“Knicks have been irrelevant since Patrick Ewing left”: Charles Barkley & Shaquille O’Neal Believe New York Team is High on Expectations and Short on Talent

Akash Murty
|Published 27/01/2023

The New York Knicks are probably headed toward yet another post-season, but they might have to clear the Play-ins if they finish in the position they are at right now. And if they do, it would be the second time in three years that they would be in the Playoffs. However, Charles Barkley doesn’t look at it as success.

Before the Knicks’ Thursday night game in the TD Garden against the Celtics, the TNT crew discussed the history of the team, and they all criticized the James Dolan-owned team for its failure to compete in the past two decades.

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“Knicks have been irrelevant since Patrick Ewing left”: Charles Barkley

Except for the 2013 postseason where they lost in the second round, the last New York Knicks cleared the first round of the Playoffs was when the franchise GOAT, Patrick Ewing, was still playing for them in 2000. Charles Barkley pointed it out tonight before the Knicks’ game against the Celtics.

Although Adam Lefkoe did remind them of the 2012-13 season led by Carmelo Anthony, Shaquille O’Neal shut him down. And when Chuck started to praise Julius Randle and Jalen Brunson for what they are doing, Big Diesel said something which is the harsh reality for Dolan’s side.

O’Neal believes the expectations are too high for the talent they currently have.

Poor Knicks fans, their team had just broken a 4-game losing streak against the Cavaliers and is playing decent basketball against the leaders in the East, just to hear this from the legends of the game.

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When New York still had Ewing

There is a reason why Patrick Ewing is the Knicks’ greatest of all time. During his 15-year tenure with the franchise, they missed the playoffs just twice (Ewing’s first two years in the NBA) and crashed out of the first round just once (his 3rd year).

In his last year with the Knicks, Ewing led them to the Eastern Conference Finals against Reggie Miller’s Pacers which the New York team lost in 6 games. That brought an end to both—Ewing’s tenure with the team and them being good in the playoffs.

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Akash Murty

Akash Murty

An Electrical and Electronics Engineer by degree, Akash Murty is an NBA Editor at The SportsRush. Previously a Software Engineer, Murty couldn’t keep himself away from sports, and his knack for writing and putting his opinion forward brought him to the TSR. A big Soccer enthusiast, his interest in basketball developed late, as he got access to a hoop for the first time at 17. Following this, he started watching basketball at the 2012 Olympics, which transitioned to NBA, and he became a fan of the game as he watched LeBron James dominate the league. Him being an avid learner of the game and ritually following the league for around a decade, he now writes articles ranging from throwbacks, and live game reports, to gossip. LA Lakers are his favourite basketball team, while Chelsea has his heart in football. He also likes travelling, reading fiction, and sometimes cooking.

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