Allan Houston, Eddy Curry, Amar'e Stoudemire have all crippled the Knicks on the court and within the salary cap, but at least they were awarded with contracts based on a prior history of strong performances. Jerome James had exactly two good playoff series before the Knicks threw a five-year, $30 million contract at him. He battled through injuries and overall poor play, but in the 2008- 2009 season, he picked up a $5.8 million check for playing a grand total of five minutes.