Coming off a season in which they recorded 54 wins and reached the second round of the postseason for the first time since 2000, things have not exactly gone well for the Knicks. They’re standing at 8-17 here as we enter late December, 12th in the Eastern Conference and out of the playoff mix altogether.

What’s more, even after an overtime win on Wednesday, the Knicks managed to open up some minor controversies, as only they can—this time with what is becoming their preferred medium, Twitter. In fact, stretching back to their one major transaction this summer, it is probably best to break down the ridiculousness of this Knicks season with 10 easy tweets:

OH, KNICKS: Andrea Bargnani takes the most ill-advised shot

Tweet 1: July 2, Andrea Bargnani

Ah, July. Things were so hopeful in the Knicks' world. The trade that brought Bargnani to New York was not without controversy, considering his abysmal play over the past two years in Toronto, but considering the team was getting a 7-footer who could shoot 3-pointers (and considering the Knicks had just set an NBA record for 3-pointers) the potential for a good fit was certainly there. Bargnani was nothing but happy about the deal, but Knicks fans were probably right to be skeptical: Bargnani has averaged 14.8 points, 44.1 percent shooting, only 29.6 percent 3-point shooting, lax defense and only 5.4 rebounds per game.

Tweet 2: October 13, Iman Shumpert

Perhaps we should have known something was not quite right with Iman Shumpert from even before the season started. On October 12, Shumpert was particularly bad in a 30-point preseason loss to Boston, registering six points on 2-for-9 shooting and doing little defensively against a Celtics team that shot 54.2 percent from the field. Two days later, Shumpert shaved off his trademark hightop fade haircut. Within a month, trade rumors that had the Knicks trying to send Shumpert to Denver cropped up, and the trade rumors (Lakers, Raptors) would continue into the following month.

Tweet 3: November 6, Knicks Twitter

The “he” in question here was center Tyson Chandler, easily the best defensive Knick on the roster, and the injury was a non-displaced fracture of his right tibia. Not that things were going particularly well for the Knicks before Chandler’s injury—they were 1-3—but without Chandler, the already shoddy defense got that much worse. The Knicks, who were 18th in defensive efficiency last season, have dropped to 24th this year. Chandler did make his return to the court on Wednesday, seven weeks after suffering the injury.

Tweet 4: November 14, J.R. Smith

J.R. Smith had been hearing for weeks about the controversy over the Knicks signing his brother, Chris Smith, to a

contract and keeping him with the final roster spot—a move that was widely panned as pandering to a family member. But Smith had enough when Pistons point guard Brandon Jennings tweeted, “Wait wait wait JR smith brother is in the NBA but @PoohJeter & @BBROWNLAU isn't. Call me hater but not Rollin!!!” Smith responded with a tweet that appeared to threaten Jennings: “Might call some of my Number street homies an put #Detroit on smash for a min! #DeadSerious,” a tweet that was deleted. Smith was fined $25,000 by the league for using, “hostile and inappropriate language,” and Mike Woodson said he was contemplating a Twitter ban for his players.

Tweet 5: November 29, Tommy Beer of

As the Knicks were crumbling after falling to the Clippers, losers of seven straight games and sitting with a 3-11 record, star forward Carmelo Anthony glumly acknowledged that, “We are in a dark place.” After the game, the Knicks held a 20-minute players-only meeting, one that would have little effect—they would lose their next two games. Beer summed up the uselessness of Knicks team meetings in the process.

Tweet 6: December 2, Metta World Peace

Before dropping their ninth straight game—the longest losing streak for the Knicks since 2006—forwards Kenyon Martin and Metta World Peace reportedly had a dust-up, one that did not include punches thrown but was, according to Ian Begley of, “intense.” After the game, World Peace attempted to defuse the situation, but clearly, tensions within the team were high.

Tweet 7: December 8, Metta World Peace

In the wake of a humiliating 41-point Sunday afternoon loss to the Celtics, World Peace took the odd and unwise step of criticizing Knicks fans, who seemed to be within their rights to be upset after such a roundly lackluster performance on both ends. But, World Peace claimed he was seeking to expose “fake fan(s) that claim to be die hard but really is not,” suggesting his followers tweet their Twitter handles so that, “this real New Yorker can expose them.” Reminder: The Knicks had just lost by 41 points.

Tweet 8: December 17, Amare Stoudemire

Amare Stoudemire has looked good on occasion, but his chronic knee injuries and outsized contract remain one of the New York Knicks' biggest problems. He's worked hard to get healthy, and he wants everyone to know that he has not faced any setbacks on that front — even if it contradicts what his coach tells the media. Mike Woodson said Stoudemire would be out a while for a sore knee, but Stoudemire was quick to correct that notion.

Tweet 9: December 18, J.R. Smith

After a much-needed overtime win in Milwaukee, Smith noticed an oddity that many on Twitter had already been talking about: He shot 17 3-pointers on the night, making only three and scoring 17 points. Again, he was roundly criticized, especially coming five days after a loss in Boston in which he attempted just one shot. As Smith tweeted, “We lose an I take 1 (shot) y'all mad we win I take 23 shots y'all mad! Lol #OHWELL.” Oh well, indeed.

Tweet 10: December 19, Iman Shumpert

While Smith was laughing off his epically bad shooting night in Milwaukee, Shumpert was continuing to look—and tweet—like a player who had been sapped of confidence. He was 0-for-5 from the field for one point, and though he had five assists and six rebounds, he also added three turnovers and five fouls. That drops Shumpert’s season stats to 6.4 points on 36.1 percent shooting, with 32.4 percent 3-point shooting.