Problem is obviously from the top down, the last 3 builds or interations of the knicks all where plagued by terrible asset management and trades.
They drafted a very talented guy in Porzingis, they couldn't even hold onto him through his rookie contract. Porzingis and RJ Barrett could have been a nice 1-2 punch to build on, even with paying Porzingis they would have had cap and some decent young guys around them didn't even get that going.
Back in 2011, they gutted their team for Melo when they in all likely-hood would have gotten him that very next off-season, I do understand there would be a chance they don't get Melo, but in all honestly the deal they did do was so bad not getting him probably would have been a better option they still would have had all those young guys they dealt around Amare and cap, obviously Amare fell of, but rolling the dice would have been the smart play. Imagine if they had signed Melo then could have either just had more talent around him or maybe they could have still been in the running for another deal maybe they could have gotten CP3, Melo and Amare, Idk if that breaks through those Heat teams but they would have easily been the 2nd best team in that conference for a few years.
The rebuild before that with Isaiah Thomas running the ship, he burned through sooo many picks and assets wind up with a 30 win team consisting of Starbury, Steve Francis, Eddy Curry, Jerome James, Renaldo Balkman. The only solid moves Thomas ever made in his 5 or so years in NYK, was drafting David Lee and Nate Robinson. Multiple bad trades like the Bulls trade that result in sending 2 lotto picks that ended up being Aldridge and Noah for Eddy Curry, and then paying at that time, relatively big dollars too Curry.
You either pimping the system, or gettin' pimped by the system.
We don't want a piece of the pie we want control of the kitchen.