The Knicks' 2016-17 season began brightly. There was hope in New York City, as a rejuvenated core, a new coach in Jeff Hornacek, and a bright young star in Kristaps Porzingis had things looking up at Madison Square Garden.
It didn't work out that way.
Between AWOL point guards, public feuds between current and former coaches, injuries, trade rumors, and an ongoing battle between the team president and its star player, it all seemed like the Knicks had finally hit rock bottom.
...And then on Wednesday night a beloved former player was arrested in Madison Square Garden during a game against the Clippers.
How on earth did we get here? Let's break down a timeline of the Knicks' troubled season.
Sept. 27: Knicks report to training camp
Everything seemed bright and beautifu. The Knicks entered the season with a bit of buzz about them. New additions Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah would bring experience and tenacity to a team that had a star in Carmelo Anthony and a rising talent in Porzingis. Would they challenge the Cavaliers for the East? Probably not, but there was hope in New York, and a belief that maybe this team could get a high seed in the Eastern Conference and make a run in the playoffs.
This did not last long.
Sept. 30: Joakim Noah skips Knicks dinner with West Point cadets
Joakim Noah is ripped in many media outlets for skipping a team dinner with West Point cadets. Noah opted out of the meal for his hardline opposition to war and gun violence. Hornacek backs his player, saying it's "his right" to skip the meal.
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Oct. 11: Derrick Rose leaves team to attend trial for rape charges
In early October Derrick Rose leaves the team to testify for a second time in a trial in Los Angeles in which he stands accused of rape. A week later, after being acquitted of all charges, Rose poses for photos with jurors.
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Nov. 15: Phil Jackson calls out LeBron James' "posse"
In an interview with ESPN, Knicks president Phil Jackson takes a bizarre shot at LeBron James, criticizing him for having a "posse."
Anthony speaks out in defense of his friend James, saying to reporters: “I would never want to hear that word about me and my, I don’t want to say crew, but people that I consider family or people that I come up, been through thick and thin with."
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Dec. 21: George Karl calls Carmelo a "user"
In an excerpt from his autobiography, former Nuggets coach George Karl rips Anthony, calling him a "user of people" and "addicted to the spotlight." He also implies that some of Anthony's issues stem from him lacking a father figure.
Anthony is forced to respond to press, again taking the high road.
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Dec. 30: Kristaps Porzingis hurts his Achilles
After a two-game losing streak, Kristaps Porzingis is forced out of the lineup with a sore Achilles. The Knicks promptly lose another four after that and seven of their next eight, dropping them well below .500.
Jan. 9: Derrick Rose disappears before game
Before a Monday night game against the New Orleans Pelicans, starting point guard Rose disappears, going AWOL just before tip. The team later announces that Rose had gone home to Chicago to spend time with his mother.
Rose is fined, but not suspended, for the incident.
Jan. 15: Rumors leak that Phil Jackson wants to trade Carmelo Anthony
Just a week after the Rose AWOL incident and with the Knicks sitting at 18-23 on the season, several outlets report that Jackson is currently looking for teams interested in acquiring Anthony.