Apr 19, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward David Lee (10) in the second half of game one of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Warriors won 109-105. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NBA Playoffs: Ex-New York Knicks thriving in postseason

After a disappointing 2013-14 season, the New York Knicks have become spectators for the postseason, but that doesn’t mean that some former players that used to don the blue and orange aren’t impacting the postseason in a major way.

Apr 24, 2014; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph (50) during the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in game three of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at FedExForum. Memphis Grizzlies beat Oklahoma City Thunder in overtime 98 – 95. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

The likes of Zach Randolph, David Lee, Jamaal Crawford, Trevor Ariza and even Beno Udrih have all played major roles for their teams in the postseason so far, while the current Knicks have had to sit back and watch.

Randolph, Lee and Crawford all were on the roster between 2007 and 2008 and Ariza in the second round of the 2004 NBA draft. Udrih was signed this season but somehow Mike Woodson buried him on the bench in favor of Raymond Felton until Udrih was bought out after the trade deadline and signed with the Memphis Grizzlies.

Randolph and Crawford were traded in salary dumps in 2008 as Donnie Walsh attempted to clear cap space for 2010. Lee was dealt to the Golden State Warriors that summer for nothing and Ariza was dealt to the Orlando Magic in an awful deal for Steve Francis.

All of that money ultimately went to Amar’e Stoudemire and it also eventually helped them to trade for Carmelo Anthony.

Would the Knicks be better off now with the likes of Lee, Randolph, Crawford and Ariza?

While that is playing the devil’s advocate given the Knicks struggles, it is hard to think that they wouldn’t be a better team.

At the time the moves made sense, but at the end of the day it is funny how things work out.

That’s the funny thing about signing free agents and making trades as you never really know how things work out until three or four years after the fact.

However looking at how things ultimately played out, you have to wonder if the Knicks had the chance to do it all over again if they would have done some things differently.

So while everyone is assuming the Knicks will automatically be championship contenders after the summer of 2015, you just never know how things will play out.

That strategy didn’t work too well for them the last time around.



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