Though the New York Knicks made the playoffs only five years ago, it feels like the drought has been much longer, thanks to an endless string of on- and off-the-court issues with current players, former players, coaches, team president Phil Jackson and owner James Dolan.
Whatever turmoil the Knicks go through occurs in a very public way, which is exhausting for the players on the court.
After the Knicks were once again eliminated from playoff contention on Wednesday night, it seems like forever ago that Carmelo Anthony was lacing up his sneakers for a playoff contest. The last time he did that was after the 2012-13 regular season, when the Knicks advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals before losing to the Indiana Pacers in six games.
Though the team is still owned by Dolan, coach Mike Woodson, who led the 2012-13 Knicks to their last playoff appearance, is now an assistant on Doc Rivers' Los Angeles Clippers coaching staff.
Anthony, on the other hand, is still toiling away at Madison Square Garden, but his supporting cast from that 2012-13 season is long gone. Let's take a look at what has happened to the starting five and key contributors from that last playoff-bound Knicks squad.
Melo is in his seventh season with the Knicks and is still one of the best pure scorers in the league, averaging 22.5 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists this year.
Now that the 28-47 squad is officially eliminated from the postseason, though, his playing time and statistics will likely take a downturn in the near future.
The 2012-13 season was the only time a Melo-led Knicks team has advanced past the first round of the playoffs, but it doesn't seem like the Knicks will be in a position to change that statistic for a couple more seasons, at least.
By the 2012-13 season, Stoudemire's struggles with injury were in full force. He only appeared in 29 games for the Knicks that year and didn't make any starts. However, when he did take the court, he was effective, averaging 14.2 points and 5.0 rebounds per game.
His career has taken a wild turn lately. After a grand total of six NBA All-Star appearances, he now plays for Hapoel Jerusalem (a team he co-owns) in the Israeli Premier Basketball League, where he won a league title in 2016.
The 2012-13 season was the final year in Kidd's Hall-of-Fame worthy 19-year career. While helping lead the Knicks to the playoffs, Kidd averaged 6.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 26.9 minutes per game.
Following that season, Kidd spent the next year as the coach of the Brooklyn Nets before leaving after one year for the same position with the Milwaukee Bucks.
This year, he has guided the Bucks to a 39-36 record, where they are tied with the Atlanta Hawks for the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Chandler was a key piece of that 12-13 Knicks squad, starting 66 games and averaging 10.4 points and 10.7 rebounds while anchoring a solid defensive unit.
Currently nearing the end of his 16th NBA season, Chandler is averaging 8.4 points and 11.5 rebounds a night while serving as the elder statesman for the young Phoenix Suns.
Shumpert was a second-year player during the 12-13 season, where he averaged 6.8 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.7 assists while starting 45 games for the Knicks.
However, midway through the 2014-15 season, Shumpert was dealt to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a three-team trade. He won a title with last year's Cavs, so he likely doesn't miss New York at all.
Felton was a steady presence for the Knicks during the 12-13 campaign, starting 68 games and averaging 13.9 points and 5.5 assists per contest.
Currently, Felton is in his 12th season and serves as Chris Paul's backup with the Los Angeles Clippers, who recently clinched another playoff berth and hold the No. 5 seed in the Western Conference.News Now - Sport News