from the standpoint that the Bulls now drop to the 4 seed, setting up a potential first round matchup with Brooklyn. The Nets and their "fans" want no part of Chicago in the opening round.

lobcity1
lobcity1

Bargs good in the triangle?

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

What happened to the real fans? 

franktkb
franktkb

So if the Knicks can start to play well at home...oh, wait, never mind.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

The ball moves and the team played clutch without Melo at the end. Hmmmmmmmm!

Mets0987
Mets0987

The garden is still packed.

Mr.Boots
Mr.Boots

Aldrich is showing that he is a keeper.

danewyorkr
danewyorkr

I never complained about the roster i know for a fact that this team has more talent than the Hawks, Nets, Bulls, Bobcats, and the Raptors. What those teams have that we don't have is a intellegent coach with a advanced aggressive attacking offense and a aggressive hard old school defensive scheme that helps instead of the switching BS. F all the Woodson fans I hope y'all leave with him. Going to be a long off-season. Phil has work to do.

Mr.Boots
Mr.Boots

So, is Noah such a star now that he can openly mug players and never get called for it?

BigChiefTriangle
BigChiefTriangle

Seeing a modern-day Knick dive on the floor for a loose ball (Aldrich) feels as rare as a solar eclipse...

jax13
jax13

Felton is even a bad flopper, he can never draw a foul call. Why not have Murry out there?

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

Why is Melo playing tonite?I thought he stated he would shut it down once we are out of the playoff hunt.  Why risk the shoulder from more damage now?

jax13
jax13

I guess the spoiler role is all we have left. Be good if bulls n nets play in first round

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

These guys are playin---not hiding or shrinking away. Makes me proud.

BiggieTKBNY
BiggieTKBNY

wow can't believe the garden is excited despite not being in contention


true fans indeed.. unlike some other... nvm

jax13
jax13

Stat may be playing his way to trade value too

rgm891
rgm891

Lmao if we were in the playoffs it would be a zoo with the comments. Hate to say I told u so blah blah haha

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

@xmenreturn  Right. They're hidin out or so depressed they can't type. 

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@Jaime  It depends. What coach is coming in? Will it be a "triangle-based coach". Will Phil bring in a coach with an uptempo philosophy, defensive minded, etc.

Once you figure out the mentality and system you want your team to have, then you start building, imo.


knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

@xmenreturn  I thought the same thing at first. But I'm glad he played--turning out to be a good game relatively speaking.

jax13
jax13

Omg I hope so

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@jax13  Amare's value is in his expiring contract.

He'll never see double digit salary ever, so he'll make the most of it.

dagawd
dagawd

@jax13  Well his Value is at the highest it's been in years

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

@BigChiefTriangle @knicksgirl35  Phil gave him somethings Woodson never could---motivation and inspiration. Woody gave him the opposite.

jax13
jax13

Wanna see what he does in triangle and a fair coach for shump

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

@VerySilentJay @knicksgirl35  I am proud of them for not slinking away sitting on the bench feeling sorry for themselves looking pitiful. They could've done that. 

I wouldn't have wanted to play for  Woodson either. They're probably relieved it's over. And besides I have the right to be proud if I choose to. I am an admitted Knicks fanatic!

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@BigChiefTriangle @xmenreturn@knicksgirl35 lol The children have seen bad b-ball from us all year. Why stop now?

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@knicksgirl35  I'm far from a coach. 

Just love the game.

I'm just saying: a message, an attitude, a mentality... It all starts with the man leading the charge, and that's the coach.

If the players' aren't up to par with the coach's intensity, shame on them.

When everyone isn't putting in the work, shame on the entire group.

This season, the Knicks as a whole, from a tactic, mental, and hustle standpoint, fell way, way short.


That's why I can't be proud.

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

@VerySilentJay @knicksgirl35  You're a coach so your perspective is different from mine. I hear you.


VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@knicksgirl35 @VerySilentJay  It's on everyone. No one walks away blame-free,

It's a team sport, and as a team, they've failed miserably.

And that's nothing to be proud of.

From the HC to the last man on the bench.

knicksgirl35
knicksgirl35

@VerySilentJay @knicksgirl35  The blown leads, the embarrassing losses, the unprofessionalism---shouldn't the coach be responsible for a big chunk of that? Or else, why have a coach. What is the coach's job if not to help the team remedy those things?


Woodson was totally useless. This team has been on it's own.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@knicksgirl35 @VerySilentJay  They already did that.

The multiple times they blew away doulbe digit leads.

The multiple times they had embarassing losses in front of their own fans.

The multiple times they forgot to show and were completely unprofessional.


I agree, you can be proud of anything, and if you're proud of what you're seeing right now, I respect it 100%.


I was just expressing my pov, which is simple: about 90% of this roster deserves nothing.

I've been following this team for too long, and I never will stop, but proud is not something I'm feeling after watching this team.


I know some in this place are thriving watchin this team suffer and struggle. I hate it.

But I won't give credit where I don't think it's due. 

What's the point of showing up when it doesn't matter?