4. 13 Straight Playoff Losses
In 2003, the NBA adopted a best of 7 format for first round playoff series, and it proved to be the perfect showcase for the particular ineptitude of the James Dolan-era Knicks. It's not like Dolan and Isiah and company made the playoffs very much, but when they did—in 2004, 2011, and this year—they were so clearly overmatched that they set a record for playoff failure. After taking a 2-1 lead on the Raptors in the 2001 Eastern Conference First Round, the Knicks dropped two to Toronto and were eliminated from the Playoffs. In 2004, a 39-43 record landed the Knicks the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference (sidebar: the Eastern Conference really, really sucked back then)—and a sweep at the hands of the New Jersey Nets. Last year a 42-40 record landed the Knicks the six seed and a date with the Celtics in the first round—who promptly swept them as well. And then this year New York dropped the first three to run their Playoffs losing streak to an NBA-record 13.