Hollinger's Team Forecast: New York Knicks

Originally Published: October 3, 2006
By John Hollinger | ESPN Insider
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The amazing thing about the Knicks' 2005-06 season was the totality of the disaster. It was a perfect storm of organizational incompetence, with bad trades and worse coaching leading to a miserable 23-59 finish despite what was easily the league's most expensive roster.

Stephon Marbury
Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty ImagesStarbury has yet to shine bright as a member of the Knicks.

It's hard to remember now how much optimism greeted the Knicks heading into the season. With a new head coach in Larry Brown, the acquisition of center Eddy Curry and a talented backcourt of Stephon Marbury and Jamal Crawford, many thought the Knicks might be able to return to the playoffs.

The Knicks struggled out of the gate, but nobody was too concerned -- Brown's teams had a history of slow starts. Besides, he had already improved the defense. The Knicks held Utah to just 62 points on Nov. 14, breaking the team record for fewest points allowed in the shot-clock era. However, things started going off the rails soon after, as the Knicks struggled through a 2-12 December while Brown kept shuffling through starting lineups and rotations at a dizzying rate.


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