Dispatches from the Tank: Familiar foes Jazz, Lakers battle in unfamiliar territory

Published: Friday, March 14 2014 11:53 a.m. MDT

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The New York Knicks have been a mess this season. They have gone from having the second-best record in the Eastern Conference last season, to having a 26-40 record, 3 1/2 games out of the playoffs.

The shambles the Knicks have been for the past 20-30 years has been just sad. It has caused grief among fans and disappointment amongst anyone involved with the franchise. Despite Carmelo Anthony’s best efforts, New York just can’t get into a groove.

The Knicks have announced this past week that legendary coach Phil Jackson is likely to take a job with the Knicks as head of basketball operations. This certainly seems to be steps in the right direction, but it might be a bit too late for this season.

With Jackson involved in the franchise, the Knicks very well could make the playoffs. But it isn’t likely that they would be any serious threat to the Eastern Conference contenders, and would likely get bounced out first round. With an ending like that, it would be very likely that Anthony would leave New York for greener pastures.

If the Knicks were to completely give up, get Anthony to buy into tanking, and then possibly trade up in the draft, then the Knicks could get a player that puts them in a great position to succeed. Combine that with the fact that Jackson would be making the decisions involving players, and who knows? The Knicks could contend for a title in the near future.

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Draft dumbie
Farmington, UT

The Knicks have traded away their 2014 draft pick to the Denver Nuggets, so tanking would not help them. They are not trying to tank--but like the Bucks and the Kings are just terrible, anyway.

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