NEW YORK (AP) A team built to win a title now didn't get close.
Sure, the New York Knicks ended lengthy droughts for division titles and playoff series victories, so there were successes. But they surrounded Carmelo Anthony with players on their last NBA legs with a championship in mind, knowing the window to win one would slam shut quickly.
As Hall of Famer Earl Monroe said in April on the night they honored the 40th anniversary of their last championship squad: "This team wasn't built to be winning a championship for next year. Not when you're getting guys 38, 39, 40 years old. This is for this year."