Maybe, just maybe, there’s a glimmer of hope for the New Jersey Nets this season. The New York Knicks? Not so much.

The Nets defeated New York Saturday night 113-93. It was actually the pathetic Nets second straight victory over the Knicks. Still, New Jersey is a horrendous 7-55 on the season. Saturday’s win moves the club’s winning percentage to .113. That finally puts them ahead of the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers who finished the season 9-73 (.110) in an effort to escape the NBA’s all-time worst single season record. New Jersey still stands an excellent chance of finishing with the worst NBA record ever.

As for New York, they have fallen to 21-41. That’s tied for the 5th worst record in the league. The Knicks spent much of the season on the periphery of a playoff berth but are now a full 10 games out of the eight spot in the NBA’s Eastern Conference. Tracy McGrady is actually getting WORSE the more playing time he gets for New York. He finished with just two points Saturday on 1/6 shooting. That hardly matters. McGrady’s number one attribute is that his $23 million salary comes off the books in six weeks. That theoretically would enable the Knicks to sign LeBron James as a free agent plus do a sign-and-trade to acquire Chris Bosh from Toronto. The Knicks have cleared so much salary cap space that those moves are actually possible. On paper.

In reality, would the NBA’s elite young free agents actually flock to New York, given the franchise’s horrible record in recent years? We’ll see this summer.


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