Date: Summer 2010
The Knicks did everything they could to clear space for LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Joe Johnson, and Amar'e Stoudemire. They got one out of the five, but clearly, it wasn't supposed to work that way. New York thought their world famous city and arena were more important than winning. Donnie Walsh unloaded damn near everybody from the Isiah Thomas era to make room.
We all know how the movie ends. The Heat and Pat the Rat ended up with Bosh, Wade, and James while Johnson signed an enormous deal with the Hawks (although the Knicks are probably better off without Iso Joe). The Knicks were left with a consolation prize in STAT and lots of cap room for one more max player. They then used that extra money to add Anthony and Billups (who they then flipped for Tyson Chandler), but to no avail. Seriously, you're going to send Isiah Thomas to recruit somebody? That's like having DeSagana Diop teach free throws. It's still the same old Knicks.