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    No Hope Knicks

    I’ll cut to the chase- the Knicks have no hope of getting anywhere, ever again. Not with James Dolan in charge, not with the players they have, and not with the fan base that still buys tickets to see the worst show on earth.

    There’s too much to overcome. Since they traded Patrick Ewing in 2000, they’ve won two playoff games in the last seven seasons, and none in the last six. They’ve traded bad contract for headcase after headcase, with Zach Randolph coming to the Knicks this summer for Steve Francis, Channing Frye and James Dolan’s subscription to Playgirl going to the Blazers. They have management that has no idea how to put a team together, and have a coach and team president who is as bad at his job as he was good as a player.

    Optomists argue they’ll come around, using Boston as an example of long time cellar dweller to becoming one of the NBA’s elite. Danny Ainge was once ridiculed much in the way Knick management has been, but he had a plan. He collected a series of young talented players, and in one bold offseason he rebuilt the team.

    There is no reason to believe the Knicks will do the same. Namely, the pieces they have stocked up, such as expiring contracts and young cheap talent, has repeatedly been traded for talented but ill fitting a**holes. Their track record is trading for guys like Penny Hardaway, Stephon Marbury, Zach Randolph, Steve Francis, and signing players like Jerome James (who the Sonics let go because he fell asleep regularly during team meetings), Jared Jefferies and Kelvin Cato. Because of this, they won’t have cap room until the summer of 2010 (not 2009), when guys like Lebron and Wade are well into the first year of their new contracts. Even if they do manage to get money for a Lebron, they’ve proven they’d rather sign another terrible player instead.

    As a Knicks fan, I’ve come to realize there is no light at the end of this tunnel. Until they blow the whole team up and start over, don’t get your hopes up. James, Isiah and the Knicks will only continue to disappoint.

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