The New York Knicks and the Science of Bad Management

By Marcus Shockley

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony and guard Bill Walker (L) sit on the bench during their loss to the Boston Celtics in the fourth quarter of Game 3 their NBA Eastern Conference playoff basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York April 22, 2011. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)

Something that bears repeating now that the new-look New York Knicks have been unceremoniously dumped from the playoffs by the Boston Celtics is the fact that the Knicks continue to prove an old axiom, which is that you cannot overcome poor management. The Knicks have it in spades. You can count on very little in life, and consistency in sports can change from season to season in an era of free agency. However, once you spot bad management you can take it to the bank as long as it’s in place.

I can say with utmost confidence, just as I did when the Carmelo trade first occurred, that the Knicks aren’t a team to be taken seriously with the management and ownership they have in place. Not now, not next year, not if Chris Paul comes to New York. There’s no magic bullet that can stop the train of horrible ownership.

It should be stated that there is no reason that the Knicks cannot be a successful team. They have the glitz of a major city; the money of a large market; the fan interest that most teams crave. And yet, they are still just a first round sweep out of the playoffs.

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