Key Player(s): Stephon Marbury, Jamal Crawford
Coach(es): Lenny Wilkens, Herb Williams
Even one of the greatest NBA coaches of all time was powerless to pull the Knicks out of the abyss, as Lenny Wilkens resigned during the season amid a 1-9 stretch from a disinterested, overpaid group of Knicks players who had grown weary of their Hall of Fame coach. Wilkens' successor Herb Williams didn't fare much better, going 16-27 the rest of the way and cementing the Knicks' status as a team in huge long-term trouble; they got all of 57 combined games out of their two highest-paid players (Allan Houston and Penny Hardaway), while Tim Thomas got paid nearly $13 million to average 12.0 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. And this season was probably the happiest Stephon Marbury ever was in New York. Yikes.