The New York Knicks were among the NBA’s most dangerous teams in recent years, thanks in part to the NBA lockout.
During the 2011-2012 season, they were the most dangerous team in the league and averaged 16.6 points and 7.8 assists per game.
That season, the Knicks were in a playoff race with the Atlanta Hawks.
During a game against Atlanta, two of their players got into a brawl with a Hawks player.
The player in question was Tyson Chandler, who was subsequently traded to the Toronto Raptors.
That same year, the NBA fined Chandler $4,000 for throwing a punch at a man.
In the summer of 2013, Chandler’s contract with the Knicks was extended for two years.
In his first season in New York, the team finished 23-51 and missed the playoffs.
The Knicks made it to the second round of the playoffs again, losing to the Indiana Pacers.
However, in the series-clinching Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Chandler went head-to-head with LeBron James.
Chandler’s performance during that game was a key reason why the Knicks made the playoffs in 2014.
The Cavs lost in seven games and were eliminated from the playoffs that season.
The following season, in an epic showdown, Chandler, James, and Carmelo Anthony scored an NBA-record 57 points against the San Antonio Spurs.
In 2015, the Bulls were the team that defeated the Knicks in the first round of that year’s playoffs.
That game saw Chandler and James score 40 points apiece.
In 2016, the Brooklyn Nets defeated the New York Nets and advanced to the Eastern and Western Conference Finals.
The Raptors beat the Knicks once again in the Eastern finals.
The New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Nets in the conference semifinals and advanced, but fell to the Atlanta Falcons in the finals.
However and for different reasons, the Raptors and the Celtics did not meet in the NBA Finals.
Despite the disappointing end to the 2016-17 season for the Raptors, the season was not without positives.
The team made the NBA playoffs again in 2017 and won a title.
The 2016-2017 season saw the Knicks continue their dominance in the Atlantic Division, finishing in the top eight in the East and making the NBA Playoffs for the first time in nearly 20 years.
However to end the season, LeBron James was traded to Cleveland, which meant the team’s roster was completely overhauled.
In 2018, James signed a five-year contract extension that included a player option for 2019-20.
This would be the end of James’ Knicks tenure in New Jersey, but not before the franchise had some incredible moments in the 2017-18 season.
In a game in mid-April of that season, James scored 21 points in the Knicks’ win over the Boston Celtics.
James also grabbed 17 rebounds and four assists in the victory.
The next night, James was back on the court against the Atlanta Braves in a game where he scored 25 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.
In addition to those two game-winning performances, James added another in the team loss to the Charlotte Hornets on the road.
James was named NBA Finals MVP after his game-winner against the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 4 of the 2017 Eastern Conference finals.
James had previously averaged 19.4 points and 8.2 assists per contest in the regular season, but was one of the top scorers in the Western Conference during the 2017 postseason.
The 2019-2020 season also featured some amazing performances from James.
He scored a franchise-record 37 points in a win over his former team, the Boston Bruins.
James’ incredible play during the 2019 playoffs earned him the nickname “Birdman” for the way he was able to score on defense, and also set new career highs in scoring and assists.
James scored 23 points in his last game in the postseason against the Houston Rockets, and his 23 points on a jumper with 3.5 seconds remaining in the game set the all-time postseason record for a game.
The game ended with James and James Harden combining for 37 points.
James continued his incredible play throughout the 2020-21 season, adding another 30 points in 21 games in the 2019-21 NBA Playoffs.
In 2021, James averaged 21.5 points, 9.6 assists, and 3.3 rebounds per game in his third NBA season.
However in the playoffs, James struggled and was never able to reach his former levels.
James finished the season with just 11 points in 18 games.
The 2021-22 season was one that James could not escape.
He had been out for the entire season with a torn ACL.
James played in just one game in 2021-23, playing just one minute and eight seconds against the Utah Jazz.
James missed the entire 2021-21 campaign and missed a month of the NBA season due to the injury.
James ended the season by averaging a career-high 27.6 ppg, 9 assists, 7 rebounds, and