The 2013-14 Knicks: A tumultuous season summarized in 10 tweets
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
I am thrilled to become a New York Knick and look forward to becoming a part of their storied franchise!!
— Andrea Bargnani (@AndreaBargnani) July 2, 2013
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
Tomorrow will be the best day I've had in a while. Sometimes you need that mirror to show you you gave in. Now #murk.
— Iman Shumpert I (@I_Am_Iman) October 13, 2013
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
Further tests this morning showed no ligament or nerve damage. Surgery is not required. He is expected to be out approximately 4-6 weeks.
— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) November 6, 2013
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
No respect for these lil kids who pop at the mouth on twitter an then want to delete they tweets! #GrowUp! #ManUp! @TheOnlyCSmith0 #Facts!
— JR Smith (@TheRealJRSmith) November 14, 2013
J.R. Smith had been hearing for weeks about the controversy over the Knicks signing his brother, Chris Smith, to a