The New York Knicks get the benefit of the doubt more than any other team in the NBA. Think about it. What other franchise in this league that hasn’t won a championship since the early 1970s gets the sort of love and respect that the Knicks get? I’ll wait. Ready for the answer? The answer is nobody. Nobody whose recent history is as unimpressive as New York’s gets the benefit of the doubt as often as this team does.
It’s the same old story this year.
Despite the fact that the Philadelphia 76ers, Indiana Pacers, Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets all figure to be better than the Knicks, which non-Miami Heat Eastern Conference squad is soaking up the most attention right now? Yup.
Well, since they’re getting all this hype anyway, here is a fun fact about them via the good folks at The Wall Street Journal (by way of The Big Lead): this year’s Knicks are the oldest team in NBA history.
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Yes, you read that correctly – oldest team in NBA history.
When they shed 23-year-old Jeremy Lin and replaced him with the likes 40-year-old Kurt Thomas, 39-year-old Jason Kidd and 38-year-old Marcus Camby (to say nothing of the looming signing of 38-year-old Rasheed Wallace) the Knicks officially became the most experienced squad in The Association.
The 2012 Knicks will be almost five years older than they were last year, when the average player was 27 years and 300 days old.
Assuming Wallace signs, their top 13 players would be, on average, 32 years and 240 days old—the oldest team in NBA history, according to Stats LLC. No team has ever gotten so much older from one season to the next.
Interestingly enough, apparently the 1997 Jeff Van Gundy-coached Knicks were the oldest team in NBA history before this squad came along. And seeing as they made it all the way to the Eastern Conference semis – maybe all this hype is justified after all.
One way or another, despite how this team ultimately ends up performing, this much is for certain: the Knicks will be the only team in the league next year to have at least one player on injured reserve due to a broken hip.