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With Starbury Out of the Picture, Better Days Ahead for the New York Knicks

Published by on May 1, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NBA

If the truth be told, the New York Knicks were already a team in decline prior to the arrival of Stephon Marbury on January 5, 2004, but little did they know just how much worse their woes would get with the Coney Island-native in their line-up.

From 1987 to 2001, the Knicks consistently made the playoffs on an annual basis and it wasn't until 11-time NBA All-Star and Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing left New York via a trade to the Seattle SuperSonics in 2000 that things started to go downhill.

Marbury came to New York halfway through the 2003-04 season after being traded from the Phoenix Suns and helped the Knicks reach the playoffs for the first time since Ewing's departure.

Despite the disappointment of b...

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